Bonsai Volunteers wanted for Portland Japanese Garden


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


611 SW Kingston AvenuePortland, 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 300,000 visitors come to the Garden annually to participate in its art, cultural and educational programs.

The Garden is looking for volunteer docents for our Bonsai Terrace.

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, but is preferred.

Bonsai Terrace shifts are 3 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.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Portland Japanese Garden volunteers are required to be Garden members and as such receive the benefits of membership.
    • Admission to the Garden during public and Member-Only hours
    • 20% discount when purchasing additional admissions tickets.
    • 10% discount at the Garden Gift Shop
    • Early access to tickets and reservations
    • Free/discounted admission to Garden Lectures
    • Access to Members-Only Events
    • Discounted admission to Garden workshops
    • Free/discounted admission to Garden Exhibitions and Festivals.
    • Tripod fee waived
    • Subscription to The Garden Path Newsletter
    • 20% discount at Bamboo Sushi
    • Free admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden in November
    • Induction into Oregon’s Volunteer Passport Program
    • Annual complimentary Washington Park volunteer parking pass awarded after 15 hours of service each year.
    • Continuing education and annual volunteer appreciation events.
To apply: Please complete the online volunteer application. or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Details regarding other volunteer programs at Portland Japanese Garden can be found at


  • Exhibition Arts
  • Botany
  • Environmental Education
  • Horticulture

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15 hours per year

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