Bonsai Educator at the Portland Japanese Garden


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


611 SW Kingston AvenuePortland, OR 97205
Portland Japanese Garden


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 share the art of bonsai with our visitors.

Bonsai Terrace volunteers greet visitors and provide information about the bonsai on display. They are also responsible for protecting the bonsai during their shift by making sure visitors do not handle the plants.

Training for this program is ongoing. Prior knowledge of bonsai is not required.

Bonsai Terrace shifts are 2 hours long and take place outside. Volunteers will be asked to commit to 15 hours per year for a period no shorter than one year. Weekend and weekday shifts are available.

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


  • Exhibition Arts
  • Botany
  • Environmental Education
  • Horticulture
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Gardening

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15 hours per year
  • Standing for a prolonged period of time

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