About Us

Employment

 

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

     Full-Time Permanent Positions:
1.Conservatory Horticulturist

2.Gardener

     Full-Time Seasonal Positions & Internships:

3. Seasonal Gardener, April 13 – October 31

4. Lead Butterfly Curator, March 1 – October 31

5. Assistant Butterfly Curator, March 16 - October 31

6. Horticulture Research Intern, June-August (3 months, flexible start date)

7. PR & Marketing Intern

 

 

1. Conservatory Horticulturist (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Horticulture Manager

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

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org

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

Date posted: December 29, 2014

Posting Expires: until filled

Job Overview:

Using best horticulture practices, in accordance with established Garden standards, this position will be responsible for the daily operation of the 10,000 sq ft. Conservatory. Collections under glass include orchids, palms, cycads, cacti, succulents, other tropicals and Mediterranean plants. Outdoor displays include seasonal water lily display, ornamental grass garden and adjacent perennial beds. The employee must ensure the highest standards of display, using environmentally responsible methods.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org.

 

2. Gardener (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Horticulture Manager

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

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org

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

Date posted: December 29, 2014

Posting Expires: until filled

Job Overview:

Assists horticulturists with installation, maintenance and monitoring of their assigned garden areas (to include planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc.), using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org.

 

3.Seasonal Gardener (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Horticulture Manager

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

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT- Seasonal (April-October), 37.5 hours/week

Date posted: December 29, 2014

Posting Expires: 3/16/14

Job Overview:

Assists horticulturists with installation, maintenance and monitoring of their assigned garden areas (to include planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc.), using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org.

 

4. Lead Butterfly Curator (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Horticulture Manager

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

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT- Seasonal (March-October), 37.5 hours/week

Date posted: December 29, 2014

Posting Expires: 2/9/14

Job Overview:

As a member of the Butterflies LIVE! team, this position takes leadership for the daily operation of the butterfly display, including butterfly rearing and release, plant care, greeting Garden visitors including school and other children’s groups, and provides an excellent interactive visitor experience while interpreting the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org.

 

5.Assistant Butterfly Curator (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Horticulture Manager

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

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT- Seasonal (March-October), 37.5 hours/week

Date posted: December 29, 2014

Posting Expires: 2/23/14

Job Overview:

As a member of the Butterflies LIVE! team, this position assists with the daily operation of the butterfly display, including butterfly rearing and release, plant care, greeting Garden visitors including school and other children’s groups, and providing an excellent interactive visitor experience while interpreting the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org.

 

6.Horticulture Research Intern (pdf)

Direct Supervisor:  Horticulture Manager

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

Location: Henrico, VA

Travel Required: N

Contact: Grace Chapman, gracec@lewisginter.org

Position Type: (FT / PT) FT- Seasonal (April-October), 37.5 hours/week

Date posted: December 29, 2014

Posting Expires: 4/1/15

Job Overview:

Research Tasks
 Work with Director and Manager of Horticulture to develop a summer research project. Topic will depend on Garden need as well as the student’s specific interests. Past topics have included: Water quality monitoring, dry shade perennial research, Integrated Pest Management, food crop production, medicinal plants, compost tea and plant trials.
 Data analysis resulting in a summary report and presentation at the conclusion of the internship.
Horticulture Tasks
 Assist horticulturists with installation, maintenance and monitoring of their assigned garden areas (to include planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc.), using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards.
 Participates in weekly group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways, filling gas cans, and routine maintenance of equipment and tools
.

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

 

7. 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 {at} lewisginter.org

Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible)

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