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Balboa Park Garden Stewards

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ORGANIZATION: Forever Balboa Park

  • 78 people are interested
Alcazar Garden

The goal of the Garden Steward Position is to help the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation and Forever Balboa Park staff by assisting in routine garden maintenance of more than 20 magnificent gardens within Balboa Park. This volunteer position helps restore and maintain gardens to their historical and botanical glory.

Forever Balboa Park proudly partners with The San Diego Floral Association, the Friends of Balboa Park, and The Waterwise Gardener to provide botanical, horticultural, and landscape design experts to lead teams of volunteer Garden Stewards who work together to tend, host and enhance each public garden in the Park. Garden Stewards are asked to make a one-year minimum commitment to work in their assigned area once each week or in some cases once every other week and complete up to 8 hours of training. In efforts to track the return on investment, Garden Stewards are required to track their donated time through Volgistics software. Garden Stewards help with weeding, mulching, planting, dead-heading, and other routine garden maintenance. In some instances, Garden Stewards also serve as garden hosts, greeting visitors and answering their questions, providing a positive presence in the gardens where they are working.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitoring the garden regularly
  • Weed identification and removal/control and mulching
  • Planting container stock and deadheading
  • Perennial & annual flower and grass care
  • Additional garden maintenance deemed appropriate by Parks and Recreation
  • Acting as the eyes and ears for the Park and alerting staff of any maintenance or repairs required, irrigation issues, vandalism, etc.,
  • Notifying conservancy staff of need for supplies and tools.
  • Other Gardening duties as assigned

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About Forever Balboa Park


1549 EL PRADO STE 1, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101, US

Mission Statement

Forever Balboa Park provides expertise, advocacy and resources to envision, enhance and sustain Balboa Park for all visitors in partnership with the City of San Diego and in collaboration with other organizations in the Park and the community.


We bring the skills, experience, knowledge and leadership of our expert staff, diverse board of trustees and professional network to build community and deepen impact. We use our voice, influence and connections with park stakeholders, government officials, and community and business leaders to advocate for the best version of Balboa Park possible. We provide staff, volunteers, materials, data, funding and other critical resources to serve priority park initiatives.


Sports & Recreation
Community, Environment, Sports & Recreation


We'll work with your schedule.


Park Volunteers Office, 1549 El PradoSan Diego, CA 92101



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Farming
  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • - Up to 8 hours of orientation and training - At least two multi-hour shifts per month; 4-6 hours/week preferred - 1-year commitment to the role
  • - Passionate about plants and gardens - Able to walk, bend, and kneel to perform basic gardening tasks - Interested in learning to identify different plants and weeds - Able to remain outdoors during a 2-4-hour shift

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