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: Facilities Assistant

Job Description: This is a full time 40 hours per week position that performs custodial work, event setup and minor building maintenance. Reports to Facilities Manager.

Essential Functions:  Part of a team that is responsible for cleaning and stocking 11 buildings throughout the Garden. Facilities staff is also responsible for set up for all events held at the Garden. Additional duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Other Requirements:  Must be willing to work 8 hour swing shifts from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week. Have 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 55 pounds. Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license.
 Pay: $8.00 an hour

Contact: Hazel Harvie  Hazel.harvie@nbgs.org  757.441.5830 ext 450

 Position: Maintenance Assistant

Job Description: This is a full time 40 hours per week position that performs general building maintenance, minor equipment maintenance and repair, some custodial work, and event setup. Additional duties as assigned. Reports to Maintenance Manager.

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 7am-7pm, 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.

Contact: Don Brown Don.Brown@nbgs.org 757.441.5830 ext 459

Position: Curator of Woody Plants (posted 11/14/14)

Position Type: Full time salaried employee, 40 hours per week

Description: This is a working supervisory position that manages woody plant collections including NAPCC recognized Hydrangea, Camellia, and Crapemyrtle collections. The Curator supervises gardeners in the maintenance, planning, design, and installation of plants in the gardens in their care with an eye toward quality, aesthetic, and environmentally sound displays. Works closely with the other Curators, Grounds Manager, and the Director of Horticulture to create the most positive visitor experience. The management of the Garden’s overstory canopy, and the care and maintenance of the Japanese Garden are also responsibilities of this position.

Essential Functions: Develops preeminent woody plant collections, hardy in USDA zone 8a, used for display, education, conservation, and research. Curates the collections through proper identification, documentation, evaluation, acquisition, installation, mapping, and labeling. Supervises and works with the gardening staff to design, install, and maintain horticultural displays. Supervises, evaluates, and disciplines full time and seasonal staff. Works with volunteers in horticulture. 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.

Education and Experience: Requires a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Botany, or closely related field and four years experience in some aspect of Horticulture. Requires at least two years supervisory experience. Requires well developed written and oral communications skills.  Requires a strong understanding of plant taxonomy with emphasis on plant identification and nomenclature, familiarity with the flora of warm temperate regions of the world, and a solid background of professional horticulture. The individual should be a highly motivated self starter with the ability to view a landscape, assess its visual qualities, and make corrections or improvements where necessary.  Should have ISA certified arborists license or the ability and desire to obtain one within one year’s employment. Should have experience with Windows based programs. Must be organized and be able to follow verbal and written instructions. Must have or obtain a Virginia Certified Applicators pesticide license within 3 months of hiring. Must have a valid Virginia Drivers License.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise and/or coordinate all aspects of plant maintenance associated with plant displays including, but not limited to soils, weeds, pest and disease identification and control, plant selection, fertilization, deadheading, staking, planting, and dividing.
  2. Curates the plant collections through identification, acquisition, verification, inventory, and labeling.
  3. Makes suggestions for new plant additions with an emphasis on the selection of new and/or unusual plants for Garden displays. Selects and procures new germplasm for the Garden through purchase, collection in the wild, and exchange. Develops relationships and/or contacts with related positions at other public gardens and in the industry for the reasons stated above.
  4. Supervise and assist with the design of exterior horticultural display beds and garden areas and the renovation or creation of new gardens. Oversees gardeners within the supervisor’s areas. Works hands on in the Garden.
  5. Conducts gardener area walkthroughs with the Director of Horticulture weekly and assists gardeners and/or other staff to complete physical projects to meet a deadline and/or demonstrate how a job should be done.
  6. Participates in Board subcommittees as required. Reviews and updates Plant Collections Policy.
  7. Assists gardeners to train volunteers and supervises their activities.
  8. Manages the official North American Collection for Camellia, Hydrangea, and Crapemyrtle. NBG liaison with the Virginia Camellia Society to expand and maintain the Hofheimer Camellia Collection. Liaison with the American Conifer Society in maintaining a recognized ACS Conifer Reference Garden. Manages the Virginia Champion Tree Program for the Garden.
  9. Writes articles for the Garden’s newsletter Bloom, gives tours, teaches classes, serves on the Speakers Bureau, and attends and supports garden events.
  10. Assists with the development of the annual budget.
  11. Assists with the evaluation, hiring, and disciplining of gardeners, and identifies training and educational opportunities to continually improve gardening staff.

Salary: $39,000-50,000.00 annual salary plus full benefits package

Reports to: Director of Horticulture
Brian D. O’Neil
Director of Horticulture
Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23518-5337
(757) 441-5830 ext.451
(757) 441-5825 (fax)




(There are no part-time positions available at this time)



DGOL Light Crew

Light Crew Needed – Seasonal position September – November 5 days/40 hours and possibly evenings Thanksgiving through New Year’s.  …To assist with installation of outdoor light displays and maintaining lights during show. Able to climb, reach, and lift bulky objects.  Valid driver’s license required.

Submit application to: Director of Visitor Services and Special Events at  marcia.riley@nbgs.org  and DGOL Designer linda.saunders@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.

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.

  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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