Volunteer Needs

Volunteer group paintingVolunteering at Norfolk Botanical Garden is not only gardening! Volunteers work in every department, inside and outdoors. Yes, there is lots of mulching and weeding done year-round, but volunteers also do paperwork, work in maintenance, and even do virtual volunteering from home! Volunteer opportunities below are listed by type, with special events first and ongoing volunteer needs second. If you have questions, or need more information, please call Amanda Wells at (757) 441-5830 extension 327, or e-mail volunteer@nbgs.org. We look forward to working with you!

Everything you do makes a difference.


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LanternAsia Volunteer Exhibition Guide

NEW! Self-Sign Up for LanternAsia Volunteer Shifts!

To sign up for one or multiple shifts, please visit the LanternAsia Volunteer Shift Calendar!

Shifts:  March 1-May 1, 2016
4:30 PM-9:30 PM

LanternAsia is designed to give guests a brand new Garden experience – YOU are the key to bringing it to life! Exhibition guides ensure a magical guest experience by answering general questions about displays and attending to guest’s needs. LanternAsia requires being outdoors, standing for the majority of the shift and using excellent customer service skills. Training available and shift breaks provided. (Minimum age 18; ages 16 and 17 welcome with a parent or guardian).

LanternAsia Lead Volunteer and Trainer

Shifts available each night March 1-May 1, 2016
4:00 PM-9:45 PM

Lead volunteers oversee the nightly volunteer guides. A successful lead volunteer is aware and attentive to volunteer’s needs. In addition, they create conversations and make a real connection with guests. This is a mobile position that requires the ability to drive a golf cart, walk the exhibit and maintain professionalism at all times. LanternAsia requires being outdoors, standing for most of the shift and using excellent customer service skills. Lead volunteers will relieve exhibit guides for breaks and act as the liaison between staff and volunteers. Training provided.

NEW! Self-Sign Up for LanternAsia Volunteer Shifts!

To sign up for one or multiple shifts, please visit the LanternAsia Volunteer Shift Calendar!

Qualifications:
Minimum age 18.
Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Completion of lead volunteer training.
Schedule flexibility-must be able to fully commit to 7 shifts during program duration; including one Friday, Saturday or Sunday shift.
Outstanding customer service skills.
Ability to work well with volunteers and guests.
Must be comfortable using a radio as the liaison between volunteers, guests and staff.

LanternAsia Volunteer Schedule Coordinator

February-April, 2016
Training provided on weekdays; shifts available 7 days a week
Times Flexible; requires two shifts a week

A Volunteer Schedule Coordinator will assist the Volunteer Office with phone calls, emails, returning messages and scheduling volunteer shifts for LanternAsia. This is not a one day assignment, but designed for volunteers who can commit to at least two shifts a week. This is an indoor position. The volunteer must be able to use a computer including entering information on spreadsheets. Excellent customer skills are essential, including professional written and oral communication. You will become familiar with other volunteer positions as well as the LanternAsia displays in order to effectively describe the shifts and the overall LanternAsia experience to other volunteers. Training provided.


GETTING DIRTY IN THE GARDEN

Gardening Assistant

Ongoing, year-round

Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 3:00 p.m.

Come and garden in 155 acres of beauty. You don’t need to have experience, you’ll learn as you grow. This is not a one day assignment, but designed for people who want to work and learn for at least a season. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)

We can schedule a special group gardening day when your organization can come to the Garden, work for a few hours, then enjoy the Garden the rest of the day. Contact us for information.

Rose Garden Volunteer                                                                          

Ongoing, year-round

Weekdays, 9:00 AM – Noon or 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Looking for an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the stress of everyday life? Come and garden 3 acres of beautiful roses. You don’t need experience, you’ll learn as you grow. This is not a one day assignment, but designed for people to work at least one season. Tasks may include weeding, removing spent blooms and pruning. (Minimum age 16.)

Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.


 IF YOU LOVE MEETING THE PUBLIC

Gift Shop Volunteer

Thursdays 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Fridays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM & 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Norfolk Botanical Garden is seeking dynamic volunteers with customer service and recent retail experience to volunteer in our newly renovated Gift Shop. Qualified volunteers should be comfortable assisting guests, working a register and handling computer transactions. This is indoor work, but be prepared to stand for most of the shift. The Gift Shop is looking for  a committed volunteer who can assist once a week. (Minimum age 18.)

WOW Guide

Ongoing through November 2015
Seven days a week 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm.

WOW Guides work in the children’s garden. Volunteers make sure that guests have fun and safe experience. Volunteers greet guests, staff stations and help clean up. Please be ready to work outside and be on your feet. (Minimum age 14; Ages 10-13 and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

Library Assistant

Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or Sundays 1 – 4 p.m. or Mondays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Attention Book Lovers! Norfolk Botanical Garden is looking for weekend Library Assistants for the Fred Huette Library. Work with the public, learn library skills, and enjoy a fine horticultural library. A great once a month volunteering opportunity. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)


 BEHIND THE SCENES

Administrative Support

Weekdays, some weekends possible
Ongoing
Looking for indoor work with no heavy lifting? Want beautiful scenery nearby? This is the volunteer opportunity for you. Work in education and other departments to help get that all important paperwork done. Junior volunteers (14 – 17) welcome.

Facilities Support

Seven days a week, weekends preferred
Flexible shifts, usually 2-3 hours during the hours of 9 am – 5 pm
This is for people who enjoy hard work and seeing immediate results. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Assist with room set ups and cleaning. Work with the facilities crew and be an important part of making the Garden shine. This can be a one shift assignment. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)

Education Volunteer

Weekdays 9:00 AM-Noon or 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Ongoing
This position is for a dynamic person who should be prepared to get crafty and shouldn’t mind getting their hands dirty. You may be helping prepare for upcoming classes, working on a computer, or helping maintain flower arrangements. The possibilities are endless! This is not a one day assignment, but designed for people who want to work and learn. (Minimum age 16.) We require a 2-day shift commitment each month.