Volunteer or Intern

Spend time with us in the garden!
Spend time with us in the garden!
Help us with events and spend time with your community!
Help us with events and spend time with your community!
Every hand makes a difference!
Every hand makes a difference!

Volunteers and interns contribute greatly to the Ecology Center’s programs and services. If you are interested in volunteering with us, click here to complete the volunteer application or stop by the Ecology Center (2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA) to fill out a hard copy. Feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 510-548-2220 x235 or volunteer@ecologycenter.org with any questions.

We always appreciate working with volunteers and do our best to offer valuable experiences for larger groups. If you have a group of 5 to 15 volunteers who would like to help us in the garden or with special events and projects, we would be happy to discuss possible activities and ways we can engage your group. Please complete a volunteer group form and we’ll be in touch soon!

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Ecology Center Volunteer Opportunities

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunity: Plastic-Free Week at the Farmers' Markets
Time & Location:
Tuesday, July 19th - 1:30p-6:30p (shifts available) - Adeline St & 63rd St
Saturday, July 23rd
- 9:30a- 3:00p (shifts available) - Center St & MLK Jr. Way

As part of Plastic-Free July, the Ecology Center Farmers' Markets will have special visitors, promotions, and activities celebrating plastic-free efforts during the week of the 19th. Visitors can bring a reusable cup to any Berkeley Farmers' Market that week for a free drink, on us! We need your help with compost and recycling direction at the waste stations. You will receive a simple on-site orientation upon arrival.

Opportunity: Plastic-Free Week at the Farmers' Markets
Time & Location:
Tuesday, July 19th- anytime between 2:00p-6:30p - Adeline St & 63rd St
Thursday, July 21st - anytime between 3:00p-7:00p - Shattuck Ave & Rose St
Saturday, July 23rd - anytime between 10:00a- 3:00p - Center St & MLK Jr. Way

The Ecology Center is excited to have the much-loved plastic bag monster appear at its markets during the week of the 19th. We need your help to make this happen.
Are you passionate about going plastic-free? Do you like talking to people? Do you enjoy making people smile? If so, you could be our bag monster! In exchange for your monster skills, we're happy to offer a one year Ecology Center membership along with some plastic-free goodies. Need a little more inspiration? Check out this past bag monster.

Volunteer Opportunities at a Garden Near You

If you’re not able to make it out to a work day at the Ecology Center’s EcoHouse garden, we encourage you to spend time volunteering at one of the following community gardens. Drop in during any of the hours below to get your hands in the soil, meet neighbors and learn how to grow your own garden. You can even pick up free organic produce at some of the locations!

Bottoms Up Community Garden 8th St & Peralta St, Oakland
Year-Round
Sundays 12:00 pm – Sundown

City Slicker Farms Oakland
Fitzgerald & Union Plaza Park, Corner of 34th and Peralta Streets
Fridays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ralph Bunche Nursery, 1240 18th Street, Oakland
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
*contact info@cityslickersfarms.org if your group is larger than three people

Gill Tract Community Farm San Pablo Ave & Marin Ave, Albany
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
*Take home free organic produce!

Urban Adamah 1050 Parker St, Berkeley
Year-Round
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Urban Tilth Richmond
Richmond High School Garden, 1250 23rd Street, Richmond (next to the tennis courts)
1st Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

AdamsCrest Farm, 5000 Patterson Circle, Richmond
3rd Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

North Richmond Farm, Brookside Drive & Fred Jackson Way, North Richmond
4th Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm