Society Ambassador (6 positions)

We are seeking a team of volunteers who have an artistic flair to create and provide leadership for the setup and staffing of Calgary Horticultural Society displays. The Society participates in a variety of community events, such as our Garden Show, Seedy Saturday, Aggie Days, Calgary Home + Garden Show, Mayor’s Expo, Calgary Stampede and Library events. Our displays should be attractive and include activities suitable for each event. Volunteers must be comfortable engaging visitors at these events, promoting the Society and selling memberships. Training will be provided. This is a year-long commitment.

Role: Create and staff displays for the Calgary Horticultural Society

Skills:

  • creativity
  • ability to work in a team
  • willingness to learn
  • attention to detail
  • a warm smile and welcoming manner
  • genuine enjoyment of meeting and talking with people of all ages

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours training, 8–10 hours display creation, minimum three display shifts (3–4 hours each) over the year. Commitment is October 2019 to August 2020 but could be completed early depending on events chosen.

Transportation: flexible (bus, carpool, cycling)

Responsibilities:

  • participate in training sessions to learn about:
    • the Calgary Horticultural Society – history, vision, mission, benefits of membership
    • Society style guides
    • effective displays (and participant learning styles)
    • water-wise gardening
    • selling memberships
  • take direction from the Calgary Horticultural Society event coordinators
  • design the Society’s display with other team members and Society staff
  • staff the display and/or train other volunteers to staff the display
  • approach visitors attending events cheerfully, greet and engage them in conversation
  • flexibility in switching tasks as needed at an event
  • set up and/or take down the display
  • record unanswered questions to be follow-up by Calgary Horticultural Society staff after the event
  • sell memberships

Rewards:

  • increased horticultural knowledge through training, research and staff support
  • ability to use your creativity
  • be part of a team of like-minded individuals
  • meet enthusiastic gardeners and industry professionals
  • help gardeners-to-be successfully launch gardening journeys
  • be a force in making the city greener
  • attend fun and local events for free

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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