Thank you for your interest in getting involved at The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix - RoHoEn. Your willingness to contribute your time, enthusiasm and talents for the benefit of the Garden is much appreciated! We have a vibrant community supporting the Garden through a variety of roles. Please fill out the volunteer application below and sign our liability waiver to get started at RoHoEn.


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Join Us Today!

Fill out our application and agree to our liability waiver below to enter our volunteer community.

We will contact you with a simple online orientation and introduce you to our scheduling system afterwards!


If you have any questions about volunteering roles, or are interested in a role we do not currently provide, please contact Corey Strawhun - Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@jfgphx.org or you can contact our office for more information by phone at (602) 274-8700.

Volunteer Roles

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Volunteer Gardeners

The primary role of our Gardening Volunteers is to maintain and foster RoHoEn. Japanese Gardens are a very specific type of garden and require many special skills. However, most of our gardening volunteers start with very little experience and grow to learn many of the unique aesthetics and principles that guide Japanese garden design and maintenance as they spend time in our community. 


Gardening Volunteers maintain and grow the Garden using authentic Japanese tools and techniques to ensure it stays refined and polished. At first you will perform basic garden care such as managing weed control and leaf raking. As you train under our Niwashi (Garden Curator), you may be asked to work on more advanced projects such as building bamboo fences, planting and nurturing new trees, flowers, and various plants, working with basic light machinery such as electric trimmers and various traditional Japanese hand tools for practicing Japanese pruning techniques.

Volunteer Ambassadors

The primary role of our Garden Ambassadors is to protect and promote the Garden during normal admission hours. Take a quick online orientation to familiarize yourself with the basics of the Garden and Ambassador roles. Helping guests appreciate the Garden from within the paths and not wondering off into the fragile plant life, while answering any simple RoHoEn questions they may have, is the primary way that Ambassadors support us. If you are looking for a way to spend time in the beauty of our Garden, strolling the paths as well as become an essential part of our volunteer community, Ambassador volunteering is for you!

Volunteer Docents

(Currently on hold due to Covid19)

Volunteer docents (tour guides) are our most highly-trained volunteers. They go through an online training program to learn how to give guided tours of the Japanese Garden. Then shadow current tour guide docents to learn the ropes. They must be available for some tours on our tour slots which are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10AM or 11AM.  Typically, docents serve 2-4 times a month, depending on the number of tours we have booked. Being a tour guide is a wonderful experience and so rewarding, come join us!


Special Event Volunteers
Our events are wonderful and steeped in culture and friendship. Set-up / take-down, scanning tickets, and everything in between, we can use your help. There are many tasks to an event. The best part is you will be having a great time while helping out! This volunteer position is best for people who are available evenings and weekends, and only want to volunteer occasionally.


Office Volunteers

All skill levels are welcome to join us in the office.  Our office needs vary from front desk receptionist to data input, to mailing efforts. We would love to have you join us in a calm office atmosphere! The office volunteer commits to a 3.5-hour shift that recurs each week (e.g. Every Friday from 12:30-4:00.) This position is best for volunteers who prefer to work indoors.

Office & Garden Interns

​There are opportunities to intern (non-paid) with the Japanese Garden in our administrative and horticultural departments. Please contact our volunteer coordinator here to inquire about availability of an internship with us!


Group Volunteers
We are always happy to welcome a group of volunteers to help with an event or Saturday morning gardening. If you are interested in bringing a large group (school, class, club, volunteer group etc.), please contact our volunteer coordinator here to schedule with us.​​