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

Special Events Coordinator and Development Associate

Specific Responsibilities:
The Special Events Coordinator (SEC) will plan and execute numerous fundraising and stewardship events throughout the year including the annual Splendor Under Glass gala. Supporting a dynamic volunteer group, the SEC will manage all aspects of Splendor planning, preparation and execution. Additional engagement and stewardship events include private dinners, receptions and dedication ceremonies. The SEC will ensure that all volunteers are supported and will manage the interface with other Garden teams including our on-site caterer and the operations team. In addition to managing special events, this position provides support to the Board of Directors, the Board of Associates and the Emeriti Council, as both a recording and corresponding secretary. As a member of the development team, there will be other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities:

Interpersonal Relations
Experience working with dedicated and dynamic volunteer leadership
Intuitive and empathetic
Enthusiastic, cheerful and polished
Superior personal communication skills
Ability to proactively initiate and build strong relationships with volunteers, individual and corporate donors, and fellow staff
Must be goal-oriented, yet flexible and adaptable to the potential of unanticipated opportunities
Must possess a commitment to the Garden’s mission and its core values, particularly honesty and integrity
Event Management
Mentors, encourages, and supervises all event volunteers, ensuring that volunteers feel valued and respected
Visionary in the creation of long-range plans and related strategies for implementation, while demonstrating the ability to grasp, document and execute detailed tactical plans
Superior organizational skills
Detail oriented
Strong ability to multi-task and coordinate several concurrent events
Ability to develop, maintain and adhere to a budget
Experience working with vendors to create both print and online event marketing and promotional materials
Knowledge of new technologies and social media to leverage for fundraising events
High energy level
Board Support
Must be able to communicate clearly, effectively and comfortably in written and spoken word with the Board, staff and the Garden’s broad-based constituency of community leaders, donors, members, volunteers and media
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Reserve meeting space, and coordinate with the operations team and caterer for each Board meeting
Ability to work occasional night and weekend meetings and events
Proactively maintain rosters, communications and meeting schedules for all boards
Education and experience:
BA or BS degree or equivalent, preferably in the field of nonprofit management or tangential fields such as customer service industries, communications, public relations, marketing or business
Demonstrated ability to develop and work with peers, co-workers and volunteers
Computer literate in a Windows environment, with experience with Blackbaud Raisers Edge or other similar databases desired
Experience and demonstrated sensitivity in working with persons of various ethnic and economic backgrounds on staff and within community
Access to a car on a daily basis and a valid state driver’s license or ability to transport self as needed
Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the position will be considered
Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Alice Treanor Baker, Director of Development, at AliceB@lewisginter.org

Database Manager and Development Associate

The Database Manager (DBM) is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy and protocol for data management in our Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software. The Database Manager will oversee all aspects of data conversion, data entry, gift processing and acknowledgement, reporting and reconciliation. S/he will provide interface with the financial industry community regarding the donation of securities and other assets.
All financial reporting, including the Annual Report, and data analytics will be the responsibility of the DBM under the direction of the Director of Development. All queries and exports, as well as all data files for mailings will be created and executed by the DBM, for Development and other Garden areas. The DBM will conduct prospect research as assigned by the Director of Development. Additionally, the Database Manager will manage the Garden’s Honor and Memorial Gift Programs. As a member of the development team, there will be other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in Raiser’s Edge and a thorough knowledge of best practice in gift processing.
Leadership and Interpersonal Relations
Must possess a commitment to core values, particularly honesty and integrity, with an impeccable ethical standard
Ability to proactively work with the Development team to support fundraising effectiveness
Superior personal communication skills, both written and oral
Exceptional organizational skills
Detail oriented
Strong ability to multi-task and coordinate several concurrent projects
Education and Experience
BA or BS degree or equivalent, preferably in the field of database administration, nonprofit management or tangential fields such as computer science
Minimum of 3-5 years experience in non-profit database management, preferably in Raiser’s Edge
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Thorough understanding of best practice in non-profit fund accounting
Audit experience preferred
Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the position will be considered

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Alice Treanor Baker, Director of Development at AliceB@lewisginter.org 

Operations Assistant


  • 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.
  • Collect and remove all trash and litter from the buildings and grounds on a daily basis.
  • Clean and maintain the appearance of the interior of all buildings and grounds on a daily basis including housekeeping responsibilities.
  • Responds to requests of all departments/staff members for operations assistance as directed by supervisor.
  • Organizes and maintains the equipment/storage areas.
  • Assists with all components of the operations of the Garden.
  • General repair and maintenance of all structures, vehicles, equipment and utilities; maintain accurate maintenance records.
  • Assist with special construction and maintenance projects.
  • Uses departmental communication tools effectively including set up sheets and scheduling task lists.
  • 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.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by supervisor and senior management.

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

Rose Garden Horticulturist


Using best horticulture practices, in accordance with established Garden standards, this position will be responsible for the daily operation of the Rose Garden and other assigned garden areas.  The Rose Garden contains over 1,700 roses of over 70 varieties.

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.
Ensures the highest standards of landscape displays, using environmentally responsible methods.
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 Manager 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).


·         Bachelors or Associate’s degree in horticulture preferred

·         Bachelors or Associate’s degree in landscape maintenance / construction or related field might be considered based on experience

·         A minimum of two years of experience in the field of horticulture, garden management, or landscape maintenance is required

·         Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered
Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter and resume to Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture, gracec@lewisginter.org.

Part Time/Seasonal Openings & Internships:

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 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).

Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible):

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