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

Housekeeping Team Leader

Job Description:

The Housekeeping Team Leader is a working supervisory position overseeing the Operations Housekeeping team and performing daily operations tasks.  The successful candidate must be able to work alongside those he/she manages, appropriately delegate tasks, and provide guidance and training as needed. He/she will be able to coordinate all activities with affected staff within the Operations Department. The Operations Department is responsible for all custodial and housekeeping services, assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden, and preparation and coordination for private and public events, including the annual event Dominion GardenFest of Lights.


  • Sets and maintains high standards for the appearance of the interior and exterior of all buildings and public areas on a daily basis
    • Work to include, but is not limited to, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, deep cleaning, floor maintenance, sanitation of public areas, etc.
    • Clean and maintain all facilities and necessary equipment
    • Monitor Housekeeping staff performance and update their tasking lists as needed
    • Order and inventory all supplies needed to maintain facilities
    • Collect and remove all trash and litter from the buildings and grounds on a daily basis
  • Works directly with the Housekeeping team in scheduling, performing, tracking, and completing operational tasks
  • Exemplifies leadership qualities, assists in employee training and development, and promotes a team-oriented work environment including maintaining good morale of paid and unpaid staff
  • Assists in monitoring staff performance and notifies Operations Manager of any concerns and makes recommendations for increased efficiency
  • Assists and trains staff in using equipment and following procedures that ensure safety and increases efficiency
  • Proactively finds/anticipates operational support needs and prioritizes issues as they arise
  • Works with Operations Manager and Maintenance Coordinator to ensure adequate coverage of the Garden during open hours, which includes week nights and weekends
  • Monitors upcoming event sites to evaluate needed additional operational and housekeeping attention
  • Apprises supervisor of maintenance issues, repairs, and supplies needed in a prompt manner
  • Ensures proper inventory control measures are in place and used
  • Responds to requests of all departments/staff members for Operations assistance as directed by supervisor

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

Operations Assistant: Housekeeping

Job Description:

The 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
  • Keep all storage areas clean, organized and stocked
  • 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
  • Apprise supervisor of maintenance issues, repairs and supplies needed in a prompt manner
  • 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 Operations Assistant: Housekeeping job description (PDF) and submit resume, with cover letter and application to Justin Brown, Operations Manager, [email protected].

Full Time Seasonal

Part Time/Seasonal Openings & Internships

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.

To apply, please see the full Security Associate job description (PDF) and submit resume, with cover letter and application to Kim Dove, Director of Guest Services, [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