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    Volunteer Coordinator - Horticulturist Opening

    Volunteer Coordinator - Horticulturist Opening

    The American Horticultural Society (AHS), a national nonprofit membership organization located in Alexandria, Virginia, is seeking a full-time Volunteer Coordinator-Horticulturist.

    The position is based at the AHS’s River Farm headquarters, a historic 25-acre site that was once part of George Washington's extensive landholdings. The AHS has more than 20,000 members across the country and around the world. Through membership in the AHS, members receive a variety of benefits (including The American Gardener magazine, complimentary or discounted admission to gardens across North America, an annual Member’s Seed Exchange, and exclusive on-line content) as well as help support the Society’s vision of “Making America a Nation of Gardeners, A Land of Gardens.”

    The role of the Volunteer Coordinator-Horticulturist is two-fold: first, to lead and manage our on-site volunteer program in support of the AHS's mission and programs; and second, to assist the Associate Director, Gardens and Facilities in managing and maintaining 25 acres of mixed-use gardens and landscapes. The employee will also assist with operating the River Farm Garden Shop. Volunteers are essential to the AHS's work both at River Farm and, by extension, with the organization's national membership. River Farm's Garden Shop plays an important role in generating income while also reflecting the AHS's mission. This position reports to the Associate Director, Gardens and Facilities, and works closely with other key staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Working with staff members to identify potential volunteer needs.
    • Coordinating the recruitment, selection, orientation, training, and recognition of volunteers.
    • Maintaining volunteer records using digital software.
    • Establishing, evaluating, and revising volunteer program components.
    • Establishing volunteer assignments and schedules.
    • Working alongside volunteers and staff members on larger projects, as well as during weekly volunteer days in the garden.
    • Developing and monitoring the volunteer program budget.
    • Serving as point of contact with community and regional groups that represent potential candidates for individual or group volunteerism (for example, schools, garden clubs, Master Gardeners, and local companies).
    • Playing an active role in the administration and coordination of events and programs that rely on volunteers for their success (for example, Spring Garden Market, Gala, Garden Shop, Special Work Days, Seed Exchange, and Symposia).
    • Leading guided tours of River Farm, as needed, and training volunteer docents to lead tours.

    • Assisting with the care and maintenance of a variety of landscapes and gardens.
    • Performing all horticultural activities safely and to the highest horticulture standards.
    • Duties may include, but are not limited to: mulching, weeding, watering, planting, pruning, and harvesting.
    • Incumbent will use a variety of powered and non-powered equipment, including, but not limited to: string trimmers, golf carts/gators, backpack blowers, pruners, shovels, and saws.
    • Assisting the Associate Director, Gardens and Facilities with other duties as assigned. 

    Garden Shop
    • Collaborating with key staff members to develop a vision and long-term plan for the profitable operation and growth of the Garden Shop.
    • Continually investigating new sources of inventory, products, and retail marketing strategies.
    • Establishing merchandise themes and converting these into attractive retail displays.
    • Training, scheduling, and supervising store team members.
    • Maintaining organized files (proposals, contracts, performance reports, pricing, etc.).
    • Collaborating with other departments to optimize promotion, advertising, and utilization of the store.

    Requirements: Volunteer management experience, including recruitment, training, and recognition; retail management experience; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills; proficiency with PC applications such as Word, Outlook, and Excel; aptitude and willingness to become proficient with AHS's member database software; strong background or focus on visitor experience and service; ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Preference will be given to candidates with multi-year volunteer and/or retail management experience, demonstrated leadership ability, and knowledge of the field of horticulture.

    This position will require some evening, weekend, and holiday work, depending on operational needs and scheduled activities. This position was originally posted in February, but its duties have since been revised. Position is open until filled. To find out more about the AHS, please visit www.ahsgardening.org.

    To be considered, please email cover letter, resume, and three references to:

    Mary Boden

    Executive Assistant and Administrative Manager

    American Horticultural Society

    7931 East Boulevard Drive

    Alexandria, VA 22308

    E-mail: mboden@ahsgardening.org