VanDusen Garden Guide

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Position description: 

As Garden ambassadors, VanDusen Guides invite visitors to explore and learn more about the Garden and the amazing world of plants. By offering dynamic guided tours and acting as information resources, Guides help visitors connect with VanDusen’s beautiful 55-acre garden. Guided walking and cart tours are offered daily from April to October, walking tours are also available Sunday afternoons year-round weather permitting.

 

Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes and conducts walking and/or cart tours
Interprets the Garden's collections, history and horticultural practices, while welcoming visitors and answering their questions
Keeps up-to-date and informed about the Garden
Attends Guide Education meetings and Garden Walks, participates in Guide projects and special events in the Garden as appropriate
Records Guide activity statistics as required

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Experience in customer service, interpretation, teaching, guiding or botany is an asset but not a requirement
Excellent communication skills and customer service focused.

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to VanDusen Garden and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Guide Basic Training course starts in March and covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of Guiding. The course prepares new Guides for apprenticeship and further learning. The guide training dates are on the following Saturdays: Mar 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2, 10, 16 and 23 10am - 3pm (note: 3:30pm end time on Mar 28).

 

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-year commitment, with regular weekly guiding shifts occurring April - October. Trainee guides volunteer a minimum of 48 hours per year (3-4 shifts per month), and then a minimum of 20 hours of guiding per year after training is complete. 

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with the Guide Captain. 

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable 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

https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/5757625f-27eb-4d6c-9df5-...

 

Deliverables/Duties: 

As Garden ambassadors, VanDusen Guides invite visitors to explore and learn more about the Garden and the amazing world of plants. By offering dynamic guided tours and acting as information resources, Guides help visitors connect with VanDusen’s beautiful 55-acre garden. Guided walking and cart tours are offered daily from April to October, walking tours are also available Sunday afternoons year-round weather permitting.

 

Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes and conducts walking and/or cart tours
Interprets the Garden's collections, history and horticultural practices, while welcoming visitors and answering their questions
Keeps up-to-date and informed about the Garden
Attends Guide Education meetings and Garden Walks, participates in Guide projects and special events in the Garden as appropriate
Records Guide activity statistics as required

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Experience in customer service, interpretation, teaching, guiding or botany is an asset but not a requirement
Excellent communication skills and customer service focused.

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to VanDusen Garden and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Guide Basic Training course starts in March and covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of Guiding. The course prepares new Guides for apprenticeship and further learning. The guide training dates are on the following Saturdays: Mar 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2, 10, 16 and 23 10am - 3pm (note: 3:30pm end time on Mar 28).

 

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-year commitment, with regular weekly guiding shifts occurring April - October. Trainee guides volunteer a minimum of 48 hours per year (3-4 shifts per month), and then a minimum of 20 hours of guiding per year after training is complete. 

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with the Guide Captain. 

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable 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

https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/5757625f-27eb-4d6c-9df5-...

Qualifications: 

As Garden ambassadors, VanDusen Guides invite visitors to explore and learn more about the Garden and the amazing world of plants. By offering dynamic guided tours and acting as information resources, Guides help visitors connect with VanDusen’s beautiful 55-acre garden. Guided walking and cart tours are offered daily from April to October, walking tours are also available Sunday afternoons year-round weather permitting.

 

Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes and conducts walking and/or cart tours
Interprets the Garden's collections, history and horticultural practices, while welcoming visitors and answering their questions
Keeps up-to-date and informed about the Garden
Attends Guide Education meetings and Garden Walks, participates in Guide projects and special events in the Garden as appropriate
Records Guide activity statistics as required

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Experience in customer service, interpretation, teaching, guiding or botany is an asset but not a requirement
Excellent communication skills and customer service focused.

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to VanDusen Garden and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Guide Basic Training course starts in March and covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of Guiding. The course prepares new Guides for apprenticeship and further learning. The guide training dates are on the following Saturdays: Mar 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2, 10, 16 and 23 10am - 3pm (note: 3:30pm end time on Mar 28).

 

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-year commitment, with regular weekly guiding shifts occurring April - October. Trainee guides volunteer a minimum of 48 hours per year (3-4 shifts per month), and then a minimum of 20 hours of guiding per year after training is complete. 

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with the Guide Captain. 

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable 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

 

https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/5757625f-27eb-4d6c-9df5-...

 

Role is suitable for: 
Student
Adult
Senior
Additional Information: 

As Garden ambassadors, VanDusen Guides invite visitors to explore and learn more about the Garden and the amazing world of plants. By offering dynamic guided tours and acting as information resources, Guides help visitors connect with VanDusen’s beautiful 55-acre garden. Guided walking and cart tours are offered daily from April to October, walking tours are also available Sunday afternoons year-round weather permitting.

 

Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes and conducts walking and/or cart tours
Interprets the Garden's collections, history and horticultural practices, while welcoming visitors and answering their questions
Keeps up-to-date and informed about the Garden
Attends Guide Education meetings and Garden Walks, participates in Guide projects and special events in the Garden as appropriate
Records Guide activity statistics as required

 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Experience in customer service, interpretation, teaching, guiding or botany is an asset but not a requirement
Excellent communication skills and customer service focused.

 

Training and Orientation:

Orientation to VanDusen Garden and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA

The eight-week Guide Basic Training course starts in March and covers practical interpretation skills, basic botany, and an overview of Guiding. The course prepares new Guides for apprenticeship and further learning. The guide training dates are on the following Saturdays: Mar 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2, 10, 16 and 23 10am - 3pm (note: 3:30pm end time on Mar 28).

 

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-year commitment, with regular weekly guiding shifts occurring April - October. Trainee guides volunteer a minimum of 48 hours per year (3-4 shifts per month), and then a minimum of 20 hours of guiding per year after training is complete. 

 

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with the Guide Captain. 

 

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable 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/49b4a4eb-9aba-417f-9b32-a36d6dcbc30d/1
Contact person: 
Elise Hall-Meyer
Contact phone: 
604-257-8469
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Philanthropic
Seniors
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:
1
Position start/end date:
28 Mar 2020
Time Committment:
16 Hours Per Month
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays, Weekend
Work location:
VanDusen Botanical Garden
5151 oak street
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1