Volunteering with us can bring you many benefits — from learning successful gardening techniques, to having the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment. Students can earn community service credits by spending some time working with us. Helping with our children’s education programs can be fun and fulfilling for volunteers as well. You will be able to meet new friends and help us maintain the park and 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.

Volunteer events will cancel if:

There is sustained or heavy rain, excessive heat (over 95° F), or the Air Quality Index is rated as “Unsafe for Sensitive Groups” as indicated by AirNow.


Volunteering During COVID-19


We have started offering limited spaces to volunteer workdays in the Heritage Rose Garden, Rotary PlayGarden, and for Trail Cleanups!! Please check out our Eventbrite page for current opportunities. We will be practicing social distancing and requiring face masks in addition to other requirements and restrictions, please read the details carefully.


Trail Ambassador Program – During these unprecedented times the Conservancy recognizes that individuals are seeking opportunities to volunteer outdoors. Consider joining out Trail Ambassador Program to be able to do some community good while getting outdoors (at a safe social/spatial distance).  Please click here for more information.


Community Workdays

All of the following are public workdays which we invite individuals to register and join us for:


Rose Garden Volunteer Workdays – Every Wed. and Sat. 8:30-11:30am. More information here. Registration is required. Workdays will resume in 2021.


Additional Opportunities Returning Soon


Trail Cleanups – Along the Riverwalk Trails and the Guadalupe River Trail.


Rotary PlayGarden Maintenance Support ongoing on Mondays; Email volunteer@grpg.org for more information.


Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday – Typically the 1st Saturday of the month, 8:30-11:30am. Orchard workdays will halt until further notice. To sign up for an email when workdays commence Click here!


Office Support – Have a few hours free every week and looking for an opportunity to volunteer? We are seeking individuals such as yourself to staff our front desk/visitor center on the weekdays. Specifically, Thursday and Friday afternoons! Email volunteer@grpg.org for more information.


General Support – Have some time during the week but can’t make one of our regular workdays? Let us know! Every bit of time helps. Email volunteer@grpg.org for more information.


Please email volunteer@grpg.org or call 408-298-7657 to schedule a group volunteer session. Some drop-ins for regularly scheduled work days are okay, but groups greater than six need to be scheduled in advance. Thanks!


Volunteer Form For Minors : https://www.guadalupeconservancy.org/Files/VolunteerServiceAgreement2020.pdf
Minors will need the form above signed by a parent or guardian. Minors 15 and under must be accompanied by an active parent, guardian, or teacher at a 1:10 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 Volunteer 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,  then provide an introduction and orientation as well as 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, Brocade, Cisco, Deloitte, e-Bay, Ernst & Young, Google, Intel, PG & E. Click here to view our Community Service Opportunities flier (262 kb .pdf file).


Trail Ambassador Program

Do you find yourself walking, running or biking the Guadalupe Trails within the Guadalupe River Park at least once a week? The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is launching a Trail Ambassador Program where individuals like you act as the eyes, ears and friendly face of the park. Volunteers help report issues along the trails, hand out trail maps to other trail users, and be a friendly presence in the park. The commitment is mostly flexible but would require at least 45 minutes a week. Click here to learn more!



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 unless otherwise noted!


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 six or less…call 408-298-7657 to schedule a group greater than six.

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 scheduled work days but still need plenty of TLC.  Please call 408-298-7657 to schedule a work group.


River Clean Ups & Trail Maintenance

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 also help the City of San Jose maintain the 2.6 miles of trail from Hwy. 280 to 880. Projects could include weeding, planting, spreading mulch, trimming trees, refurbishing 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 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 Festival (September), 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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