Are you interested in nature, gardening or helping other people? Are you happy to talk about the birds and bees … and butterflies, frogs and other critters? Can you do a minimum of ten garden visits per year? If so, then consider becoming a volunteer Garden Guide.
In this volunteer role, you will:
- Organise garden visits with participants and do a safety check with them over the phone.
- Do some online research and save some maps to prepare for the visit.
- Either take the lead and do most of the chatting during the one-hour visit, or help capture the visit by taking notes and photos with the participant’s permission.
- Help prepare a report for the participant providing the information they need. Use a report template to insert photos, quotes, maps and relevant factsheets, with some of your recommendations or words of encouragement.
- Help promote the Gardens for Wildlife program.
Even if you think you don’t know enough about native plants and animals, you will receive training and be provided with the required resources. There is also a buddy mentoring system where experienced Garden Guides will show you how it’s done.
Council encourages people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to become Garden Guides so that we can more effectively spread the wildlife gardening message to the culturally diverse communities that add to the City’s rich social character.
Volunteer Garden Guide application, induction and training stages will occur throughout the year. To stay informed about volunteer information and intake sessions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.