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.


Position:       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 for the Hampton Roads area.

Essential Functions:  Maintains Bicentennial Rose Garden, Mayor’s Row, and Airport Berm.  The Bicentennial Rose Garden was installed in 1976 and has matured to over 3000 plants garden wide.  This garden requires the highest of horticulture standards and will be maintained in this manner.  Other responsibilities include maintaining all horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application.  Supervises assigned Gardener’s assistants and volunteers.  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/or lift a 50 pounds during working hours.

 Education and Experience:  Requires an Associates degree in Horticulture or a related field and 3 years of hands on experience or a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field and 1 year of hands on experience. Experience with roses 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.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  1. Maintains major woody collection.
  2. Prepares and submits label requests and plant removal requests to the Curator of Woody Plants.
  3. Maintains display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging raking and fertilization.
  4. Must monitor assigned area for insect, disease and weed problems, find the appropriate solutions and carry out the treatment.
  5. Performs the appropriate soil preparation and planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  6. Operates small engine equipment safely. (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, hedge trimmer etc.)
  7. Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  8. Operates large motorized equipment safely. (truck, tractor, trailer, etc.)
  9. Gives clear instructions and trains their assigned Gardener’s Assistant to perform the basic necessary tasks in assigned area when ill, on vacation or attending staff meetings.
  10. Assists with special events and other duties as assigned.

Salary Range: $24,960-$29,120 annual salary plus full benefits package

Reports to:   Curator of Woody Plants

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23518

Submit Resume to: renee.frith@nbgs.org or fax to 757-441-5825, attn Brian O’Neil.

Position: Facilities Assistant

Description: This is a full time 40 hours per week position that 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:  Must be willing to work 8 hour swing shifts from 6:00am-12:00am, 7 days a week. 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/or lift 50 pounds. Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license.

 Pay:  Commensurate with applicants’ knowledge or experience.

Send completed Norfolk Botanical Garden application (available online at www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org) to the attention of Don Brown at email Don.Brown@nbgs.org or by mail to the address below. No phone calls or visits please.

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Attn: Don Brown
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518


There are no part-time positions available at this time.


Position:  Youth Educator

Description: Seasonal Term position.
School Term:  September-May; Summer Term: June-August
Average weekly hours vary throughout the year; Spring and Summer Terms averages 20-35 hours per week. At least three weekend day shifts per month required.
The Norfolk Botanical Garden Youth Education seeks Educators who are creative, energetic, flexible and passionate about environmental education.

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.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

School Programs:
•    Conduct school programs both on-site and for outreaches in area schools.
The World of Wonders Children’s Garden:
•    Educate the public using various props, WOW plants and natural materials.
•    Orient visitors to Children’s Garden map, guidelines and activities.
•    Encourage families to have positives interactions with WOW materials, plants and properties.
•    Perform cleaning duties to ensure an attractive and sanitary work environment.
•    Educate visitors about current special exhibits.
•    Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested.
Family, Scout and Birthday Programs:
•    Lead Birthday programs for children ages 5-10. Assist families in hosting parties.
•    Lead Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge programs.
•    Lead night hikes, songs and games for evening events.

Reports to: Director of Youth Education. Send resumes and NBG Application to jen.erving@nbgs.org

Garden Guide

Description: This is a term position that performs front line visitor services functions.  Term lasts March-October. Possible intermittent work October – January.

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 Tour 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 and customer service skills.  Applicants must be creative and have the ability to work independently.  Must also enjoy working with people and the ability to speak to large groups is essential.  Weekend and evening work required.

•    College experience required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
•    Requires teaching experience at the elementary 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.

Other Requirements:  Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license.  Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

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
•               Work evenings for Dominion Garden of Lights (November – December) as assigned
•               Assist Public Program Coordinator(s) with other duties as assigned

Reports to: Public Program Coordinator(s)

Submit application to: Public Program Coordinator at publicprograms@nbgs.org or Visitor Center front desk.

Download a Job Application here