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

Visitors Center Associate – Team Leader

Position Overview:

This is a working supervisory position. Daily schedule will consist of supervising the Visitor Center Associates at the front desk(s) as well as assisting with membership tasks. Candidate must be flexible and able to move quickly from detail oriented tasks to a fast paced, interactive environment with guests. Visitors Center Associate – Team Leader reports to the Visitors Center Coordinator (VCC). The Visitors Center Assistant Coordinator (VCAC) acts as supervisor for the department when the Coordinator is out.

Responsibilities:

*Provides excellent customer service to guests, visitors, members, 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 Garden events, classes and activities and is able to provide information to visitors regarding special events, Gift Shop hours, Café and Tea House hours and menus, by efficiently and quickly being able to use the Garden’s TAM software system and the Garden’s website
*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 to appropriate departments or staff members, as well as returns calls appropriately and in a timely fashion
*Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and respect and reports issues to supervisor in a timely manner and with accurate details
*Is readily able to identify a situation that requires the attention of supervisor(s) or Director and acts accordingly
Acts as a contact person in case of emergencies and reports situation to appropriate parties, using required reporting procedures, as well as contacting 911 for assistance when needed
*Presents oneself with a professional and friendly attitude and appearance
*Other duties as assigned by Visitors Center Coordinator

To apply, please see the full Visitors Center Associate – Team Leader (PDF) and submit resume, with cover letter, and application to Robin Gregson, Visitors Center Coordinator, [email protected].

Visitors Center Assistant Coordinator

Responsibilities:
The Visitors Center Assistant Coordinator (VCAC) reports to the Visitors Center Coordinator (VCC), acts as the VCC in absence of the VCC and is responsible for assisting with:
• Oversees general guest admission and membership functions, including money handling, general sales and interaction with visiting public, ensures Visitors Center is ready for each day’s business at POS locations and all signage and communications are accurate, and office areas, work stations and Visitors Center common areas are organized, neat and clean.
• Ensures guests have a positive first and last impression of the Garden, and staff promotes the Garden to guests (organization, mission, philosophy, seasonal displays, events, education programs and services, as well as opportunities to volunteer and donate) using all available electronic and printed means
• Ensures guests, volunteers, vendors, deliveries, mail, phone calls, radio messages,
emails and voicemail messages are received courteously and professionally and routed correctly
• Updates visitation page of the website and other pages as assigned including uploading new editions of Bright Spots as frequently as every two weeks
• Embraces the Garden’s commitment to excellence in all departments, willingly and cheerfully integrating work with the efforts of all other departments
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor

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

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.
  • 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.

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].

Operations Assistant

Job Description

Operations Assistants are responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden, preparation and coordination for private and public events and exhibits as well as custodial and housekeeping duties under the supervision of the Operations Team Leader. 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. He/she must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up of tents, tables, chairs, etc., for all ongoing Garden events, including rental events and in-house functions.
  • 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.

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

Part Time/Seasonal Openings & Internships:

Seasonal 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.

Responsibilities:

•     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  Seasonal Gardener job description (PDF) and submit resume, with cover letter, and application to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, at [email protected].

Seasonal Operations Assistant

Job Description

Operations Assistants are responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden, preparation and coordination for private and public events and exhibits as well as custodial and housekeeping duties under the supervision of the Operations Team Leader. 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. He/she must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team. This seasonal position starts as soon as possible and ends November 22, 2017.

Responsibilities:

  • Set up of tents, tables, chairs, etc., for all ongoing Garden events, including rental events and in-house functions.
  • 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.

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

Horticulture Research Intern

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Research Tasks

  • Work with Manager of Horticulture to develop and execute a summer research project. Research topic will be a fusion of Garden’s needs and student interests.  Examples of past topics have included water quality monitoring, dry shade perennial research, Integrated Pest Management resources and strategies, food crop production, medicinal plants, and compost tea.
  • Prepare and present a summary report of experience, procedures and findings to Garden staff and guests.

Horticulture TasksLaura Schumm, Community Kitchen horticulturist, and Sarah McClanahan, horticulture research intern, paddled out into the middle of Irrigation Lake to conduct water testing and acquire sample. They have to get the water sample from the deepest part of the lake to ensure that the data will be accurate and precise.

  • Assist horticulturists in all areas of the Garden with wide variety of primary garden care tasks, including planting, mulching, grooming, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc., using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards.
  • Participate in routine group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways and string trimming weeds.
  • Perform routine maintenance on Garden power tools and equipment, such as filling gas cans, re-stringing trimmers, cleaning and sanitizing tools, and keeping equipment organized and tidy.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of landscape maintenance practices and hardy plant care appropriate to the region.
  • Ability to operate required tools and equipment.
  • Strong work ethic and capacity for continuous manual labor.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office programs.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Must be able to work indoors in conservatory conditions and outdoors in all seasonal extremes.
  • Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk for extended periods of time.

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education:

  • Student or graduate in horticulture, plant science, or related field is required.
  • Minimum 2.75/4.0 GPA

Application Instructions:

To apply please see the full Horticulture Research Intern job description and send a cover letter, resume, and college transcripts to Horticulture Manager, George Cowart ([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.

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