Rose Garden Volunteer

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES
This position provides an opportunity to learn about horticulture and a large variety of roses on the Fernbank Museum campus. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about how to care for roses and also assist with maintenance activities such as pruning and caring for the 960 rose bushes in the rose garden at the corner of Clifton Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue. Other gardening opportunities, such as caring for the Museum's Dinosaur Plaza or Rain Garden, would be encouraged.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Become versed in the care and maintenance of roses adapted to Horticultural Zones 7 and 8
  • Assist in gardening activities including removing weeds (by hand and with tools)
  • Maintaining rose bushes through careful pruning
  • Maintaining rose beds in the garden area, such as mulching and feeding of roses
  • Assist in maintaining Perennial Garden and Rain Garden near Dinosaur Entrance Plaza

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPECTATIONS

  • Background and/or strong interest in horticulture, botany, gardening, or roses in an outdoor setting
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn about the various roses in the garden
  • Compliance with Museum policies and procedures
  • Must be able to work outdoors and have physical skills necessary to perform gardening activities (involves some lifting, bending, digging, working with tools, etc.)

Fernbank Museum's Membership Department and COO will review all applications and contact selected applicants for an interview. After the interview process a group of applicants will be invited to become Rose Garden Volunteers. Should the applicant accept, he or she must sign a Volunteer Service Agreement form. Training will begin immediately with volunteer shifts beginning at various times throughout the year.

TIME COMMITMENT
Volunteers must work one 4-hour shift per month (or two 2-hour shifts) with the program each month. Rose Garden Volunteers generally work 9am – 1pm, generally every Wednesday throughout the year.