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:  Nursery Assistant

Classification: Nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Salary: $20,800 plus full benefits package.

Reports to: Greenhouse Manager.

Position type and expected hours of work: Full time. Schedule is Tuesday through Saturday, day shift. Some evening work may be required during special events.

Summary/objective: Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is seeking a Nursery Assistant to ensure all aspects of nursery management are set to NBG’s standard of horticultural excellence.

Essential Functions: Assists with nursery inventory maintenance for accessioned collections use and for future plant sales. Assists with landscape beds and horticulture compound area maintenance. Has the ability to work outside or in greenhouse for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Must be able to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours.

Education and Experience: 

  • Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and one year practical experience preferred or two to four years professional experience.
  • Proficiency with plant identification desired.
  • Requires excellent communication skills and strong organizational ability.
  • Must obtain a VA Registered Pesticide Technician certificate within 6 months of hiring.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists with duties required for growing container plants: watering, pruning, deadheading, weeding, fertilizing, transplanting, spraying, and organizing.
  • Assists with periodic inventories of nursery stock.
  • Directs volunteers in horticulture tasks.
  • Observes nursery plants for insect, disease and weed problems. Assists with researching appropriate solutions and providing treatment.
  • Assists with fertilizer, amendment and pesticide application.
  • Assists with growing media preparation for tropical, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Transplants/up-pots plugs, liners, bare-root and mature plants.
  • Operates small engine equipment safely (string-trimmer, blower, etc.).
  • Uses and maintains hand tools and equipment responsibly (pruners, loppers, hand saw, backpack sprayer, etc.).
  • Safely operates golf cart with attached trailer.
  • Capable of working independently and following a task list during supervisor’s absence.
  • Involvement in year-long plant sale preparations.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Word and Excel necessary. Database knowledge preferred.
  • Assists with special events and other duties as assigned.
  • Schedule is Tuesday through Saturday.

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBGS to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resumes to Amanda.wells@nbgs.org, or fax to (757) 853-8294, attn: Amanda Wells

Position: Horticulturist’s Assistant 

Position type: Fulltime employment, 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 horticulturist or a curator.

Essential Functions: Assists horticulturists in the maintenance of horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application. Supervises assigned volunteers. Works 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 horticulturists using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions.

Requirements:

  • Must have an interest and the ability to learn and perform horticultural practices.
  • We prefer that a candidate for this position have an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and one year practical experience, or that the candidate is working toward higher education in horticulture or a related field.
  • Has the ability to push, pull, lift and perform manual labor for 8 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.
  • Works alongside other members of their team and Horticulture Department in team projects. The ability to work in a team environment is essential.
  • Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc…).
  • Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Assists their designated horticulturist in performing the basic tasks in their area when the horticulturist is not present.
  • Assists with special events.
  • At the discretion of their supervising curator, assumes greater responsibilities such as operating restricted use equipment, acquiring Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license, and other duties as assigned. 

Reports to:  Curator

Pay: $20,800 annual salary plus full benefits package

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBGS to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@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 primarily Friday-Tuesday either morning or evening shift. Schedule subject to Garden needs. 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 perform manual labor for 8 hours. Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license.

Pay:  Commensurate with applicants’ knowledge or experience.

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBGS to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@nbgs.org

PART-TIME

Position:  Youth Educator

Position Type: Seasonal Term Position

 Description: Average weekly hours vary throughout the year; spring and summer terms average 20-35 hours per week. Teaches educational programming and performs functions related to World of Wonders Children’s Garden. Weekend work required. Reports to Youth Education Coordinator.

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.

Requirements:

  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and teaching.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and with the natural setting of the Garden.
  • Flexibility in daily job tasks.

Education and Experience

  • Some college education preferred.
  • Requires teaching (formal or informal) experience at the elementary and/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:

  • Teach K-5 scripted school programs both for on-site field trips and for outreaches in area schools.
  • Engage with the public using various props, WOW plants and natural materials.
  • Encourage positive interactions between visitors and the Garden’s collection and wildlife.
  • Set up clean and organize stations in the Children’s Garden.
  • Assist with research and activity planning.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested.
  • Lead birthday programs for children of all ages.
  • Assists with family activities and evening Garden programs.

Reports to: Youth Programs Coordinators

Starting Pay Range: $8-$10/ hour

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBGS to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resumes and applications to amanda.wells@nbgs.org


Download a Job Application here

Please download and complete the above application. Email the completed application to Amanda.wells@nbgs.org. You can also print the completed application and fax a copy to 757-853-8294 or mail to the attention of Amanda Wells 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk VA 23518.