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Portland Japanese Garden

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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 one or all of these three roles: Exhibition Docents, Garden Monitors, and Bonsai Terrace 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. No prior knowledge is necessary, but an outgoing personality is a must.

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.

Bonsai Terrace Docents educate the public about the art of bonsai and protect the delicate plants from damage. Our bonsai are on display from April through October. This role is never boring because we rotate the plants out seasonally to showcase the best the seasons have to offer.

No previous knowledge of Japanese gardens, history or horticulture is necessary for any role. Training will be provided virtually over Zoom. All shifts are 2 hours long.

We are only interested in applicants who are available to volunteer on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays between the hours of 10-5pm.

Our expectation is that a new volunteer will work 2 shifts per month and volunteer with us for a minimum of 3 months. Must be at least 16 years old to apply.

Interested? Please submit an application here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1291363320.
Training will be provided over Zoom.

Please note - For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, Portland Japanese Garden is requiring all staff and volunteers to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Staff and volunteers are required to become 'fully vaccinated’ by June 30 th (first shot by May 15 th). 'Fully vaccinated’ means 2 shots of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or 1 shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - plus 2 weeks after the final shot.

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. Only applicants who are available Fridays-Sundays will be accepted.

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