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We have volunteer opportunities for gardening, leading guided tours, and assisting in the Herbarium. Learn more about volunteer positions here.


We offer unpaid or externally funded internships on a case by case basis. Interns are expected to have some background knowledge in the area they would like to pursue, and must devote a minimum of eight hours per week for at least four months. We expect higher level projects to be completed during the course of the internship. Ideally, this is connected to studies you are currently pursuing. UCLA Extension Horticulture & Gardening Program students can typically pursue an internship for credit. If you are interested in interning please contact Jules ( with a letter of intent for a specific project or area you would like to work on. Past projects have included archival work in the Herbarium, horticultural improvements in a specific collection, or development of communications materials. You must be over 18 years of age to participate in an internship.

Open Positions

Manager of Public Outreach, Education, and Communications

To learn more and apply, visit UCLA Careers and search for position 34413.

The Manager of Public Outreach, Education, and Communications manages the Garden Education Program, Public Outreach & Communications, Campus Communications, the Garden’s Sales and Service and Campus Relations.

For the Garden Education Program, incumbent is to oversee K-12 curriculum programs and curriculum-based field trips and manage the garden docent program, including recruitment and training of Garden Educators; annually assess the performance of the docent program and evaluate the success of individual docents; design and deliver training courses for new docents. The manager will also hire and supervise work study students and volunteer educators, as well as managing the training programs. It further includes public tours, community building, planning interpretive signage and managing volunteers and work-study students. Incumbent is to develop curriculum-based field trips, which includes video production, website design, social media, content development, and presentations. It will sometimes require the incumbent to present the work at the American Public Gardens Association’s National Conference or other conferences. In addition, incumbent is to manage a $40K grant that is related to school programs at the Garden, which involves the development and delivery of 4th and 7th grade curriculum.

For the management of campus communications, incumbent is to support the activities of the Garden Director, schedule and prepare agenda for the Campus Advisory Group, schedule meetings and provide support for Faculty Affiliates, and coordinate communications and activities with other campus groups as needed.

For Public Outreach & Communication, incumbent is to develop innovative new outreach programs in collaboration with Director and Assistant Director. This includes implementing and administering public outreach, public lecture series, and communication activities with external campus communities, such as speaking with neighborhood groups. Incumbent is to manage one’s own budget for Public Outreach, Education and Communications. Incumbent will have an overview the Garden Membership with the administrative support.

For the Garden’s Sales and Service and Campus Relations, incumbent is to supervise a Marketing Specialist who will be assisting incumbent on venue reservation and facility management. Incumbent is to manage and oversee the activities in the La Kretz Garden Pavilion and identified rental space within the garden as well as managing the sales and service including invoice set up, etc. Incumbent is to promote and support campus use of the Garden. Incumbent is to be part of the leadership team who will collaborate with the Herbarium Curator, Assistant Garden Director and with a direct report to the Garden Director. The job will require incumbent to work on the evenings and weekends.

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 Senior Botanical Garden/Arboretum Manager

To learn more and apply, visit UCLA Careers and search for position 34161.

Under general supervision of the Assistant Director of the Botanical Gardens, the incumbent (Garden Manager) is responsible for maintaining and improving the living collections of the Botanical Garden for teaching and research; responsible for the care and maintenance of assigned Garden zone; assist in overseeing the design, construction, and maintenance of the Garden landscape and its features; assist in supervising horticultural staff to ensure day-to-day operations and projects are progressing and completed; will work with the Assistant Director to develop and implement volunteer program and policies, then schedule and manage volunteers, and assist with their requirements and training; assist in overseeing horticultural staff conducting tree work, manage in-house tree work projects, assess tree health in collections; assist in overseeing horticultural staff when pesticides/herbicides need to be used in the garden; will be trained to use and update database (IrisBG); will be the Garden supervisor when the Assistant Director is off-site or unavailable; establish and cultivate healthy working relationships within the department, affiliated entities, and campus community; will work on weekends and most campus holidays; assist Assistant Director with other Garden projects or tasks when needed (such as events, etc.)

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The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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