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Volunteer Facilitator, Butterflies & Blooms

Requisition Number: 
Interpretive Programs
Job Status: 
The person in this position oversees the interpretive programs volunteers in the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition and supports other aspects of the exhibition. This tented summer exhibition is exposed to outdoor conditions, and features a butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live butterflies and moths.

Work closely with the volunteers and staff who support the exhbition. Foster positive visitor experiences and ensure USDA protocol is upheld. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Work and interact with volunteers through two daily shifts; place and rotate volunteers in critical positions and make sure they receive adequate breaks. 
  • Cover the positions with volunteers each day; work with staff to keep volunteer schedule up to date and fill vacancies. 
  • Mentor/coach volunteers as needed. 
  • Know USDA-regulated exhibition protocol. Assist visitors and volunteers in following exhibition rules. 
  • Gain basic subject-matter competency regarding butterflies, moths, and plants in the exhibition. 
  • Interact with and welcome visitors, answer questions, and facilitate a positive visitor experience. 
  • Communicate daily with horticulture staff about pupae arrivals and exhibition updates. 
  • Report any operational problems to interpretive programs staff. 
  • Prepare and maintain supplies. 
  • Participate in volunteer training as needed. 

Our ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • A minimum of one year of experience working with volunteers in a public setting; excellent people skills. 
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and communication skills, and ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Ability to be in a live butterfly exhibition and to learn about butterflies, moths, and plants in the exhibition. 
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. 
Physical Demands: 
The tent is in an outdoor setting with a permeable tent cover. Position requires being outdoors in varying weather conditions including heat, sun, rain, and cold. Ability to stand for extended periods of time and to walk to the exhibition and various buildings on the Garden campus. The ability to bend, stoop, and lift moderate weight (approximately 15 pounds) is also required. Use of office equipment includes computers, telephones, and copiers.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

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