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

Full-Time Seasonal Positions & Internships:

1. Service Learning Intern

2. PR & Marketing Intern

Part-Time Seasonal Positions:

3.Security Associate


1. Service Learning Intern

This internship position supports the Youth Summer Volunteer Program, which takes place in the Community Kitchen Garden (harvest for Central Virginia Food Bank) and other areas. The intern will aid Garden staff with supervising and managing volunteer groups as well as support our mission of connecting plants and people through hands-on learning activities in the Garden.
• Works with Children’s Garden staff and volunteers to support for the implementation of curriculum for the Youth Volunteer Summer Program and assists in managing youth volunteers in a group setting.
• Ability to monitor and supervise volunteer groups independently if need-be.
• Supports and encourages participants to complete tasks properly and safely through modeling.
• Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and commitment to excellence in guest services by ensuring that participants and guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security, and comfort are met at all times.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and college transcript to NickiA@lewisginter.org.

2. 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/


  • 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 {at} lewisginter.org

Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible)

Fall Semester/August 25
Spring Semester/November 30
Summer/March 15


3. Security Associate- Part Time (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Security Coordinator

Department: Guest Services
Job Category: NE

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Kim Dove, Kimd@lewisginter.org

Position Type: PT- as needed for event support

Date posted: March 23, 2015

Posting Expires: until filled

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for security of the property to include grounds and facilities, safe and expeditious routing of guests and is able to take first action steps in case of an emergency.
  • Supports essential functions of garden operation to include ensuring the quality of the guest experience (visitors, guests and students); ensuring the securing and alarming of property; ensuring the physical integrity of property after hours, and the implementation of energy and other utility conservation measures; supporting management of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, particularly during public and private events.
  • In conjunction with manager or Facility Events Coordinator directs the arrivals/departures of clients and guests at the service road access point and parking lots.
  • Perform the duties of Security Assistant as scheduled to include nights and weekends.
  • Ensure the property is secured, locked and alarmed when on duty.   
  • Ensure that energy conservation measures are taken during nightly process of securing, locking and alarming LGBG structures.
  • Ensure the safety and security of guests, volunteers, vendors and staff through presence, integrity of building, keys, alarms and communication.
  • At the direction of manager, coordinate with other departments to ensure adequate security for scheduled LGBG events.  Outsourced food contractor is considered to be a department of LGBG, with all the same rights and responsibilities.
  • Works in coordination with manager, Facility Events Coordinators and Facility Event Staff  (FESA’s) at evening events where conditions require additional support, including but not limited to, last minute changes to venue set ups, tasks caused by inclement weather conditions or emergencies, and additional guest entry assistance.
  • Ensure escort or presence is provided after 5:00 pm to groups or individuals that might require it.

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