PURPOSE: Volunteers will support the Como Campus Interpretive Program in enriching the visitor experience by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere while sharing information about Como’s plants and animals.
DUTIES: Volunteers will: Share connections between plants, animals, and humans through props, stories and hands-on activities. Promote the interests of animal and plant conservation and the importance of bio-diversity. Inform visitors about fascinating animal and plant adaptations that help them survive. Greet and assist visitors with general information about the facilities. Monitor visitor activities in the facilities’ buildings and on the grounds. Assist with program development, training, and evaluation as requested.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers will: Practice good interpretive techniques, present accurate information and enrich the visitor experience Follow established policies and procedures as specified in the Como Volunteer Handbook . Be available for regular shifts or give advanced notification of absence. Stay informed about basic Como Park amenities and services, its attractions and special events. Fulfill all training requirements and seek on-going training. Volunteer weekly or, a minimum of every other week for at least six months. - Shift times 10-1:00 or 1-4:00pm;Como is open every day of the year. Our greatest interpreter needs this summer are in the Ordway Gardens and our Blooming Butterfly exhibit. Please let us know if these are of interest!
QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteers must: Be at least 17 years old. Be willing to commit to a minimum six month good faith commitment. Be willing to learn and keep current about Como Campus attractions, amenities and hours of business. Be willing to utilize a variety of informal teaching techniques with visitors. Refrain from self-promotion of personal philosophies which are not consistent with Como’s education messages. Be able to initiate conversation with visitors of all ages and cultures. Promote a supportive and respectful workplace for other volunteers and staff. Consent to and pass a background check pursuant to the Minnesota Child Protection Act.
BENEFITS: Volunteers will: Learn about plants and animals and their impact on cultures and the environment. Gain valuable experience interacting and sharing knowledge with visitors. Receive regular mailings with zoo and conservatory information and volunteer updates. Receive a 10% discount at Garden Safari Gift Shop while actively volunteering.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- 3 hour shift every week or every other week
- Volunteers are required to attend an orientation at selected training session.