Volunteer Opportunities

Mission Garden is a community effort and cannot happen without volunteer individuals and groups willing to contribute time, labor and special skills. To be a volunteer, contact the garden at (520) 955-5200 or missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com. We will set up a brief orientation, preferably on a Thursday or Friday morning (Saturday morning possible too). Garden volunteers work in the garden Wednesdays through Saturdays. To receive our weekly volunteer email, fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

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. There are tasks for gardeners from Tuesdays through Saturday mornings. New volunteers are encouraged to come on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

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 periodic docent training sessions at which you will learn more about this history of the area and the different gardens and orchards withing the Mission Garden.

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.

Sign up to volunteer via email at MissionGarden.Tucson@gmail.com or fill out the following form. The form will put you on the mailing list for a weekly email with updates on garden tasks and volunteer opportunities.