Raingarden Volunteer

Purpose
Rain garden Volunteers assist CRWD staff with routine garden maintenance and special planting projects in the eight Como Lake area gardens.

Requirements
Rain garden Volunteers should have enthusiasm for gardening, the ability to lift 20 pounds, and to stoop, bend, and tolerate local weather. Rain garden volunteers will be trained in plant identification and maintenance techniques.

Time Commitment
Volunteer s will attend a 30-minute orientation/training with CRWD staff on site at the gardens. After training, volunteers can expect to work on their own schedule for one- to two- hour weekly shifts, depending on need, during the growing season (May through October).

Duties
General duties include weeding, deadheading, sweeping, planting, plant removal, pruning, and litter pick-up and disposal. All supplies are provided by CRWD. Volunteers will not use power tools or chemicals. To help track maintenance, volunteers will use a maintenance checklist during each visit, which can be turned in monthly via email or US mail.

Clothing
It is suggested that volunteers wear attire appropriate for seasonal outdoor work: long pants, enclosed shoes, a hat, sunscreen and work gloves are recommended.

Support
CRWD staff members are available to assist with information and encouragement. Rain garden volunteers will also be invited to participate in seasonal tours and workshops hosted by the District.

Contact
For more information, or to apply, contact: Elizabeth Beckman at Capitol Region Watershed District, (651) 644-8888 or email.