Speaker (10 positions)

We are seeking a team of volunteers to deliver outreach talks/presentations to schools, clubs or community gardens on behalf of the Society. The volunteers will receive training to learn about the Society, water-wise gardening and presenting to groups. This is a year-long commitment and includes refreshing our existing presentations.

Role: Deliver community talks/presentations on behalf of the Calgary Horticultural Society.


  • willingness to (learn to) speak to an audience of at least 10 people
  • some prior knowledge of different horticultural topics such as plant choices and plant care for the Calgary area, garden design, soils, etc.
  • knowledge of or willingness to learn about adult/child educational techniques
  • a warm smile and welcoming manner
  • genuine enjoyment of meeting and talking with people of all ages
  • willingness to learn
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work in a team

Time Commitment: 6–8 hours training, 5–10 hours editing presentations, 3–10 hours practicing presentations, minimum of three presentations (45–90 minutes each) over the year. Commitment is from October 2019 until August 2020 but could be completed early depending on the events chosen. 

Transportation: flexible (bus, carpool, cycling)


  • participate in training sessions to learn about:
    • the Calgary Horticultural Society – history, vision, mission, benefits of membership
    • water-wise gardening
    • best practices in adult and/or children’s education (training provided)
  • as part of a pair or small group edit 1–2 presentations that will be used to fill community requests for speakers: community gardens, clubs, schools, etc.
  • deliver a minimum of three presentations alone or in tandem to community groups
  • record unanswered questions to be followed up by Calgary Horticultural Society staff after an event
  • take direction from the Calgary Horticultural Society educational staff
  • flexibility in adjusting to community group needs (switch in dates, different numbers, schedule interruptions, etc.)


  • increased horticultural knowledge through training, research and staff support
  • increased knowledge about educational styles
  • being part of a team of like-minded individuals
  • learn tips and tricks from staff and other educators
  • help gardeners-to-be successfully launch gardening journeys
  • be a force in making the city greener
  • be able to share your love of gardening and knowledge and become recognized for your passion and knowledge
  • be considered for paid teaching positions with the society

Contact Norm Cook, Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in this volunteer role.

The community outreach program is supported by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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