Volunteer Guide at Westonbirt Arboretum  with Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG) (Ref: 1573)
 
Opportunity picture
Do you have a keen interest in the value of the national aboretum as a scientific resource, learning destination as well as a place to enjoy? Could you lead a group of visitors safely around the arboretum while introducing them to the famous collection of trees, its heritage and historical context, tailoring the walks to suit the preferences and needs of different people?

If you could commit to 1-2 different walks per month between March and October, (frequency may rise during autumn colour), with each walk typically lasting 1.5 hours, be able to answer visitors questions or advise where they may find the information whilst also promoting Westonbirt, its events and membership, we would love to hear from you.

You would be given access to Westonbirt's library and archive resources for further research as part of this role.
What are they looking for?

A good communicator, with the ability to engage all kinds of visitors, you will be reliable, patient and keen to share your enthusiasm for the arboretum with others, whilst also promoting the arboretum's key messages.

You will have good attention to detail, an interest in trees and a willingness to learn.

Practical

Full training is essential and will be run from 10am - 4pm on the following dates:
Sat 20 January 2018
Sat 3 and 17 February 2018
Sat 3 and 17 March 2018

You would then spend a period of time shadowing experienced guides.
Ongoing training is included in team meetings to which you would be invited four times per year.

Please note terrain may be uneven, rough or muddy. You will be walking on and off mainly level paths in ALL weathers so sturdy boots/shoes will be needed.

An on-site radio will be provided for communication whilst out in the grounds.

A contribution to the cost of volunteering travel is available.

When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18
Where?

Westonbirt National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG)
 
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG) logo
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, located three miles from the Cotswold town of Tetbury, has 17 miles of accessible paths winding through a picturesque Victorian landscape which is home to internationally important tree and shrub collections, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Westonbirt attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays

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