Education - Bloedel Docent

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Position description: 

Purpose:

Bloedel Docents act as ambassadors to the Bloedel Conservatory and enhance visitors’ knowledge of plants and birds that live within the Conservatory through dynamic and interactive experiences with visitors.

 

Responsibilities:

Share plant and bird knowledge, Bloedel history, and horticultural information with visitors through conversation and answering questions
Keep up-to-date and informed about Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Garden
Attend quarterly education team meetings
Record Docent activity statistics as requested

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Enthusiasm for nature and the environment

Willingness to learn and engage in new material and information relevant to the Bloedel Conservatory
Enjoys working with people and experience in customer service, teaching or botany is an asset, but not a requirement
Takes initiative and solve problems creatively in collaboration

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to Bloedel Conservatory and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Docent training course covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of the role of a Docent. Training takes place over the following Saturdays: 

Nov 23rd: 9:30am - 4:15pm 
Nov 30, Dec 7, Jan 4, Jan 11 & Jan 18th: 10:30am - 3:30pm 

The course prepares new Docents for apprenticeship and further learning.

 

Time Commitment:

A minimum of 2 regular shifts per month for a minimum of one year
10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm weekends and 1pm-4pm weekdays

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised and liaise with the Volunteer Engagement Director

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable following guidelines, making decisions, and problem-solving with minimal supervision.

 

Volunteer Benefits:

Enhance botanical knowledge, further develop customer service and communication skills
Opportunity to work with a dedicated team in a well-respected charity
Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
Reference letter

Deliverables/Duties: 

Purpose:

Bloedel Docents act as ambassadors to the Bloedel Conservatory and enhance visitors’ knowledge of plants and birds that live within the Conservatory through dynamic and interactive experiences with visitors.

 

Responsibilities:

Share plant and bird knowledge, Bloedel history, and horticultural information with visitors through conversation and answering questions
Keep up-to-date and informed about Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Garden
Attend quarterly education team meetings
Record Docent activity statistics as requested

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Enthusiasm for nature and the environment

Willingness to learn and engage in new material and information relevant to the Bloedel Conservatory
Enjoys working with people and experience in customer service, teaching or botany is an asset, but not a requirement
Takes initiative and solve problems creatively in collaboration

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to Bloedel Conservatory and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Docent training course covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of the role of a Docent. Training takes place over the following Saturdays: 

Nov 23rd: 9:30am - 4:15pm 
Nov 30, Dec 7, Jan 4, Jan 11 & Jan 18th: 10:30am - 3:30pm 

The course prepares new Docents for apprenticeship and further learning.

 

Time Commitment:

A minimum of 2 regular shifts per month for a minimum of one year
10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm weekends and 1pm-4pm weekdays

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised and liaise with the Volunteer Engagement Director

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable following guidelines, making decisions, and problem-solving with minimal supervision.

 

Volunteer Benefits:

Enhance botanical knowledge, further develop customer service and communication skills
Opportunity to work with a dedicated team in a well-respected charity
Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
Reference letter

Qualifications: 

Purpose:

Bloedel Docents act as ambassadors to the Bloedel Conservatory and enhance visitors’ knowledge of plants and birds that live within the Conservatory through dynamic and interactive experiences with visitors.

 

Responsibilities:

Share plant and bird knowledge, Bloedel history, and horticultural information with visitors through conversation and answering questions
Keep up-to-date and informed about Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Garden
Attend quarterly education team meetings
Record Docent activity statistics as requested

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Enthusiasm for nature and the environment

Willingness to learn and engage in new material and information relevant to the Bloedel Conservatory
Enjoys working with people and experience in customer service, teaching or botany is an asset, but not a requirement
Takes initiative and solve problems creatively in collaboration

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to Bloedel Conservatory and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Docent training course covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of the role of a Docent. Training takes place over the following Saturdays: 

Nov 23rd: 9:30am - 4:15pm 
Nov 30, Dec 7, Jan 4, Jan 11 & Jan 18th: 10:30am - 3:30pm 

The course prepares new Docents for apprenticeship and further learning.

 

Time Commitment:

A minimum of 2 regular shifts per month for a minimum of one year
10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm weekends and 1pm-4pm weekdays

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised and liaise with the Volunteer Engagement Director

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable following guidelines, making decisions, and problem-solving with minimal supervision.

 

Volunteer Benefits:

Enhance botanical knowledge, further develop customer service and communication skills
Opportunity to work with a dedicated team in a well-respected charity
Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
Reference letter

Role is suitable for: 
Adult
Senior
All Ages
Additional Information: 

Purpose:

Bloedel Docents act as ambassadors to the Bloedel Conservatory and enhance visitors’ knowledge of plants and birds that live within the Conservatory through dynamic and interactive experiences with visitors.

 

Responsibilities:

Share plant and bird knowledge, Bloedel history, and horticultural information with visitors through conversation and answering questions
Keep up-to-date and informed about Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Garden
Attend quarterly education team meetings
Record Docent activity statistics as requested

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Enthusiasm for nature and the environment

Willingness to learn and engage in new material and information relevant to the Bloedel Conservatory
Enjoys working with people and experience in customer service, teaching or botany is an asset, but not a requirement
Takes initiative and solve problems creatively in collaboration

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to Bloedel Conservatory and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Docent training course covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of the role of a Docent. Training takes place over the following Saturdays: 

Nov 23rd: 9:30am - 4:15pm 
Nov 30, Dec 7, Jan 4, Jan 11 & Jan 18th: 10:30am - 3:30pm 

The course prepares new Docents for apprenticeship and further learning.

 

Time Commitment:

A minimum of 2 regular shifts per month for a minimum of one year
10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm weekends and 1pm-4pm weekdays

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised and liaise with the Volunteer Engagement Director

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable following guidelines, making decisions, and problem-solving with minimal supervision.

 

Volunteer Benefits:

Enhance botanical knowledge, further develop customer service and communication skills
Opportunity to work with a dedicated team in a well-respected charity
Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
Reference letter

How to apply: 
https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/5757625f-27eb-4d6c-9df5-ff3182c978da/Activity/02ec1b6f-b2f2-4aba-9eb0-f75897efa28d/1
Contact person: 
Elise Hall-Meyer
Contact phone: 
604-257-8469
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Education & Research
Environment & Animals
Volunteerism
Mission:
Vision: VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory will be cherished locally and renowned internationally for their beauty and for their leadership in plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Mission: To inspire understanding of the vital importance of plants to all life through the excellence of our botanical collections, programs and practices.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
2
Position start/end date:
18 Sep 2019 to 15 Nov 2019
Time Committment:
6 Hours Per Month
Time of day:
Daytime
Work location:
Bloedel Conservatory
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1