Opportunities

Calling All Volunteers!

   

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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 involved.  

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.

Leadership

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 necessary.

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 well managed.

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.

Supervision

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 leaders.

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 planning.      

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 presentations
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of and experience working with people of diverse communities
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team are equally important
  • 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 volunteer@calhort.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 for holidays.

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 morning. This Year May 23rd and Septmber 12.

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Speakers' Bureau

 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 you.  

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 minutes.

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 about  opportunties.

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