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

Board Liaison & Stewardship Manager

Job Description

As Board Liaison this position carries responsibility for all general correspondence with our Board of Directors (BOD), BOD Committees, Board of Associates (BOA), and Emeriti Advisory Council. Meeting preparation, set up, agenda, minutes, and all operational functions are the responsibility of the Board Liaison. The Board Liaison is the primary staff person supporting the BOA, responsible for BOA recruitment, guidance and mission-driven activities. The Board Liaison is responsible for staffing and supporting all BOD and BOA events, including the BOD sponsored annual fund-raising event Splendor. As manager of Stewardship, the position ensures the successful operation of a comprehensive stewardship program that involves donors, board members, and key volunteers.


• Coordinate with Executive Director in the management of all communication with the Board of Directors, Board Committees, and the Emeriti Advisory Council • Provide guidance to and support for the Board of Associates as the responsible staff person. • Recruit new members for the Board of Associates • Execute all board and board committee meetings including the recording of minutes. • Develop and manage a robust stewardship program for all Garden donors • With the Director of Advancement plan and execute all Advancement events • In consultation with the Advancement Director and the Executive Director, plan, implement, and analyze key fundraising activities along with staff and the Board Advancement Committee • Assume leadership of event planning and fundraising for Board of Associates events • Serve as the staff liaison for Board of Associates events; providing direction to event chairs and committees, and the Executive Forum • Recruit, train, and supervise key volunteers for BOD and BOA events, including Splendor. • Develop and implement stakeholder recognition including donor and volunteer appreciation • Promote Board of Associate events through any Board of Associate social media presence including the Garden website, email, social media, and print • Manage event inquiries and communication via email, social media, mail, and phone • In consultation with the Director of Advancement, plan and execute two to three Planned Giving Society stewardship events per year • Support Garden staff and boards with other projects and events as requested

To apply, please see the full Board Liason & Stewardship Manager job description (PDF) and submit a resume, cover letter, and Lewis Ginter Employment Application to Alice Baker, Director of Advancement, 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

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