Join The Team!
​At The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Inc. (RoHoEn) opened to the public in 2002 as a joint project between the City of Phoenix and its sister city Himeji, Japan. The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events that continue to deepen relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan.

​In our offices:

The Japanese Friendship Garden offices, adjacent to the Garden on the 2nd floor of Winship House, are where our staff spend their time planning, creating and communicating the mission of RoHoEn together. Want to promote Japanese art, culture and the Phoenix-Himeji sister city relationship with us? Look below for open positions.

There are currently no open positions in the office at this time.

In the Garden:

The Japanese Friendship Garden is supported by a multitude of roles from our artistic gardeners to our friendly gift shop staff to our energetic event and rental staff. They each uniquely make the mission of JFG possible and are appreciated for their contribution when working for JFG. Want to join our team and promote Japanese culture with us? Look below for open positions. 

Events Associate

Work our beautiful, unique events at our garden.

Garden Attendant

Be a knowledgeable liaison for our guests as you interact with them in our garden.

Gift Shop Sales Associate

Work in a space surrounded by authentic Japanese goods as you provide excellent omotenashi to our guests at both the purchasing counter and admissions window.


​We are pleased to be partners with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the ArtCorps Student Worker Program. Each student works 400 hours over the course of the semester for $16/hour (around 20 to 25 hours each week). Click the link below to learn more and apply.


Team Benefits


Here are a few of the ways JFG is dedicated to giving back to our greatly appreciated team members.



You will receive a Garden membership for yourself and a family member/friend every year you work with us. Garden membership includes reciprocal admission to more than 300 gardens though the American Horticultural Society. See our other excellent Membership benefits here


Health & Wellness

All full-time, regular status Garden employees have access to excellent healthcare choices. Health, vision and dental coverage are all offered.


​Gift Shop Discount

Get a 20% employee discount on all the amazing, imported Japanese snacks, beverages and goods at the Garden Gift Shop.


Paid Time Off

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix values our team members' time. The Garden offers vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.


Annual Employee Appreciation and End of Year Party (Bonenkai)

Join us for our annual employee appreciation event where we show our team members gratitude.


Tranquility & Culture

Employees at the Japanese Friendship Garden get the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture and a front row seat to enjoy the serenity of RoHoEn, the most tranquil place in Phoenix. 


That it was built by the strong bond between sister cities - Himeji & Phoenix, with so much effort made by people from Japan & Arizona for years. Because of that, it has come to be the hidden Jewel of Phoenix that provides peace & harmony for the community to relax and meditate in.

The harmony of the stones, water, plants, spaces, buildings, handiwork , etc., without any prominence, brings out the beauty of the whole and the beauty of each.

My favorite thing about JFG is that I get to work in our tranquil, authentic Japanese garden every day to remind me of my home country.  Being able to share the history of RoHoEn and the Japanese culture with visitors, volunteers, and the community gives me joy and gratitude. I feel very fortunate to work for JFG - the best job I've ever had in my life. 

The JFG is a secret hideaway in the heart of downtown Phoenix. It’s the perfect tranquil setting within the hustle and bustle of city life where you can rest, relax and take in all that a traditional Japanese garden offers. 

The oppurtunity to see authentic, Japanese art and culture richly shared with the people of Arizona. The beautiful Japanese aesthetics of wabi sabi, mono no awari, yugen and others are made concrete and visible through the shapes, textures and intricately planned design of this traditional stroll Garden. There is nothing more relaxing and enjoyble in Phoenix than spending time at RoHoEn and working here is a real passion project for me!

The understanding and consideration we all give each other- it’s hard work but we are omotenashi —- yes I Adjectived it! I think it’s because we all love and are proud of the Garden and the Garden in turn gives us good energy.

My favorite thing is the small bridge at the back of the Garden next to the tea house. If you stand in just the right spot you can see all the small details of the little waterfall on the left hand side surrounded by the green of the garden. Every time it's overcast or raining I take a deep breath and take a slow wander around the Garden as it reminds me so much of my childhood...People love the biggest things and the awesome attractions, but it's the little things for me. 

To be a part of something that offers its community so many benefits.

Join the Team at the Japanese  Friendship Garden of Phoenix!