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Boyce Thompson Arboretum-Program Assistant-Fri, 07/29/2022 - 5:52pm

Program Assistant


Boyce Thompson Arboretum
37615 E Arboretum Way
Superior , AZ 85173
United States
Arizona US

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Job Description 

Position Title: Program Assistant
Reports To: Volunteer and Event Coordinator
Schedule: Thur. through Mon. (40 hrs a weeks)
Job Category: Full-time, non-exempt
Salary: $20/hour; full benefits

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) was founded in 1924, and is Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. BTA is located in scenic Queen Creek Canyon, just 50 minutes from Phoenix, Arizona in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains close to Superior, AZ. Featuring plant collections from the world’s deserts, historic buildings and hidden gardens along miles of trails, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. A haven for wildlife, BTA has been named "the most enchanting" Audubon Important Birding Area in Arizona. The Arboretum encompasses 340 acres, with 135 acres of distinct gardens, 15,000 plants and 4,000+ taxa, and currently has 36 full-time employees. BTA’s mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of desert plants, wildlife, and ecosystems through education, research and conservation. No longer a State Park or a University of Arizona department as of July 2019, BTA has reaffirmed and embraced its status as a botanical institution.

Job Description: The Program Assistant provides direct support to the Volunteer and Event Coordinator and auxiliary support to the Education Coordinator with the Docent program. He or she will assist in the development of the volunteer program, docent-led tours and walks, production of special events, donor events, programs and private events. Specific responsibilities include managing budgets, scheduling private events, coordinating private and public tours and walks, groups and cart tours, supervising events, managing, scheduling volunteers/volunteer groups, serving on event committees and representing Boyce Thompson Arboretum on-site and off-site for assigned events/projects.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Volunteer Program Duties and Responsibilities:

Send monthly updates to volunteers via Volgistics mail feature.
Assist in the creation of volunteer shifts, updating schedules, maintaining the list of volunteer assignments and arranging for scheduling of different departments and activities where volunteers are utilized.
Complete reports on volunteer hours served monthly.
Implement and oversee the first volunteer advisory committee.
Recruit, interview and screen applicants for BTA host volunteer program.
Update and maintain volunteer records in Volgistics.

Docent Program Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide guided tours on occasion.
Coordinate training classes for docent programs.
Coordinate docent service opportunities and monthly docent meetings.
Build and sustain a docent exchange program with other similar organizations.
Maintain accurate records of tour offerings and tour registrations.
Create and sustain relationships and communication with docents.
Schedule docents for public and private tours.

Event Duties and Responsibilities:

Serve as an event assistant or supervisor for all BTA special events, private events, meetings and education programs as assigned.
Plan, organize and staff special events/event series/volunteer only/private events/weddings as assigned.
Draft and email weekly event/program updates for all staff when appropriate.
Manage the BTA event request form and follow-up with specific departments to assess the level of event support, necessary equipment/supplies, garden set-up, food & beverage, music and staffing.
Purchase event supplies as directed by supervisor and/or department head.
Supervise and orient volunteers during special events.

Education and Experience 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Self-starter, goal-oriented and enthusiastic about working with volunteers and planning events.
Proficiency with computers and software programs, including MS office suite, Google suite and Volgistics or similar volunteer management software.
Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Works well alone and as part of a team.
Able to work flexible hours including nights, holidays and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications:

Able to lift 30 pounds, work outside in all weather, walk, stand, and stoop for long periods, especially during events.
Willing to obtain an Arizona Title 4 Basic Liquor Law Certificate, Arizona Food Handlers Card (valid in Pinal County) and CPR, AED, First Aid, Certified Interpretive Guide Certificate, and acquire a Identity Verified Prints (IVP) upon employment.
Anticipate project needs, discern work priorities and meet deadlines with little supervision.
Experience coordinating events, preparing contracts, applying for permits and licenses and working with musicians/vendors.
Experience managing and recruiting volunteers.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or significant work experience in related fields
2+ years of experience in volunteer management and/or event coordination is preferred

Application Instructions 

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job. Other duties may be assigned.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

Full Name 
Shelbi Storms