Volunteer

During the Sale

Man in red coat watering plants with long metal wand

Lots of jobs to do! Some working with customers, others working with plants.

Tidying, shelving
Thursday - Sunday
Ability to lift 15 pounds
Lifting and bending

When you sign up, pick which section you will cover. Consolidate partial flats of plants into fewer flats, raise plants from lower shelves to the most visible shelves as needed. Locate stray plants and put in collection areas. Reshelve stray plants.  Sign up online now

Watering
Wednesday - Sunday
Ability to lift 20 pounds
Lifting and bending

Use a mobile pump-action watering system. Be sensitive to which plants need watering and give them a drink. Water thoroughly.  Sign up online now

Outdoor greeers and Wristband Booth
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Must work outdoors
Outgoing personality

Keep line organized and make the experience pleasant for people waiting.   Sign up online now

Greeters
Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Usually must stand throughout shift; may be outdoors
Outgoing personality

Familiarity with previous sales useful (one person per shift at least)
Hand clipboard, map, shopping sheet and pencil to ALL shoppers who enter. Explain briefly about recording purchases. Answer other questions as needed.  Sign up online now

Volunteer signups opened on February 1.

Some of these volunteer shifts may already be full on particular days, especially during setup and plant receiving.

Cashiers
Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
No standing required
Must be Friends School parent, alum, staff, grandparent or close relative
Comfort with making change

Take cash and checks from shoppers, make change. Process credit cards. Direct shoppers to exit/exterior area where they can leave plants at curb.  Sign up online now

Tallyers
Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Comfort with math and calculators; training provided.
If you haven’t done this before, arrive 15 minutes early.

Speak to each person in your line. Review their sheet and total their purchases. Write totals on sheet.  Sign up online now

Checkout line assistants
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Must stand throughout shift
Outgoing personality

Check with all shoppers as they approach the checkouts to see if they have their form filled out. Spot check lists (especially big ticket items) to make sure the items are recorded on the shoppers’ forms.  Sign up online now

Master Gardeners
Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
No standing required
Must be official Master Gardener
Familiarize yourself with catalog before sale

Answer questions and help shoppers with plant selection  Sign up online now

Clipboard runners
Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Able to run or walk fast, stand a lot waiting for things
Move clipboards and pencils from cashiers to greeters  Sign up online now

Black flat pickup
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Walking and bending
Circulate throughout sale picking up empty flats, bring to one location and group with like flats.  Sign up online now

Bulbs and Bareroots helper
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Standing—work is outside!
Review catalog before the sale–particularly items marked “in bulbs and bareroots”
Answer questions and help shoppers find things. Bulb knowledge useful.  Sign up online now

Volunteer signups opened on February 1.

Some of these volunteer shifts may already be full on particular days, especially during setup and plant receiving.

Unusual Plants booth
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stand throughout shift
Plant knowledge necessary; review rare plants list in catalog beforehand
Ability to lift 30 pounds helpful
Answer questions, hand people plants.  Sign up online now

Curbside loading
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stand throughout shift
Ability to lift 20 pounds

Hand out numbers to shoppers who leave their plants; help them load their plants when they return with their car. Make sure only the person with the right number loads plants.  Sign up online now

Section advisers
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stand throughout shift; some sections outside
Choose your favorite plant section and help customers find and choose plants.  Sign up online now

Early sellout recorders
Friday, Saturday
Stand and walk throughout shift; some work is outside
Circulate through the sale continuously with a clipboard to record early sellouts and mark their signs appropriately.  Sign up online now

Saturday morning plant receiving/shelving
Saturday
Ability to lift 20 pounds
Lifting and bending continuously throughout shift

Unload trucks and move plants from trucks to their locations on the tables. Knowledge of plants helpful.  Sign up online now

SOS volunteer
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stand and walk throughout shift; work may be outside
Pitch in wherever needed for areas that need more help.  Sign up online now

Recycling and compost collector
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stand and walk throughout shift; half of work is outside
Circulate in the building and Garden Fair (outside) to collect bags of recycling and compostable items, using a rolling cart. Bring to an outside area prep for final recycling or composting by sorting out items in the wrong bag. Sign up online now