Volunteer With Us

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!
Our Markets are open and we need your help!
Our Markets are open and we need your help!

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 contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 510-548-2220 x235 or volunteer@ecologycenter.org with any questions.

Ecology Center Volunteer Opportunities

**Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, volunteer opportunities for the Ecology Center are limited and have been altered to correspond with the CDC guidelines. 

Click here for Ecology Center’s Current(April 2020) Volunteer Opportunities!
Submit an application, and you will receive an email when there are opportunities available.

Farmers' Market's Volunteer Opportunities

As an essential service, the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets REMAIN OPEN, providing fresh, healthy food for the community and livelihood for small and mid-scale farmers.

We are actively making operational changes to protect customers, farmers, and staff, and to mitigate the spread of disease, including following all guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health. You can see more about all the changes here.

In order to comply with the new guidelines and make operational changes that support social distancing and control the number of people in the market at any one time, we badly need volunteer help! If you are healthy, not in the high risk category, and not living with high risk people, please consider volunteering at our three weekly farmers’ markets.

Volunteer tasks include:

  • Picking up pre-orders from vendors and delivering them to customer’s trunks at Curbside pick-up
  • Greeting customers at market entrance and providing them with info on the social distancing requirement
  • If needed, supporting staff in queueing customers at the market entrance, if the number of customers already in the market exceeds our maximum crowd count.
  • Hanging signage in the market
  • Monitoring vendor lines, helping customers know where to wait, and thanking customers for adhering to the social distancing guidelines

A short, virtual volunteer training will be scheduled prior to working at the market. Shifts start 30 minutes prior to market opening time, and length can be flexible depending on availability. Our three markets operate year-round, rain or shine:

Downtown Berkeley

Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. WaySaturdays 10 am – 3 pm

North Berkeley

Shattuck Avenue @ Vine StreetThursdays 3 pm – 7 pm

South Berkeley

Adeline Street and 63rd StreetTuesdays 2 pm – 6:30 pm

In addition to supporting the community in accessing healthy, farm-fresh food, the benefits of volunteering 5+ hours include an Ecology Center Membership. (See benefits here)

Please reach out to us if you can support the Berkeley Farmers’ Market through volunteer@ecologycenter.org or for general inquiries, info@ecologycenter.org

Volunteer Opportunities at a Garden Near You

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 2847 Peralta Street, Oakland
Fitzgerald & Union Plaza Park, Corner of 34th and Peralta Streets
Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 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 1050 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
Sundays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mondays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

*Take home free organic produce!

Urban Adamah 1151 Sixth Street, Berkeley
Year-Round
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 12:30 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 – 1:00 pm

North Richmond Farm, Brookside Drive & Fred Jackson Way, North Richmond
4th Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm