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Welcome! We are excited to share these employment opportunities at the Garden with you.  The Garden celebrates the diversity of all people, just as we honor the diversity of plants and ecosystems in our world, with a focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility.

Garden Overview

Mission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting educational programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.

Each Employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Full-Time Openings

 

Salary: $17 - $22 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Job Description

The Guest Services Coordinator is a working supervisory position and a critical part of the organization's forward-facing on-site welcoming committee. This position directly supports the Garden's mission by exemplifying our core value of hospitality, providing excellent customer service, and being achieved by genuinely welcoming each visitor with knowledge of the Garden and an intuitive ability to be helpful, empathetic, and eager to be of service. Our Guest Services team members primarily work in the Atrium of the Robins Visitors Center, which serves as our formal entry point for our members, guests, visitors, volunteers, and vendors.

Responsibilities and Requirements

Under the direction of and in coordination with Director of Guest Services (GSD):

  • Ensures all guests have an exceptional first and last impression of the Garden.
  • Ensures staff promote the mission of bringing people and plants together to improve communities.
  • Embraces the Garden’s commitment to excellence in all departments, willingly and cheerfully integrating work with the efforts of all other departments.
  • Stays informed of all Garden events, classes, and programs and enthusiastically communicates this information to guests.
  • Oversees admissions processing and membership sales on Tessitura software. Assist with
  • communications and all Visitors Center activity while seeking opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and procedures.
  • Ensures courteous and professional handling of guest, volunteer, and vendor interactions and all modes of communication with staff in person, by phone, email, or radio.

Supervisory:

  • Oversees and ensures GS Associates are well trained in processing guest entry efficiently and accurately and are provided with side tasks during slow periods of the day.
  • Works with GSD to determine conservative staffing schedules that ensure adequate coverage of the front-line staff in balance with the ebb and flow of visitation.
  • Works alongside GS Associates as part of efficiently managing periods of high visitation throughout each day in addition to completing back office administrative tasks.
  • Acts as a contact person in emergencies and reports situations to appropriate parties, using required reporting procedures and alerting emergency personnel when necessary.
  • Keeps all Visitors Center monitors, messaging, and signage accurate and up to date.

Financial:

  • Responsible for accurate cash and credit card transactions in exchange for admission fees, membership sales and renewals, event tickets, and classes, following established procedures, including opening and closing all workstations.
  • Managed and compiled daily and monthly finance reports required for reconciliations, audits, and special event reports.

Administrative:

  • Oversees the coordination of bus tours, group, group garden visits and tours including communications, sales, scheduling and greeting.
  • Assists with daily mail processing and revenue report.
  • Assist with Share The Garden and Day Pass requests/processing/tracking
  • Assists with the compilation and dissemination of daily attendance numbers.
  • Assist with an maintain with the [email protected]
  • Compiles and maintains the Gardens Admissions Report that tracks daily, yearly, ongoing attendance information.
  • Keeps Admissions e-handbook updated with current events, policies and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Skills and Abilities

  • Possesses excellent communication skills.
  • Proficiency or ability to quickly learn POS/ticketing database Tessitura and a Calendar database.
  • Ability to efficiently and accurately use membership database.
  • Ability to efficiently navigate the Garden’s website.
  • Detail-oriented and able to multi-task in a fast-paced, potentially noisy environment.
  • Proven ability to remain calm and problem-solve in real-time.
  • Bilingual with a preference for conversational fluency in Spanish.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work for extended periods in one location, standing, bending, and lifting.
  • Must be able and willing to move periodically and quickly between departments and outside locations.
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
  • Based on the given assignment, you must be willing to work outside in all sorts of weather.
  • Must be able to move around the garden for orientation at garden, exhibit, and event locations to provide helpful instructions to guests and report to work locations.

Note: Duties described above, other duties, and physical demands have been identified as essential.

Education and Experience

  • Associate's degree and 5 years’ experience in the hospitality or retail field.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Proficient in Outlook and Microsoft Office Products.
  • Prior cashier, money handling experience.
  • Efficient and accurate database entry skills.

Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies, and the requirements of their job descriptions.
  • Must perform all duties consistent with a public garden serving all individuals and families per the organization's strategic plan and directives of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • They must be aware of their surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Salary: $17 - $20 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting educational programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.

Job Description

The Adult Learning Coordinator supports the production and implementation of an innovative year-round schedule of programs, including in-person and virtual classes, workshops, certificate programs, and symposia. They provide excellent customer service while facilitating registration and external communication.  This role leads marketing efforts for Adult Learning; creating materials, generating email communication, and liaising with the Marketing team. Detail-oriented, this position maintains a high level of accuracy in multiple software systems.

We are committed to elevating diverse backgrounds and experiences that are not well represented on our team. We value the opportunity to work with individuals from different cultures and understand that like diverse ecosystems, diverse workplaces are needed for success. We encourage candidates from underrepresented identities and experiences to apply.

Responsibilities

Coordinates and executes implementation of the year-round calendar of Adult Learning programs, including on-site and off-site programs as well as virtual offerings:

  • Supports planning and logistics using multiple software systems including Tessitura, TNew and WordPress, WordFly and Momentus Elite.
  • Responsible for maintaining supplies inventory, ordering materials, processing purchase orders, and tracking expenses.
  • Creates directional signage, runs class rosters, ensures correct room setup, and troubleshoots issues.
  • Liaises with Facility Events/Operations/Catering teams to communicate class support needs.
  • Generates reports on Adult Learning attendance numbers and other data, as requested.
  • Administers the certificate programs, including new student enrollments, attendance tracking, and correspondence with certificate students; oversees volunteer support for data entry.

Collaborates with the Marketing and Advancement teams to promote Adult Learning initiatives:

  • Develops marketing materials in Canva to promote Adult Learning initiatives, including seasonal course catalogs and certificate program materials.
  • Supports list maintenance and the creation of bi-weekly e-newsletters to the Adult Learning marketing list.
  • Creates monthly social media content.

Facilitates communication with students, instructors, and allied plant organizations:

  • Facilitates pre- and post-class communication with instructors and students, including the creation and disbursement of class surveys.
  • Responsible for registration and student communication including monitoring of the Registrar email account and Contact Us inquiries.
  • Processes student refunds, transfers, credits to account, and batch refunds in Tessitura.
  • Develops contractual instructor agreements.
  • Develops and executes the memorandum of understandings (MOUs) with allied plant organizations to coordinate calendar dates, facility rentals, and logistical plans for meetings.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal, written, analytical and verbal communication skills are required; communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities.
  • Personable, diplomatic, adaptable, and solution-oriented.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Technical proficiency with computers, databases, Microsoft software programs, and social media platforms; comfort with learning new systems and digital tools.
  • Ability to productively switch between multiple tasks/types of work within a single day.
  • Ability to handle day-to-day operations while also planning months ahead.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Must be willing and able to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule plus occasional evenings and holidays.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Able to move between working at a computer for extended period of time to moving between classroom and event spaces in the 80+acre Garden property.
  • Able to lift 15-20 pounds as needed.
  • The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property.
  • Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in field relevant to the role; comparable professional experience will be considered.
  • Prior experience in a customer service role.
  • Prior database experience with Tessitura, TNew, WordFly and WordPress preferred.
  • Prior experience in a botanical garden, museum, or cultural institution is preferred.

  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

 

Salary Range: $22.00 - $27.00 per hour

Job Description

The Horticulture Section Leader reports to the Vice President (VP) of Horticulture as part of a team who support departmental administration, finance, and planning. Under the VP’s guidance, they develop all implementation measures and schedules and execute horticultural aspirations, goals, and objectives for the Garden and the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. They develop a strong team of horticultural professionals by investing in the training, support, and development of their staff and volunteers while acknowledging the integrity of the gardens presented is directly connected to the passion of the team maintaining them. This specific position provides leadership for dynamic spaces within the Garden including the conservatory and greenhouses, formal outdoor gardens, outdoor nursery space, and the Kroger Community Kitchen Garden.

Responsibilities

Administrative

  • Oversees designated Horticulture Section and its assigned staff, volunteers, and workforce development participants while ensuring work aligns with organizational goals and core values.
  • Supports daily work in the Garden section by leading a diverse team. This includes interviewing, hiring, training, supervising, and performance assessment, with the ability to, coach, counsel, and transition staff.
  • Oversees the ongoing maintenance of and capital improvements for the conservatory and greenhouses
  • Promote, celebrate, and model professional development for Department members.
  • Serve as a member of the Horticulture Departmental Leadership Team.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Volunteers for volunteer engagement and collaboration with Annual Plant Sales and organizing corporate volunteer groups.
  • Schedules, plans, and implements strategies for the short-term and long-term evolution of the Garden section to reflect dynamic programming within the Garden, advancement of collections, and aesthetic beauty.
  • Collaborate across departments within the Garden and serve on relevant committees.
  • Assists VP of Horticulture with planning, budgeting, coordinating, and purchasing for staffing and resources for respective Garden Section.

Horticulture, Collections, Design and Display

  • Works daily to support and maintain a diverse planting of annuals, perennials, tropical, woody and edible plants through pruning, grooming, weeding, mulching, watering, fertilizing, and scouting.
  • Monitors conservatory and greenhouse control systems and ensures suitable growing conditions are maintained
  • Develops and maintains core collections of the Garden, focusing on orchids, aroids, palms and other tropical plants in the conservatory and greenhouse
  • Coordinates the purchase and or production and staging of seasonal plant orders for the Horticulture Department
  • Diligently leads in sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies including biological, mechanical, and cultural controls. Coordinate scouting and control treatments with IPM Horticulturist.
  • Represents Garden interest with green industry partners by participating in shows, meetings, conferences, symposia etc.
  • Interacts with the public on an informal basis by answering questions, providing directions, etc.
  • Models safe and correct use of Garden tools and equipment.
    • Utilize shovels, trowels, fan rakes, grading rakes, spades, digging forks, pickaxes, brooms, hand shears, hand saws, loppers, pole pruners & pole saws, wheelbarrows, fertilizer spreaders, garden carts, ladders, and other hand tools to complete assigned tasks.
    • Operate push mowers, weed-whackers, backpack blowers, push blowers, garden ATVs, pallet jacks, bucket lifts, tractors, pickup trucks, and other power equipment in accordance with LGBG safety protocols and regulatory standards (training will be provided).
  • Works collaboratively with a dynamic team to achieve horticultural standards of excellence.
    • Participate in weekly group maintenance tasks such as blowing walkways, filling gas cans, and caring for tools and equipment.
    • Participate in group projects and meetings with other horticulture staff and in cross-departmental projects.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays, ensuring coverage for Horticulture outside the traditional work week/day.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the VP of Horticulture or their designee.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and experience with landscape practices and plant care appropriate to the region.
  • Strong work ethic, keen interest in Horticulture, and an enthusiasm for physical work outdoors.
  • Proficiency in conservatory and greenhouse management control technology and relevant systems including venting, shading, irrigation, sanitization
  • A demonstrated understanding of the horticultural practices and procedures required for soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, propagating, mowing, raking, sweeping & blowing, and tree & brush cutting.
  • The ability to use shovels, trowels, fan rakes, grading rakes, spades, digging forks, pickaxes, brooms, hand shears, hand saws, loppers, pole pruners & pole saws, wheelbarrows, fertilizer spreaders, garden carts, ladders, and other hand tools effectively.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing irrigation technologies.
  • The ability to operate scissor and articulating lifts, push mowers, riding mowers, string trimmers, backpack blowers, push blowers, garden UTVs, pickup trucks, chainsaws, and other power equipment safely and effectively.
  • The ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • The physical strength, dexterity, and coordination sufficient to perform the above functions.
  • Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand, and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to work out-of-doors in Central Virginia seasonal extremes.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.

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

Education and Experience

  • A degree or professional certification in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Science, or a related field.
  • Five years of experience working in public gardens, parks or arboreta.
  • Conservatory experience mandatory
  • Virginia Pesticide Applicator’s License (or the ability to obtain one within six months of hire).
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.
  • Proficiency in conversational Spanish desired.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] 

Salary Range: $15.00 -$17.00 per hour

Job Description

Under the guidance of the Horticulture Section Leaders, the Assistant Horticulturist assists the Horticulture team with the installation and care of the display gardens and horticultural collections, both outdoors and under glass.  This position works collaboratively within a dynamic department that is responsible for creating and maintaining displays that represent the highest aesthetic standards at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve.  Individuals in this position should have a keen interest in horticulture and gardening, a general understanding of horticultural principles, and the skills necessary to perform basic horticultural tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the hands-on maintenance of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and tropical plants in a manner consistent with the horticulture standards of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Nature Reser
  • Physically work in all aspects of garden maintenance and development including soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, propagating, potting, raking, sweeping, and blowing.
  • Utilize hand tools effectively and safely.
  • Operate push mowers, weed-whackers, backpack blowers, push blowers, garden ATVs, tractors, pickup trucks, and other power equipment in accordance with LGBG safety protocols and regulatory standards (training will be provided).
  • Participate in weekly group maintenance tasks such as blowing walkways, replenishing supplies, and caring for tools and equipment
  • Apply pesticides and herbicides in accordance with IPM protocols and in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulation
  • Participate in group projects with other horticulture staff and in cross-departmental initiatives as needed (i.e. marketing, education, facilities, etc.).
  • Assist with the care of our natural areas including our meadows and woodlands.
  • Regularly work with Horticulture Volunteer
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • A passion for horticulture and plant collections, and a commitment to the “public” in public horticulture
  • A thorough understanding of horticultural practices and procedures and the ability to identify frequently used woody, herbaceous, and annual landscape plants.
  • The ability to use hand and power tools effectively and safely.
  • Strong work ethic and an enthusiasm for physical work outdoors.
  • A willingness to interact with the public on an informal basis by answering questions, providing directions, etc.
  • The ability to work with a diverse staff and group of volunteers.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • The ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays, ensuring coverage for Horticulture outside the traditional work week/day

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Must have the physical strength, dexterity, and coordination sufficient to perform the above functions.
  • Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk long distances for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to work out-of-doors and under glass in Central Virginia seasonal extremes.
  • Have the ability to push, pull and/or lift 50 pounds repeatedly
  • Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential.

Education and Experience

  • Required
    • One year of experience as a professional gardener or groundskeeper.
    • Virginia Pesticide Applicator’s License (or the ability to obtain one within six months of hire).
    • Possession of a valid driver's licen
    • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considere
  • Preferred
    • An Associate's degree in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Science, or a related field.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to h[email protected].

 

Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000 per year

Garden Overview

Mission

We connect people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site in Hanover County, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs and more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

We are committed to elevating diverse backgrounds and experiences that aren’t currently represented amongst our Horticulture Team. We value the opportunity to work with individuals from different cultures and understand that like diverse ecosystems, diverse workplaces are needed for success. Our Horticulture staff exhibits a tireless commitment to creating new and innovative gardens and displays that delight and inspire visitors of all ages and from all backgrounds. We are committed to demonstrating the use and cultivation of a wide palette of native and exotic plants suitable for use in Central Virginia and strive to maintain our collections to the highest standards in an environmentally responsible way. We think independently, work collaboratively, and are unified in our passion for horticulture. We come from diverse backgrounds and celebrate different ways of being, in ourselves and in others.

Job Description

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is searching for a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to elevate the Garden’s brand regionally and nationally. The CMO will lead marketing, communications and public relations efforts for the community-oriented nonprofit garden, which attracts nearly half-a-million guests annually and is
known for its community engagement, educational mission, and outstanding customer service.

As part of the senior leadership, the CMO will use problem-solving skills and relationship-building to manage complex issues involving multiple departments. The position will develop and lead communication strategies using a variety of channels, including media relations, social media, digital and print media, onsite visual collateral, and advertising.

Working across teams at the Garden and with the Marketing team, the CMO will identify and share compelling stories to showcase the Garden’s values, invite and welcome guests, strengthen the Garden’s case for support, and lift the Garden’s profile through strategic partnerships. This position plays a vital role as the Garden enters a period of transformational growth, which will see the implementation of its new Strategic Plan, a two-year $31 million expansion, and master site planning for an additional 6 acres.

Job Responsibilities

Planning, Research and Management: Plans and executes strategic public relations campaigns to reach organizational goals as defined by the Strategic Plan, focusing on mission, engagement and income generation. Tracks analytics and conducts research for decision-making.

Media and Public Relations: Maintains high visibility with frequent coverage in local, national and international media. Serves as spokesperson and identifies other team members for media interviews as appropriate. Experience in crisis situations is desired. Writes press releases and prepares statements and messaging as needed.

Social Media: Manages the team creating content, posting to, and monitoring social media channels. Writes website copy and blog posts.

Digital and Print Media: Oversees responsibilities for the Garden’s website by setting team expectations to update existing and develop new content. Manages Garden events e-newsletter.

Advertising & Brand: Strategizes with the Garden’s ad agency to develop, create and implement campaigns. Negotiates effective media partnerships. Works with corporate sponsors. Strives to maintain brand standards through all communication and on-site visual collateral.

Leadership and Administration

  • Serves on the Leadership Team and advances the Garden’s strategic plan to ensure the accessibility and relevance of the Garden for the Community.
  • Leads the Marketing Department and supports staffing needs that allow for the strategic growth of the department including interviewing, hiring, training, supervising, and performance assessment, with the ability to coach, counsel, and transition staff/interns and volunteers.
  • Develops, tracks, monitors, and manages expenditures within the approved marketing budget.
  • Develops and shares KPIs for success of Marketing Department including the analysis of data collection and preparation of reports.
  • Demonstrates collaboration with other Garden Departments for progressing the Garden culture and brand with a focus on communication.
  • Actively participates with Board of Directors, Board Committees, Board of Associates and Garden sponsors and constituents.
  • Serves our local community through meaningful engagement opportunities.
  • Pursues leadership opportunities in regional and national cultural associations, societies, and/or groups.
  • Creates a positive work environment through effective and regular communication, being an approachable leader, and actively seeking input and suggestions. Celebrates staff and volunteers; looks for opportunities for nominating staff, volunteers, board and programs for recognition locally and nationally.
  • Represents the Garden in the community and makes presentations.
  • An innovator who can suggest new ideas and work with team members to implement them, especially in support of revenue centers, including Advancement, Admission, Membership, Education, Garden Shop, Facility Rental, and Dining.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • An exceptional communicator with outstanding visual and written storytelling skills and an ability to share the relevance of the Garden’s mission to all people.
  • Strong leadership skills; a good listener who considers multiple perspectives when decision-making.
  • Highly organized with excellent follow-through, attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills. Ability to work with a variety of audiences, including team members, volunteers, members, donors and community partners.
  • Possesses a guest-centric focus that begins before visitors are even on-site. Reaches out intentionally and thoughtfully to new audiences to learn about their needs and desires to create the best possible experiences.
  • Dedication to the integrity and consistency of the Garden brand, visually and in messaging.
  • Proficiency with:
    • Microsoft software programs (including Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
    • WordPress and Canva; familiar with Adobe programs InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator.
    • Social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, X, YouTube, Pinterest and Google Business.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Able to move between sitting at a desk and computer work to standing for long periods and walking from facility to facility and around an 80+acre Garden property.
  • Able to lift 15-20 pounds as needed.
    Note: Duties described above, other duties, and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, advertising, graphic design, journalism, or related field
  • Seven to ten years of experience in marketing, communications, and/or public relations, including wide-ranging experience in website and social media management.
  • Experience supervising a small to mid-sized team.

Each Employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies, and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and HR.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

Part-Time Openings

 

Salary: $21 - $23 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Job Description

The Archivist is responsible for appraising, acquiring, accessioning, arranging, describing, cataloging, preserving, and maintaining permanent records and historically valuable documents, maps, books, artwork and historical objects related to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The Archivist manages the access to, professional care, daily management, and maintenance of the Library’s archives including its organization, preservation, and storage, and serves as the Institutional Records Manager. This position is located within the Lora M. Robins Library and will provide reference and research assistance to patrons and staff. The Archivist refines, implements, and upholds archival policies and procedures with regard to processing, documenting and accessing archival collections, and assists with training of staff and programming with regard to this work.

We are committed to elevating diverse backgrounds and experiences that aren’t currently represented on our team. We value the opportunity to work with individuals from different cultures and understand that like diverse ecosystems, diverse workplaces are needed for success. We encourage candidates from underrepresented identities and experiences to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Manages record keeping for archives, art/artifacts, herbarium, and photo collections.  Maintains records of and prioritizes processing backlog.
  • Provides reference services to Library and archives guests. Provides public tours and assists with other programs.
  • Trains, coaches, and mentors archives volunteers, interns, and work study students.
  • Independently, and with Garden staff, creates botanical and horticultural exhibits and displays that relate to Library collections.
  • Manages the receipt and disposition of gift materials.
  • Develops and maintains procedural manuals for volunteers and the Librarian’s handbook.
  • Keeps statistics on activity, usage, collection size/changes, and expenses.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of archives preservation requirements, storage needs, and registration procedures for archives.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of professional standards and trends.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation.
  • Personable, diplomatic, and solution-oriented.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Technical proficiency with computers, Microsoft software programs, and databases; experience with Archives Space preferred.
  • Must be prepared to work occasional weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • The Archivist is provided an indoor computer work station.
  • The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property.
  • The position requires frequent lifting, moving of boxes and materials up to 30 lbs.
  • Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education and Experience

  • Preferred: Master’s degree in library science, art/archives management, history, or related field of study.
  • Required: Records Management experience or previous position in special collections, museum or academic libraries; archival certification.
  • Experience with professional archives management software and environmental monitoring applications. Experience with Archives Space preferred.
  • Experience working with or supervising volunteers, interns, and/or work study students.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Salary: $16 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Job Description

Part-Time Educators are a vital part of the Youth and Family Engagement (YFE) team. Educators facilitate outdoor educational programming for Pre-K to 12th grade students, lead weekend and weekday drop-in programming for families, and provide support in horticultural tasks within the Children’s Garden. The typical work schedule for this position is 8:00am – 1:00pm during weekdays, with some weekend work required. Educators can expect to work 4-5 days a week, up to 25 hrs/week. We value and understand peer-reviewed research demonstrating youth learn most when they see themselves represented in their teachers. We have a strong desire for our Youth and Family Engagement Team to represent the diverse community we serve. We encourage members of the BIPOC community to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitates nature-based learning programming for Pre-K to 12th grade school groups, families, and scouts.
  • Responsible for daily operations of the Children’s Garden on weekends, including opening, set-up, and clean-up for the Children’s Garden, the Waterway and programs.
  • Maintains physical spaces within the Children’s Garden:
    • Ensures tidiness of activity spaces.
    • Performs basic horticultural tasks (watering, weeding, planting, harvesting).
    • Participates in staff workdays to support larger projects.
  • Assists YFE staff with additional programming, which may include:
    • Support for summer camp classes.
    • Support for school group arrivals.
    • Occasional teaching/support of offsite programs at partner organizations in the Richmond community.

Additional Duties

  • Actively participates in staff training and department meetings.
  • Completes American Red Cross First Aid and CPR training.
  • Occasional evening and holiday hours.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities.
  • Works well independently and in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented.
  • Energetic and personable; an innovative, creative thinker.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation.
  • Excellent organizational skills; self-motivated with the ability to manage goals and productivity.
  • Basic gardening knowledge a plus.
  • Proficiency in conversational Spanish a plus.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descrip
  • Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, families in accordance with directed practices and procedure.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Ability to carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public in a safe and friendly manner.
  • The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the Garden.
  • Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma.
  • 2 years college, vocational training, or other work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with the design and delivery of innovative, creative, high quality, and developmentally appropriate programs for all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting a plus.
  • CPR and First Aid certification a plus.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Salary: $15 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

We connect people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Job Description

The Operations position supports multiple departments to ensure an extraordinary guest experience during fluctuating visitation, seasonal work needs, rental event preparations and special event support and execution. This position focuses on elevating the guest experience and exemplifies the Garden’s core value of hospitality.

Responsibilities and Requirements

This position is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions throughout the Garden campus, preparation and coordination for private and public events and exhibits, as well as light custodial and housekeeping duties under the supervision of the Director of Operations. Visitation, event schedules, seasonal needs and priority tasks will determine assignments and hours divided among these support departments:

Operations:

  • Provide excellent internal and external hospitality.
    • Set-up and breakdown of tents, tables, chairs, etc., for all ongoing Garden events, including rental events and in-house functions.
    • Responds to requests of all departments/staff members for Operations assistance, and as directed by supervisor.
    • Assist with all components of the operations of the Garden.

Maintenance:

  • Assist with general repair and maintenance of all garden infrastructure.
    • Maintain facilities, vehicles, equipment, and utilities.
    • Help with special construction and maintenance projects.
  • Installation and deinstallation of garden exhibits including: light installation, display set up, construction for securing displays, electrical testing, running extension cords, etc.

Housekeeping:

  • Assist in maintaining the highest aesthetic standard for the Garden.
    • Collection and removal of litter from facilities and grounds daily.
    • Clean and maintain facilities and grounds daily including light housekeeping responsibilities.

Security and Public Safety:

  • Responsible for security and physical integrity of the property to include grounds and facilities, during and after hours.
    • Ensure the securing and alarming of property.
    • Support the management of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, particularly during public and private events.
  • Responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of the guest experience (visitors, guests and students).
    • Provide a visible staff presence throughout all public spaces among buildings and grounds.
    • Able to provide assistance and helpful instructions/directions to guests.
    • Supports safe and expeditious routing of guests.
    • Able to comfortably take first action steps in case of an emergency.

Required

  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.
  • A self-motivated performer.
  • Reliable mode of transportation.
  • Familiarity with safe use of common hand tools.

Desirable

  • Related work experience.
  • Basic mechanical understanding and knowledge or ability to learn.
  • Basic Microsoft Office product experience.

Responsibilities

  • Delivers excellent customer service in all facets of work.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to move from task to task and remain flexible to changing assignments as needed.
  • Works well in a diverse team and in a supervised and unsupervised environment.
  • Required to have a flexible work schedule and willing and able to work weekends and as needed in evenings for special events.
  • 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.
  • Handles difficult situations with tact and respect and reports issues to supervisor in a timely manner with accurate details.
  • Identifies a situation that requires the attention of a supervisor or leadership team member.

Skills and Abilities

  • Detail oriented and able to multi-task in a fast-paced potentially noisy environment.
  • Proven ability to problem solve in real time.
  • Bilingual with a preference for conversational fluency in Spanish helpful.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work for extended periods in one location, standing, bending and lifting.
  • Must be able and willing to move periodically and quickly between buildings and outside areas.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • Must be willing to work outside in all sorts of weather based on given assignment.
  • Must be able to move around the Garden serving as a visible presence, to be familiar with exhibit and event locations in order to report to work locations.

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential.

Education and Experience

  • High school education or GED required
  • 1-year prior experience working with the public in the hospitality field preferred
  • Proficient in Outlook and Microsoft Office Products preferred
  • Experience using mainstream telephone platforms

Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions
  • Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving all individuals and families in accordance with the organizations strategic plan and directives of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly
  • Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulation
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Salary: $15 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

We connect people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the garden.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the ground of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Job Description

The Custodial Assistant is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden with a primary focus on custodial and cleaning duties necessary to create an exceptional guest experience.  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.

Responsibilities:

  • Clean and maintain facilities including, but not limited to, cleaning and sanitizing restrooms and public areas, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning of windows, collecting recycling, emptying trash cans, floor cleaning and maintenance, and deep cleaning as requested
  • Clean facilities, rental spaces, classrooms and equipment between programs and event
  • Police outdoor areas for litter and general cleanliness
  • Keep all storage areas clean, organized and stocked
  • Respond to requests of all departments/staff members for custodial 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

Required:

  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Strong analytical skills and a self-motivated performer
  • Reliable mode of transportation
  • Related work experience
  • Mechanical understanding and knowledge

Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to the
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by superviso

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Must be able to walk the Garden’s campus in most weather conditions daily
  • Bending, stooping, climbing stairs, transporting supplies by hand or by cart
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 50 lbs. repeatedly
  • Must be comfortable working in elevated situations using step ladders and lifts

Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential.

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent

Please submit a cover letter, resume, to Human Resources at [email protected]

Salary: $15 per hour 

Garden Overview

Mission
We connect people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision
We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values
Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting
education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the ground of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Job Description
The Facility Events office coordinates over 300 events a year at the Garden in 12 different venues and gardens, which includes corporate/nonprofit clients as well as private events and weddings. Proceeds from facility rentals directly support the Garden’s mission as being a primary resource for learning about the botanical world. This position serves as a representative of the Garden to all event clients and guests for questions and coordination needs during events and demonstrates our core value of hospitality by ensuring that customer service is first and forem0st. We achieve this by providing a welcoming and helpful experience to all guests, and demonstrating a positive and supportive environment for staff, guests and volunteers.

Responsibilities

Day of Event 
• Posts temporary event signage based on booked events/venues.
• Inspects event venue(s) to ensure the physical event setup is complete and accurate and venue is ready for guests.
• Supports the Food and Beverage provider for event setups and needs.
• Works closely with client to ensure room or site setup is correct and assist with any AV setup.
• Supports operations and custodial teams with last minute adjustments or needs.
• Directs guests to appropriate parking areas and event entrances.
• Greets and checks-in guests and provide event and/or basic Garden information as needed.
• Assists late guests to venue and monitor venue for possible noise conflicts due to multiple events in the
Garden.

Additional Responsibilities for Wedding Events
• Directs vendors to appropriate venue(s) based on vendor information form(s) and in compliance with rental contract terms and conditions.
• Serves as liaison to bridal party or wedding planner upon arrival and during their set up, direct musicians as appropriate to ceremony or reception site location. Direct guests to appropriate parking areas and event entrances.
• Ensures other FESA’s are in place as needed, if needed.
• Monitors ceremony venue(s) for compliance with mandatory ceremony start time and rental term requiring
acoustical ceremony music.
• Direct guests from ceremony to reception venue and be accessible for guest questions.
• Monitor reception music at Bloemendaal House to ensure compliance with rental term related to reception music start time and Henrico County noise ordinance.

Skills and Abilities
• Excellent customer service and effective communications skills with people at all levels and in various settings via multiple communication tools.
• Comfortable working face to face with guests.
• Presents oneself with a professional, yet friendly attitude and appearance.
• Proven ability to work with others in a cooperative and collaborative manner.
• Ability to understand and differentiate priority of job responsibilities and customer requests.
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
• Works well under pressure, is able to problem solve quickly, and can respond to difficult situations and a kind and courteous manner.
• Knowledgeable about facility rental terms and conditions, especially key terms that may affect multiple
events.
• Willingly integrates work of department with the efforts of other departments (particularly guest/visitor
services, operations, and catering).
• Make recommendations for facility rental event logistics.
Physical Demands / Working Conditions
• Must be able to lift 20 pounds intermittently.
• Must be able to work outdoors in all seasonal extremes.
• Must be able to walk quickly between all garden venues.

Education and Experience
• 2 years post high school education preferred.
• 1-2 years customer service experience in food service or hospitality field.
• General understanding of event coordination.

Each Employee of Lewis Ginter
• Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
• Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
• Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
• Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and
to Human Resources.
• Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
• Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
• Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Seasonal Openings

 

Salary: $30-$35 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.

Job Description

Under the leadership of the Director of Exhibitions, the seasonal Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Arborist will work closely with the Horticulture team to safely install lighting in trees for the annual GardenFest of Lights display. In addition to installing lights, this person is responsible for tracking and reporting light counts, troubleshooting lighting issues, and leading groups of staff and volunteers to light smaller trees and shrubs. The arborist will provide all necessary up to date equipment needed for tree climbing.

Responsibilities

Primary duties include:

  • Install light strands in trees both large and small using American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved arboricultural tree climbing methods.
  • Safely climbing to any and all tips of tree branches to install lights.
  • Accurately recording hours and strand counts for specific trees.
  • Troubleshooting lighting issues during and after trees are being wrapped.
  • Other lighting projects as assigned.

Secondary duties may include:

  • Training LGBG staff climbers.
  • Testing strands on the ground for all aspects of functionality before using in tree.
  • Leading groups of garden staff or volunteers to light smaller trees, shrubs, or other lighting duties as assigned.
  • Periodic after hours walkthrough to inspect progress at night.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to safely and efficiently climb and work position in all sizes of tree.
  • The Garden’s living collections are our livelihood, and care must be given to prevent damage to surrounding plant material at all times. Additionally, climbers must use non-damaging climbing methods (friction savers, SRS techniques, no gaffs/spikes).
  • New applicants may need to perform a short climbing test to demonstrate abilities and methods, to ensure they are up to the tasks as hand.
  • Prior knowledge of and experience with wrapping trees with lights is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation.
  • Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners.
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, quick-thinking, cheerful, courteous, capable, diplomatic, and solution-oriented.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Access to a car on a daily basis and a valid state driver’s license or ability to transport self as needed.
  • Must be able to work consistent hours for duration of lighting projects.

Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, families in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • This is primarily a tree climbing position, and involves the physical demands of that work.
  • Working at height, moving your body up into and throughout the canopy, and confidently positioning yourself for work aloft in difficult positions is all part of the day-to-day work.
  • Ability to carry up to 70 lbs.
  • Must be able to move throughout the 82-acre Garden property, as needed.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions including heat, cold, wind, and humidity.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, and utilize repetitive motions for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner.

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

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in arboriculture, or ISA Certified Arborist.
  • A minimum of 1 full year of production tree climbing experience, or ISA Certified Tree Worker.
  • Able to complete tree climbs beginning to end without assistance from outside help (setup/install of system, working climb, removal and storage of gear/system).
  • Prefer prior experience with wrapping trees with strand lights.
  • Experience with S4 brand Professional lights a strong addition.

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Salary: $15 - $17 per hour

Garden Overview

Mission

We connect people to plant by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.

Vision

We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.

Values

Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Inspiration

Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting education programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the ground of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

Our Horticulture staff exhibits a tireless commitment to creating new and innovative gardens and displays that delight and inspire visitors of all ages and from all backgrounds.  We are committed to demonstrating the use and cultivation of a wide palette of native and exotic plants suitable for use in Central Virginia and strive to maintain our collections to the highest standards in an environmentally responsible way. We think independently, work collaboratively, and are unified in our passion for horticulture.  We come from diverse backgrounds and celebrate different ways of being, in ourselves and in others.

Job Description

Under the guidance of the Horticulture Section Leaders, the Seasonal Gardener assists the Horticulture team with the installation and care of the display gardens and horticultural collections, both outdoors and under glass.  This position works collaboratively within a dynamic department that is responsible for creating and maintaining displays that represent the highest aesthetic standards at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve.  Individuals in this position should have a keen interest in horticulture and gardening, a general understanding of horticultural principles, and the skills necessary to perform basic horticultural tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the hands-on maintenance of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and tropical plants in a manner consistent with the horticulture standards of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Nature Reserve.
  • Physically work in all aspects of garden maintenance and development including soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, propagating, potting, raking, sweeping, and blowing.
  • Utilize hand tools effectively and safely.
  • Operate push mowers, weed-whackers, backpack blowers, push blowers, garden ATVs, tractors, pickup trucks, and other power equipment in accordance with LGBG safety protocols and regulatory standards (training will be provided).
  • Participate in weekly group maintenance tasks such as blowing walkways, replenishing supplies, and caring for tools and equipment.
  • Participate in group projects with other horticulture staff and in cross-departmental initiatives as needed (i.e. marketing, education, facilities, etc.).
  • Assist with the care of our natural areas including our meadows and woodlands.
  • Regularly work with Horticulture Volunteer
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • A passion for horticulture and plant collections, and a commitment to the “public” in public horticulture
  • A thorough understanding of horticultural practices and procedures and the ability to identify frequently used woody, herbaceous, and annual landscape plants.
  • The ability to use hand and power tools effectively and safely.
  • Strong work ethic and an enthusiasm for physical work outdoors.
  • A willingness to interact with the public on an informal basis by answering questions, providing directions, etc.
  • The ability to work with a diverse staff and group of volunteers.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • The ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Willing to work weekends, evenings, and holidays, when needed.

Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

  • Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
  • Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedure
  • Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • Must have the physical strength, dexterity, and coordination sufficient to perform the above functions.
  • Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk long distances for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to work out-of-doors and under glass in Central Virginia seasonal extremes.
  • Have the ability to push, pull and/or lift 50 pounds repeatedly
  • Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential.

Education and Experience

  • Required
    • Ability and willingness to work out-of-doors full time in Central Virginia seasonal extremes.
    • Possession of a valid driver's license.
    • Previous professional experience in Horticulture is desired, but other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered. Willing to provide some training.
  • Preferred
    • Some level of education in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Science, or a related field.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to h[email protected].

Internship Openings

 

MARKETING INTERN 

The Marketing Department strives to build the Lewis Ginter Botanical brand and support the mission to connect people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature. This is a paid internship; hours are flexible but require a minimum of 150 hours per semester and 10-15 hours per week.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in supporting the Garden’s social media efforts. This involves monitoring (including some weekends) and creating content.
  • Write for the Garden’s blog.
  • Help make updates to the Garden’s website.
  • Post Garden info to websites such as tourism sites and media calendars.
  • Take and upload digital photos and video of the Garden.
  • Assist with events as needed.
  • Provide general office and project support for the Marketing Department.
  • Work with the Chief Marketing Officer and Digital Content Strategist to help meet the needs of reporters and photographers.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience using social media; experience using for a business or brand is a plus. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and TikTok.)
  • Strong writing and 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 and WordPress.
  • Should be prepared to work in a business environment, including meeting deadlines, working alone and as part of a team, and multitasking.

INTERNSHIP TRAINING INCLUDES:

  • Social media use in a business setting.
  • Writing blog posts and optimizing content for SEO.
  • Building photography, videography and graphic skills.
  • Marketing and public relations experience in a non-profit setting

TO APPLY:

Candidates are asked to submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • a writing sample (preferably a blog post, news article or social media post)
  • An informal cover letter detailing your interest in the specific internship and how you hope this experience will help you reach your educational and career goals. Please also let us know if you plan to pursue this internship for credit and list your scheduling availability (start/end dates, days/times available)
  • Optional: links to social media account/s
  • In addition, we ask candidates to have at least one recommendation on LinkedIn

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS:

Spring Semester/December 15th
Summer/March 15th