Powell Gardens Seeks Volunteers

For Immediate Release Powell Gardens seeks volunteers to assist with adult and student programming this spring, summer and fall and for a variety of new important roles at the gardens. Volunteers assist horticulturalists in various aspects of the garden and greenhouse, can work closely with our Heartland Harvest Garden Produce and Product Specialist on food-related programming, can help the education department with classes, tours, programs and other events, drive a tram, assist with administrative work or maintenance. Contact kpeterson@powellgardens.org to inquire and request an application. An application can also be found on the Powell Garden website:

https://powellgardens.org/VolunteerApplication.

A short description of the current volunteer opportunities includes:

Events Entourage Assist with special events, festivals, programs, classes and workshops by choosing your job and shift. This position interfaces with the public in a variety of ways.

Garden Guides This year-round crew is an extension of the education staff who serve as docents by engaging adults and children in discovery tours and curricular programs.

Garden Gurus These volunteers assist our horticulture staff in planting, weeding, harvesting, and maintaining our plant collection onsite. Volunteers may work in the Heartland Harvest Garden, Visitor Center/Conservatory, Island Garden, Woodland and Stream Garden, Perennial Garden, Greenhouses and/or Fountain Garden and Magnolia Walk.

Free Rangers These volunteers assist with our “foodie” programs and special dinners and help educate the public about where their food comes from and the growing process from seed to plate. Free rangers may assist with the CSA program and support our staff in the development of special food products created with garden produce.

Butterfly Brigade This seasonal group of volunteers work exclusively and intensively to assist with the hatching and care of our butterflies and moths before and during the annual Festival of Butterflies.

Powell Hosts This role helps our visitors to have an extraordinary experience by working in the Perennial Gift Shop, reFresh Snack Shop, or drive the Heartland Harvest Garden Tram.

Powell Partners These behind-the-scenes volunteers assist in the administration and maintenance departments in a variety of ways on a weekly or monthly basis year-round or as needed.

A volunteer informational meeting for prospective volunteers at Powell Gardens is scheduled on the following dates. Prospective volunteers interested in the volunteer program should attend one of these sessions to learn more about volunteering at Powell Gardens. March 9, 10:00 a.m.-noon March 10, 10:00 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

New volunteers are required to become members of Powell Gardens and receive a number of benefits including free admission, free festival admission and parking, a 10% discount on classes and programs, a discount in the Perennial Gift Shop and subscription to the Garden View member’s publication. Volunteer recognition and social event are scheduled episodically during the year in addition to specialized trainings.

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