Volunteer at Greenwood Gardens

Volunteers are highly valued members of Greenwood’s team. We depend on volunteers to help in the gardens, act as docents and lead tours, help with administrative duties, conduct research, and much more. If you are interested in being part of an energetic and knowledgeable team, contact us and we will be happy to try and find the right place for you and your talents! Call 973-258-4026 or write to info@greenwoodgardens.org Or, click to download, print and fill out our Volunteer Application Form as a Word document
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Please return by post to:
Greenwood Gardens
274 Old Short Hills Road
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078

We invite outgoing individuals who enjoy nature, local history, and
working with the public to become Volunteer Docents.

Trained Volunteer Docents help educate the public and enhance the visitor experience by leading groups of 12 or less on 45 minute walking tours focusing on Greenwood’s history, conservation, horticulture and stewardship. Qualified applicants will attend a day of training and work with a mentor until they are ready to lead tours on their own. Tours are scheduled on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. throughout the open season,and on weekdays by appointment in the spring and fall.

Volunteer Docent Requirements
* Friendly, outgoing, courteous individuals who enjoy working with the public
* Prompt and reliable
* Desire to learn more about the history of Greenwood
* Desire to learn more about programs and membership and enthusiasm to share with others
* Desire to familiarize oneself with plant names and recognition
* Enthusiastic to participate in training and group meetings
* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
* Willingness to interact with all persons regardless of age
* Able to walk safely throughout the Gardens with stairs and inclines while leading group tours
* Attend training seminar at Greenwood Gardens
* Commit to volunteering

Volunteer Docent Responsibilities
* Act as a representative of Greenwood Gardens
* Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled tour for preparation
* Docents asked to lead at least 5 tours within a year
* Greet and educate the public; assist guests with orientation to the Gardens
* Wear the appropriate docent uniform (shirt provided)
* Arrange for alternate docent if you cannot attend
* Engage tour groups and keep tour on schedule
* Know the emergency procedures
* Respond to and assist visitors in emergency situations
* Encourage visitors to consider membership and promote program attendance
* Assist with refreshments for groups and visitors
* Assist during events and high visitation days
* Attend volunteer functions and meetings