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Volunteer Positions and Job Opportunities in Fort Lauderdale

Listed here are the Bonnet House Job Opportunities and Volunteer Positions. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Bonnet House, please fill out the online Volunteer Application and questionnaire and return it to Bonnet House. If you are interested in applying for a job, please click on the link immediately following the description. We look forward to your joining us as a volunteer or staff member at Bonnet House soon!

Job Opportunites

GROUNDSKEEPER

FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT

 General Responsibilities

This position’s primary responsibility is the maintenance and preservation of the Bonnet House grounds, gardens, and natural landscape in accordance with the Bonnet House Collection Management Policy. He or she shall accomplish the daily work of all ground maintenance. This involves hands-on grounds maintenance, volunteer supervision, contractor interface, good initiative, and independent judgment.  The position reports directly to the Director of Operations.

Duties

  1. Follow and maintain established landscape maintenance standards.
  2. Oversee maintenance of roads, parking lots, trails, and paths. Clean public walkways, including Boat House, Chickee Bridge, and paths to ensure a clean and professional look before opening to the public.
  3. Trim shrubs and smaller trees in and around the Main House and outbuildings.
  4. Remove downed limbs and fronds from the same areas.
  5. Assist with set up for special events, including arranging tables and chairs, signage, gate openings, etc.
  6. Diagnose landscape pests and diseases, mix and apply non-restricted chemicals for their control. Fertilize as necessary.
  7. Oversee maintenance of the irrigation system; conduct minor repairs as necessary.
  8. Maintain Courtyard fountain (shared with Maintenance Worker).
  9. Clean public restrooms (shared with Custodial staff).
  10. Oversee mowing and grounds pest maintenance contracts.
  11. Trap raccoons and iguanas as necessary and arrange for removal.
  12. Order supplies for irrigation systems, fertilizer, plants, and equipment as approved.
  13. Solicit and evaluate bids as directed from contractors and vendors for CEO and Curator-approved grounds-related work at Bonnet House. Monitor any work they do on the property. Ensure that they meet Bonnet House landscape standards and that all work is completed to specifications on time and on budget.
  14. Provide professional direction to the volunteers and community service workers in technical areas, such as proper pruning of plant materials and trees, the selection of fertilizers and pesticides and their application, propagation of plant materials, and pest control. Oversee any volunteer work related to the grounds.
  15. Report any grounds-related accidents to the CEO, complete accident report, and offer appropriate assistance to anyone injured on the grounds. Wear appropriate safety gear and ensure that volunteers wear appropriate safety gear.
  16. Replace water fountain bottles and occasionally assist in carrying boxes and other items (shared with Maintenance).
  17. Schedule pulls for landscape dumpster.
  18. Transport from storage and install hurricane shutters and assist with securing the house and grounds as necessary (shared with Maintenance Worker).
  19. Abide by the Code of Ethics and be guided by the Mission and Vision Statements.
  20. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Operations.

Skills

  • Considerable knowledge of trees, plants, and shrubs grown in Florida and their maintenance requirements.
  • Extensive knowledge of approved and current techniques for cultivating, transplanting, planting, fertilizing, pruning, and otherwise caring for trees and plant materials in a Florida
  • Ability to safely use hand and power tools related to landscape maintenance and the ability to perform minor repairs on such tools as needed.
  • Ability to work outdoors and do manual work in extremes of heat and humidity.
  • Ability to prune trees in accordance with National Arborist Association standards.
  • Ability to supervise and direct the work of volunteers and contractors in order to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Bonnet House staff and volunteers.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Willing to work weekend and early morning shifts.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.

Requirements

High school diploma or GED required; Horticulture degree/certificate preferred.

  • Ability to walk without aid, climb stairs, lift and carry objects weighing 50 lbs. or less for short distances.
  • Ability to climb ladders to a height not exceeding 25 feet and to perform minor repairs and installations at that height.
  • Five years experience in Horticulture and/or Arboriculture working in a sub-tropical climate preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Courteous and professional demeanor.

Please click here to apply.

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VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE

PART-TIME NON-EXEMPT

 

General Responsibilities

The Visitor Services Associate is the first point of contact for visitors coming to Bonnet House and must provide a positive first impression.  The position is responsible for the smooth operation of the Welcome Center and South Gate and helps coordinate the day-to-day details of public tours with appropriate staff members and volunteers. When assigned to The Museum Shop the associate is responsible for greeting visitors and processing sales.  This position is a cross-trained position covering both the museum shop and welcome center. This dual position reports to the Visitor Services and Administrative Manager.

Duties

  1. Open and set up Museum Shop/Welcome Center/South Gate register and secure banks.
  2. Greet Museum Shop, Welcome Center, and South Gate visitors.
  3. Give directional information.
  4. Answer visitor questions.
  5. Coordinate activities in the Museum Shop, Welcome Center, and South Gate.
  6. Open/close the gate for public tours.
  7. Promote and sell memberships at Welcome Center, South Gate, and Museum Shop.
  8. Sell merchandise and artwork displayed at both the Welcome Center and Museum Shop.
  9. Maintain an accurate inventory of Gift Shop merchandise.
  10. Maintain a clean and dust-free Museum Shop, Welcome Center, and South Gate.
  11. Close cash drawer at close of business day.
  12. Take receipts, reports, and banks to Visitor Services and Administrative Manager.
  13. Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Skills

  1. Experience in using a cash register or POS system and handling cash/credit card transactions.
  2. Good arithmetic skills.
  3. Comfortable working with a variety of people.
  4. Good organizational and decision-making skills.
  5. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  6. Punctuality

Requirements

  1. High School Diploma/GED.
  2. Minimum of one-year cash handling experience.
  3. Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  4. Outgoing personality and pleasant demeanor.
  5. Fluent in English
  6. Ability to stand, walk without aid, climbing stairs, lift objects weighing 20 lbs. or less, and carry them short distances.
  7. Flexible in work schedule.
  8. Trustworthy.

Please click here to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers have many opportunities to serve. It is through our volunteers and their efforts that we are able to maintain the integrity of this unique historical estate and to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for each guest who visits.

Volunteer Orientation
Group Volunteer Orientations are held by prior appointment with Volunteer Coordinator to introduce potential volunteers to opportunities that are available at Bonnet House.

Training Classes
Full Training Classes are held in September and January to train new volunteers as guides and back-up guides for house tours. Training will consist of 4 classes 5 hours each.

Volunteer position details listed below.

If you have any questions or wish to contact us about volunteer positions and job opportunities at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, please call 954-703-2606 or click here.

Volunteer Form

Museum Shop Assistant

Help mainain control and oversee items in the gift shop. The shop assistant is available to give directional information to visitors and to assist with pricing, inventory, wrapping and the display of merchandise.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Garden Volunteer

Work with Grounds Manager in the care and preservation of the Gardens

Skills Needed: Positive attitude and passion for gardening. Willingness to listen and learn

Ongoing: 1x per week
Days Needed: Monday thru Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer can choose
Minimum: 1 hour

Email [email protected] for details

Courtyard Coordinator

Attends the Main House front entrance/Courtyard by checking admissions, monitoring courtyard, ensure all Self-Guided guests know rules and floor plan, make sure all rooms are monitored and be able to account for all guided tour positions and move guides when needed. 

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Handy Man Volunteer

Work with Grounds Manager in the care and preservation of the Buildings and Equipment.

Skills Needed: Positive attitude and passion for fixing equipment and/or carpentry, electrical, plumbing.

Ongoing: 1x per week
Days Needed: Monday thru Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer can choose
Minimum: 1 hour

Email [email protected] for details

Bridge Greeter

Welcome visitors and guests to Bonnet House during tours, weddings, receptions, corporate parties, and special events. The greeter is also available to give directional information to visitors and guests.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to move around the courtyard for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Data Input

Compile and input data in various formats for events and files.

Skills Needed: Knowledge of computers and various software programs. Ability to decipher handwriting and organize data to input into databases. Ability to climb the stairs to the offices.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Back-up Guide

Back-Up Guides assist the lead guide as visitors tour the main house. Back-Up guides help to maintain group control and oversee the collection as visitors move from room to room.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours. Ability to follow instructions.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week.

Research Volunteer

Skills Needed: Computer or typing ability. Know the alphabet and organizing.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Nature Trail Interpreter

Nature Trail Interpreters share historical, environmental, and botanical facts of interes with visitors riding on the tram (a large golf cart seating 6 people) along the nature trail. It is preferred, for those who volunteer as nature trail interpreter, to have some knowledge of plant and tree identification. Training provided.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours. Ability to follow instructions. Current valid drivers’ license.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 4 hour shift per week, or twice monthly.

Collections Volunteer

Work with the Curator in the care and maintainance of the archives, records and collection.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Computer skills, good eyesight, no allergies to dust or mold. Love examining old objects, books, and detail oriented. Comfortable using a small paintbrush.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Lead Guide

Lead Guides share the “Bonnet House Story” with visitors who take a tour of the main house. Lead Guides must first serve as a back-up guide and then attend a guide training course to learn the script for the tour.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week.

Education Volunteer

Promote the Museum’s educational mission by providing accurate, informative and enjoyable programs of the Museum, which compliment the Sunshine State Standards. Introduce the Museum, conduct a special guided program for school children, and answer appropiate questions.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with school groups; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two to three hours. Training and curriculum provided. Programs include History, Science and Art.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: As needed per registration of school.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week.