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Category: Visitor Services

Westerville, OH

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012





940 S. Hempstead Road

Westerville, OH  43081


Closing Date for Applications: 11/21/12 11:59 pm


Applications must be submitted online and communication with applicants will be via email.  Metro Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer




1069 W. Main Street

Westerville, OH  43081



Develops and coordinates the overall volunteer program at Inniswood Metro Gardens. Supervises the work of volunteers in the performance of their job duties and responsibilities.

Examples of Duties:

Develops and coordinates the volunteer program at Inniswood.

Recruits, trains, and schedules the work of volunteers; oversees the daily supervision and assignment of duties to volunteers; directs volunteers in garden maintenance activities including assignments, providing on-the-job training as required, and coordinating tools and equipment.

Develops and coordinates the monthly volunteer newsletter, newsletter articles, flyers, promotional information, etc. and ensures timely submission.

Designs, plans, and conducts orientation sessions for new volunteers, and additional training for current volunteers.

Assists with coordinating the activities of the various interest groups within the Inniswood Volunteer Inc. (IVI).

May coordinate activities of various allied volunteer groups; oversees the annual plant sale, volunteer recognition, and other special events.

Works closely with the Horticulturist, Senior Environmental Educator and Public Gardens Manager regarding the assignment of volunteers to various projects such as plantings, programs, etc.

Assists the Senior Environmental Educator with planning and development of environmental education programs for volunteers.

Answers a wide variety of telephone inquiries; may assist with scheduling Innis House.

Updates and maintains volunteer records utilizing the current park district database.

May assist in preparation and presentation of workshops and slide programs; conducts tours.

Promotes the Park District through public contact.

Performs related clerical duties and activities; originates correspondence; provides monthly tracking report of volunteer activities.

Acts as an ex-officio at the quarterly meetings of IVI.

Performs special projects and related duties as required or assigned.



Education/Experience:Previous experience managing volunteers required, preferably in a botanical garden setting. Strong interest in and knowledge of gardening and horticulture or the equivalent preferred. Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as public relations, business administration, natural resources, parks and recreation, horticulture is preferred or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work with and relate to a variety of people of different interests, backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities.

Administrative Skills:Demonstrated skills in organization, writing, communication, and computer skills using Microsoft Office and a volunteer database such as Volunteer Works.

Language Skills:Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with coworkers, staff, volunteers, general public, community organizations, plant societies, garden clubs, other professionals, etc. Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records; ability to write letters, other general correspondence, program descriptions, newsletter articles, flyers, promotional information, etc.

Mathematical Skills:Ability to calculate fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Reasoning Ability:Ability to plan, schedule and implement projects and to work simultaneously on several projects. Ability to work with a minimum of supervision, develop and present programs, resolves work problems, and exercise good judgment in the analysis of facts and circumstances.

Licenses, Registrations:Possession of a valid standard first aid card and valid CPR card within six (6) months of employment. Possession of a valid Ohio driver license, insurable by Metro Parks’ insurance carrier, and ability to conform to the driving standards policy.

Physical Demands:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk or hear, operate grounds maintenance equipment, work with hands, garden, lift, use power, hand and gardening tools, drive park vehicles, Cushmans, etc. The employee is frequently required to bend; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms, etc.

Work Environment:While performing the regular duties of this job, the employee regularly spends about sixty percent of the time working in an office environment and about forty percent of the time working in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Any Additional Information:Ability to establish effective working relationship with staff, volunteers and the general public. Excellent customer service, communications and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of public relations and personal computer operation skills.


Other Information:

The above Description represents the essential and most significant duties of this position. It is not intended to exclude other work duties, assignments and responsibilities not mentioned herein.






Full-time benefits include:

EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Life Insurance
Supplemental Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse, Children
Vacation Leave
Personal Leave
Sick Leave
Bereavement Leave
8 Paid Holidays
Tuition Reimbursement
Uniforms for specified positions
Agency paid training & conferences
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
Deferred Compensation Programs

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