Norfolk Botanical Garden Employment Opportunities
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NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY, INC.
President & CEO
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Norfolk Botanical Garden Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Virginia non-profit corporation governed by a voluntary board of directors. The Garden consists of 155 acres with 12 miles of paved roads and paths, as well as one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and roses on the East Coast. Forty distinctive themed gardens are maintained including a 3-acre children’s garden which opened in 2006. Approximately 300,000 guests visit the Garden annually. The Garden is highly regarded for its educational programming and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Board has adopted a long-range master plan. The role of the new President & CEO in articulating and driving this endeavor in partnership with the Board is key to the Garden’s success. We seek a proven leader who can demonstrate a successful career of consistently moving organizations forward in pursuit of a vision. This individual would bring leadership characterized by an ability to garner broad community support, increase visibility of the organization and carry forward major new projects and programs. Given the fundraising requirements to implement the strategic plan, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record in obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation support and government grants.
Specific experience with public gardens is not a requirement. An affinity for the mission of public gardens and conservation organizations must be evident, as well as knowledge of effective practices in the management of cultural resources. Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven project outcomes. Strategic decision-making in project management, from basic programmatic improvements to large-scale capital construction projects, would be ideal. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Affiliation with local, state or national professional or trade associations related to the Garden’s mission would be a plus.
Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please see Kittleman & Associate’s website at www.kittlemansearch.com.
Description: This is a part time position up to 32 hrs a week.
Facilities department is responsible for cleaning and maintaining all buildings throughout the garden. We are also responsible for all set ups for all events held in the garden. Must be able to lift 55lbs
Position: Gardener’s Assistant
Position type: Term employee through the fall season, up to 40 hours per week
Pay: $7.25-7.50 per hour
Employment Dates: March 1st through November 30
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 Gardeners in the maintenance of horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking and fertilization. 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 Gardeners 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.
Reports to: Les Parks, Curator of Herbaceous Plants
Send resumes and/or applications to: Les.Parks@nbgs.org
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. 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.
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 email@example.com
Position: 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 while driving trams and/or boats. 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 punctual, responsible 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. Training provided.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Visitor Center front desk.