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Society Gardener


At Calgary Horticultural Society, we rely on volunteers to help us deliver our services and programs to gardeners. Each year, we are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers whose time, skills, experience and enthusiasm help us achieve our aims to educate, promote and support gardening in the Calgary area.

Volunteering at Calgary Horticultural Society is a great way to meet like-minded people, use your skills or learn new ones. You will find a friendly, social atmosphere at our volunteer events, and you will be surrounded by people who share your love of gardening.

We have a wide range of opportunities for people of all skills and abilities.  Volunteers assist us with our education programs, help us with our annual Garden Show, help to tend our teaching and demonstration garden and support us to deliver outreach and events around the city.


We ask that all volunteers have a current Calgary Horticultural Society membership to participate in our volunteer program.  To find out more, please contact the office:

volunteer@calhort.org
403.287.3469 (option 6)


Volunteer Opportunities at the Society

NEW! Society Board Director – This volunteer role requires a minimum two-year term commitment as well as availability for approximately ten hours per month to attend Board and Committee meetings and attend Society events.  Of particular preference are applicants with executive or professional experience in law, governance, not for profit leadership/fund development, marketing and/or  communications. Though gardening expertise is not a must, all Board members must support our mission and organizational goals. Use this link to learn more about the Board and how to apply.

Garden Scout – The Society is always looking for new and interesting gardens to add to our Open Gardens tours. With so much change and growth, it’s a challenge to know about all the intriguing gardens in the city, so we’re seeking Garden Scouts to help us. As a scout, if you see an interesting garden, we would like you to record the address and make notes about why the garden may be a good candidate to be featured as an Open Garden. The notes would be emailed to the Society so we can follow up when we return to in-person Open Gardens. In the future, as in-person activities return, the scout would also leave a card in the mailbox with information about the Open Garden program (this is not required at this time). For more information, visit this link: Garden Scout.


Volunteers for In-person Events

When the Society’s activities fully open in the future, volunteers are recruited for the following positions:

Open Gardens Coordinator – The Society is seeking volunteers to help coordinate Open Gardens in the northern quadrants of Calgary. Open Gardens is one of the Society’s most popular member events. The coordinators recruit gardeners willing to be hosts and share their gardens with the Society members on a summer Sunday afternoon. We will be seeking coordinators for the 2022 garden season.

For a full role description, visit this link: Open Gardens coordinator.

Bi-Annual Plant Shares – Members only Plant Shares are held twice a year to swap plants. There are a variety of volunteer jobs we need assistance with from coffee sales to running plants, cashiers and more. It is a fun morning to meet your fellow members.

Casino – The Society runs a casino every 18 months as a major fundraiser. There are a variety of volunteer positions from chip runner to banker and cashiers. The Society has been awarded a casino event November 24 and 25, 2020 and is actively seeking volunteers.

Society Garden – We always look for volunteers to help with the spring clean-up, weeding, watering and fall clean-up of our society gardens.

Office/Administration – an extra set of hands is always appreciated at the office to help file, selling memberships at events, mail-outs, refreshment support at the monthly Member Talks, etc.

Annual Garden Show – the society puts on an annual Garden Show. The show is run completely by over 200 volunteers. There are numerous opportunities: greeters, ticket scanners, décor, membership sales, set up and tear down, 50/50 ticket sellers to name a few. The show runs in mid-April and the Volunteer coordinator will send out a request for volunteers in March.



We ask that all volunteers have a current Calgary Horticultural Society membership to participate in our volunteer program. To find out more, please contact the office:

volunteer@calhort.org
403.287.3469 (option 1)

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