Current Volunteer Opportunities

Expert skill level is not required – simply a desire to contribute to the Arboretum Society’s objectives.  The friendly team, educational environment and benefit to the community make volunteering with the Arboretum Society a richly rewarding experience.

EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE: Organizing SMAS monthly Sunday Garden Seminars and workshops which includes contacting potential speakers, obtaining program details and materials, etc.  Must be able to work & attend at least 3 to 4 seminars a year.  Contact Sue Carder, or call the office at 650-579-0536, ext. 3.

MAINTENANCE/HANDYPERSON: Weekly communication with Facility Director regarding property needs. Duties will vary throughout the year, e.g. replacing wooden boards on plant tables; maintenance of greenhouse heating/cooling equipment; manually opening/closing greenhouse vents; cleaning greenhouse drain system; replacing property light bulbs; weekly maintenance of property fountain (cleaning filter, debris, changing time clock, checking water levels), garden hose replacements, etc.  Contact: call the office at 650-579-0536, ext. 0

PUBLICITY: Assist with preparing press releases and or preparation of print materials for SMAS events/activities; provide content for SMAS website; take digital photos of key events/activities; coordinate with City of San Mateo on matter of banners & permits; familiarity with graphics / digital publishing tools & printing process most helpful.  Contact: call the office at 650-579-0536, ext. 0 or send an email message to