Vancouver Botanical Garden Association (Garden Guides)

Organization Name: Vancouver Botanical Garden Association
Opportunity Title: Garden Guides
Category: Environmental Improvement
Commitment: 6 months to 1 year
Start Date: April 3, 2023
End Date: September 20, 2025

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and overTraining or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Organizational profile

Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, a registered charitable organization, delivers educational programs and Garden projects at VanDusen Botanical Garden, a 55-acre botanical garden and Bloedel Conservatory, a domed, lush tropical rainforest paradise in the heart of Vancouver. As Vancouver’s ‘green heart,’ we help to protect the globe’s biodiversity while acting as an oasis of calm in a busy city, providing a place for people to connect with nature and find peace in a world of plants and beauty.  



As Garden ambassadors, VanDusen Guides invite visitors to explore and learn more about the Garden and the amazing world of plants. By offering dynamic guided tours and acting as information resources, Guides help visitors connect with VanDusen’s beautiful 55-acre garden. Guided walking and cart tours are offered daily from April to October, walking tours are also available Sunday afternoons year-round weather permitting.



Plans, organizes and conducts walking and/or cart tours
Interprets the Garden’s collections, history and horticultural practices, while welcoming visitors and answering their questions
Keeps up-to-date and informed about the Garden

Attends Guide Education meetings and Garden Walks, (if unable to attend, please review online), participates in Guide projects and special events in the Garden as appropriate
Records Guide activity statistics as required


Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

Enthusiasm for nature and the environment 

Experience in presenting, teaching, guiding, customer service, interpretation or botany is an asset 
Excellent communication skills and customer service focused
For driving Guides, a valid class 5 driver’s license is required


Training and Orientation: 

4 Hours of online training to be completed prior to in-person training
Required in-person training on Saturdays April 8th, April 22nd, and May 6th from 9:30 – 3:30pm. Must be available to attend all dates.
Shadow shifts


Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 shifts per month, in addition to guide education, and a minimum 1-year commitment.


Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with, the Guide Captain.  


Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable making decisions and problem solving with minimal supervision.


Volunteer Benefits:

Enhance botanical knowledge, further develop customer service, interpretation and communication skills
Opportunity to work with a dedicated team in a well-respected charity
Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause 
Reference letter


The VBGA is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; and people with disabilities.


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