Volunteer

During the Sale

Man in red coat watering plants with long metal wand

(Sale photos are from pre-COVID days.)

Some jobs fill very early, which means they disappear from the signup system.

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

Vaccine verifier 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Must work outdoors
Outgoing personality

Greet each customer to check their proof of vaccination or covid test results, along with photo ID. Training will be provided prior to the start of your shift. Sign up online now

Outdoor greeters and Wristband Booth
Thursday, 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

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, 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

Plant parking
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Indoors, possibly partially sitting
Assist shoppers in temporarily storing full shopping carts to allow them to continue shopping. Retrieve their cart(s) when they return to enter the checkout line. Sign up online now

Checkout line assistants
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Partially indoors...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

Flow 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Must stand throughout shift
Outgoing personality

Interact with shoppers in the area you are assigned. Answer questions, direct people/cart traffic. 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

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

Box and clipboard prep
Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Able to run or walk, stand a lot waiting for things
Prepare clipboards and pencils for cashiers to greeters  Sign up online now

 

Some shifts may have already filled by now, such as Master Gardeners.

Curbside loading
Thursday, 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

Cart return
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Stand and move throughout shift
Physically demanding

Move shopping carts as needed. Help manage access to carts so shoppers who have been waiting get one before new arrivals. Sign up online now

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

Lost Plants helper
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Help lost or abandoned plants get back to their assigned locations. Work with the Info Desk and bring plants back to their numbered location. Requires lots of walking. 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; work is outside
Stand or sit beside a set of recycling, compost, and trash receptacles to advise shoppers on which one to use. Sign up online now