Employment & Botanical Garden Jobs

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is now accepting applications for these botanical garden jobs. Work for one of the Top 10 public gardens in North America!

One of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond, Va. area, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on a historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining and shopping.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full-Time Openings

Guest Engagement Specialist

Job Description

As a member of the Education and Exhibitions team, the Guest Engagement Specialist contributes to an excellent visitor experience through the development, coordination, and implementation of both formal and informal engagement initiatives that invite, welcome, and celebrate individuals from diverse communities. This includes, but is not limited to, special events, group tours, formal and informal programs, and off-site festivals/presentations that interpret the Garden, complement seasonal exhibitions (ex: M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, and Origami in the Garden), and enhance guests’ learning and enjoyment.

To apply, please see the full Guest Engagement Specialist Job Description (PDF) and submit a cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Employment Application (PDF) to Ellyn Parker, Exhibitions Manager, at [email protected]



Job Description

Under the direction of the Horticulture Manager, assist Horticulture staff with the installation and care of the display gardens and horticultural collections, both outdoors and under glass. 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.

To apply, please see the full Gardener Job Description (PDF) and submit a cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Employment Application (PDF) to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, at  [email protected]

Operations Housekeeping Supervisor

Job Description
The Housekeeping Supervisor is a working supervisory position overseeing the Operations Housekeeping team and performing daily operations tasks. The successful candidate must be able to work alongside those he/she manages, appropriately delegate tasks, and provide guidance and training as needed. He/she will be able to coordinate all activities with affected staff within the Operations Department. The Operations Department is responsible for all custodial and housekeeping services, assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden, and preparation and coordination for private and public events, including the annual event Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.

To apply, please see the full Operations Housekeeping Supervisor Job Description  (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter and Lewis Ginter Employment Application (PDF) to Justin Brown at [email protected]

Operations Assistant

Job Description
The Operations Assistant is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden, preparation and coordination for private and public events and exhibits, as well as custodial and housekeeping duties under the supervision of the Operations Team Leader.  A successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with staff of all levels and interact with Garden visitors and volunteers in a cheerful and positive manner. They must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.

To apply, please see the full Operations Assistant Job Description (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter and Lewis Ginter Employment Application to Justin Brown at [email protected]

Part-Time Openings & Internships

 GardenFest Traffic/Closing Attendant


  • Works with security team managing and directing traffic for the organizations seasonal GardenFest of Lights event that runs November 23, 2018 – January 7, 2019.
  • Understands basic traffic pattern routing for GardenFest visitors, volunteers, class attendees, holiday party attendees, etc.
  • Controls traffic at entrances and exits as needed.
  • Monitors parking lots on an ongoing basis to assess parking availability.
  • Able to clearly and efficiently communicate parking needs and routing instructions to team members, guests, staff and volunteers.
  • Understands logistics of event sites, guest entry and exit routes and how different areas of the Garden may or may not be used after 5pm to ensure safe and expeditious routing of guests.
  • Uses appropriate communication means when handling difficult situations and know when to contact a supervisor or Director for assistance.
  • Able to take first action steps in case of an emergency.
  • Ensures the physical integrity of property during public and private events.
  • In conjunction with supervisor or Facility Events team, directs the arrivals/departure of clients and guests at the service road access point and parking lots.
  • Walks the interior and exterior perimeter of Garden to ensure safety and security of guest and employees, through presence, integrity of buildings, keys, alarms and communication.
  • Works in coordination with Supervisor, Manager on Duty, Assistant Manager on Duty and Facility Events team during evening events where conditions require additional support, including last minute changes to venue set ups, tasks caused by inclement weather conditions or emergencies, and additional guest entry assistance.
  • Ensures escort or presence is provided after 5:00 pm to groups or individuals that request it.
  • Assists with end of night Garden sweep, lockup and arming of all buildings and in coordination with other security team members.

To apply, please see the full GardenFest Traffic/Closing Attendant Job Description (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter and Lewis Ginter Employment Application to Kim Dove at [email protected]

Public Relations & Marketing Intern (Social Media)

The PR department strives to build the Lewis Ginter Botanical brand through all communication and concentrates efforts on publicity or “free” exposure for the Garden.  By supporting all areas of the Garden, public relations and marketing works to entice people to visit, and to engage them in a relationship with the Garden.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden connects people through plants to improve communities.

General job duties of Public Relations Interns:

  • Work with director of public relations and public relations coordinator to help meet needs of reporters and photographers.
  • Help update calendar events on the Garden’s website
  • Post Garden info to websites such as tourism sites and media calendars
  • Research and write basic news releases
  • Take and upload digital photos of the Garden
  • Assist with events as needed
  • Provide general office and project support for the PR & Marketing Dept.
  • Assist in supporting the Garden’s social media efforts as needed, including filming and edit movies.
  • Write blog posts and tell stories for the Garden’s blog.


  • Strong writing & communication skills
  • Ability to work on computers and use a digital camera
  • Some simple graphic design skills and the ability to use or to learn PhotoShop & WordPress
  • Should be prepared to work in a business environment
  • Ability to work on deadline
  • Should be able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Experience using Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, blogging is helpful

Internship training includes:

  • Press release formats and AP style
  • How to write to encourage news coverage and create public interest
  • The opportunity to learn more about social media and using it to connect with the community & to pitch stories

This internship is offered year-round. Hours are flexible but require a minimum of 150 hours per semester and 10-15 hours per week. We also welcome interns and 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, PR & Marketing Coordinator at [email protected].

  • Resume
  • 2 writing samples
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the specific internship and how this experience will help you reach your educational and career goals, and your scheduling availability (start/end dates, day/times available).
  • 2 recommendations (preferably on LinkedIn)

Deadlines for applications (somewhat flexible):

Fall Semester/August 25
Spring Semester/November 30
Summer/March 15