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Interested in Volunteering at Portland Japanese Garden?

We are not accepting volunteer applications at this time. Please check back at a later time.

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteers with Portland Japanese Garden must be: (1) at least 16 years of age, (2) able to make a six-month commitment to volunteering, and (3) be a member, or able to become a member of Portland Japanese Garden. More information about membership here.

Our volunteer on-boarding process consists of four steps:

  1.    Apply – Prospective volunteers are asked to complete this online application.
  2.   Meet with Us– After your application has been reviewed, applicants will be invited to meet with our Director of Volunteer Programs for an in-person interview. This short meeting gives us a chance to get to know your skills, interests, and availability a little better.
  3.   Attend a Volunteer Orientation– This 90-minute session provides volunteers with the history, mission, and omotenashi(or Japanese customer service policy) of Portland Japanese Garden.
  4.   Shadow a Current Volunteer – In some cases, we may require a new volunteer to shadow an experienced volunteer for their first 3 shifts or until the new volunteer feels comfortable in their role.

Contact our volunteer department

If you have any questions about volunteering at Portland Japanese Garden, please contact the Volunteer Department by emailing [email protected] or by calling 503-233-9233.

Policy Against Discrimination

At Portland Japanese Garden we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and volunteers. We recruit, employ, train, encourage, and recognize our volunteers for their hard work without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It is also the policy of Portland Japanese Garden that all employees and volunteers are entitled to a work in an environment free from all forms of discrimination. Discrimination or harassment based upon any of these factors is inconsistent with the policy and philosophy of Portland Japanese Garden and will not be tolerated at any time.