100 Days of Children’s Activities at the Garden – Volunteers Required

If you like being creative with your hands, enjoy the natural world, take pleasure in crafts such as sewing, knitting, painting etc and would like to share your enthusiasm and skills, and inspire and encourage children to interact with the world around them, then volunteering here might just be the place for you!

We are seeking volunteers to help and support our Activities Leader at weekends, half terms and during the school holidays (February to October) with a variety of themed events. For example, snowdrop day comprised making origami snowdrops, decorating fairy cakes with hand-made sugar paste snowdrops and taking a closer look at snowdrops through the lens of a microscope. One minute you could be marshalling the rhubarb javelin throwing contest, the next you could be dressing up as a first world war soldier/nurse, or helping children to make pancakes! There’s never a dull moment here at the Garden, and if you feel that our activities appeal to you and you would like to make a positive contribution to the visitor experience, then please either phone Jane Down, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01558 667118 or email: jane.down@gardenofwales.org.uk.

Other voluntering opportunities include:

Department Activity Days and Hours required Tasks Personal specification
Visitor Services Buggy Driving The volunteer buggy drivers at the Garden provide a transport service for all our visitors 363 days of the year. Buggy Driver Training Course will be provided. Saturdays and alternate Mondays Also to provide cover for holidays  and sickness Hours from either 10am to 1pm and 1pm to closing time or the whole day Buggy drivers are the first point of contact within the Garden. The main tasks are:

  • Meet and greet visitors
  • Provide transport for visitors around the Garden
  • Brief visitors on events at the Garden
  • Support staff as and when required
  • Keep buggies charged and in clean condition
Excellent communication skills Good customer care skills Clean driving licence The ability to speak Welsh is not a requirement but would be most welcome Prior knowledge of the Garden, its history, layout and objectives would be helpful but not essential.
Visitor Services Tour Guide All candidates will be expected to attend our in-house training course to be held in April 2014. Mid June to Mid September, weekends and days   – hours to be confirmed Tour Guides are key contributors to providing additional and exceptional benefits to the visitor experience We operate a variety of tours around the Garden covering all aspects of the Estate, from a general tour, to specialist tours of the National Nature Reserve, Great Glasshouse, Ghost Tours, Fungi tours, Wildflower tours etc Many of our Tour Guides specialise in areas of the Garden or on subjects that they know well and are enthusiastic about. Excellent communication skills Punctual Good customer care skills Good people management skills Physically fit, as guiding involves quite a lot of walking on various aspects of terrain and in all weathers The ability to speak Welsh, is not a requirement but would be most welcome. Ability to speak foreign languages an asset but not essential Prior knowledge of the Garden, its history, layout and objectives would be helpful but not essential.
Visitor Services Garden Rangers All candidates will be expected to attend our in-house training course to be held in April 2014. Mid June to Mid September, weekends and days -  hours to be confirmed Excellent communication skills Good customer care skills The ability to speak Welsh is not a requirement but would be most welcome Prior knowledge of the Garden, its history, layout and objectives would be helpful but not essential. Must be physically fit, as Garden Rangers are required to patrol the Garden.

If you are interested in any of the above volunteer placements, then please contact Jane Down, Volunteer Co-ordinator, tel: 01558 667118 or email: jane.down@gardenofwales.org.uk We hold very informal prospective volunteer meetings which provide an opportunity for candidates to tour the Garden and meet key personnel.  Candidates will then be given a month’s trial at the Garden before full placement is offered.