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Naples Botanical Garden

County: Collier, Lee
Categories Environment
Marketing/PR/Event Planning
Historical & Cultural Sites

Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden has created a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It is a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling exhibitions and performances.

Job Description:

Volunteer Opportunities at Naples Botanical Garden June, July, August –2010 CHECK US OUT WWW.NAPLESGARDEN.ORG The quickest and best way to get through to Sally Richardson, Volunteer Manager, is by e-mail Please visit the web site to learn about us – prior to your volunteer duty. If you are required to have an "environmental experience" and your volunteer job does not necessarily fall into that category, you will be able to visit the garden, learn about plants, flowering trees, natural preserves, etc. and you will leave with an understanding of what a botanical garden is all about and how it has a critical niche in the sustainability of plant communities. I'm sorry; it is very difficult to assist you with last minute requests as we need at least 3 or 4 days lead time to plan our schedules. We do not schedule 10-hour days unless there is a Special Event. HORTICULTURE WORK Horticulture (gardening) work starts at 8:00 AM Mondays through Fridays and 9:00AM on Sat. and Sun. Horticulture includes weeding, potting, moving plants from one location to another, digging, raking, sweeping, clearing debris etc. etc. Dress for the weather. Closed toe shoes. No short shorts or tank tops. Bring water. Wear sunscreen. Hats are advisable. There is a wide range of activity in the Hort. department. Some of it can be strenuous while some jobs require little strength, such a watering or weeding. However, it does require some stamina to work outdoors in the heat and the sun or on very, very cold days especially if you are not used to being outdoors and working outdoors. You are asked to pace yourself, not push yourself. We don't want anyone passing out or getting sick! It is important to be on time – other peoples' work schedules are hard to interrupt once we get the workday started. Also, please call in if you have been scheduled and are not going to make it. We understand. Stuff happens. Just let us know. You will enter through the main gate to the Garden off Bayshore Drive. Take an immediate right turn into the parking lot directly behind the FGCU Research and Education Facility (The Kapnick Center). Go through that parking lot, take a left and wind around to another parking lot where you will park your car. Come into the Admin. Bldg. (bright pink building) and ask for volunteer office. CHILDREN'S GARDEN ASSISTANT: The Children's Garden is open every day from 9am–5:00pm. College and High School students can help with Children's activities or greet people at the entrance and welcome them into the Children's Garden. Help needed on weekends 9am–1:00pm, 10am–3:00pm, or 1:00pm–5:00pm. Mornings are better during the week. 9 – 1:00. White Shirt, Khaki Bottoms, and tennis shoes. The Garden will loan a volunteer apron to you. Must be outgoing and enjoy talking with the public. Must like children AND their parents. SPECIAL EVENTS: There are any number of tasks you may be asked to do for Special Events such as interacting with the public and telling them what the Garden is all about, admission fee, directing cars in parking lot, overseeing Hospitality, selling memberships, assisting people to their cars by carrying their plant purchases, selling water, assisting with children's activities, telling the general public about the Garden, providing security to a particular area, selling gift items etc. etc. etc. Must wear white shirt, khaki bottoms, tennis shoes. The Garden will loan a volunteer apron to you. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CALL AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE HERE ON THE DAY OR AT THE TIME THAT YOU ARE SCHEDULED. Call my cell. Sally Richardson: Direct Line: 239-325-1932 Cell: 239-248-2015 NBG Main Line: 239-643-7275

Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Ms. Sally Richardson
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: (239) 325-1932
Alt Phone: (239) 643-7275
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Additional Information: From June 2, 2014 to Oct. 23, 2014 the Garden will be closed to the Public due to construction of a new visitor center. Still needed will be Horticulture Help. Also, Summer Camp Mentor opportunities may be available through July 25, 2014. Check our Website under Support, then Volunteers then info on Summer Camp.

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