Special Event Volunteers

Special Event Volunteers

Along with Fairchild’s tremendous education, horticulture and conservation programs, the garden holds popular annual festivals including the Ramble, the Chocolate Festival, the Orchid Festival and the International Mango Festival which introduce thousands of visitors to Fairchild and its mission.

Special Event volunteers are needed for a wide variety of jobs including event set-up, helping with children’s activities, working in festival booths and visitor education.

                           Mango Festival Volunteering

Special Event Volunteers Qualifications and Schedule

Special Events volunteers participate in a minimum of 6 events throughout the year. Certain events require volunteer training prior to the festival or event. Festivals offer fun, short-term volunteer opportunities, great for busy professionals and for students needing community service hours. 

NOTE: All students must register with the Volunteer Department prior to volunteering at any Fairchild festival to complete the necessary paperwork.  Student positions fill quickly so interested students should plan to call the Volunteer office as soon as possible before the scheduled event.

                                                                     

The following is a list of festivals and events planned for the 2013-14 season:

EVENT

TIME OF YEAR

JOBS

Members' Day Plant Sale

October

Plant sale cashiers, plant holding and plant valets

Bird Festival

October

Visitor activities

Edible Garden Festival

October

Cooking demonstrations, children's activities, pumpkin patch, variety of other booths 

Howl-o-ween

October

Greet visitors and help with check-in

The Ramble

November

Help at a variety of booths from children's activities to old books and antiques and collectibles

American Orchid Society Fall Orchid Show

November

Visitor activities

The Chocolate Festival

January

Cooking demonstrations, children's activities, variety of other booths

The Orchid Festival

March

Help at children's activities

Spring Plant Sale and Food and Garden Festival

April/May

Cooking demonstrations, children's activities, variety of other booths

Mango Festival

July

Peel mangos, cooking demonstrations, help needed at a variety of other booths