Volunteer

Preserve, Welcome, Inspire

Preserve, Welcome, Inspire

Filoli’s volunteers amplify Filoli’s mission by supporting the staff's critical efforts to preserve, welcome, and inspire. Volunteering at Filoli is a wonderful and rewarding way to contribute to one of the finest remaining country estates in California. 

The volunteer program is not currently accepting applications

Prospective Volunteers

Filoli is in a re-engagement phase with Volunteers previously enrolled in our Program. For health and safety considerations, we are slowly inviting current Volunteers back to the gardens. Due to limited opportunities at this time, we are not accepting applications. We appreciate your interest in joining the Filoli Volunteer Program and if you would like to receive email updates on new volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator with your email address.

volunteer@filoli.org | (650) 364-8300 ext. 252

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must:

  • Have a current Filoli membership.
    • Learn more about the benefits of membership here.
  • Have an email address; this is our main form of communication for all volunteers. 
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit a volunteer application

After the application form is submitted, the Volunteer Program Coordinator will contact you to: 

  • Interview
  • Complete a background check
    • All volunteers must submit to an online criminal background screening through Verified Volunteers. This screening cost is covered by the volunteer. Information on how to complete the screening is provided in the Volunteer Handbook. 
  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and sign the Volunteer Agreement
  • Attend a general orientation meeting

Please note that volunteer needs fluctuate throughout the year. Although the Garden is open to visitors, volunteer opportunities will remain on pause as Filoli responds to COVID-19 concerns

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Questions?

Email volunteer@filoli.org or call (650)364-8300 ext. 252

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers in Garden Care immerse themselves in Filoli’s gardens through weeding, pruning and special seasonal projects essential to the horticultural richness of the garden. Volunteers commit to at least 48 hours of service and complete specialized training in order to participate in Garden Care.
Volunteers in Garden Care immerse themselves in Filoli’s gardens through weeding, pruning and special seasonal projects essential to the horticultural richness of the garden. Volunteers commit to at least 48 hours of service and complete specialized training in order to participate in Garden Care.
Volunteers in Collections Care support the preservation and management of the libraries, art, decor, and objects in the house. Volunteers track pieces, perform data entry, conduct physical inventories, and support cleaning and other care. Volunteers commit to at least 48 hours of service and complete specialized training in order to participate in Collections Care.
Volunteers in Collections Care support the preservation and management of the libraries, art, decor, and objects in the house. Volunteers track pieces, perform data entry, conduct physical inventories, and support cleaning and other care. Volunteers commit to at least 48 hours of service and complete specialized training in order to participate in Collections Care.
General Support consists of single-day, seasonal and short term projects in the Horticulture and Collections departments. These assignments do not usually require additional training beyond the initial volunteer orientation. There is no minimum service hours requirement to participate in General Support.
General Support consists of single-day, seasonal and short term projects in the Horticulture and Collections departments. These assignments do not usually require additional training beyond the initial volunteer orientation. There is no minimum service hours requirement to participate in General Support.