Employment & Botanical Garden Jobs

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is now accepting applications for these botanical garden jobs. Work for one of the Top 10 public gardens in North America. One of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond, Va. area, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on a historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining and shopping.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full Time Openings

Youth Programs Developer

Job Summary: This teaching position aids in the fulfillment of the Garden’s education mission by participating in the development, administration and implementation of innovative programs for all visitors; presents plant-based programs to learners of all ages; takes leadership for developing authentic opportunities for youth to learn and practice their communication, leadership, entrepreneurial, horticulture and employment skills; develops and coordinates workforce development and career training programs to meet the needs and interests of youth of various ages (13 – 18), developmental abilities, and educational background, including youth with special needs; provides Children’s Garden management as scheduled.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and is committed to providing an excellent interactive guest experience.
• Researches and develops work force development and career training programs that provide youth authentic opportunities to learn and practice their communication, leadership, horticulture, entrepreneurship, community involvement and employment skills.
• Develops and coordinates education and workforce development and career training to meet the needs and interests of youth of various ages, developmental abilities, and educational background including youth with special needs.
• Implements short and long term goals incorporating specific objectives and priorities to assist youth in enhancing their leadership development, personal and career development, self-awareness, self-image and employment skills.
• Recruits, trains and sets expectations for youth.
• Monitors and evaluates youth performance and evaluates student input for future program enhancement.
• Supports the fulfillment of grant-funded programs through efficient allocation of staff and program resources.
• Monitors the program budget and provides quantitative and qualitative measures for evaluating and accessing impact of program.
• Stays informed of local and statewide youth gardening programs and workforce development initiatives.
• Expands community awareness of LGBG resources for youth.
• Serves as key liaison for between LGBG and local and state agencies that specialize in youth programs and workforce development initiatives.
• Supports the development of marketing and promotional materials related to the Children’s Garden through calendar listings, website updates, blog posts and social media; provides
promotional copy and program descriptions to schools, community organizations, and special interest groups.
• Aids in the implementation of all educational programs for pre-school and elementary school students, including summer camp programs, family workshops, special interest programming (such as outreach programs, after school programs, scouts, birthday parties), teacher workshops and programs that relate to permanent and changing exhibits.
• Teaches formal and informal programs daily for groups of children and/or families.
• Serves as manager on duty for the Children’s Garden as scheduled (includes nights and weekends).
• Aids in the daily operation of the Children’s Garden, including logistics, staffing, and registration practices of all group programs.
• Works with education staff and volunteers in preparing and presenting programs; ensures that all necessary supplies are in stock for all programs.
• Ensures that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security, and comfort are met at all times in the Children’s Garden.
• Assists with horticultural maintenance within the Children’s Garden.
• Other duties as assigned, including team projects and special events.
Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles is required. Prior teaching of children and young adults is required. Demonstrated understanding of the design and delivery of high-quality, interactive educational programming for children and adults including youth with special needs is required. Prior experience in a botanical garden or museum setting is preferred but not necessary.
Energetic, personable, self-motivated with an ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels; able to manage goals and productivity; a strong team orientation; innovative and creative. Must be willing and able to work nights and weekends.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills are required. Strong PC skills and detail-orientation are preferred (Volgistics, TAM, Creative Suite, or similar software knowledge is helpful).
Bachelor’s degree in education, special education, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field is required; horticulture therapy certificate helpful; some combination of education and relevant experience will be considered.

Please review the entire Children’s Garden Program Developer job descriptioon (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager at kellyr@lewisginter.org

No Phone Inquiries, please.  EOE
Posted: August 10, 2015. Posting expires when position is filled.

Operations Assistant


  • Cleans and maintains facilities including, but not limited to, cleaning and sanitizing restrooms and public areas, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning of windows, emptying trash cans, floor cleaning and maintenance, deep cleaning as requested.
  • Cleans facilities, rental spaces, classrooms and equipment between functions.
  • Performs duties efficiently and effectively to include proper and safe use of cleaning supplies.
  • Sets and maintains high standards for the appearance of the interior and exterior of all buildings and public areas on a daily basis.
  • Set up tents, tables, chairs, etc., for all ongoing Garden events, including rental events, in-house functions, classrooms and education events, Public Relations, Development and Children’s Garden events.
  • Organizes and maintains the equipment/storage areas.
  • Installation and deinstallation of outside Garden areas and inside facilities for Dominion GardenFest of Lights to include: light installation, display set up, construction for securing displays, electrical testing, running extension cords, etc.
  • Collect and remove all trash and litter from the buildings and grounds on a daily basis.
  • Apprises supervisor of maintenance issues, repairs and supplies needed in a prompt manner.
  • Uses departmental communication tools effectively and correctly including radios, clock in computers and task list schedules.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and application to Justin Brown, JustinB@lewisginter.org.


Part Time/Seasonal Openings & Internships:

Visitors Center Associate


  • Provides excellent customer service to guests, visitors, members, volunteers, and event and program attendees coming through the Visitors Center.
  • Handles payment in exchange for admission fees and membership dues, event tickets and classes
  • Is proactive in assessing visitor’s needs quickly; i.e.: offering assistance or directions, locating wheelchairs or strollers, offering help if visitor appears in need of help
  • Answers the Garden’s general delivery phone line and responds, expedites calls to appropriate departments or staff members, as well as returns calls appropriately and in a timely fashion

Candidates must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings (for special events) as needed.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and application to Robin Gregson, mailto:robing@lewisginter.org.

Security Associate


  • Responsible for security of the property to include grounds and facilities, safe and expeditious routing of guests and 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, supporting management of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, particularly during public and private events.
  • In conjunction with supervisor, directs the arrivals/departures of clients and guests at the service road access point, parking lots and at Garden entrance as required.
  • 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 supervisor, 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 supervisor, coworkers, Facility Events Coordinators and Facility Event Staff (FESA’s) at evening events where conditions require additional support, including 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.
  • Responds to alarms, emergencies and security related incidents while on duty; decides what actions to take based on the situation, facts known, and position limitations.
  • Investigates and reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities, safety and fire hazards and other security related situations to supervisor for correction or follow-up actions.
  • Provides needed assistance to customers, employees, visitors, and/or the client that are in line with the department’s procedures

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


Public Relations & Marketing Intern (Social Media)

The PR 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
  • 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 filming and edit movies.
  • Write blog posts for the Garden’s blog.


  • Strong writing & communication skills
  • Ability to work on computers and use a digital camera
  • Some simple graphic design skills and the ability to use or to learn PhotoShop & WordPress
  • Should be prepared to work in a business environment
  • Ability to work on deadline
  • Should be able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Experience using Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, blogging is 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 using it to connect with the community & to pitch stories

This internship is offered year-round. Hours are flexible, but require 150 hours per semester, 10-15 hours  per week. This is an unpaid internship.

To apply please send the following to Ms. Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator at JonahH@lewisginter.org.

  • Resume
  • 2 writing samples
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the specific internship and how this experience will help you reach your educational and career goals, and your scheduling availability (start/end dates, day/times available).
  • 2 recommendations (preferably on LinkedIn)

Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible):

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