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:

  1. Maintains major woody collections and display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application
  2. Prepares and submits label and plant removal requests to the Curator of Woody Plants.
  3. Must monitor assigned area for insect, disease and weed problems, find the appropriate solutions and carry out the treatment.
  4. Performs the appropriate soil preparation and planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  5. Operates small and large engine equipment safely. (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, truck, tractor, etc.)
  6. Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Assists with the selection and evaluation of Horticulturist’s Assistants.
  10. Writes at least 1 article for the newsletter and teaches 1 educational class or leads an educational tour per year.

Salary range: $25,000-$29,000.00 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 NBGS 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.
Submit Resume to: Amanda.wells@nbgs.org

 

Horticulturist’s Assistant 

Position type: Fulltime employment, 40 hours per week

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 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.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift and perform manual labor for 8 hours.
  • Reliable transportation to work.
  • Pass a drug screen. 

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 NBGS 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.
Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@nbgs.org

 

Facilities Assistant

Position type: Full-time employment, 40 hours per week

Description: Performs general building maintenance, minor equipment maintenance and repair, custodial work, and event setup. Additional duties as assigned. Reports to Facilities Shift Supervisor.

Essential Functions: Must be able to work independently, be self-motivating, and customer service oriented. Experience with electrical, plumbing, or carpentry a plus but aptitude and willingness to learn is acceptable.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • Work primarily Friday-Tuesday either morning or evening shift. Schedule subject to Garden needs.
  • Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, and/or stoop.
  • Ability to push, pull, and perform manual labor for 8 hours.
  • 18 or older with valid driver’s license.

Reports to:  Facilities Supervisor

Pay:  Commensurate with applicants’ knowledge or experience.

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 NBGS 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.

Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@nbgs.org


 

PART-TIME

Guest Services Assistant

Position type: Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA).

Description:  The Guest Services Assistant is responsible for providing frontline coverage of the Guest Services Desk and Toll Booth. Shifts are 5-8 hours: fluctuating between 7:30am – 7:30pm and up to 3-4 days a week. Weekends and evenings are required. This position requires flexible availability.

Essential Functions:  Primary responsibility is to provide superior customer service to all guests. Duties include but are not limited to; greeting all visitors, processing sales for admission/program registration/membership, facilitating a positive guest experience by providing directions, highlighting programs and areas of interest, and suggesting how guests may structure their visit to the Garden. The Guest Services Assistant will work with all other departments to ensure all visitors have a positive experience at the Garden.

Education and Experience:  High School Diploma or equivalent is required.  Should enjoy working with people and have excellent customer service skills and be comfortable interacting with the public.  Previous customer service and cash handling experience preferred. A solid basic understanding of computers is required. Smile!

Daily Job Responsibilities:

Guest Services Desk & Tollbooth Attendants:

  • Greet and assist all visitors.
  • Aware of daily organizational calendar schedule and knowing the events/meetings/group tours taking place and being prepared to relay pertinent information to participants as well as the general public and staff.
  • Responsible for learning to operate computer software required for point of sale transactions as well as telephone switchboard and garden staff radio.
  • Operates cash register, responsible for initial money and money taken in during shift.
  • Additional duties as required.

Reports to: Guest Services Coordinator and Guest Services Director

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 NBGS 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.

Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@nbgs.org

 

Youth Educator

Position Type: Seasonal Term Position

 Description: Average weekly hours vary throughout the year; spring and summer terms average 20-35 hours per week. Teaches educational programming and performs functions related to World of Wonders Children’s Garden. Weekend work required. Reports to Youth Education Coordinator.

Essential Function: School Term:  Facilitate school, scout, family and birthday programs for children to age 12. Year Round: Present “Discovery” programs to visitors and help to ensure overall safety and customer satisfaction in the World of Wonders: A Children’s Adventure Garden.

Requirements:

  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and teaching.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and with the natural setting of the Garden.
  • Flexibility in daily job tasks.

Education and Experience

  • Some college education preferred.
  • Requires teaching (formal or informal) experience at the elementary and/or pre-school level. Experience in the field of horticulture, biology, gardening, natural science, or a like subject preferred.
    Pre-screening drug test, state background check, social security card and valid driver’s license required.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach K-5 scripted school programs both for on-site field trips and for outreaches in area schools.
  • Engage with the public using various props, WOW plants and natural materials.
  • Encourage positive interactions between visitors and the Garden’s collection and wildlife.
  • Set up clean and organize stations in the Children’s Garden.
  • Assist with research and activity planning.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested.
  • Lead birthday programs for children of all ages.
  • Assists with family activities and evening Garden programs.

Reports to: Youth Programs Coordinators

Starting Pay Range: $8-$10/ hour

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 NBGS 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.

Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@nbgs.org


Download a Job Application here

Please download and complete the above application. Email the completed application to Amanda.wells@nbgs.org. You can also print the completed application and fax a copy to 757-853-8294 or mail to the attention of Amanda Wells 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk VA 23518.