The Conservatory of Flowers is recruiting high school students for a paid 10-week docent program from June–August 2014.The docents, called Fly Trap Theater Guides, are onsite for two three-hour shifts per week and are expected to commit to at least two weekends shift per month.
The Conservatory’s Special Exhibit Gallery will be transformed into a murky swamp filled with thousands of carnivorous plants. The exhibit, titled “CHOMP:They Came From the Swamp!”is designed to help visitors learn why carnivorous plants have adapted to attract, capture,and eat prey, as well as how they have perfected and honed their hunting skills. Fly Trap Theater Guides will dissect carnivorous plants, explain the plants’ fascinating adaptations, and speak with visitors about the unique and endangered habitats around the world where carnivorous plants grow. Guides will receive a three-hour training,reading materials, and home work to complete before their first shift.
Training topics will include plant adaptations,public speaking, and carnivorous plants.Students will create their own brief presentation to give to visitors during each three-hour shift.Students will also answer questions asked by visitors about plants in the exhibit and about the Conservatory of Flowers.
- High school students in good standing entering grades 11 or 12 in the 2014/15 school year
- Must have an interest in gardening, botany, life sciences, museums,education, OR customer service
- Students must be outgoing, reliable, independent, and enthusiastic
- Students who are comfortable interacting with the public, enjoy public speaking, and like working with kids
What’s in it for You?
- California minimum wage for training hours and hours worked
- Learn about botany,carnivorous plants, and how a world-class living museum is run
- Interact with museum visitors from around the world
- Rich experience for resumes, jobs, and college applications
- Free access to the Conservatory, even when you’re not working
To learn more about the Conservatory of Flowers, visit conservatoryofflowers.org