Norfolk Botanical Garden Employment Opportunities

The Norfolk Botanical Garden gladly accepts applications for any open job posting.
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Position: Plant Propagator 

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

Salary range: $32,000-$40,000 a year 

Reports to: Director of Horticulture

Supervisory responsibilities: Nursery Technician, Nursery Assistant and volunteers

Position type and expected hours of work: Full time. Some weekend and evening work required during special events.

Summary/objective: Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is seeking a team-oriented Plant Propagator who will excel in a fast-paced environment and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers. Confident in their ability to work independently, teamwork and demonstrate excellent leadership skills and respond professionally to a fast paced work environment. Highly driven and ethical professional. Excellent organizational and time management skills with acute attention to details. Works well under pressure and capable of adapting well to change. Ability to effectively respond to multiple, changing and often conflicting priorities is essential. Must be able to effectively interact with the general public and supervise and motivate staff.

Description:   Performs all aspects of display and collections production within a Greenhouse setting, including management of 3,200 sq ft greenhouse, 400 sq ft mist room, 4,000 sq ft outdoor growing area with shade structure. All display and collections production are to meet and set standards for horticultural excellence for the Hampton Roads area.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Two to four year degree in Horticulture or a related field preferred and 3 years of practical experience.
  • Must have good working knowledge of MSExcel and MSWord.
  • Must have working knowledge of basic greenhouse technologies including mist systems, heating/cooling, fertilizer injector systems, shade and venting systems, etc.
  • Must have a Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license within 6 months of hiring.
  • Must have a valid Virginia driver’s license. 

Essential Duties:

  • Has the ability to work inside in a greenhouse setting and 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, lift and perform manual labor for 8 hours.
  • Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc.).
  • Uses and maintains hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Operates large motorized equipment safely (truck, tractor, trailer, etc.). 

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  1. Propagates – by seeds, cuttings, divisions, etc. – and maintains plants selected from the permanent collections for use at the garden, sale at the plant sale, or trade with other botanical institutions.
  2. Propagates – by seeds, cuttings, divisions, etc. – and maintains annual plants for use in annual and tropical displays throughout the garden.
  3. Propagates seeds from the Index Semina and other botanical institutions to be accessioned into our permanent collections.
  4. Researches and implements best practices, methods, and technologies for effective propagation and greenhouse management. Including sanitation, propagation cutting techniques, specialized soil and media preparation, IPM, etc.
  5. Must monitor greenhouse complex for insect, disease and weed problems and implement appropriate IPM (Integrated Pest Management) practices.
  6. Coordinates, orders, receives, and processes all incoming plants to be used in annual or permanent displays in coordination with the Curator of Herbaceous Plants.
  7. Maintains current accession and deaccession records of permanent plants in conjunction with the Plant Records keeper.
  8. Maintains all plants within the greenhouse complex by weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, fertilization. This includes plants in propagation and the landscape immediately surrounding the greenhouse.
  9. Must be able to supervise and work closely with the Nursery Technician to effectively coordinate a holistic plant production system.
  10. Gives clear instructions to Horticulturist Assistants and weekly volunteers to perform essential tasks in case an absence is required.
  11. Writes at least 1 article for the newsletter and present lectures at the garden per year.
  12. Assists with special events, team projects, and other duties as assigned.

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. 

Submit Resume and application to: Amanda.wells@nbgs.org
 or fax to 757-441-5828, attn. Amanda Wells
Download application at http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/get-involved/employment/

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.


  • 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 of Woody Plants

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

 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.

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


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