Volunteer with us!

The friendly team, educational environment and benefit to the community make volunteering with the San Mateo Arboretum Society (SMAS) a richly rewarding experience.


Volunteers must be or become a current SMAS members.  (For information about member benefits, click here, or to go directly to the secure membership form, click here.)


Volunteers are the core of the San Mateo Arboretum Society who give their time and energy so that the community can learn about and enjoy the beauty and bounty of plants and trees.  We are currently in need of new helpers to continue the strong volunteer legacy of the Society.  Expert skill level is not required – simply a desire to contribute to the Society’s objectives.  The friendly team, educational environment and benefit to the community make volunteering with the San Mateo Arboretum Society a richly rewarding experience.

Volunteer Signup

For information on volunteering in the following areas/committees:

EDUCATION COMMITTEE:  Organizing SMAS monthly Sunday Garden Seminars and workshops; e.g., contacting potential speakers, obtaining program details and materials, etc.  Must be able to work and attend at least 3-4 seminars a year.  Contact: Call 650-579-0536 x 3 or email: suecarder@me.com Subject line: Educational Committee

BOARD MEMBER: Becoming a member of a nonprofit organization’s board can be a meaningful way to explore how an individual’s experience and expertise can be applied in the nonprofit sector at the governance level, and ultimately, how one’s experience and expertise can help advance a nonprofit organization’s social impact. It also can be a rewarding, high impact way that for-profit executives can do community service while learning new skills that can enhance their own careers. The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit organization. The responsibilities of the board include discussing and voting on the highest priority issues, and setting organizational policies. Requirement is to attend one monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month.  For more information please call 650-579-0536 x 0 or email: smas1019@att.net Subject line: Board Member

FUND RAISING: The Fundraising Committee is responsible for overseeing the organization’s overall fundraising and, in particular, the fundraising done by the board. To accomplish this, its responsibilities are: To work with Fund Raising Chair & staff to establish a fundraising plan that incorporates a series of appropriate vehicles, such as special events, direct mail, product sales, etc. To be responsible for involvement of all board members in fundraising, such as having board members make telephone calls to ask for support, and Interested persons agree to participate in fund raising committee assisting in mailings, phone calls, material distribution, etc. Call  650-579-0536 x 0 or email: smas1019@att.net Subject line: Fund Raising

MAINTENANCE/HANDYPERSON:   Weekly communication with Facilities Director regarding property needs. Duties will vary throughout the year: e.g. replacing wooden boards on plant tables; maintenance of greenhouse cooling equipment; manually opening/closing greenhouse air vents; cleaning greenhouse sink drain system; replacing property light bulbs; weekly maintenance of property fountain (cleaning filter, debris, changing time clock, checking water levels), garden hose/nozzle replacements, etc.  Call 650-579-0536 x 0 or email: greenhousevolunteer@yahoo.com Subject line: Maintenance Person

GREENHOUSE VOLUNTEERS: Join a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays. No previous experience is needed as we are happy to train on the job. Volunteering at SMAS is the opportunity to continually enhance your knowledge about horticultural and natural history of our area. It is a wonderful way to learn about plants that do well in San Mateo County, and also meet some great people. There are no limitations to the type of gardening we do. All volunteers must be current members of SMAS. Work activities include but not limited to: Potting and repotting plants, grooming plants & tables, and watering plants; Plant propagation; working at our special plant sales or annual events.  Call 650-579-0536 x 0 or email: smas1019@att.net Subject line: Greenhouse Volunteer