Volunteer Event Assistant – about the opportunity

Working as part of a small team, the Volunteer Event Assistant will help to develop and deliver a broad range of family events that are related to nature and the outdoors, are creative, engaging and memorable.  These events are aimed at children of primary school age and it is desirable that each activity has a learning outcome, but should also be fun!

What’s involved

• Assisting with the creation and development of interactive children’s events, aimed primarily at children under 10 years.
• Leading or assisting with activity sessions for small groups of up to 15 children, or drop in activity sessions.
• Using and looking after resources and equipment used for event activity sessions.
• Help us to develop our family events by sharing your ideas and experience.
• Bring the wonders of the outdoors and nature to life for young people in a creative, imaginative and engaging format.
• Opportunity to lead/assist with family events during the school holidays.

Why you might like this role

• Be part of a small team of friendly and dedicated team
• Meeting like-minded people from all walks of life and making new friends
• Developing your event organisation skills
• Enjoying new experiences
• Sharing knowledge with our visitors

What are we looking for?

This role will suit people who… enjoy working with children and have an enthusiastic and friendly nature with a talent for communicating. An educational or event background would be helpful, but not a requirement. An interest in engaging young people with outdoors and nature is a must. The role is ideally suited to those who would like their volunteering experience to be varied and flexible.

Practical Considerations

Time commitment for this volunteering role is flexible, but would ideally suit someone living near to Haywards Heath.
You will always be accompanied on guided tours by another volunteer or member of staff.
You will be eligible for a free family season ticket to the Garden.
You will receive a 20% discount in our shop and plant nursery.
A full welcome pack will be provided to begin the induction process.

About Borde Hill Garden

The Garden, a registered charity and listed Grade II* by English Heritage, is set in 200 acres of parkland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning vistas across the Ouse Valley viaduct.  The 17 acre Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and trees and has 78 champion trees.  It is laid out as intimate garden ‘rooms’, including the Rhododendron, Rose and Italian gardens.

Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke (1862-1948), heir to the Stephenson Clarke shipping firm, bought Borde Hill house with the intention of creating a great garden. The Colonel began collecting soon after he acquired Borde Hill and his particular interest was woody plants, and his ambition was to collect the widest range of such plants that would grow in this part of Sussex. He sponsored many plant collector expeditions including those of Ernest Wilson, George Forrest, Reginald Farrer and Frank Kingdon Ward. Harold Hillier, the great nurseryman, considered that the Colonel was the ‘greatest amateur all-rounder of the gardening world of the twentieth century’.

Apply or find out more

Contact: Andrew Loin
Tel: 01444 450326  Email: manager@bordehill.co.uk


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