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

Full Time Gardener

Job Description
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.

• Use and maintain assigned equipment, tools, vehicles and irrigation systems.
• Apply pesticide and fertilizer as required and directed.
• Supervise and train volunteers.
• Participate in group projects with other members of horticulture staff and in cross-departmental projects.
• Assist with activities in the production greenhouse, hoop houses and growing pad, producing quality plants for the Gardens, plant sale, and conservatory use.
• Participate in weekly group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways, filling gas cans, and routine maintenance of equipment and tools.
• Perform other duties as assigned by Manager of Horticulture or his/her designee.

To apply, please see the full  Gardener job description (PDF) and submit resume, with cover letter to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, [email protected].

Part-Time Openings & Internships

Seasonal Operations Assistant: Housekeeping

Job Description
The Seasonal Operations Assistant in Housekeeping is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden including custodial and housekeeping duties. A successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with staff of all levels and interact with Garden visitors and volunteers in a cheerful and positive manner. They must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.


  • Clean and maintain 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, and deep cleaning as requested
  • Clean facilities, rental spaces, classrooms and equipment between functions
  • Respond to requests of all departments/staff members for housekeeping and operations support, as directed by supervisor
  • Set and maintain high standards for the appearance of the interior and exterior of all buildings and public areas on a daily basis
  • Perform duties efficiently and effectively to include proper and safe use of cleaning supplies
  • Use departmental communication tools effectively and correctly including radios, clock in computers and task list schedules
  • Provide information and directions to visitors and guests of the Garden or appropriately direct them to the Robins Visitors Center for assistance

To apply, please see the full job description (PDF) and submit an application, resume, and cover letter to Operations Manager, Justin Brown, [email protected].

GardenFest Traffic Attendant

Job Description

  • Responsible for working with security team managing and directing traffic for the organizations seasonal GardenFest of Lights event that runs November 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017.
  • Understand basic traffic pattern routing for GardenFest visitors, volunteers, class attendees, holiday party attendees, etc.
  • Control traffic at entrances and exits as needed.
  • Monitor parking lots on an ongoing basis to assess parking availability.
  • Able to clearly and efficiently communicate parking needs and routing instructions to team members, guests, staff and volunteers.
  • Understand logistics of event sites, guest entry and exit routes and how different areas of the Garden may or may not be used after 5pm to ensure safe and expeditious routing of guests.
  • Use appropriate communication means when handling difficult situations and know when to contact a supervisor or Director for assistance.
  • Able to take first action steps in case of an emergency.
  • Ensure the physical integrity of property during public and private events.
  • In conjunction with supervisor or Facility Events team, direct the arrivals/departure of clients and guests at the service road access point and parking lots.
  • Walking the interior and exterior perimeter of Garden to ensure safety and security of guest and employees, through presence, integrity of buildings, keys, alarms and communication.
  • Works in coordination with Supervisor, Manager on Duty, Assistant Manager on Duty and Facility Events team during 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 that request it.
  • Assist with end of night Garden sweep, lockup and arming of all buildings and in coordination with other security team members.

To apply, please see the full job description (PDF) and submit an application, resume, and cover letter to Director of Guest Services, Kim Dove, [email protected].

GardenFest Admissions Associate

Job Description

Customer Service:
·         Provides excellent customer service to guests, visitors, volunteers, event and program attendees coming through the Visitors Center.
·         Acts as the “face of the Garden” by genuinely welcoming each visitor with knowledge of the Garden, helpfulness, empathy and eagerness to be of service.
·         Stays informed of all GardenFest events and nightly activities and is able to provide information to visitors regarding special events, Gift Shop hours, Café and Tea House hours and menus.
·         Is proactive in assessing visitors needs quickly, ie: offering assistance or directions, locating wheelchairs or strollers, providing directions, offering help if visitor appears in need of help.
·         Answers the Garden’s general delivery phone line and responds, expedites calls or returns calls appropriately and in a timely fashion.
·         Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and respect and reports issues to supervisor or MOD in a timely manner and with accurate details.
·         Is readily able to identify a situation that requires the attention of a Manager on Duty and acts accordingly.
·         Acts as a contact person in case of emergencies and reports situation immediately to Manager on Duty or 911 for assistance.
·         Presents oneself with a professional, yet friendly attitude and appearance.
·         All other requests as made by supervisor.
·         Handles payment in exchange for admissions and GardenFest tickets.
·         Performs Membership sales functions.
·         Responsible for all cash and credit card transactions; following established procedures for opening and closing assigned register.
·         Responsible for following opening and closing procedures for the front desk as instructed by supervisor.
·         Has working area organized and is ready to conduct business and keeps area tidy for following day’s shift.

To apply, please see the full job description (PDF) and submit an application, resume, and cover letter to Visitors Center Coordinator Robin Gregson, [email protected].

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.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden connects people through plants to improve communities.

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 and tell stories 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 helpful

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 a minimum of 150 hours per semester,  and 10-15 hours per week. We also welcome interns and volunteeers who are not students. 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