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.
This teaching position aids in the fulfillment of the Garden’s education mission by designing and implementing innovative programs for all ages and visitor type; is a member of the teaching team that presents nature-based programs to learners of all ages; and provides in-service training opportunities for educators, staff and volunteers on developmentally appropriate strategies for working with children.
• Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and commitment to excellence in guest services.
• As resident expert in environmental education, this position develops and implements programs for all ages and visitor types, which includes curriculum development as allocated by the children’s education manager for pre-school, primary and secondary school groups, including summer camp programs, family programs, special interest programming (such as after-school programs, home-school and scout programs), professional development for teachers and developmentally appropriate programs that relate to permanent and changing exhibits.
• Has a passion for engaging all ages in authentic learning experiences in an outdoor environment in all seasons.
• Prior experience and skill developing and presenting nature-based workshops for educators that support outdoor learning.
• Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field
• Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.
• Prior experience in a botanical garden or museum setting is preferred
Operations Housekeeping Team Leader
The Housekeeping Team Leader is a working supervisory position overseeing the Operations Housekeeping team and performing daily operations tasks. The successful candidate must be able to work alongside those he/she manages, appropriately delegate tasks, and provide guidance and training as needed. He/she will be able to coordinate all activities with affected staff within the Operations Department. The Operations Department is responsible for all custodial and housekeeping services, assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden, and preparation and coordination for private and public events, including the annual event Dominion GardenFest of Lights.
- Sets and maintains high standards for the appearance of the interior and exterior of all buildings and public areas on a daily basis
- Work to include, but is not limited to, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, deep cleaning, floor maintenance, sanitation of public areas, etc.
- Clean and maintain all facilities and necessary equipment
- Monitor Housekeeping staff performance and update their tasking lists as needed
- Order and inventory all supplies needed to maintain facilities
- Collect and remove all trash and litter from the buildings and grounds on a daily basis
- Works directly with the Housekeeping team in scheduling, performing, tracking, and completing operational tasks
- Exemplifies leadership qualities, assists in employee training and development, and promotes a team-oriented work environment including maintaining good morale of paid and unpaid staff
- Assists in monitoring staff performance and notifies Operations Manager of any concerns and makes recommendations for increased efficiency
- Assists and trains staff in using equipment and following procedures that ensure safety and increases efficiency
- Proactively finds/anticipates operational support needs and prioritizes issues as they arise
- Works with Operations Manager and Maintenance Coordinator to ensure adequate coverage of the Garden during open hours, which includes weeknights and weekends
- Monitors upcoming event sites to evaluate needed additional operational and housekeeping attention
- Apprises supervisor of maintenance issues, repairs, and supplies needed in a prompt manner
- Ensures proper inventory control measures are in place and used
- Responds to requests of all departments/staff members for Operations assistance as directed by supervisor
Part-Time Openings & Internships
Group Tour Developer
The Group Tour Developer contributes to an excellent visitor experience in the Garden through the development and coordination of adult group tour packages that interpret the Garden and enhance visitors’ learning and enjoyment. The position is part-time (Category 2), with annual hours limited to 1,200; these hours may be scheduled to reflect seasonal program requirements.
- Analyzes seasonal garden highlights, special exhibits, and compelling storylines that provide changing content for adult tour packages.
- Researches and develops new tour content descriptions for inclusion in Garden publications, the website, and promotional materials.
- Facilitates group tour package components (food, catering arrangements, hands-on activities, educational demonstrations) in coordination with other departments.
- Coordinates content development of new tours with the volunteer Garden Guide co-chairs; reviews older tours for improvements, enhancements, or deletion.
- Oversees the continuing education of Garden Guides, including training curriculum, maintenance of Garden Guide manual, recruitment and orientation of new volunteers, coaching and evaluation of tour techniques.
- Plans and facilitates annual Garden Guide training and meeting schedule in consultation with volunteer co-chairs.
- Edits volunteer production of seasonal Bright Spots collection highlights; distributes to Garden Guides, staff, and public.
- Coordinates group tour reservations and requisite volunteer staffing with Adult Education Assistant.
Monitors policies and procedures for group tour reservations, including advance scheduling, fee structures, cancellations, and refunds.
- Supervises Garden Guide scheduling to assure that all group tours are led by an informed and appropriate docent.
- Customizes tours and value-added programs for corporate clients, in concert with Facility Events team.
Seasonal Operations Assistant: Housekeeping
The Seasonal Operations Assistant in Housekeeping is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden including custodial and housekeeping duties. A successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with staff of all levels and interact with Garden visitors and volunteers in a cheerful and positive manner. They must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.
- Clean and maintain facilities including, but not limited to, cleaning and sanitizing restrooms and public areas, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning of windows, emptying trash cans, floor cleaning and maintenance, and deep cleaning as requested
- Clean facilities, rental spaces, classrooms and equipment between functions
- Respond to requests of all departments/staff members for housekeeping and operations support, as directed by supervisor
- Set and maintain high standards for the appearance of the interior and exterior of all buildings and public areas on a daily basis
- Perform duties efficiently and effectively to include proper and safe use of cleaning supplies
- Use departmental communication tools effectively and correctly including radios, clock in computers and task list schedules
- Provide information and directions to visitors and guests of the Garden or appropriately direct them to the Robins Visitors Center for assistance
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].
- 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