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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 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]

Salary: $17.00 - $22.00 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 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

The Nature Reserve is an 80-acre landscape containing 1,800 varieties of azaleas, beautiful agricultural land, woodland, and streams located in Hanover County. The Nature Reserve Horticulturist works diligently to preserve the land through regenerative practices while maintaining and advancing the rare collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, and other specimen plantings at the Reserve. The full time, weekly schedule for this position is Monday through Thursday for a total of 37.5 hours/week.

Responsibilities

  • Horticulture & Design
    • Coordinate, oversee, and assist with the daily hands-on maintenance of the Nature Reserve and plant collections in a manner consistent with the horticultural standards of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
    • Physically work in all aspects of Reserve maintenance and development including soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, propagating, potting, raking, mowing, natural areas management, sweeping & blowing.
    • Preserve the aesthetics of the landscape throughout the seasons by developing plans, selection of plants, and locating plant sources.
    • Monitor plant collections for pests and diseases and implement control treatments with support from Lewis Ginter IPM Horticulturist.
    • Apply pesticides and fertilizers in accordance with IPM protocols and maintain application records.
    • Utilize tractors, hand and power tools effectively and in accordance with LGBG safety protocols and regulatory standards.
  • Collections Management
    • Serve as a lead for the accreditation of the azalea and rhododendron collection.
    • Collaborate with other public gardens, specialty nurseries, plant societies, and hobbyists to locate and source plants to expand or support the collection.
    • Report plant additions and removals to the Plant Records Curator; perform periodic plant inventories and request accession tags and display labels.
  • Supervisory
    • Work with the Reserve Manager to prioritize horticultural tasks, develop work schedules, and coordinate their implementation with staff and volunteers assisting at the Reserve.
    • Lead and supervise Seasonal Gardeners, occasional interns, and volunteers.
    • Monitor operation of irrigation, equipment and facilities at the Reserve.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and experience with designed landscapes and/or horticultural practices appropriate to the region.
  • Strong work ethic, keen interest in the natural world, and an enthusiasm for physical work outdoors.
  • 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.
  • The ability to operate tractors, push mowers, riding mowers, weed-whackers, backpack blowers, push blowers, garden ATVs, pickup trucks, chainsaws and other power equipment safely and effectively.
  • A willingness to interact with the guests on an informal basis by answering questions, providing directions, etc.
  • The ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions

  • The physical strength, dexterity, and coordination sufficient to perform the above functions on a full time basis.
  • Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, lift, 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 75 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

  • An Associate's degree in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Science, or a related field.
  • One years’ professional experience as a Horticulturist or groundskeeper.
  • 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 desirable.

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, 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 Human Resources.
  • Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulation
  • Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

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

Salary: $17.00 - $22.00 per hour

Job Description

The Work-Based Learning Coordinator leads cross-departmental efforts to expose students and young adults to career pathways in cultural non-profits, public gardens, and green industries. They are responsible for developing the framework for a full continuum of short and long-term opportunities for a variety of youth audiences.

This individual will build and grow strategic relationships with local school systems, colleges, universities, and youth organizations, which will require a presence in the community. They will collaborate with Garden staff across the institution to create immersive learning experiences for young adults through mentorship, hands-on training, and exposure to experts in various fields.

We value and understand peer-reviewed research demonstrating youth learn most when they see themselves represented in their teachers and mentors. 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 

  • Develops and coordinates work-based learning and career training to meet the needs and interests of youth of various ages, developmental abilities, and educational backgrounds. Specifically, this individual will:
    • Develop the framework for a continuum of short and long-term opportunities, including job shadowing, youth volunteering, work study, internships, job skill building programs for young people with disabilities, cooperative learning, and apprenticeships.
    • Serve as a liaison with other work-based learning programs and partners, including colleges and universities, technical schools, cultural non-profits, and local and state agencies.
    • Collaborate cross-departmentally to support an off-site presence at job fairs, career days, and other work-based learning events.
    • Develop and implement an evaluation model that measures youth performance, as well as evaluating student input for future program enhancement.
  • Coordinates experience of youth volunteers and interns across the Garden, including:
    • Work with supervisors to recruit, train, mentor, evaluate, and set expectations for youth engaged in work-based learning programs.
    • Establish consistent management and scheduling guidelines for staff members responsible for supervising interns.
    • Directly supervise and schedule those youth and young adults working within the Youth and Family Engagement team.
    • Collaborate with Director of Volunteers, HR Manager, and supervisors across the Garden on participant placement and programming to ensure a consistent positive experience.
  • All members of the Youth and Family Engagement Team
    • Assist with general upkeep of Children’s Garden spaces.
    • Ensure that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Garden.
    • Complete other duties as assigned, including assistance with school programs, team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance.
    • Work occasional weekend and holiday hours. Please note that this position will require periodic late afternoon/evening hours.

Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized.
  • 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.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities.
  • Works well independently as well as thrives in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented.
  • Comfort with learning new systems and digital tools quickly.
  • Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners.
  • This position requires attendance at offsite meetings and events in the Greater Richmond area.
  • 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 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

  • Ability to carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner.
  • This 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.
  • 2-3 years’ experience managing a youth mentoring or volunteer program.
  • Experience working effectively with cross-divisional colleagues, community partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience with program creation and collaborative projects.
  • Established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practice (including work with people with disabilities).
  • Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting a plus.

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

Salary Range: $15.00 - $20.00 per hour

Job Description

The Exhibits and Programming Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of programmatic initiatives that invite, welcome, and celebrate individuals from diverse communities. This includes, but is not limited to, Garden-wide special events, indoor and outdoor exhibits, interpretive signage, and off-site programs. The Exhibits and Programming Coordinator will co-create programming with the community, building external relationships and strengthening existing partnerships.

The successful candidate will be smart, intuitive, creative, resourceful, innovative, team-oriented, and forward thinking with a proven record of success in designing and managing events, projects, or programs. The position is full time (Category 1), and contributes to the advancement of the Garden’s educational mission and excellence in guest services.

Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements programs and events that are mission appropriate, innovative, experiential, cost-effective and co-created with our diverse community partners.
  • In collaboration with the Exhibitions Manager, researches, plans, and coordinates exhibits with local and regional artists.
  • Serves on the cross-departmental Programming and Interpretation Committee, which is responsible for creating a three year Garden-wide plan for exhibitions, programs, and events.
  • Assists Exhibition Manager with the installation and de-installation of Garden-wide exhibitions, including but not limited to, moving and handling art, coordinating staff and volunteer support, and installing exhibit components such as labels, sign holders and barricades.
  • Coordinates with external partners, artists, and vendors, including negotiating and writing MOUs/agreements, processing purchase orders, and facilitating day-of details.
  • Ensures the design, content, and production of interpretation-related materials for exhibits and programming including, but not limited to, written program descriptions, interpretive signage, blog posts, and promotional signage.
  • With staff and volunteer support, coordinates and facilitates off-site programs and events with community partners.
  • Collaborates with the Marketing department on promoting events and programs through social media platforms.
  • Fosters teamwork and mentors staff and volunteers by modeling best practices alongside them.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices for learners of all ages.
  • Demonstrated graphic design skills including signage design and development of interpretive material.
  • 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.
  • Technical proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and Canva.
  • 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 varying hours, including evenings, weekends, and occasional 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 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

  • Ability to carry up to 40 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

  • BA or BS degree; a combination of education and equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Prior experience in a botanical garden, museum, or cultural non-profit.
  • A minimum of 3 years of successful experience in managing programs, projects, or special events.
  • Demonstrated experience in reaching, welcoming, and including marginalized audiences in program development.
  • Proficiency working with graphic design software, including but not limited to Adobe InDesign, Canva, and WordPress.
  • Proficiency in conversational Spanish desirable.

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: $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] 

Part-Time Openings

 

Salary: $15.00 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:

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 Tessitura 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 shared calendar for staffing schedule updates.

Able to efficiently and accurately use Tessitura 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. Keeps working area organized, is ready to conduct business and keeps 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 assembling member packets, restocking Garden materials and seasonal rack cards, etc.  Ensures areas of visitor entry in Visitors Center are ready for the day’s 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides excellent customer service to guests, visitors, members, volunteers, event and program attendees coming through the Visitors Center.
  • Acts as the “face of the Garden” by genuinely welcoming each visitor with knowledge of the Garden, helpfulness, empathy and eagerness to be of service.
  • Stays informed of all Garden events, classes and activities and is able to provide information to visitors regarding special events, Garden Shop hours, Café and Tea House hours and menus, by efficiently and quickly being able to use all available electronic and printed means including ActiveNet and the Garden’s Website.
  • Is proactive in assessing visitor’s needs quickly, i.e.:  assistance with directions, locating wheelchairs or strollers, offering additional assistance if visitor appears in need of help.
  • Answers the Garden’s main phone line and expedites calls to appropriate departments or staff members, as well as returns calls appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • Efficiently and correctly handles deliveries made to the Admissions desk.
  • Is able to handle difficult situations with tact and respect and reports issues to supervisor in a timely manner with accurate details.
  • Is readily able to identify a situation that requires the attention of a supervisor or Director.
  • Acts as a contact person in case of emergencies and reports situation to appropriate parties, using required reporting procedures, as well as contacting 911 for assistance when needed.
  • Presents oneself with a professional and friendly attitude and appearance.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Willing and able to work weekends and evenings.
  • Prior cashier, money handling experiences Prior experience working with the public Experience using MS Windows.
  • Knowledge of Tessitura or similar POS/ticketing software.
  • Familiar with Nortel or other mainstream telephone platforms Efficient and accurate data base entry skills.
  • Detail oriented and is able to multi-task in a fast-paced potentially noisy environment.
  • Proven ability to problem solves during real-time events.
  • Ability to work in a supervised environment.
  • Works well with others.
  • Able to work independently while providing excellent customer service to admissions and membership needs.
  • Takes direction from supervisor in a positive and constructive manner.
  • Is proactive and provides suggestions and ideas on streamlining procedures.

Physical Demands / Working Conditions:

Must be able to work for extended periods in one location, then move periodically and quickly between select points within the Robins Visitors Center adjacent to the Atrium as well as the immediate outside locations.

Must be able to lift 20 pounds.

Periodically, must be able to move around the Garden to understand and so better explain it to Guests.

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

Education and Experience:

High School Graduate or equivalent

Associates Degree preferred but not required

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.

To apply, please send a 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 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 Range: $15-$17 per hour

Job Description:

As an integral member of the Horticulture team, the Children’s Garden Seasonal Gardener is responsible for assisting and supporting full-time Horticulture staff with the installation and care of the display gardens and educational collections in and around the Children’s Garden. 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:

  • Participate in maintenance of horticultural displays, botanical collections and Garden natural areas.
    • 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.
    • Physically work in all aspects of garden maintenance and development including soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, propagating, potting, raking, sweeping & blowing, tree & brush cutting, and recordkeeping.
  • 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, tractors, pickup trucks, and other power equipment in accordance with LGBG safety protocols and regulatory standards (training will be provided).
  • Work collaboratively with a dynamic team to achieve horticultural standard 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.
    • Work collaboratively with both the Youth and Family Engagement team and Horticulture staff to plan and implement improvements to increase opportunities for hands-on teaching in the garden.
    • Work alongside youth volunteers and interns demonstrating horticultural best practices.
    • Work with Horticulture Volunteers.
  • Maintained high standards within the Children’s Garden
    • Ensure plants are health and the ChG is well-kept and welcoming for youth
    • Monitor and address safety concerns related to wildlife, insects, and invasive and toxic plants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Horticulture Section Lead or their designee.

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.
  • Experience working with youth in an informal educational setting
  • 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.
  • Must 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.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.

Preferred

  • An Associate's degree in Horticulture, Botany, Plant Science, or a related field.

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.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [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