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


Job Description

As a core member of the Education and Exhibitions team, the Librarian is responsible for creating an inspiring, welcoming, experiential space designed to engage and educate guests. She or he supervises and oversees the daily operation of the Lora M. Robins Library, archives, herbarium, and art/artifact collections of the Garden. The Librarian maintains the non-living collection catalog and other databases, and staffs the Horticulture HelpLine.

The Library houses over 7,000 items related to botany, horticulture, garden design, floral design and garden history, which includes over 800 children’s books and teacher resources. Library holdings also include several special and rare collections, as well as the Garden’s archives and herbarium. The Librarian position is full-time (category 1), and contributes to the advancement of the Garden’s educational mission and excellence in guest services.

To apply, please see the full Librarian job description and submit a cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Application for Employment to Kristin Thoroman, Director of Education and Exhibitions, at [email protected].

Operations: Housekeeping Assistant

Job Description

The Operations Assistant in Housekeeping is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden including custodial and housekeeping duties. A successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with staff of all levels and interact with Garden visitors and volunteers in a cheerful and positive manner. They must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.

To apply, please see the full Housekeeping Assistant job description and submit cover letter,  resume, and Lewis Ginter Application for Employment to Operations Manager,  Justin Brown, [email protected]

Part-Time Openings & Internships

Visitors Center Associate

Part-time Seasonal (April – October), Estimated 10-15 hours/week with opportunities for more based on events. Weekend hours required.

Job Description
• Handles payment in exchange for admission fees and membership dues, event tickets, and classes
• Responsible for all cash and credit card transactions; following established procedures for opening and closing assigned register
• Able to efficiently use TAM database to perform ticket sales, register guests for classes, run reports, check daily schedule of events, look up events for guests needing information (date and location confirmation, etc.)
• Able to use Outlook and Microsoft office products to check Admissions emails, respond via email to Garden staff on admissions-related matters if needed and check the shared calendar for staffing schedule updates
• Able to efficiently and accurately use Raisers Edge database to look up memberships and issue temporary membership cards, sell new memberships and renew existing or lapsed memberships
• Able to recruit membership sales, appropriately recommend upgrades and provide special Membership services
• Assists with handling membership mailings, promotions, and specials
• Participates in strategies that grow the Membership base and retain current members
• Keeps working area organized, is ready to conduct business and keeps the area tidy for following day’s shift
• Provides departmental support as requested and needed to handle exceptionally busy processing seasons
• Makes use of slow periods by performing administrative duties like stamping guest passes, assembling member packets, restocking Garden materials and seasonal rack cards, etc.
• Ensures areas of visitor entry in Visitors Center are ready for the days business to include turning monitors on, ensuring all signage is accurate, checking for accurate signage on exteriors doors as verified by ActiveNet schedule of events each day
• Able to create and print new signage if needed to alert guests of time-sensitive issues like closings, limited access to certain areas of the Garden, safety alerts, special event information, etc.

To apply, please see the full  Visitors Center Associate Job Description (PDF) and submit a resume and application to Robin Gregson 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