Volunteer Position Qualifications, Skills, & Abilities: Garden Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the native plant gardens on property and assisting with beautification of the grounds. Job duties include weeding, planting, watering, raking, leaf blowing, and other various tasks.
This position requires the ability to perform manual labor in a variety of weather conditions, including significant heat.
Minimum age requirement: 18 years old
Time Commitment & Scheduling: Volunteers must commit to at least 12 months with a minimum of 30 hours of service per year, which may be split between different volunteer roles. Garden Volunteer opportunities are available year round, with a significant increase in opportunities in the spring, summer, and early fall. Garden Volunteers must commit to a consistent schedule of availability to ensure the plants on the property are properly maintained.
Volunteer Screening Process: Those interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application. After an interview, potential volunteers must provide proof of being up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including initial doses (1- or 2-dose varieties) and all eligible boosters, and may need to pass a background check.
Volunteer Supervision: Garden Volunteers report directly to the Education Coordinator, though other staff members may assist with training and supervision. Any concerns that cannot be addressed by the Education Coordinator should be directed to the Education Manager.
Volunteer Training Process: Those chosen to become Garden Volunteers must attend one of the quarterly volunteer orientation days. Upon completion, they must schedule a time with the Education Coordinator to be trained on how to properly care for the native plant gardens and other responsibilities. If online training is required for a task, the Education Coordinator or Education Manager will reach out to notify the volunteer of this training. If a volunteer has limited access to the internet, a printed copy of all training materials can be provided upon request.
Personal Appearance/Dress Code: Garden Volunteers will be provided a blue Endangered Wolf Center t-shirt to wear during their shifts. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase. Closed-toe shoes and pants or jeans are required for this position, provided they do not have significant rips or tears. Long sleeves may be worn under uniform shirts and jackets, coats, and vests may be worn as long as they are plain and do not contain wording (small, unobtrusive brand logos are acceptable). Endangered Wolf Center branded jackets are acceptable. Plain or Endangered Wolf Center hats may be worn. Work gloves are encouraged.