Tour Guide

Position Overview
The Greenway Conservancy is seeking passionate volunteer Tour Guides to lead regular tours of The Greenway. Tour guides enhance the visitor experience by not only sharing stories about the history of The Greenway but also the important work of the Greenway Conservancy, our public art and organic horticulture programs. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your local contemporary park, practice your public speaking skills, and share your knowledge with the community!  Tour Guides will be able to lead tours on their own and/or in pairs, specializing in either public art or horticulture. The Conservancy holds free tours on Thursdays and Sundays during the summer months. You may also be asked to occasionally provide on-site support during public art events.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct tours of approximately 1.5  hour duration for small groups and visitors. Groups usually have between 3-20 participants and can include children and adults.
  • Acting as a friendly, knowledgeable and approachable presence in the park and at events.
  • Completing measurable observations and visual reporting after each tour to aid the public art program.
  • Prompt and professional communication with Conservancy staff
  • Attendance at training sessions, and understanding of the information provided to you about The Greenway and our art exhibitions.
  • Occasionally providing on-site support during events related to our public art program.

Qualifications

  • Interest in public art, horticulture, community engagement, public spaces, informal education, visitor communication, urban livability, or related fields.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to engage with park visitors; experience working with a range of ages and knowledge of other languages are a plus.
  • Friendly, approachable, and professional demeanor and a commitment to providing a positive experience for our park guests.
  • Ability to work outside in varying climates and to stand for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 2 tours per month; preference is given to those who can commit to the entire season (3+ months), though shorter-term commitments (2+ months) can be negotiated.
  • All volunteers must complete a general orientation as well as specialized and periodic training on our exhibitions, and must follow our volunteer policies at all times.
  • Must have email and internet access, as this will be the primary means of scheduling and communication.

About The Greenway and the Greenway Conservancy (www.rosekennedygreenway.org)
The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. You can help The Greenway by joining our valued family of supporters.

Application Process
Recruitment for 2020 will open in March and volunteers will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Training sessions will happen in the spring and early summer and preference is given to volunteers that can commit to all training sessions. To apply, please fill out the online Art Ambassador application available on our website. www.rosekennedygreenway.org/volunteer