All Volunteer Opportunities

Current volunteer opportunities

  • Arboretum Associates

    Volunteer opportunities include leading guided tours, helping in the library, serving on various committees, helping weekly with Collection Care and Weeding groups.

    Contact the Arboretum at 831.427.2998

  • UCSC Affiliates

    Volunteer opportunities include fundraising for scholarships and help plan events that bring community members to campus.

    Contact Clea Hermanson at 831.502.8192 or email

  • Women's Club

    Volunteer opportunities include leadership positions and board members, serving on various committees and fundraising activities.

    Contact Clea Hermanson at 831.502.8192 or email

  • Friends of the Farm & Garden

    Volunteer opportunities include helping with community events, working at the UCSC Farm or Alan Chadwick Garden, taking part in our docent program, helping with the Harvest Festival and other activities.

    Contact Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, 831.459.3240,

  • Career Advice Network

    Alumni volunteers provide career counseling and professional advice to students and recent graduates. Mentees will reach out to engage in a career conversation, resume review or mock interview.

    For more information contact

  • UCSC Parent Council

    Volunteer opportunities include hosting events, fundraising and attending local and regional events.

    Contact Frankie Melvin at (831) 466-2922 or email

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSC

    Provides lectures, courses and interest groups (including Volunteers in Action Group) to community members who wish to engage in social, cultural and educational opportunities.

    Contact Dani Barker

  • Friends of the Long Marine Lab

    Volunteer opportunities include being a docent, aquarist, fundraising, providing administrative support, gardening and school program volunteers.

    Contact Lisa Rose at 831.459.3694 or email

  • Legislative Advocacy Network

    Working with UC governmental relations professionals and faculty and staff, the Office of Institutional Advocacy mobilizes advocates to support legislative activities in Sacramento.

    Contact Donna Blitzer at 831.459.3938 or email

  • Admissions Outreach

    Alumni volunteers attend high school and community college events as representatives of UCSC to share their experience as former students with prospective students.

    Contact the Office of Admissions at (831) 459-4008 or email

  • Student Volunteers

    A number of opportunities are available for students to support the UC Santa Cruz Community. Slug to Slug is a student group committed to building an across campus community and lifelong bridge to UCSC through Slugs helping Slugs. The Senior Class Council is a way for graduating seniors to build class unity, raise funds for the University and connect with alumni. Volunteer opportunities include helping at various campus and community events.

    For more information contact

  • UCSC Alumni Association

    The UCSC Alumni Association is governed by an elected board of alumni volunteers called the Alumni Council. This board has a number of committees to support the mission of the organization.

    If you are interested being part of the Council, please contact Shayna Kent,

  • Regional Programs

    Regional volunteers help bring UCSC across the United States!  Join others in your local area in hosting events, networking and sharing about your UCSC experience!


  • Retirees Association

    Retirees serve the University as advocates, ambassadors, and volunteers.

    Contact Retiree & Emeriti Center at 831.502.8202 or email

  • Emeriti Association

    Emeriti Group meetings monthly for lunch and discussion as well as sponsoring community-wide lectures.

    Contact Retiree & Emeriti Center at 831.502.8202 or email

  • UCSC Opera Circle

    The Opera Circle helps to raise awareness and enjoy the UCSC student opera program.

    Contact Opera Director Sheila Willey,

  • Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District

    Friends of this group have the opportunity to volunteer on exciting restoration projects or to be a docent for historic district tours.

    Contact Erika Carpenter at 831.212.0187

  • Friends of the Dickens Project

    The Dickens Project is the premier center in the United States for the study of Charles Dickens and a major international center for collaborative interdisciplinary 19th-century studies research. Volunteer opportunities include helping at various campus and community events, from serving as writing mentors to high school students during our Dickens Day of Writing to assisting with our annual Dickens Universe conference.

    Contact Courtney Mahaney at 831.459.2103 or

  • Smith Renaissance Society

    Volunteer to be a mentor for a former foster youth, orphan, or other young independent UC Santa Cruz student.

    Contact the Smith Society at

  • University of California Advisory Network

    UCAN is a community of committees people who lend their voices to shape state and federal policies promoting the university’s mission. Become an advocate and receive email alerts and call to actions to support the University of California.

Questions?  Don't see what you're looking for?  Have volunteer opportunities to add?
Contact Sarah Schuster Kudela, Director of Stewardship & Donor Services at 831-459-1717.