Employment

 Norfolk Botanical Garden Employment Opportunities

The Norfolk Botanical Garden gladly accepts applications for any open job posting.
All open jobs are posted here. If you cannot find a job match at this time, please consider a volunteer position.

FULL-TIME

Horticulturist

Position type: Full time hourly employee, 40 hours per week.

Description: Performs all aspects of display bed maintenance in the assigned area to set a standard of horticulture excellence.

Essential Functions: Maintains horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application. Other responsibilities include supervising assigned Gardener’s assistants and volunteers. Writes articles for the newsletter, assists in teaching classes and supports special events as requested. Has the ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours. 

Education and Experience: Associate’s degree in Horticulture or a related field and 2 years of hands on experience or a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field and 1 year of hands on experience preferred. Requires good communication and organizational skills. Must have or obtain a Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license within 6 months of hiring. Must have a valid Virginia driver’s license. Experience with chainsaws and related certified arborists activities is highly desirable. Experience with heavy machinery such as tractors, forklifts, skid steers, and front end loaders a plus.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintains major woody collections and display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application
  • Prepares and submits label and plant removal requests to the Curator of Woody Plants.
  • Must monitor assigned area for insect, disease and weed problems, find the appropriate solutions and carry out the treatment.
  • Performs the appropriate soil preparation and planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Operates small and large engine equipment safely. (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, truck, tractor, etc.)
  • Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Gives clear instructions and trains their assigned Horticulturist’s Assistant to perform the basic necessary tasks in assigned area when ill, on vacation or attending staff meetings.
  • Works alongside other members of the Woody Plants team and Horticulture Department in team projects. The ability to work well within a team environment is essential.
  • Assists with the selection and evaluation of Horticulturist’s Assistants.
  • Writes at least 1 article for the newsletter and teaches 1 educational class or leads an educational tour per year.

Salary range: $25,000-$30,000.00 with benefits package

Reports to:   Curator of Woody Plants

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download an application at: http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/get-involved/employment/

Send applications and resumes to hr@nbgs.org

 

Horticulturist Assistant

Position type: Fulltime employment; non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Description:  Performs all aspects of display bed maintenance in the assigned area to set a standard of horticulture excellence under the direct supervision of a horticulturist or a curator.

Essential Functions: Assists horticulturists in the maintenance of horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application. Supervises assigned volunteers. Works outside performing manual labor for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Must be willing to work alongside horticulturists using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions.

Requirements:

  • Interest and the ability to learn and perform horticultural practices.
  • We prefer that a candidate for this position have an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and one year practical experience, or that the candidate is working toward higher education in horticulture or a related field. Related experience is also considered and valued.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift and perform manual labor for 8 hours.
  • Reliable transportation to and from work.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintains display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, and fertilization.
  • Performs the appropriate soil preparation and planting procedures.
  • Works alongside other members of their team and Horticulture Department in team projects.
  • Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc…).
  • Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Assists their designated horticulturist in performing the basic tasks in their area when the horticulturist is not present.
  • Assists with special events.
  • At the discretion of their supervising curator, assumes greater responsibilities such as operating restricted use equipment, acquiring Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license, and other duties as assigned.

Reports to:  Curator

Pay: $20,800 annual salary plus full benefits package

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download an application at: http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/get-involved/employment

Send applications and resumes to hr@nbgs.org


PART-TIME

Tour Guide                                                                                           

Position type: Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a 10 month term position.

Salary: $8.50/hour

Description: Hours are available now through December up to 3-5 days a week. This position requires flexible availability; with frequent weekend and evening work. A Garden Guide performs front line visitor services functions.

Essential Functions: Conduct Garden tours and programs for the general public and relay general visitor information. This is a front-line visitor services job with high visibility. As a Garden Guide, you serve as the face of Norfolk Botanical Garden and should at all times present a highly professional demeanor.

Education and Experience: Requires excellent oral, written, customer service skills creativity and the ability to work independently. Garden Guides should enjoy working with people and be able to speak to large groups.

Other Requirements:

  • 18 or older with valid driver’s license.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct tram and boat tours.
  • Implement daily visitor programs (walking tours, educational presentations, etc.).
  • Greet and help orient visitors.
  • Respond to visitor inquiries.
  • Assist with special event tour related activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Public Programs Coordinator(s)

Submit application to: hr@nbgs.org via email or drop off at Baker Hall Visitor Center front desk.

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBG to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download an application at this link.


 


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