Volunteer Opportunities

Already a volunteer? Thank you!

Interested in volunteering? Follow the steps below.

1. Watch this short video.

2. Sign up for an orientation at this site!

Orientations are every other Wednesday and every other Saturday at 9 a.m. Sign up for a date and come in to the garden on that date at 9 a.m. We suggest you wear a hat, protective clothing, sturdy shoes (no sandals), mask, and bring a water bottle. Bring your own work gloves if you have them. Please contact us at missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com or (520) 955-5200 if you have further questions.

Orientation is fun–watch this short video.

3. Read more about Mission Garden

Mission Garden is a community effort and can’t happen without volunteers willing to contribute time, labor and special skills. If you have questions, contact the garden at (520) 955-5200 or missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com. For individuals or small groups, follow the link above to sign up for an orientation. For larger, one-time, volunteer groups, contact us to set up a date and a task-plan.

Volunteer at Mission Garden

Volunteer at Mission Garden

Why volunteer?
-Discover Tucson’s fascinating multi-cultural history
-Help create a better community around Tucson’s Birthplace
-Get outdoors and enjoy nature
-Grow, preserve, share and enjoy sustainable heritage food
-Get free on-site training in Tucson-specific agriculture and foodways
-Experience the power of carrying on a priceless legacy.

Volunteer Gardeners work with garden supervisors and other volunteers to carry out tasks ranging from preparing soil, planting seeds and irrigating to controlling pests and weeds, harvesting produce and tabling at the nearby farmer’s market. We need gardeners of all ages and abilities and we will do our best to help find the tasks most suited to you. New volunteers are encouraged to come on Wednesday and/or Saturday, to work in teams led by Emily Rockey, Garden Supervisor.

Volunteer Greeters work with outreach supervisors and other volunteers to carry out the important task of greeting visitors, providing them with information and collecting donations. Greeters are needed when the garden is open to the public on Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm during the hotter months (April-November) and Saturday afternoons from 12 to 4 pm during the cooler months (December-March). However, greeters may also be invited to help out during occasional special events, or lead special guided tours. We have docent training sessions at which you will learn more about this history of the area and the different gardens and orchards within Mission Garden.

Kids feeding chickens

Kids feeding chickens

The Friends of  Tucson’s Birthplace hold several special events over the course of the year, such as the annual breakfast at Mercado San Agustín in August, the San Isidro celebration in May, the Membrillo Fest in October, etc. On these special occasions, the Friends need Go-Getters to help out with special operations, including purchasing materials, directing traffic, managing sign-in sheets, selling tickets, collecting donations, taking photographs and/or video, making or serving food, staffing information tables, cleaning up, etc.

Are you interested in volunteering but can’t do it right away? Fill out the following form to receive Mission Garden’s volunteer news. Emails have updates on garden tasks and volunteer opportunities.

4. Sign up for our volunteer email below.