UC Davis Volunteer Opportunities

A way to build community is to share individual and collective expertise, time and talents. Although most volunteer to help others, side benefits may include new friendships, career exploration, discovery, learning and improved physical and mental health.

Campus Volunteer Opportunities

  • Arboretum - The UC Davis Arboretum is a living museum, an outdoor classroom, a public garden with over 4,000 kinds of trees and plants and a beautiful place for active recreation or peaceful contemplation.
    • As a volunteer, you can learn new skills, meet other people who share your interests, and feel wonderful about supporting the work of the Arboretum. All new gardeners, nursery assistants, and education volunteers participate in a seven-week training class that prepares them for their volunteer experiences at the Arboretum. The training is offered once a year and usually begins in mid-October.
    • The Arboretum also welcomes volunteers who prefer to work on short-term projects. We schedule volunteer workdays several times a year for planting or garden clean-up projects.
  • Bohart Museum of Entomology - You don't need to be an entomologist to help the Bohart thrive! Over the years many people have loaned their time and talents to making the Bohart the world-class research collection and museum that it is today.
  • Campus Book Project
  • Chancellor's Administrative Advisory Committees
  • Community Service Resource Center - Connects campus members with the community at large through such organizations as the Peace Corps, and Forest Service.
  • Global Learning Hub, a part of Global Affairs - Engage in global community service virtually.
  • Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven -  Some volunteer tasks include routine garden maintenance such as planting, weeding, mulching, etc. Volunteers also do plant propagation and help at garden events.
  • Manetti Shrem Museum of Art - The Manetti Shrem Museum welcomes volunteers as part of the ART Friends Volunteer Auxiliary, which offers a variety of opportunities to be part of expanding the museum’s outreach and creating convivial art experiences in the museum’s galleries and program spaces. 
  • UC Davis Nutrition Department - Clinical Studies is always looking for volunteers. Such studies includes: vegetable juice research study, cocoa-based snack bar study, cranberry study, Heart Health and Tomatoes.
  • UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Volunteer Davis Club - View or post online volunteering opportunities.