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.


Norfolk, Virginia

President & CEO

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Norfolk Botanical Garden Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Virginia non-profit corporation governed by a voluntary board of directors.  The Garden consists of 155 acres with 12 miles of paved roads and paths, as well as one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and roses on the East Coast.  Forty distinctive themed gardens are maintained including a 3-acre children’s garden which opened in 2006.  Approximately 300,000 guests visit the Garden annually. The Garden is highly regarded for its educational programming and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Board has adopted a long-range master plan.  The role of the new President & CEO in articulating and driving this endeavor in partnership with the Board is key to the Garden’s success. We seek a proven leader who can demonstrate a successful career of consistently moving organizations forward in pursuit of a vision.  This individual would bring leadership characterized by an ability to garner broad community support, increase visibility of the organization and carry forward major new projects and programs. Given the fundraising requirements to implement the strategic plan, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record in obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation support and government grants.

Specific experience with public gardens is not a requirement.  An affinity for the mission of public gardens and conservation organizations must be evident, as well as knowledge of effective practices in the management of cultural resources.  Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven project outcomes. Strategic decision-making in project management, from basic programmatic improvements to large-scale capital construction projects, would be ideal.  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s degree is preferred.  Affiliation with local, state or national professional or trade associations related to the Garden’s mission would be a plus.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to resumes@kittlemansearch.com.

For more information, please see Kittleman & Associate’s website at www.kittlemansearch.com.


Position: Security Guard

(part time/full time) Immediate Opening

Description: Maintains security of all buildings and spaces in the gardens. Ability to perform emergency repair and preventive maintenance of buildings, utilities, roads, equipment, and vehicles a plus.

Essential Functions: Maintain surveillance throughout the garden while on duty, diplomatically enforce the rules of garden etiquette, maintain peace and order, react to crisis situations and keep a safety and fire watch at all times. Conduct emergency or routine maintenance actions/repairs for carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, and/or mechanical at the direction of the maintenance manager as needed.

Education and experience: Requires high school diploma or equivalent technical certificate and 3-5 years experience in security policy and procedures. Exhibits good communications skills and has the ability to follow written and oral instructions. Hold a valid Virginia driver’s licenses and have a good driving record. Knowledge and/or expertise in the building trades: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or HVAC desirable. Must pass a drug screen and background check.

Specific job responsibilities:

1. Patrol all grounds. Report security or safety hazards.
2. Open and close garden gates to public, making sure all visitors have departed at closing time.
3. Check all buildings to ensure windows and doors are locked and lights are off.
4. Defuse dangerous situations. Contact City of Norfolk police if necessary.
5. Enforce garden rules and regulations.
6. Investigate and prepare reports of all accidents or security incidents.
7. Call City of Norfolk paramedics for assistance in injuries to garden visitors or employees.
8. Assist other garden personnel in special events or projects.
9. Work flexible hours: days, nights, weekends, holidays.
10. Ability to provide emergency/preventive maintenance and/or repairs of buildings, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and HVAC systems as needed.
11. Other duties as assigned.

Salary: $8.50-$9.50 commensurate with experience

Reports to: Maintenance Manager

Contact: Jay C Miller, Maintenance Manager

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23518-5337
(757).441.5830 x 360



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.

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

Pay: $7.25 an hour

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.

Position:  Youth Educator- Summer Camp

Description: Seasonal Term position.

Training/Planning Dates (Required): June 18-20, July 1, July 17

Camp Dates (Required): June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 28-August 1

Shifts may also be available in other Youth Programs throughout the Summer

The Norfolk Botanical Garden Youth Education seeks Educators who are creative, energetic, flexible and passionate about environmental education to teach summer camp programs. The mission of NatureKids Camp is to “to provide a safe and fun setting that is conducive to learning while instilling an appreciation for our natural environment.”  Our programs are far from the typical classroom environment, with Educators engaging campers through experiential nature programs, skits, costumes, songs, art programs and more.

Essential Function:

Summer Term:  Teach summer camp programming for children ranging in ages 4-12 years.


  • College experience required.
  • 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. Enthusiasm for Environmental Education a must.
  • Must be flexible and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Pre-screening drug test, state background check and valid driver’s license required.
  • Negative TB screening required before camp start date.
  • Training and/or experience working with children with behavioral and developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Lead Youth Educators must have a minimum of 6 months professional child care experience and/or a college degree in child-related field. Assistant Youth Educators must have a minimum of 6 months volunteer or professional child care experience. At lease one Lead Youth Educator must be present with children at all times during camp programming.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and engage a group of up to 24 campers both inside a classroom and in a Garden setting.
  • Oversee arts and crafts and other hands-on programming.
  • Maintain daily health requirements of campers, both physically and emotionally. Attend Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen training and pass certification requirements. jmj
  • Lead nature hikes, wildlife observation activities, and supervise campers during tram and boat rides.
  • Facilitate group games, skits, songs and teambuilding exercises.
  • Attend pre-summer camp training session and weekly program meetings.
  • Teach science, literature and social studies based programs.
  • Ensure that camp activities fulfill daily educational objectives.

Reports to: Youth Programs Managers and Senior Youth Educator-Camp Programs Send resumes and NBG Application to jen.erving@nbgs.org

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. This position is both educational and customer service based. In all programs we strive to create an educational and fun environment for experiential learning. Educators must be willing to work primarily outdoors.

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.

•    College experience required. Bachelor’s Degree
•    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.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

School Programs (March-June) are Monday-Friday from 9AM-1PM
•    Conduct school programs both on-site and for outreaches in area schools.
The World of Wonders Children’s Garden is open daily from 9AM-7PM
•    Educate the public using various props, WOW plants and natural materials.
•    Orient visitors to Children’s Garden map, guidelines and activities. Enforce guidelines.
•    Encourage families to have positives interactions with WOW materials, plants and properties.
•    Perform cleaning duties to ensure a sanitary work environment.
•    Educate visitors about current special exhibits.
•    Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested.
Family, Scout and Birthday Programs take place primarily in evenings and on weekends
•    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: Youth Programs Managers. Send resumes and NBG Application to jen.erving@nbgs.org

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