Visitor Services - Gardens & Grounds Position Description

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Quick Facts

Position
  • ​September - August (11 months)
    • 25 hrs/week Sept-Jan then full-time, temporary​
  • Summer (3 months)
    • full-time, temporary​
Compensation
  • 11 month: $450/week living stipend 
  • 3 month: $500/week living stipend
  • AmeriCorps Education Award that may be used towards tuition or qualified student loans
  • Opportunity for student loan forbearance
  • Professional development
  • Make a difference in the community
  • Be a part of a dedicated service team
  • Optional health insurance
  • Optional child care
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Overview

The primary role of this position is commitment to successful daily operation of the Myrick Park Center (MPC) with a large emphasis on caring for the gardens and grounds and engaging the community in land stewardship. Gain hands-on knowledge and experience working with plants and insects native to this area. Assist in developing and increasing our reach in terms of community engagement and provide a long-lasting sense of appreciation and stewardship for the land.

Responsibilities 

On-site Visitor Experience

  • Welcome visitors. Engage them to meet their needs, interests or curiosity about the Center and advance the Center’s Mission

  • Promote program participation, visitor services, and volunteerism to visitors. Connect visitors to other staff members when appropriate

  • Assist with visitor experience projects related to signage, layouts, exhibits, and displays

  • Purchase supplies and equipment / follow general budgetary procedures

  • Ensure Myrick Park Center policies and safety procedures are followed

Gardens & Grounds

  • Oversee the maintenance and care of the gardens and grounds, including 5 acres of park space, 9 native gardens, and demonstration produce garden

  • Train under the mentorship of the Master Gardeners & Master Naturalist to support their work in the 9 native gardens (in addition to the direct supervisor for this position)

  • Work independently to complete daily tasks, which include: transplanting, weeding, trimming tall plants, watering, etc.

  • Design displays for the native gardens kiosk

  • Assist in developing/implementing seasonal plans

Volunteer Program:

  • Develop volunteer opportunities and facilitate existing opportunities in the gardens

  • Research current trends in best practices and the benefits of connecting youth, families, and adults to nature and to their community

  • Coordinate and train nonpaid, non-AmeriCorps volunteers

  • Make sure appropriate records of volunteer hours are kept

Marketing:

  • Assist in designing and creating publicity for the Myrick gardens and land stewardship volunteer opportunities

  • Assist in distribution of publicity for upcoming events, programs, and volunteer opportunities

  • Assist with website and social media to promote programs and events

Capstone Project:

  • Members develop or select a project beyond the normal scope of their responsibilities to enhance their service experience and to leave a lasting contribution within their program area, the department, or the organization.

Qualifications

  • Willingness to learn various conservation practices or land management techniques

  • Experience or interest in working with the public and/or volunteers

  • Excellent customer service and professional demeanor

  • Passionate about environmental causes and being a part of the community surrounding environmental service

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs

  • Ability to use garden tools (ie. Wheelbarrow, shovel, trowel, pruning shears, etc.)

  • Ability to work primarily on your feet/standing/crouching

  • Willing to learn and implement strategies for diversity, equity and inclusion

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Dependable; able to fulfill commitment to term of service

  • Prepared to undergo a criminal background check

  • Believes in the WisCorps mission and is willing to implement WisCorps policies and procedures