Volunteers & Partners


Volunteers play an integral role in the administration and operation of Mission San Juan Capistrano. From the docents who teach California history to over 50,000 school children each year, to the gardening angels who carefully prune the blossoming roses, these volunteers dedicate their time and energy to ensure that the Mission remains the historically significant landmark that it is today. They are greatly appreciated and practically indispensable here at the Mission. There are many ways in which you can give back to the community by volunteering with us:

  • Mission Docents: Comprised of individuals with a strong sense of history, a passion for remembering it, and the ability to share it with others and provide field trip inspiration to thousands of fourth graders.
  • Gardening Angels: This group of volunteers can be found every Wednesday morning pruning, fertilizing, and planting to make the gardens look their best for visitors. These volunteers also support weekly garden tours.
  • The Guild: The purpose of The Guild is to raise funds for the preservation of our  Mission. Founded in 1993, this organization hosts various fundraising events throughout the year such as luncheons, silent auctions and special evening events. The Guild’s crowning achievement was the publication of a beautiful, prize winning cookbook in 2007 (Tabasco National Winner, Community Cookbook Award), generating over $300,000 for preservation. Within the past 5 years, The Guild has raised over$25,000 towards preservation of California Landmark #200.
  • Special Events: Volunteer at Mission events in new and fun ways serving the public.

We invite you to complete an Application and attend a Volunteer Orientation session to learn more about ways you can get involved as a volunteer.

Volunteer Application

Interested in becoming a volunteer at Mission San Juan Capistrano?

Please click on the link above and complete the application. You will then be added to the waiting list and invited to attend the Prospective Volunteer Open House to be held on July 28, 2020.

All prospective volunteers must attend this open house and required to attend training before serving on the Mission grounds. Following the open house, prospective volunteers will be required to participate in an interview with staff members as well as guest engagement training. All applicants will also be required to follow our Code of Ethics.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Mission San Juan Capistrano family of volunteers, a group of individuals committed to preserving the past for generations to come!

For questions, please contact Maureen McAndrews, Development and Volunteer Manager:
Email: mmcandrews@missionsjc.com
Phone: (949) 234-1322