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Spring Pergola Wave Hill

Volunteer

Give Your Time and Talent

Volunteering at Wave Hill is a rich and rewarding experience. Volunteers offer vital support to our gardens and programs by lending their time and talents. The volunteers also form a strong network and community at Wave Hill, helping our garden culture to grow.

In return for their services, volunteers receive free admission after 30 hours of volunteering and a 10% discount in The Shop and The Café.

The following volunteer positions are open at Wave Hill. Please carefully review the physical requirements of the position, as well as the time requirements. We post a variety of positions throughout the year based on our needs. If you do not see something of interest currently, please check back at a later date.

FAMILY ART PROJECT ASSISTANT

Help with set up, flow and restocking of materials, and clean up for family art workshops. Greet families and help them with art projects during the program.

Special Requirements

  • Experience working with children, families or communities
  • Spanish or Russian language skills a plus
  • Available from 9am-3pm on Saturday and/or Sunday

Please email a completed volunteer application to volunteer@wavehill.org.

GARDEN GUIDE

Volunteer Garden Guides lead personalized tours for visitors highlighting garden areas, history, and the artistry of the Wave Hill gardens. In this active and visible role, Guides enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of the gardens for visitors by sharing information as well as their own stories or experiences. Tours are split into groups of 8 to 12 people with each guide touring a group for about one hour. Tours are scheduled on Sundays year-round and on Saturdays and weekdays from spring through fall. New guides work with a mentor until they are ready to give tours on their own.

Special Requirements

  • Desire to learn more about the history, plant collections, exhibitions, and programs at Wave Hill and an eagerness to share this knowledge with others
  • An interest in gardens and a general knowledge of botanical names
  • Familiarity with the gardens of Wave Hill preferred but not required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Courteous, respectful, and patient with visitors and staff
  • Punctual and dependable
  • Ability to walk outdoors in all types of weather and lead tours up to 90 minutes in length
  • Willingness to correspond using email
  • Enthusiastic!

Time Commitment

  • Guides are required to lead at least 10 tours per year
  • Must be able to lead weekend and weekday tours
  • Attendance at initial training/orientation, usually offered once a year
  • Attendance at monthly meetings/continuing training; meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month from 9:30AM‒Noon
  • Commit to arriving at least 15 minutes prior to a scheduled tour

Please email a completed volunteer application to volunteer@wavehill.org.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS ASSISTANT

There are many opportunities for volunteers to assist with public workshops, classes, demonstrations and large event weekends. Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors and program participants, distribute handouts, provide wayfinding and set up and pack up program materials. Types of programs include nature walks and demonstrations, art classes, garden and woodworking workshops, wellness programs and special event weekends.

These jobs vary and are not available on a regular basis.

Special Requirements

  • Most program volunteers work directly with the public
  • Volunteers should be friendly, approachable, and willing to take direction
  • Must be flexible as our needs may change during an event
  • Many opportunities take place outdoors
  • May require sustained periods of walking or standing
  • May require carrying materials and/or handling dirty or messy materials (such as soil or honey).
  • Primarily weekend availability

Please email a completed volunteer application to volunteer@wavehill.org.

SUMMER CONCERT/EVENT ASSISTANT

Assist with the set-up and visitor traffic management for our popular Sunset Wednesday concerts as well as the Sonic Experience on select Thursdays. The dates for the 2020 season are: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 6, 13, 20. Set up begins and 4pm, and the events last until roughly 8pm.

Special Requirements

  • Available for a minimum of four events
  • Events are outdoors, except when raining
  • May require sustained periods of walking or standing
  • May require carrying chairs, signage, or other items
  • Volunteers should be friendly, approachable, and willing to take direction
  • Must be flexible as our needs may change during and event
  • Enthusiastic and willing to work with the public

Please email a completed volunteer application to volunteer@wavehill.org.