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

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 Amanda Wells at email Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org or by mail to the address below. No phone calls or visits please.

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Attn: Amanda Wells
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518


Full-time Seasonal

Position: Gardener’s Assistant

Position type: Term employee from March through October (1440 hours), 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 Gardener or Curator.

Essential Functions: Assists Gardener in the maintenance of horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application.  Has the ability to work 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 Gardener using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions.


  • Must have an interest and the ability to learn and perform horticultural practices.
  • Some experience in landscaping or horticulture a plus.
  • Has the ability to push, pull and/or lift 50 pounds during working hours.
  • Must have reliable transportation to work.
  • Must 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.
  • Operates small engine equipment safely. (Golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc…)
  • Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Assists their designated Gardener in performing the basic tasks in their area when the Gardener is not present.
  • Assists with special events and other duties as assigned.

Salary: $8.00 per hour 

Reports to:  Any 1 of 3 Curators

Send resumes and/or applications to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org. No phone calls or visits please.


Seasonal Position: Parking/Traffic Crew

Description: This is a part time 30 hour a week position starting March 1st. with an anticipated conclusion of employment is April 30th. Hours will be 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  With a rotating schedule Monday through Sunday. Safety equipment will be provided.
Essential Functions: Must be willing and able to stand for entire shift. Employee will be positioned with instructions on how to assist traffic to reach the proper parking area. No experience necessary but must be able to work with public in a reasonable and polite manor.
Pay: $8.00 per hour.
Send resumes and/or applications to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org. No phone calls or visits please.

Seasonal Position: Temporary LanternAsia Ticket Scanner – March-April.

Description: Responsible for scanning tickets for special event entry. Looking for friendly people who enjoy working with the public in a fast paced outdoor environment.
Hours: 4-10 PM (18+ hours/week)
Pay: $8/hour
Send resumes and/or applications to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org. No phone calls or visits please. Applications due by: 2/8/16

Position: Guest Services/Tour Guide

Description: Responsibilities include staffing front line customer service positions at Entrance Gate & Guest Services Desk, leading guided tours and operating boats/trams. Applicants should enjoy working with people in an outdoor environment and have excellent customer service skills.
Hours: Part Time Seasonal (18+ hours/week) varied shifts
Essential Functions: Previous customer service and cash handling experience preferred. A solid basic understanding of computers is required.
Starting Pay: $8.50/hour
Send resumes and/or applications to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org. No phone calls or visits please. Applications due by: 2/8/16


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/or applications to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.orgNo phone calls or visits please.

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