Individual volunteers are the backbone of Hidden Villa’s Volunteer Program. There are opportunities for “drop-in” volunteer activities as well as opportunities to make an ongoing commitment within one of our program or administrative departments. Volunteers who make an ongoing commitment become part of the Hidden Villa family. No previous experience is necessary and the appropriate training is provided for all opportunities. Please note that Hidden Villa cannot offer room or board in exchange for volunteer service. Here are some of the volunteer activities that are perfect for individuals:
Hidden Villa Docent*
Available Tuesday through Friday (September through May), 8:30 am to 12:30 pm; for ages 18 and older.
Volunteer Guides are needed in the Hidden Villa Environmental Education Program (HVEEP) to lead groups of school children on tours of our organic farm. Farm Tours are for preschoolers to 1st graders. In small groups (generally 10 - 12 children per guide), they explore and taste the delicious fruits and vegetables that we grow in our Education Garden and meet our farm animals. Farm Tour guides must commit to leading tours once a week.
Hidden Villa Docent*
Farm and Wilderness Explorations with School Groups
Available Tuesday through Friday (September through May), 8:15 am to 2:30 pm; for ages 18 and older.
Volunteer Guides are needed in the Hidden Villa Environmental Education Program (HVEEP) to lead groups of children on tours of our organic farm and wilderness. Farm and Wilderness Explorations are a more in-depth experience for 2nd through 6th grade classes. They do projects, taste fruits and vegetables in the garden, meet farm animals, and go for a short hike in the wilderness to explore the natural world. These tours range from 3 - 5 hours, and group size is limited to 7-8 children per guide. Farm and Wilderness Guides must commit to leading tours once a week.
Hidden Villa Docent*
Weekend Farm & Garden Tours
Available Saturdays and Sundays (year-round), 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; for ages 16 and older.
Work with our Community Programs Department (Public Programs) to lead 90-minute farm tours for groups of all ages. Tour groups consist of individual visitors as well as families
and private groups like birthday parties. Help teach our participants to become more environmentally aware by exploring our farm and educational garden.
Hidden Villa Weekend Ambassador*
Available Saturdays and Sundays (year-round), 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm; for ages 16 and older.
Be one of the first points of contact to welcome and ensure visitors have a great experience at Hidden Villa. Ambassadors greet visitors at the Welcome Kiosk, offering helpful information and answering questions about the farm, hiking trails and activities. Ambassadors are stationed at the kiosk for 2 hour shifts each Saturday and Sunday, and asked to commit to 2 shifts a month. Please click on the Volunteer Application link below if you’re interested in applying for the Ambassador position.
Teach Specialized Classes
- weekend opportunity
If you have a talent or hobby that you would like to share with the community and it fits with Hidden Villa’s mission, consider teaching a class or leading a tour as a volunteer teacher through our Community Programs. In the past, volunteers have taught Bee Keeping & Honey Harvesting, Charcuterie, How to Make Homemade Sausage, How to Cure Bacon, Wilderness Hikes, Wild and Edible Mushroom Hikes, Summer Salad Dressings, Medicinal Teas, and much more!
Teen Group Leader*
Available Tuesday through Friday (September through May), ; for ages 18 and older.
Volunteer Teen Group Leaders lead groups of up to 12 middle school and high school students around the farm and in the wilderness. Volunteer responsibilities include guiding students on a farm tour, guiding wilderness hikes, facilitating team-building initiatives, and belaying participants on our high ropes course. Training will be provided for all activities.
Available every Wednesday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm; for ages 18 and older
Come join our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) team as they grow Hidden Villa’s produce. With your hands in the soil, you’ll learn from our expert farmers how Hidden Villa practices small-scale organic farming. Typical activities include seasonal planting, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and building the occasional protective gopher cage.
Horticulture and Ornamental Gardening
Available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am to 12:00 pm; for ages 18 and older.
Volunteers come and join our on-site Horticulturalist in maintaining Hidden Villa's beautiful and historic gardens and spaces.Volunteers will have an opportunity to put their experience to use and to learn more about organic gardening, plant propagation, identification and care of native plants, and garden design. Hands-on work includes planting, pruning, weeding, irrigation, fertilizing, composting, and mulching. This volunteer opportunity is great for master gardener's and students of horticulture.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; for ages 18 and older.
Hidden Villa has over 8 miles of hiking trails to maintain! Please help by bringing your strength, sturdy hiking boots, your toughest jeans, work gloves, hat, and water bottle with you when you volunteer with our trail maintenance volunteers and staff. Not for the faint of heart.
Available on select weekends; for ages 16 and older
Help with event set up, parking direction, registration, and event cleanup for events like Hidden Villa’s Sheep Shearing Day, Duveneck Day, Halloween Haunts, Japanese Cultural Day, Fundraising Dinners and more.
Variety of shifts; ages 16* and older
Help keep Hidden Villa’s internal wheels turning by volunteering in one of our offices. You can lend a hand with a wide variety of projects and we’re always looking for assistance with data entry, filing, and collating mailing pieces.
* Special Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have a special skill that would be helpful at Hidden Villa? We are always looking for volunteers with specialized skills in carpentry, wood working, automobile/ tractor repair, landscaping, archiving historical records, information technology, blacksmithing, and veterinary medicine. Let us know if you have a special skill you would like to share.
*Volunteer Opportunities marked with an * require an ongoing commitment.