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ORGANIZATION: NORMANDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION--Japanese Garden

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 19 people are interested
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This versatile position is present for event needs such as interpretation, tours, and programs. The Ambassador role creates a pleasant atmosphere, greets guests, and provides direction and information. Provides additional support for events as needed.

* Excellent customer service skills
* Diplomatic and discrete
* Willingness to learn about the history of the Japanese Garden
* Able to devote 1- 5 hours per month
* Ability to build and maintain relationships with college staff and peers
* Flexibility in alternating between Tour Guide and Garden Host

Knowledge of the Japanese language, Japanese or Japanese American culture, horticulture, or Japanese Gardens is a plus, but not required.

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About NORMANDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION--Japanese Garden

Location:

The Japanese Garden, 9700 France Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431, US

Mission Statement

Vision Statement: The Normandale Japanese Garden (Nihon Teien) is an authentic traditional Japanese Garden in North America that provides a special experience to each and every visitor; a Garden open year round to the community; a place where the unique skills and techniques that are necessary to create a Japanese garden are observed, cherished, learned; where specialized interpretation of cultural traditions and elements of the Nihon Teien ensure the continuance for many generations in the future.

Description

Our web pages give a photographic history, including Takao Watanabe's plans. http://www.normandale.edu/community/japanese-garden/history
Friends of Normandale Japanese Garden
Friends of Normandale Japanese Garden is the name of the garden's volunteer group. This group is the newest iteration of the Committee that was founded in 1980. The Committee's mission was to promote and raise funds for the perpetual care and improvement of the garden. In cooperation with the Normandale College Foundation and with Normandale College Staff, the Committee was an advisory body that helped assure that all construction and maintenance adhered to the original design concept of Takao Watanabe. While those roles are the primary responsibility of the college and foundation, volunteers are still important to the garden.
Volunteers meet monthly. We provide interpretation for tours and field trips as well as programs. College staff members share and discuss Master Plans with the volunteer group. We welcome a background related to: gardening, landscape architecture, Japanese gardening or Japanese culture, publicity, horticulture, local government, land use planning, education, communication, or areas related to our mission. We also welcome volunteers who cannot monthly meetings. Event hosts, tour guides (May to October), fall or spring teachers, and Garden Ambassadors! We are also interested in collaborations: wellness teams, artists, actors, ...

CAUSE AREAS

Community
International
Seniors
Community, International, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Normandale Japanese GardenNormandale Community College9700 France Ave. SBloomington, MN 55431

(44.83081,-93.30868)
 

SKILLS

  • Horticulture
  • People Skills
  • Group Facilitation
  • Public Speaking
  • Japanese
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Most Ambassador opportunities are between May 15 and Oct 15. You may choose opportunities that fit your schedule. The estimated time commitment is 1-5 hours per month.
  • Members must appropriately show respect for the volunteers, volunteer leadership, foundation, and college staff, working to collaborate on solutions.

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