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Employment

 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is now accepting applications for the following positions below: (The Garden also has volunteer opportunities).

1. Development Manager

2. Irrigation Technician

3. Assistant Facility Events Coordinator

4. Resident Security Coordinator

5. Horticulturist

6. PR & Marketing Intern

 

1. Development Manager

Direct Supervisor: Director of Development (DD)

Department: Development
Job Category: (E or NE) Category 1, Exempt

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required:Yes, Locally

Contact: Jennie Romero, jennier@lewisginter.org or (804) 262-9887 x339

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT

Date posted: July 22, 2014

Posting Expires: until filled

Job Overview:

The Development Manager is responsible for direct support of the activities of the Director of Development (DD) and the conduct or supervision of all "back office" functions of a multi-million dollar development office.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to: all mail campaigns and solicitations, special events, board support, database management and office administration (internsl budgeting, staff orientation, timesheets, database management, etc.). The Development Manager currently supervises two full-time positions.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden job application to Jennie Romero, jennier@lewisginter.org.

 

2. Irrigation Technician (pdf)

Direct Supervisor: Director of Horticulture

Department: Horticulture
Job Category: (E or NE) NE

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Karen Clowers, karenc@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT, 37.5 hours/week

Date posted: July 15, 2014

Posting Expires: until filled

Job Overview:

As a member of the Horticulture Department, the Irrigation Technician coordinates irrigation installation, maintenance, and repair.  The irrigation Technician works on a collegial basis with Horticulturists and Gardeners under the direction of the Director of Horticulture and Manager of Horticulture.  Also assists Facilities Maintenance and Operations staff as directed.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden job application to Karen Clowers, karenc@lewisginter.org.

 

3. Assistant Facility Events Coordinator (pdf)

Direct Supervisor: Facility Events Coordinator

Department: Guest Services
Job Category: (E or NE) NE

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Donna Reynolds, facilityevents@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT

Date posted: July 3, 2014

Posting Expires: until filled

Job Overview:
The Assistant Facility Events Coordinator reports to the Facility Events Coordinator and is responsible for assisting with the logistics of in-house and rental events including weddings, corporate, non-profit and private events, to ensure a quality experience for the rental client and their guests. This position works closely with Meriwether Godsey event managers, the Operations and Security Coordinators to ensure events run smoothly and in accordance with the established facility rental terms and conditions.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden job application to Donna Reynolds, facilityevents@lewisginter.org.

 

4. Resident Security Coordinator (pdf)

Direct Manager: Director of Guest Services

Department: Guest Services
Job Category: (E or NE) NE

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Kim Dove, Kimd@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT – 37.5 hours/week; Resident housing provided and required

Date posted: June 30, 2014

Posting Expires: July 30, 2014

Job Summary:
This is a working supervisory position; the appropriate candidate must be willing to work alone and alongside of those he/she manages. Security at the Garden is primarily evening work that consists of protecting the grounds and facilities from the beginning of the security shift until events have ended and all guests and staff have left the property. The Resident Security Coordinator is provided on site housing and serves as the first line of contact for security and fire emergencies when the Garden is closed for visitation and events. Spectrum of duties can range anywhere being the 1st point of contact for security and fire alarm notifications in the middle of the night to controlling traffic into the Gardens parking lots during highly visited events that can surpass 6,000 guests.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden job application to Kim Dove, kimd@lewisginter.org.

5. Horticulturist

Direct Manager: Director of Horticulture
Date Created: 06/11/14

Department/ Group: Horticulture

Job Category: (E or NE) NE

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Karen Clowers, KarenC@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT/ PT) FT

Expires: open until filled

Job Description:

Using best horticulture practices, in accordance with established Garden standards, this position will be responsible for the daily operation of assigned garden areas. The employee must ensure the highest standards of landscape displays, using environmentally responsible methods.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • General care and maintenance of plant collections in assigned areas: plant installation, daily maintenance (planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc.), renovation, and repair.
  • Landscape design, plant selection, and installation for permanent plant collections and seasonal displays in assigned garden areas.
  • Monitors the quality and health of the permanent plant collections and seasonal displays in assigned areas.
  • Application of pesticides, biological controls, and fertilizers as required for best growth of plants using IPM approach as required and directed.
  • With Director of Horticulture, schedules all work in assigned areas.
  • Supports curatorial efforts; including providing taxonomical information, input to plant records database, plant labeling and participating in annual plant inventories.
  • Participation in garden-wide events, exhibitions, and group-projects serving a leadership or supporting role as directed by Supervisor.
  • Use and preventive maintenance of assigned equipment, tools, vehicles and irrigation systems.
  • Supervision and training of assigned paid and unpaid staff.
  • Effective coordination of contracted services (e.g. turf care)

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden job application to Karen Clowers, KarenC@lewisginter.org


6. Public Relations & Marketing Intern

The department strives to build the Lewis Ginter Botanical brand through all communication and concentrates efforts on publicity or "free" exposure for the Garden. By supporting all areas of the Garden, public relations and marketing works to entice people to visit, and to engage them in a relationship with the Garden.

General job duties of Public Relations Interns:

  • Work with director of public relations and public relations coordinator to help meet needs of reporters and photographers.
  • Help update calendar events on the Garden's website
  • Post Garden info to websites such as tourism sites and media calendars
  • Create signage
  • Research and write basic news releases
  • Take and upload digital photos of the Garden
  • Assist with events as needed
  • Provide general office and project support for the PR & Marketing Dept.
  • Assist in supporting the Garden's social media efforts as needed, including film and edit movies using FlipCamera
  • Write blog posts for the Garden's blog: http://www.lewisginter.org/blog/


Qualifications:

  • Strong writing & communication skills
  • Ability to work on computers and use a digital camera, flip camera & smart phone
  • Some simple graphic skills and the ability to use or to learn PhotoShop, PageMaker, Contribute and other computer programs
  • Should be prepared to work in a business environment
  • Ability to work on deadline
  • Ability to learn new computer programs
  • Should be enthusiastic and able to work alone or as part of a team
  • Experience using Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, blogging, forums and other social media platforms is helpful
  • Candidates with skills in customizing code, or experience with creating custom applications are most desired

Internship training includes:

  • Press release formats and AP style
  • How to write to encourage news coverage and create public interest
  • The opportunity to learn more about social media and how non-profits can utilize it to connect with the community.

This internship is offered year-round. Hours are flexible, but will require 150 hours per semester, 10 or more hours per week. This is an unpaid internship.

Applicants should e-mail a letter detailing your interest in the internship and how this experience will help you reach your educational and career goals, a resume, two recommendations (via LinkedIn is strongly preferred) from faculty or work supervisors, plus two writing samples to:


Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator

JonahH@lewisginter.org

Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible)

Fall Semester/August 15
Spring Semester/November 30
Summer/March 15