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

Operations Assistant/Housekeeping

Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Keeps all storage areas clean, neat and orderly.
  • Responds to requests of all departments/staff members for housekeeping and operations support as directed by supervisor.
  • Sets and maintains high standards for the appearance of the interior and exterior of all buildings and public areas on a daily basis.
  • Performs duties efficiently and effectively to include proper and safe use of cleaning supplies.
  • 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.
  • Provides information and directions to visitors and guests of the Garden if able or appropriately directs them to the Visitors Center for assistance.
  • Abides by Garden’s dress code.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable garden policies, the employee handbook and federal and state laws and regulations.

Please review the entire job description (pdf) and submit a cover letter, resume and application to Justin Brown, [email protected].

Operations Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • 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, [email protected].

Part Time/Seasonal Openings & Internships:

 Children’s Garden Educator (Part-time/Seasonal)

Overview:

This part-time seasonal teaching position aids in the fulfillment of the Garden’s education mission by assisting in the development, administration and implementation of innovative programs for all visitors; is a member of the teaching team that presents plant-based programs to learners of all ages. Works closely with Children’s Garden staff and volunteers to develop and teach preschool, primary and secondary field trips; summer camps; special interest programming (after-school, homeschool and scout programs); birthday parties; family programs in the Children’s garden and/or related to temporary exhibits such as Butterflies LIVE! and Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks.

Required: Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field. Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered. Prior experience in a botanical garden or museum setting is preferred.

Please review the entire job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume by January 25, 2016 to Kristin Thoroman, [email protected].  No phone calls please.  EOE

Lead Butterfly Curator

Job Description

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.

Responsibilities

    • Responsible for daily operations of the butterfly wing of the Conservatory and the emergence room. Interact with visitors, interprets the exhibition, and supervises the Butterflies LIVE! Assistant Curators and volunteers.
    • Works closely with the Manager of Horticulture, Conservatory Horticulturist, assistant curators, and volunteers to ensure USDA approved standard operating procedures of the facility are met.
    • Works with the Manager of Horticulture to set up the emergence room, solve its operational problems, and release butterflies. Tasks include:
      • Daily care of butterflies in emergence room and conservatory wing
      • Plant maintenance and care in coordination with the Conservatory Horticulturist
      • Coordinate pest control with Conservatory Horticulturist
      • Verifies weekly butterfly shipments with the Horticulture Manager
      • Responsible for scheduling and supervises the Butterflies LIVE! Assistant Curators to split coverage on weekdays, weekends, and holidays for the exhibition.
      • Works with the Manager of Volunteer and the Education and Horticulture staff members to train volunteers
      • Reports problems to the Manager of Horticulture
    • Leads interpretive efforts within the exhibition:
      • Reviews butterfly etiquette with students, teachers and other Garden visitors.
      • Works with Butterflies LIVE! team ,volunteers and education staff to prepare and present informal programs and interpret the exhibition for our Garden visitors.
      • Ensures that all necessary supplies are in stock for all programs
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
    • Comfortable interacting with garden visitors.

Education

  • Student or graduate in education, entomology, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field is required.
  • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.

To apply, please review the entire job description PDF and send a resume and cover letter to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager at [email protected]

Assistant Butterfly Curator

Job Description

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.

Responsibilities

  • Assists the Lead Butterfly Curator in daily operations of the butterfly wing of the conservatory and the emergence room.
  • Interact with visitors, interprets the exhibition, and supervises Butterflies LIVE! volunteers.
  • Works closely with the Manager of Horticulture, Conservatory Horticulturist, Lead and Assistant Curators, and volunteers to ensure USDA approved standard operating procedures of the facility are met.
  • Works with the Lead Butterfly Curator to set up the emergence room, solve its operational problems, and release butterflies. Tasks include:
    • Daily care of butterflies in emergence room and conservatory wing
    • Plant maintenance and care in coordination with the Conservatory Horticulturist
    • Coordinate pest control with Conservatory Horticulturist
    • Works with the Volunteer Manager and the Education and Horticulture staff members to train volunteers
  • Leads interpretive efforts within the exhibition:
    • Reviews “butterfly etiquette” with students, teachers and other Garden visitors.
    • Works with Butterflies LIVE! team ,volunteers and education staff to prepare and present informal programs and interpret the exhibition for our Garden visitors.
    • Ensures that all necessary supplies are in stock for all programs.

Education

  • Student or graduate in education, entomology, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field is required.
  • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.

To apply, please review the entire job description PDF and send a resume and cover letter to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager at [email protected]

Seasonal Gardener

Job Description

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.

Responsibilities

  • Use and preventive maintenance of assigned equipment, tools, vehicles and irrigation systems.
  • Pesticide and fertilizer applications as required and directed.
  • Supervision and training of volunteers.
  • Participation in group projects with other members of horticulture staff and in cross-departmental projects.
  • Assists with activities in the production greenhouse, hoop houses and growing pad, producing quality plants for the Gardens, plant sale, and conservatory use.
  • Participates in weekly group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways, filling gas cans, and routine maintenance of equipment and tools.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Manager of Horticulture or his/her designee.

Education

  • Associate’s degree in horticulture preferred.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in the field of horticulture, garden management or landscape maintenance.
  • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.

To apply, please review the entire job description PDF and send a resume and cover letter to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager at [email protected]

Horticulture Research Intern

Job Description

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. Examples of 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.

Education

  • Recent graduate or currently pursuing a degree in horticulture, plant science, or related field.
  • Minimum 2.5/4.0 GPA

To apply, please review the entire job description PDF and send a resume, cover letter, and transcripts to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager at [email protected]

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Intern

Job Description

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is seeking a creative and self-motivated intern to aid in the fulfillment of the Garden’s education mission by assisting in the administration and implementation of innovative programs and events related to the Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit by Sean Kenney.

The Garden’s educational programming will use an interdisciplinary STEAM approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics) to engage visitors of all ages and reinforce the importance of the environment and the diverse and complex relationship of all living things on Earth.

The intern will gain valuable informal education experience and exhibit management skills.

This internship runs mid-May through mid-September, with some flexibility; 15-30 hours per week; includes some nights and weekends. This is an unpaid internship.

To apply, please review the entire job description PDF and send the following to Kristin Thoroman, Early Childhood Program Developer at [email protected]. Application deadline: April 15, 2016.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the specific internship and how this experience will help you reach your educational and career goals

Summer Camp Intern

Job Description

The Children’s Garden is seeking a creative and enthusiastic intern to assist with preparing and leading outdoor, nature-based summer camp programs for preschool through elementary aged children. In addition to teaching and supervising campers, typical daily duties include: assisting with camp check-in and check-out, program materials maintenance, preparing snacks, and set-up and break-down each day. The intern will gain valuable informal education experience and natural history knowledge while learning group management techniques in an outdoor setting.

This internship runs mid-June through mid-August; 20-25 hours per week; M-F morning into early afternoon. This is an unpaid internship.

To apply, please review the entire job description PDF and send the following to Kristin Thoroman, Early Childhood Program Developer at [email protected]. Application deadline: May 1, 2016.
• Resume
• Cover letter detailing your interest in the specific internship and how this experience will help you reach your educational and career goals

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 [email protected].

  • 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