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Help Wanted!

The Chapter is in need of a Fall Plant Sale Assistant Manager, Fall Plant Sale Parking Coordinator, Vice President, Scholarship Committee Chair and members, and Program Committee members. We are looking for people to fill these important volunteer roles.  For more information, contact Stephen Buckhout, Chair of the Leadership Development Committee, 408.255.6233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fall Plant Sale Assistant Manager

We are looking for an Assistant Plant Sale Manager to work with the current Manager, Toni Gregorio-Bunch. Toni is planning to step down as the Sales Manager after this year. This position would involve organizing volunteers, and arranging the setup of tables, canopies and vendors the day of the event. The Plant Sale is not only one of our most important events of the year, but also one of our most fun. It is held outdoors at our Chapter nursery at Hidden Villa Ranch in Los Altos. For more information about this position please contact Toni Gregorio-Bunch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 373-4497.

Plant Sale Parking Coordinator

The Chapter is looking for a Plant Sale Parking Coordinator to manage the parking function at the Chapter's annual fall plant sale at Hidden Villa. This individual will be responsible for maintaining and updating the parking plan and recruiting, training, equipping, scheduling, and overseeing a team of volunteers who direct all traffic on the day of the sale: plant-sale volunteers, sale customers, and Hidden Villa visitors. The objective is to adequately staff for and efficiently manage parking for all visitors. This is accomplished by performing the tasks mentioned above, acting as liaison with Hidden Villa, and undertaking other tasks as necessary.

Vice President

The Vice President is a backup to the President, and works with the President, Treasurer and past President on the Executive Committee.  It’s a training position for being President, so the Vice Presdent often helps with and co-leads projects to learn how our chapter works. There are monthly Board meetings and email discussions with occasional ad-hoc meetings, which can be electronic. Contact Vivian Neou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Madeline Morrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Stephen Buckhout (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss.

Scholarship Committee and Chair

Scholarship grants to college students are a major part of our chapter’s investment in the future of native plant science.   The Scholarship Committee is looking a new chair as well as committee members. This volunteer position is for people who are familiar with the academic process and current science. There are several components to the work:  

  1. Getting the word out to schools, putting articles in the newsletter and notices for the webpage, then communicating with students and our treasurer;
  2. Sorting and sharing applications for evaluation; and
  3. Evaluating the applications, transcripts, and recommendation letters and coordinating to select the scholarship recipients.

A graduate degree is desired. Contact Nora Monette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Stephen Buckhout (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information

Program Committee Member

Be a part the team that organizes native plant programs for CNPS members and the general public. The team brainstorms ideas for speakers, reaches out to them and drafts talk descriptions and speaker bios. Our talks are usually at the Los Altos Library and we work with the library to arrange the dates and room setup. The team also sends out program descriptions and bios to the library, prepares Chapter publicity, and arranges honoraria and speaker dinners.

A committee of four or five people will ensure this job is (at most) a two to three hour per month commitment. Experienced former program committee members will mentor you, so it will be easy to get started. This is a great job if you would like to educate the public about native plants. It can be done mostly via email and phone. For more information about this position please contact Madeline Morrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 741-1150.

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