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:

Manager of Corporate Gifts, Grants, and Sponsorship


The Corporate and Foundation Gifts Manager is responsible for: creating and implementing growth-focused strategic corporate partnerships; initiating a Corporate and Foundation Fundraising Plan that aligns with the Garden’s strategic fundraising priorities; researching, writing, and reporting all grants; and directing a Foundation Relations Program that strengthens existing relationships and expands the number of foundations with which the Garden interacts.

 Help set annual corporate and foundation revenue goals, and diligently work to meet those goals.
 Prepare, propose, and implement annual grant-writing plan including calendar of all deadlines for grants and foundations.
 In concert with the Executive Director and the Director of Advancement, plan and submit all Foundation grant applications and subsequent reports. Ensure accurate, professional and timely correspondence with all funders and prospects.
 Under the supervision of the Director of Advancement, create and fully execute written strategic corporate partner proposals.
 Identify and secure 10-12 Strategic Corporate Partners. (Robust partnerships include, but are not limited to: corporate philanthropy; corporate leadership service on the Board of Directors; employee volunteer opportunities at the Garden; opportunities for our Partners to host special events at the Garden; additional perks for the corporation and its employees, such as discounts on facility rentals and/or special membership rates.)
 Assess current and future sponsorship and program fundraising needs for the Garden as they relate to corporate and business support. Secure funding to meet those needs. (The plan must include gift, grant and sponsorship opportunities for corporations and companies in the Richmond Metro area. The plan should detail specific funding opportunities; funding ranges; contact information; deadlines; FY budget and/or budget planning dates; cultivation and solicitation strategies; and donor stewardship and recognition.)
 Serve as the gatekeeper for all corporate initiatives to ensure that the Garden presents a unified and branded appearance to all corporate and business entities.
 Implement internal processes for communicating terms of corporate sponsorships and foundation grants to the Executive Director, Director of Advancement, appropriate staff directors or managers functioning as grant managers, and the finance office.
 With assistance, manage content (other than online giving) for the advancement section of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s website and newsletter submissions.
 Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of the organization, and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which funding is being sought.

Please review the entire job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to Alice Baker, [email protected].

Part Time/Seasonal Openings & Internships:

Seasonal Part Time Housekeeper


  • 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.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable garden policies, the employee handbook and federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Ensures all mishaps, injuries and accidents are promptly reported to supervisor and Director of Guest Services.
  • Ensures that all assigned duties are performed in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • 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 (PDF) to Justin Brown, [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.

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 [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