San Antonio Botanical Garden



Our mission is to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.

Volunteers play a critical role in helping us grow. Whether you can dedicate a few hours a week, or even just help with special events, the Garden invites you to join its volunteer community. No experience is necessary — just a love for the Garden. 
BENEFITS: Volunteers can gain experience in areas including horticulture, education, development, and visitor experience. In addition, the Garden provides:

  • complimentary admission on the day of service
  • 20% discount at the Garden Gift Shop on the day of service
  • Volunteer recognition events
  • complimentary admission to select Botanical Garden classes

The minimum age to volunteer is 12. Volunteers younger than 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.

To Become a Volunteer:
  1. Click the "Become Member" button above - under the Garden's name.
  2. Fill out the application
  3. Once you have submitted the application you will receive an e-mail with a link to a background check.
    • Volunteers over 18 years old are required to complete a background check 
    • Applicant is responsible for the $15.90 fee; some funds are available for the garden to cover that fee.
    • Please send us an email if your name on GivePulse will appear differently than your name on the background check! 
  4. Once the background check has been completed, we will approve your application. You will receive an e-mail when this happens.
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673 People | 2,165 Impacts | 7,972 Hours




Hi all, good evening. I am so looking forward to becoming a volunteer and helping in the garden, it's beautiful.

What's the approximate time it takes for an application to be approved?

I have not yet been accepted, and was wondering if I could know where I was in the process as I want to volunteer this Saturday the 14th.
Hi. I applied to volunteer and have not heard back. I am available on weekends and in summer in the afternoons. Please give me a call to let me know if you need volunteer help and if so how I can move forward with volunteering. 7287887745.

Thank You,
Linda Thomas
Hi Linda, Thank you for your comment. I emailed you the instructions on how to start volunteering and my contact information in case you have any more questions. Best wishes! Jemma Tremillo | Volunteer Programs Associate | San Antonio Botanical Garden — Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer Coordinator on January 24, 2022
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I am a current master gardener and a culinary garden docent.
So enjoy SABOT!!
Looking forward to becoming a volunteer. I live nearby and am a recent retiree who love to work outside with landscape and to dig in the dirt!!!