The Conservatory of Flowers relies on the support of people like you to maintain its galleries and host special exhibits. Help the Conservatory thrive by making an individual donation or having your company sponsor an event.

Connect People to Plants as a Conservatory Ambassador

Volunteer Requirements

The Conservatory requests that volunteers commit to two shifts per month for one year. Most shifts are 2-3 hours long. In return, the Conservatory offers free lectures and social events and a discount in the gift shop. All volunteers are required to meet with the Director of Volunteers & Education, complete an application at that meeting, and attend a training. Trainings vary from an hour-long session for Horticulture, Greeter, and Special Exhibit volunteers, to seven 3-hour sessions, for Docents and Jungle Guides. The next training for Docents and Jungle Guides will be held in early 2016.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Greeters welcome visitors, take tickets, and answer general questions. This is the perfect opportunity if you enjoy chatting with people from all over the world and want to spend time in a beautiful living museum without needing to learn about the plants. Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Special Exhibit Docents educate visitors on the plants and features of the current special exhibit. Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00 Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Horticulture volunteers come in on Mondays to help with pest management, water and clean the galleries, and install exhibits. Please note that horticulture volunteers seldom work with the plant collections and are asked to help with "heavy lifting".
  • Conservatory Clean-Up volunteers are needed from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month to help weed the grounds, scrub pots, and do other important tasks. Volunteers must schedule their shift in advance. No dropins please.

To learn more and schedule a meeting at the Conservatory contact Erika Frank, Director of Volunteers & Education, at or (415) 637-4326. 


Volunteer Training Materials

Click on each attatchment to download the section. Some of the files are a large size, so they may take longer to download. 



History CoF and GG Park.pdf1.04 MB
General Botany Part I.pdf950.67 KB
General Botany Part 2.pdf473.58 KB
Plant Adaptations.pdf1.36 MB
Artists and Masons.pdf3.55 MB
Highland Tropics Gallery.pdf689.05 KB
Aquatics Gallery.pdf560.4 KB
Lowland Tropics Gallery.pdf1.37 MB
Potted Plants Gallery.pdf3.12 MB
Orchids.pdf1.64 MB
Tropical Ecosystem.pdf323.84 KB
Conservation.pdf222.85 KB
Touring Strategies.pdf116.42 KB
Suggested Reading List.pdf556.75 KB