Become a Volunteer

Volunteering at The Huntington is a great way to learn about plants and culture, meet people with similar interests, and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors! Volunteers are a vital and valued resource at The Huntington.

  • Join a dedicated community–1,200 strong!–ages 14 to 80+
  • You don't need an art degree, green thumb, or a background in history
  • Opportunities available year-round, weekdays and weekends, in a variety of areas
  • Exclusive benefits including discounts, early entrance, and invitations to special events


  • Information volunteers - provide information to visitors at various locations including admissions, orientation gallery, library, art galleries, and the gardens
  • Garden volunteers - provide vital support to the botanical staff dead-heading, weeding, re-potting, and tending the many gardens 
  • Docent volunteers - lead public and school tours of the library, art, and botanical collections
  • Office volunteers - assist staff with administrative support and special projects


Requirements vary for different volunteer opportunities.

  • Information, Garden, and Office volunteers generally require a minimum of 8 hours per month for six months. Orientation and training is provided.
  • Docent volunteers require a minimum of 8 hours per month for 2 years, followed by mandatory participation in a series of Master Class training sessions. Docent volunteers act as ambassadors for The Huntington, with a longer-term commitment.


Complete an application:



If you have questions or need assistance with your application, contact [email protected] or call 626-405-3429.

What to Expect

  • Applications are accepted year-round. Please note, we receive a high volume of applications and are not always able to place every applicant.
  • After submitting your application, you will be contacted by email within 4-6 weeks and invited to attend an interview (individual interview for adult volunteers; group interviews for youths) to discuss your time commitment, areas of interest, and current opportunities.
  • Volunteers are accepted based on their availability and potential for personal growth and positive impact. Volunteers must be able to make at least one 4-month term commitment and adhere to the attendance policy.
  • After your interview, if a volunteer opportunity is available, you will be invited to attend the New Volunteer Welcome & Orientation, meet other volunteers, and learn more about your individual assignment.


Volunteer Login

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