Brookside Gardens hosts an incredible live butterfly exhibit each year in our Conservatory, mid-April through mid-September. North American, South American, African and Asian Butterfly species are featured in this dynamic exhibit and we are seeking volunteer Arrivals Agent and Flight Attendants to help our staff in the operation of the exhibit. Arrivals Agents are stationed just outside the exhibit entrance and are responsible for greeting visitors and processing receipts, introducing visitors to the exhibit and informing visitors of the entry process. They will also show visitors butterfly life cycle activity on the plants in the Arrivals Area when present.
Flight Attendants are stationed in the exhibit where they help prevent butterflies from escaping and explain butterfly life cycles and behaviors to guests.New volunteers need to sign up for only one on-site training date before they can begin.Select the Schedule tab on the Job Details page to view and select a training date. All volunteers need to complete an online training course and will receive the link after they sign up. It is very helpful to complete the course before on-site training, but it can be done after if time does not allow.After succesfully completing the on-site training, volunteers will be able to access the online calendar to schedule their shifts.
Morning shifts are 3.5 hours and afternoon shifts are 4 hours. Weekdays in July and August have only morning shifts.Students ages 11-13 may volunteer, but only as a one-on-one team with a registered and trained parent, or adult guardian. The student and adult must each sign up independently so we have information on both individuals. Thank you.***This is SSL approved***
Background check required: Yes
Minimum age of volunteers: 11
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Job Type: Seasonal (2-6 months)
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Volunteers assist school groups and other groups registered for an interpretive garden tour and school programs. The Brookside Gardens Childrens Programs supports curriculum and national and state standards required for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Minimum age of volunteers: 18
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth
Job Type: Long-term (6 months+)
Story Time Program volunteers read and interpret horticulture-related picture books and assist with creating a story-related craft. Story Time programs are scheduled for Friday mornings in June, July, and August.
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+)
Volunteers assist with planting and care of a wide variety of ornamental plants, including weeding, pruning, watering, grooming, staking, and deadheading, preparing garden beds, mulching, and general clean-up. This work, while sometimes physically demanding, provides volunteers the opportunity to work with professional horticulture staff, enjoy the appreciation of the Gardens' visitors, and enhance their own knowledge of plants and gardening techniques. We are currently recruiting volunteers for weekday mornings.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the operation of Brookside Garden's two gift shops Gift shop volunteers will assist in the operation of the shops by answering questions about merchandise, using the cash register, restocking shelves and assisting in keeping shop clean and orderly.
Minimum age of volunteers: 16
Volunteer Type: Adult, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning
Are you a group leader looking to do some Team Building, have your group give back to the environment, or just them get out in the parks? We can help you with that! We are always looking from groups like yours to help us with several types of projects in the parks, including Weed Warrioring (removing bad plants so good plants can thrive); Trail Projects (building or restoring natural surface paths); Park Cleanups; Nature Center Projects (can including gardening/mulching/restoring play areas/trails/etc.); Gardening; helping New Trees Survive; Spreading Wood Fiber at Plagrounds and many more.Contact our office by applying to this job, or just give us a call at 301-495-2504.We will need to know some basic information to set you up with the right project, including:- Size and ages of group- When and Where would be convenient for your group- Any restrictions (need bathrooms, running water on site)- Group Leader contact information (and anyone who needs to be copied on any correspondence.Thanks - we look forward to working with your group on setting up a great project in the Parks!(Make sure you fill out the GROUP application - it's much shorter!)
Background check required: No
Minimum age of volunteers: 8
Volunteer Type: Adult, Family, Senior (55+), Youth, Student Service Learning, Group, Scout, Corporate
Job Type: Event (1-7 days)