Pollinator Garden Caretaker – Volunteer Position

August 23, 2016 Homepage, News

Environmental Youth Alliance

Helping Children & Youth Find Their Inner Nature

Part time, March-August 2017, 4 hours every two weeks (flexible), Oak Meadows

Park, 1-2 positions

Position Summary

Chosen applicant will work to maintain and add to the diversity in the pollinator

garden, implementing plants and adapting the garden based on their opinion and

expertise. This is a high-value volunteer position with the Environmental Youth

Alliance, as this location provides an educational setting for young people to learn

and develop a passion for environmental change. It is also a unique space, providing

one of the few pollinator-rich habitats of mostly native plants in Vancouver, and the

largest nesting habitat for cavity nesting bees.

Benefits:

At the EYA, we work to raise awareness about environmental issues and actively

engage young people so that they get to see, taste, and touch their surrounding

environment. These small magical moments create a platform for inspiration and

change. The pollinator garden is one of the main locations of educational programs

which aim to re-connect people with our environment and which can ultimately

create young catalysts of change. As a Pollinator Garden Caretaker, you will have

the opportunity to enrich the experience of young people by providing a welcoming

outdoor environment to explore, learn, and where they can build their passion. This

is not just a volunteer opportunity to put on a resume; it is a chance to initiate

learning, build relationships with community members and staff, and engage in the

journey to make true change happen.

Essential Job Functions

– Making sure garden edges are well maintained

– Decision making on providing colourful flower selection and upkeep of

important plant species

– Remove weeds and invasive plants

– Water garden

– Monitor bee population and insect hotel

Qualifications

– Physically capable of garden work

– Knowledge of how to use gardening tools

– Good interpersonal communication skills, speaking with the public

– Passionate about biodiversity

– Enjoy and capable of spending hours outside in diverse weather conditions

– Self-starter, comfortable working alone

– Knowledge or experience with plant identification considered an asset

Training

We will train you in basic plant and bee identification as well as gardening tasks. Be

part of the EYA volunteer team in providing beautiful and ecologically rich green

spaces in Vancouver. Opportunities to help facilitate pollinator workshop with

youth may be possible in future depending on applicant’s interest.

How To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to Erin Udal at erin@eya.ca. Tell us why you

would be a good fit for the position and we will get back to those are a good fit for

the position.