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: Greenhouse Manager 

Classification: Nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Salary range: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Director of Horticulture

Supervisory responsibilities:  Propagation Assistant, Nursery Technician, Nursery Assistant and volunteers

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

Summary/objective: Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is seeking a team-oriented Greenhouse Manager to perform all aspects of display and collections production within a greenhouse setting.

The Greenhouse Manager works collaboratively with staff and volunteers, is capable of working independently, highly driven and an ethical professional. Has excellent organizational and time management skills with acute attention to details. Must be able to interact with the general public and supervise and motivate staff. Manages: 3,500 sq ft greenhouse, 1,080 sq ft mist room, 7,200 sq ft outdoor growing area with shade structure, 2,700 sq ft hothouse, 1,300 sq ft coldhouse and a ½ acre gravel area.

Education and Experience Requirements:

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

Essential Duties:

  1. Has the ability to work inside in a greenhouse setting and outside performing manual labor for up to 8 hours.
  2. Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc.).
  3. Uses and maintains hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  4. Operates large motorized equipment safely (truck, tractor, trailer, front end loader, Bobcat, forklift).
  5. 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 and maintains annual plants for use in annual and tropical displays throughout the garden.
  6. Propagates seeds from the Index Semina and other botanical institutions to be accessioned into our permanent collections.
  7. 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.
  8. Monitors greenhouse complex for insect, disease and weed problems and implement appropriate IPM (Integrated Pest Management) practices.
  9. Coordinates, orders, receives, and processes all incoming plants to be used in annual or permanent displays in coordination with the Curator of Herbaceous Plants.
  10. Maintains current accession and deaccession records of permanent plants in conjunction with the Plant Records keeper.
  11. Must be able to supervise a staff team of 3 and weekly volunteers.
  12. Manage budget.
  13. Assists with special events, newsletter articles, lectures, 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.


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



Position: Light/Parking Crew

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

$8.00 per hour.

Position type and expected hours of work:
This is a seasonal position from September to February. 40 hours a week with a shifting schedule during show.

Norfolk Botanical Garden is seeking Light/Parking Crew team members to install and maintain outdoor lights for holiday events. The team member must be able to follow established holiday light installation plans and procedures.

Essential Functions:

  1. To assist with installation of outdoor light displays and maintaining lights during show.
    1. Replace light bulbs that are burned out, broken or missing.
  2. Report any items in need of repair to supervisor.
  3. Must be able to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  4. Care for and ability to use all issued equipment such as: hand tools, hammers, safety belts/vests, safety glasses, etc.
  5. Must be willing and able to stand for entire shift.
  6. Working on a ladder is expected.
  7. Must be able to bend, twist, turn, stoop, push, pull and reach high and low to complete all job functions. Ability to hear, listen, speak and have depth perception required.
  8. Experience operating an aerial lift and comfort working at heights up to 80 feet a plus.
  9. Able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  10. Able to maintain dependable work attendance and flexibility with assigned work schedules including required evenings, weekends and holidays.
  11. During portions of show, employee may be expected to work as part of the parking crew.
  12. Able to perform other duties as assigned.


Download a Job Application here

The Marigold & Honey Cafe is now hiring.
This position is employed through the Marigold & Honey Cafe and not by Norfolk Botanical Garden. 

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Position: Café Team Member (full-time or part-time), year-round

Description: Are you someone who loves to make others smile? Do you have a passion for food? If so, then apply to be a Café Team Member! The Marigold & Honey Café is seeking self-motivated individuals with exceptional customer service skills to join our team. While food service experience is preferred, it’s not a requirement as we provide on-site training to all employees. We’re open seven days a week from 11am-4pm and for special events. We’re flexible on hours, but a typical shift is 10am-5pm; special event times vary.

Specific Duties Include:

-Operating cash register
-Preparing and assembling food for customers
-Dispensing beverages and making smoothies
-Maintaining workspace in accordance with local health code
-Manning food cart
-Restocking food cart
-Making food deliveries (throughout the garden)
-Setting up for special events
-Cleaning guest seating area and bathrooms
-Washing dishes
-Changing table linens


-A demonstrated history of exceptional customer service
-A willingness to learn and grow as part of a close-knit team
-Attention to detail
-Ability to multi-task
-Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
-An interest in Norfolk Botanical Garden and its mission
-Food Handlers Certificate (you must obtain this prior to your first day of work)
Compensation: Hourly wage based on experience

For more information + employment application go to http://www.marigoldandhoney.com/employment.html