Join us as a volunteer... we have many opportunities open. Find the perfect one just for you!
Home Party/Brunch. VBG has several committees that organize small home garden parties and larger events like our annual brunch. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to volunteer below.
Other Key Volunteer Leadership Positions
Membership Strategy. Develop and implement long term strategy and budget for increasing annual memberships. Secure and update membership level benefits annually. Coordinate with staff for administering membership database and mailings. Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
Corporate Sponsorship Strategy. Develop and implement long term strategy and budget for increasing annual corporate sponsorships. Meet with VBG leaders to develop lead list. Review available or purchased prospect mailing lists. Walk in to businesses. Secure and schedule meetings between VBG leaders and potential new corporate sponsors. Preparing and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
IT. Assist staff with database administration (CRM, Volunteer, donor prospects, etc.). Evaluate and implement tools to meet administrative needs (e.g., organization calendar, file sharing). Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
Administrative Support for Fundraising Cultivation Activities. Attend fundraising strategy meetings, update information in donor database. Coordinate personalized thank you letters. Coordinate volunteers for events as needed. Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
Administrative Support for VBG Executive Staff. General administrative help with scheduling meetings, tracking deadlines, letter drafting, correspondence.
Stewardship. Plan events (non-fundraising) to inform special groups of donors (about 4 events per year). Identify and secure locations. Draft and send invites. Recruit, train, and lead committee of volunteers to execute stewardship events. Coordinate volunteers for stewardship events as needed. Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
Public Outreach. Recruit volunteers to set up and take down VBG booth at public events. Train volunteers to man table with information. Develop calendar of upcoming public events where VBG can potentially have booth/presence. Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
GIS. Work on mapping of features and specimens in gardens. Maintain ARCGIS base map for gardens (certification preferred). Implement Alliance for Public Gardens GIS Model. Link IRIS BG to base map. Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
Speakers Series. Identify locations. Identify partner organizations. Update business plan for series. Work with leadership to identify regional and national speakers of significance. Work with marketing chair. Prepare and submit proposals. Reports to Executive Director.
To learn more about these current opportunities or other ways to get involved please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (805) 766-3141.
Meet Our Staff!
Joe Cahill, Executive Director
(805) 232-3113, ext. 0
Dr. Cahill is a botanist who has over 20 years of professional experience in a combination of botanic gardens, conservation non-profits and NGOs, compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the horticulture industry. He has contributed in a leadership capacity to the Ventura Botanical Gardens since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California Riverside and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan and is an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University.
Maureen Johnson, Database Administrator
(805) 232-3113, ext. 2
A proud fifth generation local, Maureen was drawn to the Ventura Botanical Gardens as a volunteer in 2013. She felt the importance of giving back to her community. In 2014, she became part of the staff of VBG, as our Database Administrator. Her background includes treasurer of a local school, then full charge bookkeeper for a local business for 17 years. She is currently a member in good standing of the Bookkeeper Association of Ventura County.
Ginny Claborn, Fundraising Administrator
(805) 232-3113, ext. 5
With a lengthy career in the non-profit industry, Ginny has extensive experience in helping donors invest in their community. Over the years, she has been involved in local, state and national programs. She has volunteered with the Ventura Botanical Gardens as a coordinator for the annual CAST event and contributed greatly to the success of that event. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Business and Management from Azusa Pacific University.