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1407 University BlvdAmes, IA 50011
Education Tour Guide


If you said yes, you might be perfect for giving tours at Reiman Gardens! We are currently seeking volunteers for our Adult Docent and Youth and Family Docent positions.

Docents provide a welcome, hospitable environment, and rewarding learning experience through guided tours. They provide prompt, informed, and friendly attention to visitors, leading them through various stations throughout the Gardens.

  • Adult Docents offer information on the Gardens’ history, mission, themed displays and programs, and various garden spaces. Adult tours include some indoor and outdoor areas, including the Conservatory, Jones Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Butterfly Wing, and Gift Shop, among other spaces. Adult tours are available throughout the year and may be offered on weekdays and weekends.
  • Youth and Family Docents provide grade-level appropriate content generated by Education staff through active inquiry. Family tours and school programs take place in the Conservatory, Butterfly Wing, Garden Room, Classroom, outdoor gardens, and other spaces. Family tours and school programs are available year-round, but are most frequent April-October and are held weekday mornings and afternoons.

No prior teaching experience required! Docents should have a strong desire to learn about the plant and insect world and to share their knowledge with others. Docents should also be comfortable with the outdoors and public speaking. They need to be punctual and reliable.

Training for the 2018 season is this March, so apply today!


  • Adult Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Public Speaking
  • General Education
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Tours are 1-2 hours, offered throughout the year

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