Employment & Botanical Garden Jobs

Welcome! We are excited to share these employment opportunities at the Garden with you. Meet some of our team to learn how we are united around the core values of Inspiration, Innovation, Responsibility, Integrity and Hospitality. 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.

Full-Time Openings

Annual Fund & Membership Manager

Job Description

The Annual Fund and Membership Manager will oversee the Garden’s Membership program and Annual Fund. They will work with the Associate Director of Advancement to develop strategies to provide steady and significant growth in both numbers and revenue generated through the Annual Fund and Membership programs. Membership Services personnel will report directly to the Annual Fund and Membership Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Devise strategic growth plans for the Annual Fund and Membership campaigns
  • Execute the plans working collaboratively with the Advancement Communications Manager
  • Strive for healthy growth in all segments of Annual Fund donors and Membership categories
  • Supervise Membership personnel, embracing their professional growth and development while ensuring best practice in customer service, gift processing, record management and all other facets of the Annual Fund and Membership programs
  • Manage a portfolio of 20-50 prospects, including the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts with written engagement and focused solicitation strategies for donors $2,500+ and others as assigned
  • Using a Moves Management platform, continually monitor the portfolio to ensure healthy segments in all stages
  • Help identify major gift prospects in collaboration with the Associate Director of Advancement
  • Work independently and creatively to match donor interests with Garden priorities
  • Engage existing and new donors in discussions regarding gift opportunities that align with Garden priorities
  • Ensure that the importance of Members is kept in the forefront of the minds of Garden leadership and all Garden staff and volunteers
  • Actively engage Members to grow the number of Member households
  • Oversee and participate in data analytics for Membership and the Annual Fund
  • Help create strategies based on the data analysis
  • Help ensure that our data collection standards are within industry best practices

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent active listening skills.
  • Must be a proactive, seasoned, successful, intelligent, intuitive and empathetic person.
  • Must communicate clearly, effectively and comfortably in written and spoken word with guests, members, staff, Board, volunteers and vendors.
  • Must adhere to the highest standards of confidentiality and best practice for development professionals.
  • Must actively participate in the creation of long-range plans.
  • Must be goal-oriented, yet flexible and adaptable to the ever-changing needs of our constituents.
  • Must possess a commitment to the Garden’s mission and its core values, particularly honesty and integrity.
  • Must be a positive and motivating presence while embracing change and
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and disciplined.

To apply, please see the full Annual Fund & Membership Manager job description (PDF) and submit a resume to [email protected].

Chief Financial Officer 

Job Description

As a leader in the Administration Department, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works collaboratively with the Board of Directors, Leadership Team, staff and volunteers to ensure the fiscal responsibility of the Garden. The CFO is responsible for the organizational annual budget, strategic financial planning, efficient financial operations and collaborative budgeting across departments. The CFO will work closely with executive leadership for planning and implementation capital and expansion projects as well as special exhibits.

Responsibilities

  • Annual organizational budget
    • Works collaboratively with garden leadership to develop, propose and submit annual budget to Board of Directors for approval.
    • Meets quarterly with all department leaders/managers to assess budget strategy and review variance analysis reports of monthly actual to budget results.
    • Leads access strategy of departmental leadership to real-time financial statements including forecasting against budget and monthly actuals.
    • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with senior leadership team to identify their needs and seek full range of potential revenue generating business solutions.
    • Provides leadership in the continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives and offers recommendations to enhance financial performance and business opportunities.
    • Works closely and collaborates with accounting team in cross examination of financial reports, compliance and annual audit.
    • Reviews and negotiates contract services with relevant departments for cost savings, asset management, account analysis and reconciliation.
    • Provides analysis and reporting statistic support of revenue centers: admissions, membership, rentals, food service and merchandise sales.
  • Endowment and investments
    • Serves as the staff liaison to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
    • Maintains consistent and close professional relationships with financial advisors to ensure strategic growth of organizational endowments.
    • Provides financial counsel and expertise regarding capital markets, investment and commercial banking relations.
  • Financial Compliance
    • Evaluates and advises on the fiscal impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
    • Analyzes cash flow, cost controls, expenses and financial statements to pinpoint potential areas of improvement.
    • Works closely with investment advisors to provide executive management and board committees with advice on management of the investment portfolio and takes all Board approved actions regarding the portfolio.
    • Coordinate compliance with local, state, and federal regulations associated to financial reporting for internal and external purposes.
    • Oversees the Garden’s risk management including general liability and related insurance coverage and risk mitigation.
    • Creates and enhances internal control systems to support financial audits.
  • Campaign, capital and grant projects
    • Works closely with Advancement in developing and maintaining grant budgets, cost review analysis and reporting.
    • Takes hands-on position in maintaining a comprehensive grants management system.
    • Collaborates with Advancement for audits or financial reviews required by government and foundation grants.
    • Works closely with Project Manager to provide financial oversight of garden expansion projects, budgets and capital improvements.
    • Maintains close partnership with Advancement Team to maximize success of all campaigns.

Additional Duties

  • Maintain professional privacy and confidentiality.
  • Works collaboratively with other public garden and museum financial professionals.
  • Weekend, evening and holiday hours as needed.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and ability to make financial presentation to staff, committees, boards and organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong problem solving and creative thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • High level of integrity and dependability with strong sense of urgency and results orientation.

To apply, please see the full Chief Financial Officer job description (PDF) and submit a resume to [email protected].

Youth and Family Engagement Manager 

Job Description

The Youth and Family Engagement Manager is actively engaged with the community in advancing the Garden’s mission through the development and implementation of effective nature-based learning experiences, fostering a sense of wonder, curiosity, and interest in the natural world.

The Youth and Family Engagement Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Children’s Garden and leads a team of full-time and part-time staff, volunteers, and interns who support the development and implementation of dynamic programming, horticultural planning and maintenance, and interpretation.

This individual is responsible for the vision, development, implementation, oversight and evaluation of K-12 programs, public programs, work-based learning initiatives, community partnerships, and outreach. Embedded in each of these initiatives is support for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities, grounded in principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees the development, implementation, and coordination of experiential, immersive learning opportunities throughout the Garden and in the community. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Pre-K-12 programs (field trips, out of school time, educator professional development, scouts, camps, outreach, and virtual learning).
    • Public programs (drop-in programs, family workshops, and seasonal special events).
    • Work-based learning opportunities (internships, vocational programs, youth volunteer programs, and career exploration for youth ages 13-18).
    • Programming related to seasonal exhibitions and annual themes, developed through an integrated planning process with the Education and Exhibitions team.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates, mentors, and coaches the youth and family engagement team, including paid staff, contract instructors, volunteers, and interns.
    • Builds a team of youth and adult volunteers to assist with daily operations, provide programming support, and serve as ambassadors in the Garden and in the community.
    • Conducts annual performance appraisals for team members, focused on forward-thinking planning and supporting the growth and development of staff.
  • Develops and strengthens community partnerships to build and expand learning opportunities and garden accessibility.
    • Grows relationships with school systems, cultural non-profits, and community-based organizations to identify and support the needs of youth and families.
    • Stays informed of environmental education and experiential learning trends and opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Education & Exhibitions, establishes annual and long-range goals and objectives, develops evaluation tools, and tracks measurable outcomes.
    • Develops and monitors annual budget for all youth and family programs and infrastructure, including horticulture and maintenance of the Children’s Garden.
    • Works closely with the Advancement team to develop, implement, evaluate, and report on grant and sponsorship proposals and projects.
    • Monitors short- and long-term progress toward fulfillment of the operational objectives for youth and family programs, as set forth in the Garden’s Strategic Plan.
  • Coordinates the daily operations of the Children’s Garden.
    • Supports Horticulture Department with maintenance and aesthetics of the outdoor classrooms.
    • Works closely with the Director of Facilities to evaluate and monitor upkeep and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure.
  • Oversees development of virtual youth and family programs and relevant web presence; coordinates with the Marketing and PR team to identify and support program promotional opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership skills, including expertise in effectively supervising, mentoring, motivating and managing employees.
  • The ability to foster empathy amongst colleagues and guests while working effectively and respectfully with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing innovative, developmentally appropriate programs for K-12 learners and family/youth audiences, with expertise in facilitating engaging educational experiences.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and creative-thinking skills, with a proven ability to balance the vision and mission of an institution with great attention to detail; ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines while juggling multiple tasks and projects, planning months in advance while responding to day-to-day demands.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrated positive approach to problem solving and collaborating with others.
  • Technical proficiency with computers, databases, Microsoft software programs, and social media platforms.
  • Flexibility to work weekend, evening and holiday hours, as needed.

To apply, please see the full Youth and Family Engagement Manager job description (PDF) and submit a resume to [email protected].

Gardener

Job Description

Under the leadership of the Senior Horticulturists, the 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 principals, 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 ATV’s, 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 regulations.
  • Participate in group projects with other horticulture staff and in cross-departmental projects.
  • Assist with the care of our natural areas including our meadows and woodlands.
  • Work with Horticulture Volunteers.
  • 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.
  • 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.

To apply, please see the full Gardener job description (PDF) and submit a resume to [email protected].

Integrated Pest Management Horticulturist

Job Description

Under the leadership of the Director of Horticulture, the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Horticulturist coordinates management of horticultural and landscape pests in alignment with the Garden’s sustainable strategy.  This position works collaboratively across a dynamic department to ensure plant collections are protected and conserved within the formal and natural landscapes of both Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve.  In addition, the IPM Horticulturist is an essential team member for the design, installation, and maintenance of permanent and seasonal displays that represent the highest aesthetic standards.

Individuals in this position should have a thorough understanding of the principles of IPM, excellent knowledge of the pests, diseases, and abiotic disorders that afflict temperate and tropical plants, plus good diagnostic and research skills.  They should have a keen interest in horticulture and the natural world, be familiar with a wide variety of woody and herbaceous plants, possess a thorough understanding of horticultural principles and practices, and have the ability to plan and supervise.

Responsibilities

  • Integrated Pest Management
    • Work collaboratively with gardeners and horticulturists to develop an active scouting program for pests and diseases.
    • Develop pest and disease damage thresholds for the gardens and plant collections.
    • Coordinate strategy for the sustainable integrated pest management in greenhouses, conservatory, outdoor displays, aquatic gardens, and natural areas at both institutional campuses.
    • Apply pesticides and herbicides in accordance with IPM protocols and in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
    • Coordinate the maintenance and vegetation control of the Garden’s lakes, streams and ponds.
    • Maintain pesticide and fertilizer inventories in accordance with state safety compliance for storage and disposal.
    • Record, file and maintain all pesticide application records while keeping current with state regulations.
    • Coordinate pesticide application training and recertification for Horticulture department members.
    • Partner across departments for IPM education, training and awareness.
  • Horticulture
    • Lead the hands-on maintenance of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and container plants in a manner consistent with the horticultural 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 and blowing.
    • Utilize hand and power tools effectively and in accordance with LGBG safety protocols and regulatory standards.
    • Participate in group projects with other horticulture staff and in cross-departmental projects.
    • Lead and supervise Gardeners, seasonal staff, and volunteers.

To apply, please see the full Integrated Pest Management Horticulturist job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Manager on Duty

Job Description

The Manager on Duty (MOD) supports daily operational functions to ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, and the delivery of exceptional guest service at all times. This position works collaboratively with the Gardens Leadership Team and the Guest Services Departments by providing support and ensuring tasking, messaging, signage, and all forms of communications are consistent, informative and guest-centric. The MOD serves as a Point of Contact for emergencies, questions and concerns from guests, staff and volunteers and provides feedback and recommendations for improved guest service needs. This position embodies our core value of hospitality by supporting the development and implementation of efficient and effective operating procedures and staff training needs to ensure a warm welcoming environment and world-class guest experience to all.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures all tasks are performed in alignment with Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens core values and in support of the achievement of the Garden’s strategic plan.
  • Contributes to the ongoing improvement of the guest experience.
    • Checks in with all forward-facing departments throughout each day to assess daily activity, and provides support as needed to ensure a warm welcome and expeditious processing of our guests.
    • Ensures volunteers are in place and able to answer questions related to scheduled activities and events.
    • Responds to or assists with guest complaints or feedback, and relays to appropriate staff as needed.
    • Walks the outdoor Garden areas regularly to engage with guests, staff and volunteers, to assist with questions and concerns.
  • Maintains a comprehensive understanding of all daily activities, seasonal and annual programs and events.
  • Adjusts schedule to ensure appropriate MOD coverage during hours of operation, including on weekends, during heavy visitation periods, and special events including the Garden’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights event.
    • Troubleshoots arrival/departure logistics for guests, program, class and rental attendees, group tours, donor and patron visits.
    • Ensures a smooth transition from day operations to evening events by coordinating with the Security and the Facility Events team and the Gardens Food Service Provider.
    • Develops and provides monthly MOD reports.
  • Collaboratively develops and leads the Gardens Safety Team
    • Follows and updates Garden Safety Protocol, identifies and provides ongoing safety training.
    • Troubleshoots emergencies in coordination with reporting staff, reports to location of incident, dispatches staff to assist in directing emergency vehicles, helps in locating lost children, etc. as needed.
    • Identifies, assesses and reports all maintenance, operational or safety concerns and issues to the appropriate supervisor.
    • Participation in Security trainings; CPR/First Aid/AED, Fire Alarms, Garden Safety Protoc0l, etc.
  • Supports the oversight of Guest Services Departments
    • Ensures consistent, correct messaging, signage and communications among staff.
    • Develops and participates in ongoing guest services training.
    • Provides POS assistance in Admissions and Garden Shop to help process guests, direct guest traffic or troubleshoot on busy days.
    • Motivates and increases staff morale.
  • Supports and embraces our diversity and inclusion policy to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.

To apply, please see the full Manager on Duty job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Part-Time & Seasonal Openings & Internships

Facility Events Staff Assistant (Part-time)

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 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 and volunteers.

Responsibilities and Requirements:

Event Coordination – Weddings

  • Post temporary event signage based on booked events/venues.
  • Inspect event venue to ensure the physical event setup is complete and accurate and venue is ready for guests.
  • Direct vendors to appropriate venue(s) based on vendor information form(s) and in compliance with rental contract terms and conditions.
  • Liaison to client at ceremony venue, ceremony musicians and caterer at reception venue.
  • Direct guests to appropriate parking areas and event entrances.
  • Greet and check-in guests and provide event and/or basic Garden information as needed.
  • Monitor ceremony venue for compliance with mandatory ceremony start time and rental term requiring acoustical ceremony music.
  • Assist late guests to ceremony venue and monitor venue for possible noise conflicts due to multiple events in the Garden.
  • 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.

Event Coordination – Corporate/Non-profit/Private Events

  • Liaison with client to insure room setup is correct and assist with any AV setup
  • Direct guests to appropriate parking areas and event entrances.
  • Greet and check-in guests and provide event and/or basic Garden information as needed.
  • Assist late guests to venue and monitor venue for possible noise conflicts due to multiple events in the Garden.
  • Liaison with Meriwether Godsey to insure all catering aspects are copasetic

General Responsibilities

  • Perform duties with an eye to the horticultural and educational mission of the Garden, and to preserving the beauty of the displays.
  • Ensure all mishaps, injuries and incidents are reported immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor and the Executive Director.
  • Be vigilant to any possible threat to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to their property.  Ensures all concerns are reported promptly.
  • Follow procedures and protocols established by supervisor and the Garden, including those outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director, Facility Sales & Events Manager, Facility Events Coordinator or other supervisor on duty.

To apply, please see the full Facility Events Staff Assistant (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Operations Assistant (Part-time)

Job Description

The Operations Assistant 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 Facilities.  A successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with staff at 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

  • 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 housekeeping responsibilities
    • Organize and maintain clean and safe equipment and storage areas
  • Provide excellent internal and external hospitality
    • Set-up of tents, tables, chairs, etc., for all ongoing Garden events, including rental events and in-house functions
    • Respond to requests of all departments/staff members for Operations assistance, as directed by supervisor
    • Assist with all components of the operations of the Garden
    • Provide information and directions to visitors and guests of the Garden or appropriately direct them to the Robins Visitors Center for assistance
    • Use departmental communication tools effectively and correctly including event setup diagrams, scheduling task lists, clock-in computers and radios
  • Assist with general repair and maintenance of all garden infrastructure
    • Maintain facilities, vehicles, equipment, and utilities
    • Maintain accurate maintenance records
    • 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.

To apply, please see the full Operations Assistant (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Garden Shop Floor Leader (Part-time)

Job Description

The Garden Shop is 5,000 square feet of retail space and generates revenue from the sale of books, unique gifts, pots, statuary, jewelry, clothing and holiday ornaments.  Proceeds from Garden Shop directly support the Garden’s mission as being a primary resource for learning about the botanical world.

This position demonstrates our core value of hospitality by ensuring that customer service is first and foremost. We achieve this by providing a welcoming and helpful experience to all guests and demonstrating a positive and supportive environment for staff and volunteers.

Responsibilities and Requirements

·       Delivers excellent customer service

o   Ensures welcoming environment for all guests, visitors and volunteers in the Shop.

·       Provides floor leadership and cashier assistance.

o   Responsible for opening and closing store using established procedures including creating daily deposit.

o   Responsible for all monetary transactions according to established procedures.

o   Interact with daily shop volunteers and assign tasking as needed.

·       Maintains stock and inventory.

o   Efficiently processes new product arrivals.

o   Retrieves merchandise from designated storage areas as needed.

o   Restocks bags, boxes, tissue and basic supplies at all register areas.

·       Ensures the visual aesthetic standard of the shop.

o   Keeps register areas organized and tidy.

o   Ensures a well-stocked and neat sales floor.

o   Utilizes slower time to fill in product, straighten and tidy merchandise, creating new product displays and maintaining an attractive shop appearance.

·       Required to have flexible work schedule.

o   Must be available at least 1 weekend day every week.

o   Able to adjust schedule as appropriate to support busy seasonal traffic.

o   Some nights required during special events.

o   Required to work nights during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.

o   Required to work 12-21.5 hours per week.

Skills and Abilities

·       Excellent customer service and communication skills.

·       Fluent in conversational Spanish.

·       Comfortable working face to face with guests.

·       Presents oneself with a professional, -yet friendly attitude and appearance.

·       Ability and experience to use and troubleshoot a POS system.

·       Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

·       Ability to work in a supervised and unsupervised environment.

·       Works well in a diverse team.

·       Works well under pressure while multi-tasking.

·       Able to problem-solve quickly and report issues to manager immediately and with accurate details

To apply, please see the full Garden Shop Floor Leader Job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter and resume to [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 work 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 the director of public relations and public relations coordinator to help meet the 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 meet deadlines
  • Should be able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Should be able to multitask
  • Experience using Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, blogging is helpful

Internship training includes:

  • Social media training & using social media to connect with the community & to pitch stories
  • Press release formats and AP style
  • How to write to encourage news coverage and create public interest

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 volunteers who are not students. This is an unpaid internship. As an intern, you will be eligible to earn volunteer benefits.

To apply please send the following to Ms. Jonah Holland, Digital Content Manager at [email protected].

  • Resume
  • 2 writing samples
  • An informal cover letter (can be an email) 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).
  • 2 recommendations on LinkedIn

Deadlines for applications:

Fall Semester/August 15
Spring Semester/November 30
Summer/March 15

Graphics and Visual Media Intern 

The PR & Marketing 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, marketing and graphic design work 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:

  • Work with the Visual Media Specialist to produce print and digital materials
  • Preserve the Garden’s brand 
  • Assist in digital file organization
  • Share images with media contacts 
  • Take photos and videos of the Garden 
  • Provide general office and project support for the PR & Marketing Department 
  • Support the Garden’s social media through content creation and visual media 
  • The Graphics and Visual Media Intern will be responsible for one large project throughout the duration of the internship

Qualifications:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud 
  • Ability to work on computers 
  • Ability to keep files organized 
  • Should be able to work alone and as part of a team 
  • Should be prepared to work in a business environment 
  • Ability to meet deadlines 
  • Should be able to multitask 

Internship Training Includes:

  • Adhering to and creatively supporting a brand, in-house design work 
  • Consistent design critique 

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 volunteers who are not students. This is an unpaid internship. As an intern, you will be eligible to earn volunteer benefits.

To apply please send the following to Ms. Claudine Reyes, Visual Media Specialist at [email protected]

  • Resume
  • Portfolio 
  • An informal cover letter (can be an email) 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).   
  • 2 recommendations