Every week the water basins must be emptied and thoroughly cleaned to remove algae and goobers. We keep these basins filled up for spot watering during the heat of the day. Also, letting the water sit for a couple of days lets a lot of the chlorine and other non essential elements have a chance to dissipate, leaving us with better quality water to use.
This sort of task is exactly what thought I would be doing before I started this apprenticeship. I read all I could on the internet about other peoples’ experiences apprenticing and I thought I knew exactly what to expect. I would be weeding all day long and shoveling rocks and scrubbing things day and night until my fingers bled. Then in the last couple weeks I would maybe get to learn about soil structure or how to properly water a tree. While there have been a few days here and there where I will weed or clean all day, things are generally done a bit different here, as this is a museum, not a nursery.
A certain level of hierarchy is essential at the museum. The curator assesses what needs to happen on a daily basis and who should do what, and then the team of staff and volunteers sets out to get it done. In general though, there is a very collective attitude here at the museum. If there’s a big job, or a particularly unpleasant assignment, we try and work together to accomplish the goal faster. It has been a real perk of my time at the museum, in addition to getting to do such exciting work right from the start.