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Volunteer Gardeners Needed at Literacy Network

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ORGANIZATION: Literacy Network

  • 1 person is interested

Literacy Network recently installed two new perennial gardens! We are recruiting two Volunteer Gardeners to nurture and maintain the newly planted (Spring 2024) perennial borders.

  • A Sun Gardener to care for our west-facing garden along Park Street
  • A Shade Gardener to care for the north-facing garden in front of our building

Volunteer Responsibilities:

Nurture, tidy, and tend to your Literacy Network garden throughout the growing season (April - October). This includes but is not limited to:

  • Weeding
  • Deadheading and deadleafing perennials as needed
  • Watering newly planted perennials as needed during their period of establishment; monitoring rainfall
  • Mulching as needed
  • Making design updates and adjustments in collaboration with the Associate Director
  • Collaborating with the Volunteer Tree & Shrub Gardener as needed
  • Performing spring and fall clean-up tasks (cutting back, raking, etc.), balancing tidiness with best practices for wildlife and winter interest

Volunteer Requirements:

  • 3+ years’ experience managing perennial borders (whether at home or somewhere else!)
  • Physical ability to lift and carry a hose, full watering can, large plants, etc.
  • Physical ability to kneel/squat to weed and deadhead/deadleaf
  • Reliable communication via phone and email
  • Professional, friendly demeanor
  • Positive regard for Literacy Network’s mission

Schedule: Volunteer Gardener will be required to work 1-3 hours/week between April 15-July 15 or July 15-October 15 (3- or 6-month commitment), with up to 4 shifts off. You can set your own schedule!

Factors to consider if you want access to our building or onsite staff:

  • Building hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30am-8pm; Saturday 9-11am for programming only
  • Associate Director available on site Monday through Wednesday 8:30am-5pm; by email/phone Thursday 8:30am-5pm and Friday 8:30am-1pm

Training: Volunteer Gardener training includes agency onboarding, initial garden tour with the Associate Director, and additional professional development as requested.

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About Literacy Network


701 Dane St, Madison, WI 53713, US

Mission Statement

Literacy Network helps adults in Dane County build skills, reach goals, and connect communities.


Literacy Network teaches reading, writing, communication, and computer skills to Dane County adults so they can achieve financial security, well-being, and deeper engagement with their families and the community. Here in Dane County, more than 55,000 adults struggle with low literacy. Adult literacy education leads to long-term improvements in the lives of students and their families. Literacy Network helps adults:

  • improve their job situation
  • communicate better with their children's schools
  • gain their U.S. citizenship
  • obtain their high school equivalency degree
  • take the next step to college and other certifications
  • learn the basic reading, writing, and English language skills that many of us take for granted
We offer free group classes and trained volunteer tutors at locations throughout the Madison area. Programs operate on a three semester schedule: spring, summer, and fall, and we recruit interns and tutors every semester. New volunteers receive position-specific training, in-service opportunities, and dedicated staff support.


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


701 Dane StMadison, WI 53713



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Agronomy
  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-3 hours per week between April 15-July 15 or July 15-October 15 (3-month commitment)
  • You can set your own weekly schedule!

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