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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden has volunteer opportunities to meet up with weekly groups or explore for an opportunity that meets your interests. Coordination of all MCBG Volunteers is through the Volunteer Coordinator located in the Administration Building. Applications are available in the office or at The Garden Store. For more information on the various volunteer opportunities lead contact persons are identified.  


Daily and Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

Wildcard Volunteer Days  NEW

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30AM-12:30PM tend to a variety of the Gardens’ perennials and most prized collections: heath & heathers, Heritage Roses, begonias, rhododendrons, and dahlias. Work alongside our team of knowledgeable gardeners and friendly volunteers as you weed, prune, deadhead, identify emerging plants and wildlife, and gain inspiration for your own garden! No experience needed to join us – just the eagerness to work, learn, and watch the Gardens shift and change with the seasons. To get started contact Volunteer Coordinator Molly Rosenthal at administration_volunteer@gardenbythesea.org.

Vegetable Garden  YEAR-ROUND

Last year we took over 6,000 lbs of fresh produce from our organic demonstration garden to the Fort Bragg Food Bank! In addition, we have been building a community of volunteers who work hard and share knowledge and excitement about food and medicinal plants. If you are interested in food production, organic gardening, and feeding the Fort Bragg community please join us in the Vegetable Garden each Monday and Friday from 9AM 12PM. Join the fun and learn how to grow your own! Contact Jaime Jensen at lead_gardener@gardenbythesea.org.

Woodland Garden Work & Learn  

Join Gardener Mishele Stettenbenz each Thursday from 9AM to 12PM for weeding, planting, and pruning in the shady and serene Woodland Garden. Listen to the meditative croaking of frogs and buzzing of hummingbirds as you learn about a wide range of interesting shade and moisture-loving plants: deciduous trees and shrubs, ferns, magnolias, maples, azaleas, rhododendrons, carnivorous plants, California native plants, and fuchsias. Contact Mishele at gardener_mishele@gardenbythesea.org to get started.

The Garden Store

The store needs volunteers to unpack and shelve merchandise, greet visitors and take payments, operate cash register, and explain what people will see in the Gardens. Volunteers are needed for daily operations, especially in high season. For more information contact Sarah Flowers, Store Manager at (707) 964-4352, Ext. 16 or email store@gardenbythesea.org.

Nursery on the Plaza & Propagation

Volunteers in the Nursery provide advice to customers, help stock shelves, watering in season and provide information about the Gardens to visitors. It is particularly helpful to have volunteers augment and spell staff over the lunch hours in the busy season, May through September. In addition, volunteers help to propagate plants by seed, cuttings, and division under the supervision of the Nursery Manager or Assistant Manager. Propagation makes available many of the interesting and unusual plants showcased in the Gardens. Call Sophia Pisciotta at (707) 964-4352, Ext. 12 or email at nursery@gardenbythesea.org.

Seasonal Dahlia Garden Volunteer Days

The magnificent Dahlia Garden displays over 150 varieties of dahlias, producing a riot of color from mid- to late-summer. Each Saturday morning February to September from 9AM to 12PM alongside MCBG Gardener Jim Celeri, learn about these dramatic beauties and enjoy the brilliant vibrancy they bring to this area of the Gardens. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Molly Rosenthal at administration@gardenbythesea.org or 964-4352 x10 to join us for the Dahlia Garden Volunteer Day.

Rhody's Garden Café

Help prepare beverages at Rhody's Café while learning some delicious tricks of the trade from Marie, our culinary genius of a Cafe Manager. April through September, Rhody's needs volunteers for lunch service shifts from 12PM to 3PM on Fridays or Saturdays. Work with a fun crew and prepare and serve nutritious and organic meals! This opportunity is great for those with a passion for food. Volunteers must be able to stand for most of the shift. Please contact Marie at mendomarie@comcast.net.


Special Volunteer Assignments

Docents – The Gardens are called up to provide docents for school groups and VIP visitors. Training is available!

Bulk Mailings – The Gardens sends out mailings approximately 10-12 times a year and it takes a team to get one out. This is a fun way to work with others and help the Gardens.

Construction Projects – The Gardens is always in need of volunteers to help maintain facilities, construct potting tables and help with other construction projects. The team that works on these projects is fun and very talented.  

Office Help – Volunteers to answer the phones and help with office administration are always needed. 

Library – The Library is only open when staffed by Master Gardeners of other volunteers and provides a wealth of information about gardens, gardening, and plants.

Ongoing Projects & Special Events

We always need docents, cashiers, library helpers, data entry support, newsletter helpers, brochure and poster distribution helpers, and support with our special fundraising event, Art in the Gardens and Festival of Lights.


MCBG Volunteer Opportunities (Printable PDF)

MCBG Volunteer Brochure