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Volunteers Needed!

Volunteering for the Palomar College Arboretum benefits everyone involved. There are always projects that need to be done and help is always needed. The volunteer core truly are what keeps the Arboretum growing as they provide the man power necessary to maintain such a large collection. They spend time in the background working to keep the nursery going; harvesting, cleaning, and planting seeds or cuttings to provide us with new and interesting specimens to admire and learn from. Volunteers also spend time in the Arboretum helping to water, trim, plant and transplant as needed.

Opportunities to learn about plants and general landscape maintenance give volunteers a better understanding of the world around them and how important humans are in the delicate balance of our world.  Some days you're dirty and some days not so much but youíre always learning and having fun!

See photos of the Beautification Day Events

We greatly appreciate and thank you for your contribution to this campus enhancement project that will benefit all of us.

Volunteering Time for the Palomar College Arboretum

First off, thank you for your interest in volunteering to assist the Palomar Community College District maintain the Arboretum. This is a huge task and takes countless hours to keep all the gardens growing. We are often asked; what does an Arboretum volunteer do? How many hours would a volunteer be expected to work? Can anyone volunteer? These are all great questions that are addressed below:

Tasks assigned to volunteers range completely upon an individualís knowledge, experience and physical limitations. Some horticultural experience is a plus; however it is unnecessary. Basic level tasks include raking leafs, sweeping, weeding and watering. Other complex tasks like trimming and planting may be asked of volunteers if they have been trained properly by the Grounds Services staff. We are responsible for the health of several very rare and in some cases, endangered plants here at the college. In an effort to keep track of the large and diverse plant collection a data base of all the plants here on campus is maintained. Help with this huge undertaking is always wanted.

 In addition, to maintaining the Districtís plant collection we operate our own nursery and propagation area. We also maintain a seed bank for several of the more rare and unique plants. Plant propagation work is vital to what we do here in the grounds department. Without our efforts to grow and reproduce many of the rare and unique plants found on campus, the college would not look and feel the way that is does. The plants help to provide an atmosphere unique to Palomar College and create an aesthetic value that students, faculty, staff and visitors all enjoy. Seeds and cuttings of our specimens are collected from various places and propagated here in our nursery. With the diversity of plants on campus volunteers have an opportunity to work with Cactus, Succulents, Trees, Shrubs and a multitude of plants from around the world. There are many opportunities for volunteers to learn and help in many different ways.

Volunteer(s) requirements:

You must be over the age of 18.

Reference the Human Resources Website:
Effective July 1, 2009, fingerprinting is now required for all volunteers.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  The volunteer must turn in his/her volunteer packet along with the complete Request/Recommendation for Volunteer Service form to Human Resource Services in order to receive the Request for Live Scan (fingerprint) form.  Human Resource Services must receive and review the Live Scan (fingerprint) report prior to the department allowing the volunteer to start.

We request that volunteers commit to at least 4 hours per week and submit to the grounds supervisor a record of hours worked on a monthly basis.

Once approved, all volunteers are expected to conduct themselves according to district standards. We hope this information answers your questions about volunteering with us and we look forward to hearing from you!!


  Contact: Tony Rangel, President
Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum

Mailto:  for more information.
(760) 744-1150 x2133