Volunteering with us can bring you many benefits — from learning successful gardening techniques, to having the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment. Docents will improve their public speaking skills and have an opportunity to introduce the park to visitors. High school students can earn community service credits. And helping with our children’s education programs can be fun and fulfilling for volunteers. You will be able to meet new friends and help us maintain the Gardens at the same time!


If you don’t have time to volunteer on a regular basis, please consider helping out at one of our special events, like Pumpkins in the Park or our Super Guadalupe River Run. We need many people to assist with these events and your help on this infrequent basis would be greatly appreciated.


In most instances, general workdays ( on going and monthly scheduled) cancel if there is rain.


Upcoming Opportunities


Rose Garden Workdays  -  Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30am. For more info, click here.

Orchard Volunteer Workday – Sat. May 3rd, 8:30-11:30am.  To sign up, click here.

River Clean-up – Sat. April 19th REGISTRATION IS FULL

Great American Litter Pick Up – Sat. April 26th REGISTRATION IS FULL


Please call us at 408-298-7657 to schedule a volunteer session.


Some drop-ins for regularly scheduled work days are okay, but groups of 3 or more need to be scheduled in advance. Thanks!


Interested in volunteering regularly or need a specific number of hours? Fill out this form and contact us. Individuals that volunteer regularly can not only support the Guadalupe River Park substantially, but also learn in much greater detail how the park operates! One time volunteers need not fill this out.


Volunteer Form For Minors
Minors will need the form above signed by a parent or guardian. Minors 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or teacher at a 10:1 ratio.



Volunteer Opportunities


I volunteered at Guadalupe Conservancy for several years and I did many things.  I worked in the office, sorted worm bins, worked at events.  Every time was so enjoyable – and every time I got a “thank you”.  Everyone knew my name and I knew everyone there.  It was the very best place I have ever volunteered because I was made to fee that everything I did was important, and every volunteer hour was valued.  The GC does so much outreach to the community that I was so proud to say” I volunteer at Guadalupe Conservancy.” ~Joan Kyle, seasoned volunteer



Corporate/Group Work Days

We offer a unique team building environment for your group that incorporates the park’s Heritage Rose Garden, three-acre orchard, hiking and biking trails,river and much more. We will work with you to find the right project for your group and then provide an orientation and training that day. Our year round activities can last three hours or a full day and vary depending on the season and current needs. We are able to accommodate just about any sized group!  Here are some of the companies we have worked with: Adobe, Apple, Applied Materials, Berliner Cohen, Brocade, Cisco, Cupertino Electric, Deloitte, e-Bay, Ernst & Young, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG, NEC, and PG & E. Click here to our Community Service Opportunities flier (262 kb .pdf file).



Please come prepared with clothes you can get dirty. Long pants, closed toed shoes, full reusable water bottles and sun protection (hat and sunscreen) are a must. All tools provided!


San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

Community Workdays

Every Wednesday and Saturday (weather permitting)
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

No need to sign up for groups of 3 or less…call 408-298-7657 to schedule a group of 3 or more.

Note: in the summer we host one evening pruning session per month.  These dates can be seen on our calendar. During the wet seasons, rain cancels.


Historic Orchard

Help preserve a portion of the old Santa Clara Valley that pays homage to when orchards stretched across the valley floor. We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the Historic Orchard in the garden area of the Guadalupe River Park. Workdays are the first Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30am (rain cancels). To sign up, click here.


Courtyard Recycled Water Garden & Taylor Street Rock Garden

These gardens do not have regularly schedule work days but still need plenty of TLC.  Please call 408-298-7657 to schedule a work group.


River Clean Ups & Trail Maintenance

At least twice a year the Conservancy organizes river clean-up efforts in the area between Coleman Avenue and HWY 880. This is a great opportunity to meet with friends, co-workers or new friends who share an interest in maintaining the beauty of the river and protecting the natural habitat.  The award-winning 254 acre park, including 2.6 miles of trails, offers visitors an opportunity to explore nature, enjoy the many water features and playground areas, or travel the trails that meander through the park.  Volunteers can help the City of San Jose to maintain the areas of the trail on the 2.6 miles of trail from Hwy. 280 to 880. Projects could include weeding, planting, spread mulch, trimming trees, refurbish park benches, cleaning signs, etc.


Student Interns

Interns work in all areas of our operations, including our Education and Volunteer programs as well as event planning.


Education Volunteers

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy offer a full calendar of classes and workshops for adults and children. Many of these classes, particularly the ones for children, require volunteers to prepare materials in advance and instructors/assistants to help the education staff deliver the programs. Education volunteers actively participate in all facets of our activities, including, but not limited to, assistance with after school workshops for children, field trip programs, education booths at festivals, our research library, annual Water Wizard Festival, the compost demonstration site, adult workshops, and preparing material for educational programs.


Special Events

We hold several special events every year including the Water Wizard Festival (May), Pumpkins in the Park (October), and the Super Guadalupe River Run (February). Volunteers are recruited to do a variety of tasks for these events including planning, set-up and breakdown, booth staffing, educational activities, and food sales.


Office Volunteer

An abundance of volunteer opportunities exist in our office at the Visitor & Education Center. Activities include clerical work, organizing the library, preparing materials for educational programs, etc. Other tasks can be performed from home. Volunteer efforts in the office allow the conservancy staff to focus on expanding programs and reaching out even further to the community. Commitment will vary depending on volunteer’s availability. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00 pm.

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