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.
Garden Shop Floor Leader
- Provides floor leadership, cashier assistance and guidance to scheduled volunteers in the Garden Shop. Leads by example by possessing a positive, upbeat presence on the sales floor that motivates others.
- Works closely with the volunteers, ensuring that they are engaged, helpful, and providing excellent customer service.
- Maintains a well-stocked, clean and neat sales floor on a daily basis. Help with creating a visually exciting store by suggesting and building visual displays alongside of the buying team.
- Oversees and responsible for volunteer scheduling, communication and training. This includes a monthly newsletter, interviewing new volunteers, coordination of schedule changes and events.
- Maintains inventory control on the sales floor by performing spot inventory checks and cycle counts.
Operations Housekeeping Supervisor
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 Housekeeping Assistant
The Operations Assistant in Housekeeping is responsible for assisting in day-to-day functions of the Garden including custodial and housekeeping duties. A successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with staff of all levels and interact with Garden visitors and volunteers in a cheerful and positive manner. They must be able to work independently without supervision as well as alongside other members of the Operations team.
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.
Part-Time & Seasonal Openings & Internships
Horticultural Research Intern
Responsibilities & Research Tasks
Work with Director and Manager of Horticulture to execute a summer research project, designed to address a current challenge faced by the Horticulture Department (examples of past topics: pollinator and benthic macroinvertebrate population surveys, southern blight pathology and
management, water quality monitoring, food crop production and medicinal plants)
Compile research into a user-friendly resource to share with the department, Garden and guests
Prepare and present a report of experience, procedures and findings to Garden staff and guests
Assist horticulturists in all areas of the Garden with wide variety of primary garden care tasks, including planting, mulching, grooming, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc., using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards
Participate in routine group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways and string trimming weeds
Perform routine maintenance on Garden power tools and equipment such as filling gas cans, restringing trimmers, cleaning and sanitizing tools, and keeping equipment organized and tidy
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Willingly and cheerfully integrate assigned horticulture duties with the efforts of other
departments (education, operations, garden shop, facility rental, public relations, etc.)
Comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and
the requirements of the job description
Perform duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multi-generational families,
and in accordance with directed practices and procedures
With supervisor, implement Garden’s safety and risk management program and training
Knowledge of landscape maintenance practices and plant care appropriate to the region
Ability to operate required tools and equipment
Strong work ethic, a keen interest in Horticulture and enthusiasm for physical work outdoors
Ability to work both independently and part of a team, as needed
Strong verbal communication skills
Working knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office programs
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 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 the Executive Director
Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations
Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
To apply, please see the full Horticultural Research Intern (PDF) and submit a cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Employment Application (PDF) to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, at [email protected].
Under the direction of the Horticulture Manager, assist full-time 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.
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.
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 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, filling gas cans, and caring for tools and equipment. Participate in group projects with other horticulture staff and in cross-departmental projects.
Work with Horticulture Volunteers.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Horticulture Manager or his/her designee.
To apply, please see the full Seasonal Gardener job description (PDF) and submit a cover letter, resume, and Lewis Ginter Employment Application (PDF) to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, at [email protected].
Visitors Center Associate
Handles payment in exchange for admission fees and membership dues, event tickets, and classes
Responsible for all cash and credit card transactions; following established procedures for opening
and closing assigned register
Able to efficiently use TAM database to perform ticket sales, register guests for classes, run reports, check daily schedule of events, look up events for guests needing information (date and location confirmation, etc.)
Able to use Outlook and Microsoft office products to check Admissions emails, respond via email to
Garden staff on admissions-related matters if needed and check shared calendar for staffing schedule updates
Able to efficiently and accurately use Raiser’s Edge database to look up memberships and issue
temporary membership cards, sell new memberships and renew existing or lapsed memberships
Able to recruit membership sales, appropriately recommend upgrades and provide special membership services
Assists with handling membership mailings, promotions, and specials
Participates in strategies that grow the membership base and retain current members
Keeps working area organized, is ready to conduct business and keeps the area tidy for following day’s shift
Provides departmental support as requested and needed to handle exceptionally busy processing seasons
Makes use of slow periods by performing administrative duties like 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 are 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.
Facility Events Staff Assistant
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Post temporary event signage based on booked events/venues.
- Direct guests to appropriate parking areas and event entrances.
- 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.
- Greet guests and provide event and/or basic Garden information as needed.
- Liaison to client at ceremony venue, ceremony musicians and caterer at reception venue.
- 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.
- Attend Saturday wedding rehearsal(s) to review event setup with bridal client and/or wedding coordinator; answer questions and/or coordinate last minute requests.
This is a working supervisory position that requires primarily evening hours and is responsible for securing, locking and alarming all buildings and preparing and safeguarding the physical property and closing the Garden each evening. Security at the Garden remains on site each evening until events have ended and all guests and staff have left the property. The Security Coordinator serves as the first line of contact for security and fire emergencies when the Garden is closed for visitation and during and after events. Spectrum of duties can range anywhere from being the 1st point of contact for security and fire alarm notifications in the middle of the night to controlling traffic into the Gardens parking lots during highly visited events that can surpass 3000 guests.
As a member of the Butterflies LIVE! team, this position assists with the daily operation of the butterfly display, including butterfly rearing and release, plant care, volunteer supervision, and providing an excellent interactive visitor experience while interpreting the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.
Managing daily operations of the butterfly wing of the conservatory and the emergence room. Tasks include:
- Tracking emergence data on an electronic spreadsheet
- Preparing, cleaning, and maintaining enclosures
- Daily cleaning of the emergence room and exhibit space
- Releasing butterflies into the exhibit
- Preparing and maintaining nectar stations within the exhibit
- Maintaining inventory of all necessary supplies
Works with the Exhibitions Manager to ensure USDA approved standard operating procedures of the facility are met.
Leads interpretive efforts within the exhibition:
- Warmly welcomes visitors while reviewing “butterfly etiquette” with students, teachers and general Garden visitors.
- Works with Butterflies LIVE! team, volunteers, and Exhibitions Manager to prepare and present informal programs and interpret the exhibition for Garden visitors.
- Ensures that all necessary supplies are in stock for all programs.
- Updates interpretive signage, including butterfly ID labels, as necessary.
Assists with training and daily supervision of volunteers working in the exhibit and the entry/exit vestibule.
Assists the Conservatory Horticulturist with basic plant care and pest control.
- Contributes to PR/Marketing efforts to educate and inform. This may include:
- Creating content (photos and descriptions) and posting to Facebook
- Writing and publishing blog posts using the WordPress platform.
- Participating in interviews for Facebook Live, media requests, etc.
Education and Experience
Student or graduate in education, entomology, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field is required. Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.
To apply, please see the full Butterfly Curator job description (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter and Lewis Ginter Employment Application to Ellyn Parker, Exhibitions Manager at [email protected]
• Embraces the Garden’s educational mission and commitment to excellence in guest services.
• Assists with development, teaching, maintaining supplies, set-up and breakdown for:
o Pre-school, primary and secondary field trips
o Summer camps (ages 4-12)
o Special interest programming (after-school, homeschool and scout programs)
o Birthday parties
o Family programs in the Children’s Garden and/or related to temporary exhibits such as ButterfliesLIVE! and Origami in the Garden
o Service Learning Program (ages 13-18)
o Professional Development for Educators
• Assist with group arrival and daily orientation
• Aids with daily operations and serves as manager on duty for the Children’s Garden as scheduled.
• Must be familiar with Garden campus and daily event schedule
• Works closely with other Children’s Garden staff, youth volunteers and adult volunteers to prepare and present programs.
• Offers input and support on departmental policies and procedures and pre-visit and post-visit information as they relate to all programs.
• Ensures that guest’s fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Children’s Garden.
• Other duties as assigned, including Children’s Garden team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance.
Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices for children of all ages.
• Prior experience teaching children of all ages.
• Demonstrated understanding of the delivery of high-quality, interactive educational programming for children and adults.
• Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage goals and productivity.
• Energetic, personable, and self-motivated.
• Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
• Embodies strong team orientation with flexible attitude; an innovative and creative thinker.
• Beginner to intermediate experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Must be willing and able to work predictable nights and weekends.
• Must be willing and able to successfully complete American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Anaphylaxis/Epinephrine training.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture, environmental sciences, botany, biology, agriculture, or related field is required.
• Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job will be considered.
• Prior experience in a botanical garden or museum setting is preferred.
To apply, please see the full Childrens Educator Job Description (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter and Lewis Ginter Employment Application to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager at [email protected]
Work closely with Educators to:
• Implement nature-based activities, crafts, story time, and games; adapt activities based on the needs of the participants, the weather, and available spaces
• Facilitate group management, especially during times of transition (snack, bathroom breaks, check-in and check-out)
• Act as a mentor that thoughtfully engages participants interests and encourages inquiry
• Model positive and respectful interactions with plants, animals, and other people in the Garden
• Set-up and break-down of indoor and outdoor education areas
• Provide a safe and respectful learning environment
• Other duties as assigned
Skills and Abilities
• Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some weekends
• Experience working with children, preferably in an informal education setting
• An interest in education, natural sciences, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, and/or the natural world
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to communicate effectively, especially with children and young adults
• Strong team orientation with a flexible and positive attitude
• Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions; able to bend, squat, kneel, run and keep up with young children
• Ability to pass a background check
Education and Experience
• Course work in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, Natural Sciences, Environmental Science or related fields
• Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the internship will be considered
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 perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures
• Must be aware of surroundings, and vigilant to any possible threat to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to their property and ensures all concerns are reported promptly
• Must report all mishaps, injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to the Executive Director
• Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations
• Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
• Must be able to walk the Garden’s Campus in most weather conditions daily
• Must be able to lift objects up to 25lbs repeatedly
To apply, please see the full Internship Childrens Education Job Description (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter and Lewis Ginter Employment Application to Kelly Riley, Children’s Education Manager 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].
- 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