Schedule

Flexible shifts, minimum of two hours per week; April – October 2017

Position Summary

NHMU is making an effort to keep its 17 acres of landscaping “green” by not using herbicides. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn the plants of the foothills and assist the museum with invasive species removal, biodiversity observation, and trail signage upkeep. Volunteers will be responsible for manually checking the grounds for noxious or invasive species, and removing weeds as needed. Volunteers will also report to the Green Team any new plant species that they observe on our landscape. This position includes physical labor (hiking, kneeling, bending, lifting, tool use, etc.) and working in a variety of weather conditions. Volunteers should plan to come wearing appropriate clothing (closed-toe shoes, long pants, sunscreen), and will need to sign a liability waiver to participate.

Age Requirement: Minimum of 16 years of age.

Skills/Abilities

  • An interest in botany/native plants
  • An interest in gardening/landscaping maintenance
  • Ability to stand/walk for extended periods of time
  • Attention to detail
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to follow specific guidelines and ask questions if necessary

Department: Green Team
Supervisor: Elizabeth Johnson

Training Required

All volunteers are required to attend a 3.5 hour New Staff and Volunteer Orientation training prior to starting their volunteer position. Landscape Steward volunteers will also receive one-on-one training on the noxious and invasive plant species in our area, and how to safely identify and remove them.

Training Schedule:
NHMU Orientation, 3.5 hours RSVP required:
1st Friday of the month: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3rd Wednesday of the month: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

NHMU Mission

The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it. Landscape Steward volunteers will work to keep our natural landscape free of both noxious/invasive weeds and herbicides, helping us care for and preserve the natural world right outside our walls.

Benefits

Volunteers at the Natural History Museum of Utah enjoy benefits that are intellectual, social, and meaningful. Volunteers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the natural world through specialized trainings, behind-the-scenes access, and interaction with the Museum’s research staff; they can broaden their social circle by making connections with fellow volunteers, Museum staff, and Museum guests; they contribute to scientific research, and make an impact in increasing scientific literacy and awareness in the local community, and beyond.

In addition, the Museum offers the following benefits:

  • Volunteer t-shirt and name tag
  • Free admission into the museum
  • Two free guest passes for every 25 hours of service
  • Museum Membership discount
  • Discount at Museum Store and Café
  • Use of the volunteer lounge
  • Continuing Education programs, including lectures and tours
  • Invitation to social and recognition events

Background checks are required for all volunteers 18 years and older.