Green Spring Gardens has a dedicated core of volunteers that help out in virtually every facet of the site. By providing time, talent and creativity, volunteers help make Green Spring a place for education, contemplation and inspiration.
Volunteers at Green Spring Gardens can volunteer as much or as little as they are available. To be considered a full time volunteer by the Fairfax County Park Authority you must volunteer eight hours per month. For specific information on any of the volunteer opportunities listed below, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 703-642-5173.
The following opportunities are currently available:
Children's Program Assistant
Description: Children's Program Assistants help to educate and inspire children by presenting educational and nature programs.
Days: Weekday mornings & Saturdays
Duties: Teach nature programs to children outdoors; Assist staff with program preparations, clean-up and development.
Qualifications: Strong interest in environmental education; Patience with children and the desire to communicate effectively; and experience with children is helpful.
Training: All training is provided on-site.
Fairfax County Farmers Market Master and Assistant Master
Description: Farmers Markets allow local vendors to provide fresh produce to urban communities. Market Masters act as ambassadors for the Farmers Market program and supervise daily operations of the market.
Days: Depending on site
Duties: Manage and evaluate a Farmers Market held one day per week during a six month season. Supervise the timely set-up, opening, operation and closing of the market. Work to help customers and vendors during market hours.
Qualifications: Ability to work with paid staff in the planning and organization of the market, including: vendor selection, allocation of spaces, and other duties as necessary. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public. Ability to work independently without on-site supervision. Ability to tactfully enforce rules and regulations.
Other: Please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/wp-farm-mkt.htm for a complete listing of Farmers Market listings.
Description: Increase your knowledge of horticulture by working alongside our professional Horticulturalists. This position is a great way to appreciate nature and improve your knowledge.
Days: Tuesday-Thursday mornings
Duties: Assists with all phases of gardening, including: propagation, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering and harvesting.
Qualifications: No horticulture or gardening knowledge is necessary.
Training: All training is provided on-site
Other: If you have a specific area of interest (i.e. vegetables, native plants, propagation, etc.), please indicate your interest on the volunteer application.
Historic House Host
Description: The Historic House Host assists with tea programs and presentations, as well as interacting with visitors. This position is great for those who love horticulture, history and art. As an added bonus, Hosts get to experience educational programs that accompany each tea or tasting.
Days: Weekends (year-round) and Thursday afternoons (April-October)
Duties: Interacting with the public; pouring tea; carrying dishes; and assisting with teas, tastings and presentations as needed.
Qualifications: Ability to communicate and interact with a diverse community; Ability to work independently; Can lift up to 30 lbs; and good customer service skills.
Description: A Volunteer-on-Duty warmly greets the public and assists the front office staff with administrative duties. This position is a great way to get to know Green Spring Gardens, and to share your knowledge with the public.
Days: Weekdays and Weekends (morning and afternoon shifts)
Duties: Greeting the public; answering phone inquiries; assisting with class registration; ringing up retail sales; and assisting Green Spring Gardens' office staff as needed.
Qualifications: Ability to communicate and interact with a diverse community; pleasant phone manner; ability to multi-task; and good customer service skills.
Training: All training is provided on-site.
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