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.

​Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Gardeners

We have plants to plant, leaves to rake and compost to spread! Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Regular, returning gardener volunteers have the opportunity to learn pruning skills, use of Japanese garden tools and fence-making. Saturday mornings from 7am to 9:30am.

Volunteer Ambassadors

Garden Ambassadors greet each visitor to the Garden and walk around the garden in all types of weather. (Shade is always available.) They commit to a 3-hour shift that repeats each week. (e.g. Every Sunday from 1:00-4:00.) The Ambassadors will take a short online training course and then have a tour through the Garden . This position is perfect for people who like to share their love of the Garden by chatting informally.

Volunteer Docents

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.  What can you do to help us?  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 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), please contact our volunteer coordinator here to schedule with us.

Join Us Today!

Fill out our application and agree to our liability waiver below to begin volunteering. We will contact you with training and scheduling soon! If you have any questions about volunteering roles, or are interested in a role we do not currently provide, please contact Garret Young - Volunteer Coordinator at or you can contact our office for more information by phone at (602)274-8700.



1125 N. 3rd Avenue,

Phoenix, Arizona 85003 

Phone: 602-274-8700​


Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun

10:00AM - 6:00PM



10:00AM - 4:00PM


Closed on Mondays


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