Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities



Admissions

Admissions Host/Hostess: Greet visitors, hand out brochures, check for admission stickers, count visitors (clicker counter), and answer general questions.
Admissions Receptionist: Answer incoming calls and answer questions about directions to the Garden, admission prices, and special events; direct incoming calls to appropriate staff.

Education

Garden Guide: Garden Guides attend monthly meetings to learn more about the Garden. They lead scheduled tours through the Garden and Conservatory and also serve as roving interpreters. Trainees attend special training sessions in winter and spring and participate in "shadow tours" with veteran guides before leading tours on their own.
Education Information Assistant: Help fill brochure holders in the garden, library and Visitors Center. This involves strolling through the Garden to make sure holders are filled with appropriate brochures (for the Conservatory, Healing Garden, and Bird Trail) and with rack cards (for Education classes, lectures, tours).
Bird Trail Volunteer: Part of a committee whose activities include: filling and cleaning bird feeders, monitoring and maintaining wooden directional markers, and also monitoring the bluebird houses in the spring.
Registration and Logistics Assistant: Assist with registration and logistics at large public programs. Volunteers assist the Education special programs team on an on-call basis with jobs related to major lectures and workshops.
Children's Activities Assistant: Assist with children's activities on weekends during A Million Blooms and other special celebrations.
Library Assistant: Shelving books, check for mis-shelved items, helping borrowers find books or journals, using the database to circulate materials (check-in, check-out), processing new books, addressing and mailing overdue notices, answering phone and email requests for gardening information, doing research related to visitor and caller questions, and processing plant and seed catalogs.

Horticulture

General Horticulture Volunteer: Assist horticulturists and gardeners in maintaining the individual gardens within Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Greenhouse Assistant: Assist in volunteer greenhouse propagating plants for Volunteer Plant Sales.
Plant Drying Volunteer: Gather and preserve plant material, primarily for GardenFest decorations.
Plant Records Volunteer: Assist the plant records coorinator in producing accession and visitor plant labels as well as participating in the day to day activities related to maintaining the Microsoft Access plant records database.
Conservatory Volunteer: Assist the conservatory coordinator and Conservatory Gardener in maintaining the facility for appropriate presentation level to the public.

Volunteer Office Recruiting Assistant: Enter/Update any newly active volunteers, volunteer prospects, or volunteer applicants and their contact information into the VolunteerWorks database; update status changes accordingly throughout the recruiting/placement process; set up interviews, and assist with orientations.
Volunteer Administrative Assistant: Business Office: Working at the direction of the director of administrative services on administrative and clerical tasks/projects.
Development Volunteer: Assist in bulk mailings that promote LGBG and other clerical duties.
Education Data Entry Assistant: Entering lists of names and other data into Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets (in the Education office). In the Children's Garden, need one volunteer to enter data regarding the Discovery Program tours into Vista (facilities management/scheduling software).
Education Office Volunteer: Assist with general office work and information distribution. Help with copying, addressing envelopes, counting rack cards, stuffing envelopes.
Special Events (Mostly evenings or weekends throughout the year)

General Special Events Volunteer: Involves a number of different jobs/assignments that are available depending on the event. Events include: A Million Blooms, Groovin' in the Garden, and GardenFest of Lights.
Weekend Opportunities: (Please see descriptions above)

Admissions Host/Hostess
Admissions Receptionist
Children's Activities Assistant
Conservatory Volunteer
Garden Guide
Garden Cart Volunteer
Library Volunteer
Special Events