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

Position:  Natural Areas Horticulturist

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

Description: Performs all aspects of display bed and forested garden maintenance in the assigned areas to set a standard of horticulture excellence. Works to promote the use of native plants and the control and/or elimination of exotic invasive plants throughout the Garden.  Assists with the Garden’s tree care maintenance.

Essential Functions:  Maintains display beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application.  Supervises 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/or lift 50 pounds during working hours. 

Education and Experience:  Requires an 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.  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. Care and maintain all aspects of assigned gardens (excluding turf and irrigation) at the highest level of horticultural technique under the direction of the Curator of Natural Areas.
  2. Maintains display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging raking and fertilization.
  3. Performs the appropriate soil preparation and planting of bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  4. Develop and expand an in depth knowledge of herbaceous and woody plants, especially native and invasive, exotic plants under his/her care, make plant selection suggestions, and assist the Curator in locating desirable additions to the botanical collection and eliminating and/or controlling exotic invasive plants.
  5. Complete accurate and timely accession records for all plants associated with the garden under his/her care and ensure that all plants are labeled appropriately.
  6. Must monitor assigned area for insect, disease and invasive weed problems, find the appropriate solutions and carry out the treatment.
  7. Works alongside other members of the Natural Areas team and Horticulture Department on team projects. The ability to work in a team environment is essential.
  8. Write at least one article for a garden publication each year and present at least one lecture, garden club talk, or walking lecture each year.
  9. Operates large and small engine equipment safely. (Truck, trailer, tractor, dump truck, golf cart, weed-eater, blower, etc.)
  10. Cleans and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  11. 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.
  12. Assists with special events and other duties as assigned.

Reports to:         Curator of Natural Areas

Salary:    $24,960-$29,120 yearly with full benefit package

Send applications and resumes to Theresa Augustin Theresa.Augustin@nbgs.org

Position:          Horticulturist

Position type:   Full-time employment, 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, dead-heading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application.  Areas of responsibility include Flowering Arboretum, Holly Garden, Winter Garden, North Canal and Propagation / Greenhouse landscaped areas. Other responsibilities include supervising Seasonal staff 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/or lift 50 pounds during working hours.

Education and Experience:  Requires an 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.  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 tree removal highly desirable. Experience with the operation of tractors, forklifts, skid steers, and front end loaders a plus.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintains display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking and fertilization.
  • Prepares and submits label requests 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.
  • Develop and expand an in-depth knowledge of herbaceous and woody plants under his/her care, make plant selection suggestions, and assist the Curator in locating desirable additions to the botanical collection.
  • Operates small and large engine equipment safely. (Golf cart, weed-eater, blower, truck, tractor, etc.)
  • Works alongside other members of the Woody Plants team and Horticulture Department in team projects. The ability to work in a team environment is essential.
  • Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Writes at least 1 article for the newsletter and/or teaches 1 educational class/tour per year.
  • Assists with special events and other duties as assigned.
  • 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 meetings.
  • Assists with the selection and evaluation of Gardener’s Assistant.

Salary range: $24,960.00-$29,120 annually
Reports to:       Curator of Woody Plants
Submit Resume to: renee.frith@nbgs.org

Position: Groundskeeper

Description: This is a full time position that performs all aspects of grounds maintenance and landscaping.

Essential Functions: Performs grounds maintenance tasks including mowing, trimming, blowing, edging, fertilizing, pesticide application, turf installation, water feature care, road cleaning, irrigation repair and installation, tree removal, litter and garbage pickup, landscaping, and other related tasks.  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 during working hours.

Requirements: Must be 18 or older with valid Virginia driver’s license.  Applicant must obtain a Virginia Registered Technician Pesticide Applicators license within six months of hiring. A minimum of 3 years grounds maintenance experience preferred

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs all aspects of turf care
  • Pesticide application
  • Irrigation installation and repair.
  • Water feature care.
  • Roadway cleaning.
  • Landscape installation.
  • Operate small and large power equipment safely.
  • Cleans and uses equipment responsibly.
  • Assists with special events and other duties as assigned

Reports to: Grounds Manager
Send application or resume to Joe.Foreman@nbgs.org

 

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


Part-time

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


Seasonal

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.

Qualifications:
•    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.


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