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Volunteer Opportunities - Barnyard Greeters and Garden Interpreters

  Barnyard Greeters and Garden Interpreters:
(One weekend shift each month is requested)

While about half of the Rancho’s guests take Historic House Tours, almost all our guests visit the historic Barns and Gardens areas. Our Barnyard Greeters and Historic Garden Interpreters ensure that all the Rancho’s visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience at the Rancho.

Barnyard Greeters welcome guests into the Barns areas and watch to make sure that everyone is kept safe while enjoying the Ranch including the animals. They move throughout the Barns areas regularly to keep an eye on things and share Barnyard Rules with guests as needed. Barnyard volunteers should be willing and able to endure some dust, hay, and animal smells, as we continue to house our much-adored livestock, including sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and horses.

Both Barn Greeters and Garden Interpreters engage with guests informally, sharing approved information about our structures, animals, and the history of our special outdoor spaces. They also gently remind guests that even the outdoor spaces are part of our “Museum.”

Barn Greeters and Garden Interpreters have the pleasure of enjoying hilltop breezes and the sounds of Ranch and Nature between 1:00-5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday (at least one weekend day commitment per month is appreciated). These volunteers should be able to move throughout the Barns areas and Gardens regularly, and eager to interact with the public, enjoying both busy afternoons and quiet lulls on the hilltop.

Training includes Volunteer Orientation and Tea in the Secret Garden, followed by job-specific training and peer mentorship.

For more information, please call us today at (562) 431-3541 or complete our online Volunteer Application.


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