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:

  • 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

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions:
Dates TBD. Check back soon!

All Volunteer Orientation attendees must R.S.V.P. with Maureen McAndrews, Development and Volunteer Manager by email mmcandrews@missionsjc.com or by calling (949) 234-1322. Attendance at the Volunteer Orientation session is mandatory in order to be cleared to either serve or be trained in any capacity on the Mission grounds. Following Volunteer Orientation prospective volunteers will be asked to come to the Mission for an interview. Once a new volunteer is accepted into the Mission’s volunteer program, they are required to attend Guest Engagement Training.

All applicants are required to undergo training and will be asked to follow our Code of Ethics policies.

Thank you in advance for considering to join the Mission family, a group of individuals committed to preserving the past for the future generations to come.


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