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

Retail Shop Manager

Our next Retail Shop Manager will be a dynamic, intuitive, proactive, organized, flexible and collaborative leader, who inspires innovative and creative thinking among staff and volunteers to perpetuate and accelerate the shop’s contribution to the garden mission and guest experience. As an important guest amenity that provides significant revenue to the Gardens operating budget, this position requires a capable business manager who understands and can act on the competitive and ever-changing complexities of the retail world.


The Garden Shop serves as a destination store, garden guest amenity, and enterprise revenue center.  Last year’s gross sales exceeded $1M. Average gross sales for the past five years: $984k, average net the past five years: $184k.

To apply, please see the full Retail Shop Manager job description (PDF) and submit a resume and cover letter to Kim Dove, Directors ofGuest Services, at [email protected]

Director of Education

Our next Director of Education will be an energetic, capable, intuitive, and collaborative leader, who inspires innovative and creative thinking among staff to perpetuate and accelerate excellence in the Garden’s formal and informal educational programs, events, exhibitions, and partnerships.  The successful candidate will delight in motivating and being part of a successful team that strives to engage our diverse community ever more fully.  The Director of Education will be a cheerful and approachable servant leader, a tireless advocate for mission balanced with an appreciation of finite resources.  The successful candidate will be adept at assessing and the strengths of team members, promoting their professional aspirations, and encouraging their best possible efforts.

The Director of Education is responsible for managing:

  • Formal and informal education programs at the Garden, the Reserve, and in the wider community
  • Seasonal exhibitions
  • 16 full-time equivalent employees and 16,000+ hours of unpaid support from Garden volunteers
  • Training and development of paid and unpaid staff
  • Planning work by the education team in preparation for expanded gardens and facilities
  • Assigned budget
  • Thorough integration of education department into mission, goals, and objectives of entire Garden in support of our local community

To apply, please see the full Director of Education job description (PDF) and forward a resume and cover letter to Shane Tippett, Executive Director, at [email protected]

Associate Director of Development

Job Description

The Associate Director of Development will collaborate on all aspects of the Garden’s development initiatives. S/he will work with the Director of Advancement to develop and execute Annual Fund and Membership strategies to provide steady and significant growth in both. Membership and Advancement Services personnel will report directly to the Associate Director of Development. The Associate Director of Development will identify Annual Giving donors for greater engagement with Lewis Ginter. S/he will manage a portfolio of 50-75 individuals through the Moves Management process and develop a comprehensive program of focused solicitation strategies to convincingly present the Garden’s priorities and cases for support. The Associate Director of Development will develop engagement, fundraising and personalized stewardship plans for donors of $10,000+ and will be responsible for securing major gifts to the Garden.

The successful candidate will be a development professional with broad-based knowledge of all development functions. S/he will possess a thorough knowledge of best practice in development and will have experience in multiple development functions. S/he will be an intuitive, creative, resourceful, innovative, flexible and experienced leader with a proven record of success in securing gifts from individuals.

To apply, please see the full Associate Director of Development job description (PDF) and forward a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Advancement Communications Manager

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Marketing and Communications
·         Conduct an Advancement communications audit to identify all appropriate donor audiences, delivery modes, messages, and desired outcomes
·         Develop, execute and evaluate an Advancement Communications Plan that will support the Garden’s mission and Advancement priorities
·         Bring to life the major themes of the Garden’s Strategic Plan (awakening, rejuvenation, and education) through stories that highlight donors, volunteers, programs and Garden initiatives
·         Craft written materials for the THRIVE Campaign suite of documents including the Case for Support for priority projects
·         Design digital communications and social media strategies in keeping with Garden’s brand
·         Initiate and maintain all social media communications for Advancement in partnership with the Garden’s PR & Marketing Department
·         Manage content for the Advancement section of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s website
·         Design, write and edit Advancement submissions to both internal (Garden Times) and external (Style Weekly) publications
·         Evaluate and create messaging across the Garden to elevate and celebrate our members and donors. This includes video content and Garden signage.
·         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.

Writing and Editing
·         Write all Advancement direct mail including Annual Fund appeals, thank you letters and gift acknowledgments, event publicity and invitations
·         Write and publish all communications in support of the Membership program
·         Craft customized proposals for the Garden’s THRIVE Capital Campaign to be presented to individual donors
·         Write all Thrive correspondence including campaign updates, thank you letters, and appeals
·         Write all Planned Giving proposal templates and thank you letters
·         Create and publish the Garden’s digital Annual Report

To apply, please see the full Advancement Communications Manager job description (PDF) and forward a resume, cover letter and 3-4 samples of your work to Alice Baker, Director of Advancement, at [email protected]nter.org.

Operations Housekeeping Supervisor

Job Description: 

The Housekeeping Supervisor 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 job description(pdf) and submit an application, resume, and cover letter to Operations Manager, Justin Brown, [email protected].

Operations Assistant

Job Description

The Operations Assistant is 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. They must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.


  • 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
  • Respond to requests of all departments/staff members for Operations assistance, as directed by supervisor
  • Organize and maintain equipment and storage areas
  • Assist with all components of the operations of the Garden
  • Provide information and directions to visitors and guests of the Garden or appropriately direct them to the Robins Visitors Center for assistance
  • General repair and maintenance of all structures, vehicles, equipment, and utilities
  • Maintain accurate maintenance records
  • Assist with special construction and maintenance projects
  • Use departmental communication tools effectively and correctly including set-up sheets, scheduling task lists, clock-in computers and radios
  • Installation and deinstallation of outside garden areas and inside facilities for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights to include: light installation, display set up, construction for securing displays, electrical testing, running extension cords, etc.

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

Part-Time Openings & Internships

Childrens Educator

Job Description

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 nature-based programs to learners of all ages; and assists with the daily operations of the Children’s Garden as scheduled.

·       Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and commitment to excellence in guest services.
·       Assists with development, teaching, maintaining supplies, set-up and breakdown for:
o   Pre-school, primary and secondary field trips
o   Summer camps (ages 4-12)
o   Special interest programming (after-school, homeschool and scout programs)
o   Birthday parties
o   Family programs in the Children’s Garden and/or related to temporary exhibits such as ButterfliesLIVE! and Origami in the Garden
o   Service Learning Program(ages 13-18)
o   Professional Development for Educators

·       Aids with daily operations and serves as manager on duty for the Children’s Garden as scheduled.
·       Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices for children of all ages.
·       Prior experience teaching children of all ages.
·       Demonstrated understanding of the delivery of high-quality, interactive educational programming for children and adults.

To apply please see full job description PDF and submit résumé, cover letter and application to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager at [email protected]  No Phone Inquiries, please.  EOE

Children’s Garden Intern 

Job Description

The Children’s Education Team at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is seeking a creative and enthusiastic intern to assist with outdoor, nature-based programs for preschool through high school aged children of all abilities. In addition to teaching and supervising program participants, typical daily duties include: program check-in and check-out, orientation, 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.


Work closely with Educators to:

  • Implement nature-based activities, crafts, story time, and games; adapt activities based on the needs of the participants, the weather, and available spaces
  • Facilitate group management, especially during times of transition (snack, bathroom breaks, check-in and check-out)
  • Act as a mentor that thoughtfully engages participants interests and encourages inquiry
  • Model positive and respectful interactions with plants, animals, and other people in the Garden
  • Set-up and break-down of indoor and outdoor education areas
    Provide a safe and respectful learning environment
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please see the full job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager at [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