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


1. Operations Team Leader

2. Maintenance/ Retail Shop Assistant

3. Facility Events Intern

4. PR & Marketing Intern

1. Operations Team Leader (pdf)

Direct Manager: Operations Coordinator

Date Created: 3-21-14
Guest Services/ Operations
Job Category:
(E or NE) NE
Henrico, VA
Travel Required:
Steve Sawyer, steves@lewisginter.org
Position Type:
(FT / PT) FT

Brief Overview:

This is a working supervisory position assisting the Operations Coordinator with daily operations; the appropriate candidate must be willing to work alongside those he/she supervises. The Operations Department at the Garden consists of all custodial and housekeeping services, preparation and coordination for private and public events, including the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights light show.

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

2. Maintenance/ Retail Shop Assistant (pdf)

Direct Manager: Garden Shop Outdoor Buyer/ Operations Coordinator

Date Created: 3-15-14
Garden Shop/ Maintenance
Job Category:
(E or NE) NE
Henrico, VA
Travel Required:
Kim Dove, kimd@lewisginter.org
Position Type:
(FT / PT) FT
until filled

Brief Overview:

This position combines support responsibilities for the Garden’s retail shop and the maintenance/operations department. Schedule will generally consist of three days working in the Garden Shop and two days working with the Maintenance/Operations Department. Assigned days in each department will be consistent from week to week as determined by supervisor unless preparation for special events or projects make it necessary to amend the schedule, with ample notice provided to the employee.

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.

3. Facility Events Intern (pdf)

This is an unpaid internship that offers on average 4-5 hours per week depending on the events schedule. The dates of the internship are flexible.

The Facility Events Intern will work closely with the Facility Events Coordinator, Assistant Facility Events Coordinator and Facility Events Staff Assistants (FESAs) to ensure clients and their guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience while attending events held at the Garden. These events include weddings, corporate, nonprofit and private events. This internship will focus mainly on assisting with events as they occur throughout the Garden. Limited weekday office hours will also be offered.

Potential candidates must be available evenings and weekends.

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

4. 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


Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible)

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