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Portland Japanese Garden

  • 41 people are interested

Portland Japanese Garden is looking for new volunteers to share their love of the Garden with the community.

Volunteers will be asked to give their time to two roles: Garden Monitors and Exhibition Docents.

Garden Monitors are often the first and last people that a visitor will interact with during their trip to the Garden. Therefore, Monitors set the stage for a positive Garden experience. Monitors are tasked with walking around the garden and interacting with visitors. They will greet visitors, answer questions, share information about the gardens, and ensure visitors are following Garden etiquette and COVID guidelines.

Exhibition Docents are trained to work in the art gallery. They receive training for each individual show from the Garden's Curator of Art, Culture and Education. Docents are expected to interact with visitors and share information about the art on display. They are not static security guards.

No previous knowledge of Japanese gardens, history or horticulture is necessary for either role. Shifts are 2 hours long and are available 7 days a week between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers who are available Friday - Monday between the hours of 12-4pm.

Our expectation is that a new volunteer will work 2 shifts per month and volunteer with us for a minimum of 3 months.

Interested? Apply here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1291363320

For more information please contact our Director of Volunteers at cmontgomery@japanesegarden.org or 503-223-9233.

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About Portland Japanese Garden


611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205, US

Mission Statement

The mission is to bring the ideals of the Portland Japanese Garden to the world: art of craft, connection to nature, experience of peace.


The Portland Japanese Garden is renowned the most authentic and finest Japanese garden outside of Japan. Founded in 1963 and nestled in Washington Park above downtown Portland, Oregon, the Garden is one of the most important Japanese cultural institutions in North America. 350,000 visitors annually visit the national treasure and participate in its art, cultural, and educational programs. The Garden strives to provide every visitor with an inspiring experience of the beauty and tranquilty of the Japanese garden art form. At the same time, the Garden is the beginning point of engaging diverse audiences to expand their understanding of Japan and themselves. Formal and informal education and cultural programs are offered so that visitors of any background or age will find something that is personally meaningful to them. First of a kind art exhibitions focused on Japanese arts, artists, and craftsmanship illumniate cross-cultural dialogue and understanding of the Japanese art form.

Arts & Culture


We'll work with your schedule.


611 SW Kingston AvenuePortland, OR 97205



  • Exhibition Arts
  • Customer Service
  • Community Outreach
  • Storytelling


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 shifts per month. Shifts are two hours long. Commitment of at least 3 months, 6 months preferred.

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