Become a Gift Shop volunteer at the Portland Japanese Garden!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


611 SW Kingston Ave.Portland, OR 97205


The Portland Japanese Garden is renowned as the most authentic and finest Japanese garden outside of Japan. Founded in 1963 and nestled in Washington Park above Downtown Portland, the Garden is one of the most important Japanese cultural institutions in North America. Over 400,000 visitors come to the Garden annually to participate in its art, cultural and educational programs.

The Garden is looking for volunteers to work in our Gift Shop.

Gift Shop volunteers support Gift Shop staff by greeting customers and providing information about store products, Garden information and events.

Gift Shop Volunteers should be outgoing, friendly, and possess strong customer service skills. They must also be able to be on their feet for a 2 hour shift.

Training for this program will be ongoing. High School aged students are welcome.

Retail volunteers will be asked to commit to two 2 hour shifts per month for a period no shorter than 3 months. Weekend and weekday shifts are available.

To apply: Please contact our volunteer coordinator at with the subject line "Gift Shop volunteer" and tell us why you would like to volunteer at the Japanese Garden Gift Shop.


  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Retail / Sales
  • Customer Service

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two 2 hour shifts per month
  • Be on your feet for an extended period of time.

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