Horticulture Volunteer Application

Position Title: Horticulture Volunteer

Supervised By: Volunteer Manager, Grounds/Maintenance Staff

Principal Working Relationships: Volunteer Manager, Grounds/Maintenance Staff

Time of Appointment: Minimum of six months active participation.

Time Commitment: At least 6 hours per month is required during the months of April through October.

Volunteer Program Goal: The goal of the volunteer program is to assist zoo staff with providing exceptional visitor experiences by volunteering time and talents for tasks that support the mission of the Lake Superior Zoo. The goal of the horticulture volunteer program is to assist zoo staff with maintaining and improving the beauty of the zoo grounds.

Essential Functions:

  • Weeding, watering, trimming, and mulching various gardens on zoo grounds.
  • Planting/Transplanting various plants into the gardens on zoo grounds.

Service Conditions: Work will be conducted outdoors and subject to all weather conditions. Volunteering may occur on weekdays and weekends based upon scheduling needs. Because volunteers work around children and vulnerable adults, a criminal record check and reference checks are required prior to assignment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed: Ability to maintain a courteous attitude towards the public, staff and peers at all times. Ability to communicate in a professional manner. Ability to maintain current and accurate records of volunteered hours, to follow direction and work as an individual or with a team. Ability to learn and recognize different species of plants and how to maintain them. Successful completion of zoo orientation, horticulture training and participation in ongoing training.

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands: Must be 18 years of age or older. Must have a willingness to comply with volunteer uniform policy. Must have clear speaking skills and the ability to remember facts. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds and bend over to weed and plant. Must be able to work independently and be outside on feet for 2 hours at a time.

Equipment used: Rake, shovel, trowel, tree trimmers/clippers, wheelbarrow, etc.

Evaluation: Informal check-ins will take place on a regular basis with the Volunteer Manager. An evaluation may occur if needed to resolve conflicts, concerns, or other issues.

Horticulture Volunteer Application

Submit this application to be a Horticulture Volunteer at the zoo.
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