Calling All Volunteers!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Society!
Volunteers make our programs possible, and we are very grateful to
have the support of hundreds of volunteers each year. We have
a wide range of opportunities for people of all skill
levels. If you've been thinking about volunteering at the
Society, here are a few ideas about how you might get
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Society Garden Manager
Volunteer Job description
The Garden Manager is responsible for overall management and
oversight of the Society garden and the volunteers. The main
responsibilities of the position are listed below.
Establishes vision and goals for the garden that reflect the
mission and values of the organization
Develops a three-year garden plan.
Provides guidance and resources to staff and volunteers as
Maintains a healthy and safe environment, ensuring facilities,
equipment and supplies are well kept.
Works with a team of volunteers to ensure that the gardens are
Works with the Executive Director to:
Develops and manages an annual operating plan for the garden,
including the budget for approval. Performs an annual review and
assesses program effectiveness. Reports on status of activities
planned and makes recommendations. Attends staff meetings.
Plans and executes special work bees and events.
Manages volunteer community garden staff, manage construction
projects at the garden and provide guidance to committees, project
Schedules, supervises volunteer gardener work bees and provides
orientation and coaching as necessary.
Gives volunteers adequate direction and training, resources and
tools for proper program
Provide regular communications to the volunteers, and staff in
advance of planned activities to ensure clear communication.
Provide support for Society programs
Qualifications and skills:
The candidate should strong local gardening knowledge and
experience and have project and people management skills and be an
excellent communicator, both written and verbal.
- Minimum 2 years experience managing a garden
- Experience in food growing
- Experience in outreach, leading workshops, and
- Strong communication and organizational skills
- Knowledge of and experience working with people of diverse
- Ability to work alone and as part of a team are equally
- Basic proficiency in Excel, Word
- Have a valid Drivers License
- Some evenings and weekends required
- Second-language an asset
This is a volunteer position that runs from May to October. If
you are an experienced gardener with the skills above, please send
you rresume to Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. today
Open Gardens Program
Garden Tours are a great way to learn about and share interest
in gardening. These tours are one of the special benefits of being
a member of the Calgary Horticultural Society. The program is
designed to include gardens in various stages of growth from new to
well established. Visitors and homeowners alike share their
interest and expertise in a noncompetitive way. Two to four gardens
are opened during the summer months in the north and south part of
the city on selected Sunday afternoons from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
Do you know of someone who has an interesting garden, a project
in the works - you perhaps - who is willing to share with
opening your garden to members? We are always on the lookout for
new gardens to enjoy and celebrate now and in the future and we
could use your help in finding new locations. Don't be shy, please
call us with ideas.
Here are comments from a couple of people who opened their
garden last summer:
"I'm declaring today's open garden a fabulous
success - I had 89 people come through my garden! Everyone
was so complementary and I had countless positive
comments. It was a wonderful affirmation of the bond shared
by the gardening community. I was very touched by one
gardener who came and shared that her garden is under water in High
River. She is so hopeful that something will have survived
the floods - a real tribute to the spirit of
gardening. It's been a bit tiring... but the volunteer
that did my gate-minding was wonderful and so helpful!
Thank you for inviting me to open my garden - it was
really fun (and gave me the kick in my backside that I needed to
get it tidied up). I would be very happy to participate
again, should you think my little garden would be a good addition
(I don't know if you do 'repeats'). My only regret is that I
didn't have a chance to go out and check out my fellow
gardener's creative efforts!"
Committee Members (North)
Each Spring and Summer a team of volunteers view potential
gardens to open in either the North or South Calgary and creates a
roster of locations to visit for the next growing season. This is
an excellent opportunity to meet residents first hand, chat about
gardening and build one of the most popular programs the Society
offers. The role also involves some scheduling, administration and
creative writing duties to support the program. Right now we
are recruiting a volunteer to assist in this role in the North part
of the city.
Garden Gate Sitters
Gatesitters assist at the open gardens tours during summer.
The position involves assisting the homeowner with the running of
the open garden, welcoming visitors, ensuring, visitors maintain
garden ettiquite, and having fun! Gate sitters are needed for July
20, 27 and August 17.
Interested in helping with the Open Gardens Program, email us or call
403.287.3469 X 222
Society's Office Support
Data Entry Assistance
We are currenlty recruiting volunteers to join our membership
management team. The role involves assisting update and process
information on the membership database. We are looking for a
commitment of .5 a day per week on a regular basis to work in
the office. A team approach is planned so there will be flexibility
Computer and database experience is essential. Training and a
fun work environment is guaranteed.
Garden and Learn
Interested in learning more about those plants and shrubs or
just in helping us bring the Society's garden to life? Then
consider joining the gardening progam at the Society. Yes it will
be 'Inch by inch and row by row' that the weekly garden bees
will work their magic under the direction of our Garden Animator.
There is a lot planned this year. Come join in the fun.
Interested in helping, email us or
call 403.287.3469 X 222
Spring / Fall Plant Shares
A Plant Share is held in the Spring and Fall each year. These
Member-Only events are a fun way to meet people and change up
your garden. Volunteers assist in identifying, labeling,
displaying, sharing and chatting about plants. You don't need
to have plants to participate, plants are for sale. The prices
are good and it is a great way to fill up those empty spaces
in your garden. The Spring and Fall Plant share are held on
the Saturday after the long weekend in May and September in the
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Would you like to share your gardening knowledge or learn
a bit more? Do you have experience public speaking to groups of 20
people or more and an interest in speaking on behalf of the
Society? If so this may be a great opportunity for
Community groups often ask the Society to provide
speakers for a variety of gardening topics. We are recruiting
volunteers now to deliver short informative talks of 20 - 30
How do you grow from the experience? Well, you'll polish your
presentation and public speaking skills and you'll likely pick up
new gardening know-how along the way!
To learn more about our Speakers Bureau, email us or
call 403.287.3469 x222.
To 'dig in' and support the
Society, contact Carol Chapman, Volunteer Coordinator, by
calling 403-287-3469 X 222 or email to inquire