Filoli requires all volunteers to be members. If you aren’t already a member, visit our membership page to learn more and sign up! If you need more information about each volunteer area, see the descriptions below.
Art volunteers plan, promote, and present art exhibitions and hold classes in the Visitor and Education Center, House, and Gardens. Volunteers also assist in various art programs including Artist Access days, workshops, exhibitions, and other art-related activities.
Volunteers support Floral Design classes, assist with decorating Filoli for various events, and assist other volunteer groups with their floral design needs. Prerequisite: graduate of the Home Floral Design Program and completion of all required enrichment courses offered at Filoli.
Flower Arrangers create floral arrangements for the House, Visitor Center, and Garden on a weekly basis. Volunteers also create arrangements for special events, lectures, and holidays. Floral Design education, training, experience, and an audition are required.
Volunteers serve guests, set up and clean up the Cafe, and operate the cash register. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per month.
Volunteers assist the horticulture staff by working in the gardens, greenhouses, and orchard. Activities include weeding and raking the beds, removing debris and seasonal plants, potting seedlings, and light pruning. Volunteers should be in good general health and must commit to a 2-1/2 hour weekly or bi-monthly shift.
Volunteers staff the Clocktower Shop, operate the cash register, wrap purchases, assist guests, and restock shelves. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 2 shifts per month.
Assist with the food service at Filoli events by distributing box lunches and refreshments, assisting in setting up tables, and cleaning up after events. Committee members also serve at Board of Directors lunches, special events, and children’s activities.
Use resource materials and garden knowledge to answer visitor questions about Filoli’s plants and gardening practices. Activities are outdoors. Must have excellent gardening experience and knowledge and successfully complete the GID training.
Lead 60-90 minute walking tours of the Gentlemen’s Orchard. Requires completion of brief, on-site training.
Self-guided docents are stationed throughout the House & Garden to welcome guests. Docents educate guests about the families who lived at Filoli and about the House & Garden. Docents must complete a formal training course.
Lead walking tours of the House & Garden. Docents must complete the formal 6-week training course and lead a minimum of 20 tours, including 2 weekend shifts.
Pianists play in the Ballroom in the morning or afternoon for 2 hours while Filoli is open to the public. Must be able to play the piano well.
Docents conduct tours of the House & Garden to introduce students to Filoli in the context of California history. Must complete House & Garden training program.
Lead hikes in the Nature Preserve on weekends and/or weekdays. The 2-hour hikes educate visitors on the flora, fauna, and native California way of life in the area. Requires completion of training program and lead a minimum of 12 hikes/year.
Staff 2 libraries, re-shelving books and videos, assisting members in finding materials. Assisting Collections Manager in conserving, storing, cleaning, and documenting the furniture and decorative objects.
Greet guests and members, book tours and school programs, process admissions, and inform visitors of the benefits of membership.
Sell and process memberships and tickets for all special events, classes, lectures, and workshops. Answer a variety of questions about Filoli. Activities are indoors.