Garden Mentor (6 positions)

We are seeking a team of volunteers who are willing to help new gardeners experience success in their initial growing seasons and/or help people acquiring new gardens to evaluate their “next steps.” The mentors will receive training to learn more about the Society, horticulture, water-wise gardening and the volunteer role. The garden mentors must be willing to go out to community gardens and/or homes in pairs to meet individuals and discuss their garden needs.

Role:  Help new gardeners have success in their initial growing seasons and/or help people acquiring new gardens to evaluate their “next steps.”

Skills:

  • friendly communication skills
  • willingness to teach one-on-one
  • minimum of two years Calgary gardening experience
  • five years of general gardening experience preferred

Time Commitment:  4-6 hours training, minimum two hours per month from April until September (recommended attendance of some of the Garden Coaching/Conversation sessions put on by the Society June-September.

Transportation: flexible (bus, carpool, cycling)

Responsibilities:

  • participate in training to learn more about the Society, horticulture, water-wise gardening and the volunteer role
  • be willing to go out to community gardens and/or homes in pairs to meet individuals and discuss their gardening needs
  • listen and discuss with individuals their learning needs and preferences
  • create schedule of teaching visits
  • share information about planting, plant care, watering, weeding and/or harvesting
  • carry out spring and fall soil-care coaching
  • record unanswered questions to be followed up by Calgary Horticultural Society staff

Rewards:

  • increased horticultural knowledge through training, research and working with staff
  • potential to see unique gardens
  • opportunity to participate in larger garden communities
  • meeting terrific people of all ages
  • being able to share your love of gardening and knowledge
  • being part of many people’s success in gardening, regardless of what the weather brings!

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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