NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Full-time

Position: Director of Accounting, Reporting & Planning

Position Type: Full-time employment, 40 hours per week. Exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 

The Organization: The Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is a mission focused non-profit organization. We’re made up of a diverse group of passionate people focused on conservation, education and being a community resource. NBG is Virginia’s largest botanical garden composed more than 65 themed gardens covering over 175 acres. Surrounded on three sides with fresh water and bisected with a canal system, it is one of the only botanical gardens in the nation that visitors can enjoy on foot, by tram, by boat or by bike. Over 85 years old, NBG is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. NBG’s mission is to immerse visitors in a world of beauty, lead through environmental action, and inspire through education and connection to nature. NBG serves more than 450,000 people each year, including 14,000 active members and has a budget of over $9.2 million. In the middle of a $42MM capital project, building “The Garden of Tomorrow”, this position will have a direct impact on delivering an iconic resource to our Hampton Roads community. Together we’re cultivating a brighter, greener future for generations.

Description: You will report directly to the President & CEO. You will shape NBG’s financial policy and direction while also being an active participant in, and driver of, the organization’s overall strategy. You will lead the accounting function, reporting, business planning, and budgeting. As a member of the leadership team, you will work closely with a motivated and engaged Finance & Audit Committee and be the primary contact for the external audit team. The ideal candidate would be a strategic thinker, work collaboratively and have the ability to mentor and guide staff. This is a hands-on role providing great opportunity to enhance existing systems and procedures.

Essential Functions: 

  • Drive financial excellence & strategic decision making to support NBG’s mission
  • Deliver GAAP-compliant financial reporting and provide financial analysis
  • Lead the annual audit and support auditor’s preparation of 990 tax forms
  • Ensure timely and accurate month end close results based on the accrual method of accounting
  • Present financial information to committees and boards on a quarterly basis
  • Furnish internal reports and act as a business partner to shape decisions and strategy for the Garden
  • Be an integral business partner with fellow organizational leaders

Essential Physical Functions: This position requires the employee to sit and/or stand for a majority of the day. Constant hearing, seeing, talking, communicating, reading, writing, and typing in an indoor environment. Must be able to synthesize complex or diverse information.

Education and Experience: 

  • Minimum seven years progressively responsible managerial experience in accounting, preferably a nonprofit and/or public accounting background
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, economics, accounting or related field required
  • Four years’ experience in financial reporting & general ledger
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant preferred
  • Experience with accounting software solutions and dashboards a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Other Requirements: 

  • Report revenue by business streams: special events, facility rentals, admissions, education coasses and complex donor contribution transactions
  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets
  • Assist in the development of strategic and financial plans at a departmental and organization wide level
  • Work with the Vice President of Facilities to develop a long-term capital project strategy
  • Support cashflow analysis and long-term strategies for cash management
  • Supervise, mentor, coach, and provide training to NBG accounting staff
  • Oversee deferred revenue, pledge analysis and donor restricted funds

Reports to: The President & CEO

Benefits: 

  • Flexible work hours and some remote work opportunities
  • Health insurance including an HSA or copay option (NBG pays 70% of individual premium and 65% of dependent/family premium) 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with discretionary 4% match 
  • Company sponsored life-insurance coverage. 
  • Group rates on voluntary benefits such as dental, supplemental medical expense insurance, FSA, DCA, vision, STD, LTD, accident and critical illness. 
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. 
  • Professional development opportunities. 
  • Staff discounts on programming, gift shop & café. 
  • Employee Assitant Program services for all employees and family members

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, status as a veteran, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Send resume and application to: hr@nbgs.org

 

Position: Facilities Technician II 

Position type: Full-time employment, 40 hours per week. Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 

Description: Performs general building maintenance, minor equipment maintenance and repair, custodial work, and event setup. Assigns tasks to employees. 

Essential Functions: Must be able to work independently, as well as part of a team, be self-motivated, and customer service oriented. Operates heavy equipment as needed. 

Essential Physical Functions: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours. Ability to work on ladders for extended periods. Ability to operate heavy equipment. 

Specific Job Responsibilities: 

  • • Access daily schedule, set work priorities and assign employees to tasks. 
  • • Perform safety procedures to include, but not limited to equipment utilization, supply inventory (training provided). 
  • • Operate golf carts and conduct preventative maintenance, such as checking battery levels, tire pressure, gas levels, etc. Provide a tow as needed. 
  • • Painting and prep work. 
  • • Operates heavy equipment to include the forklift, mini-loader, Bobcat, front-end loader, dump truck, large lift, etc. 
  • • Change tire on any NBG equipment, including: golf carts, work vehicles/vans, trams, and heavy equipment, etc. 
  • • Custodial duties to include cleaning restrooms, operating floor cleaning equipment, using a power washer, changing light bulbs, launder and dry items. 
  • • Qualify on cement safe, metal chop saw and spot welding. (Training provided). 
  • • Event and classroom set ups. 
  • • Perform NBG safety procedures including to include a tag out, locating and operating fire fighting equipment, the location of safety barriers, etc. (training provided). 
  • • Assists with Garden-wide special events and other duties as assigned. 

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred. 

Other Requirements: 

  • • Schedule subject to Garden needs. Day shift, weekends required. 
  • • 18 or older with valid driver’s license. 
  • • Experience with electrical, plumbing, or carpentry a plus. 

Benefits: 

  • • Health insurance including an HSA or copay option (NBG pays 70% of individual premium and 65% of dependent/family premium) 
  • • 403(b) retirement plan with discretionary 4% match 
  • • Company sponsored life-insurance coverage. 
  • • Group rates on voluntary benefits such as dental, supplemental medical expense insurance, FSA, DCA, vision, STD, LTD, accident and critical illness. 
  • • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. 
  • • Professional development opportunities. 
  • • Staff discounts on programming, gift shop & café. 
  • • NBG logo wear for work provided. 
  • • EAP services for all employees. 

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, status as a veteran, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Send resume and application to: hr@nbgs.org

 

 Position: Evening Shift Housekeeping Technician I 

Position type: Entry level. Full-time employment, 40 hours per week. Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 

Description: Performs primarily custodial work, event set up and general building maintenance. Evening shift; generally, 3-11:30 p.m. (may be scheduled later due to special events). 

Essential Functions: Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team, be self-motivated, and customer service oriented. 

Essential Physical Functions: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull, reach and perform manual labor during working hours. Ability to work on ladders for extended periods. 

Specific Job Responsibilities: 

  • • Custodial duties to include, but not limited to cleaning restrooms, operating floor cleaning equipment, using a power washer, changing light bulbs, laundry, etc. 
  • • Operate and perform preventative maintenance on NBG vehicles. 
  • • Event and classroom set ups. 
  • • Be knowledgeable of and able to complete NBG safety procedures (training provided). 
  • • Assists with Garden-wide special events and other duties as assigned. 

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred. 

Other Requirements: 

  • • Nights and weekends required. 
  • • 18 or older. 
  • • Custodial experience a plus. 

Benefits: 

  • • Health insurance including an HSA or copay option (NBG pays 70% of individual premium and 65% of dependent/family premium) 
  • • 403(b) retirement plan with discretionary 4% match 
  • • Company sponsored life-insurance coverage. 
  • • Group rates on voluntary benefits such as dental, supplemental medical expense insurance, FSA, DCA, vision, STD, LTD, accident and critical illness. 
  • • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. 
  • • Professional development opportunities. 
  • • Staff discounts on programming, gift shop & café. 
  • • NBG logo wear for work provided. 
  • • EAP services for all employees. 

Reports to: Shift Supervisor 

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, status as a veteran, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Send resume and application to: hr@nbgs.org

Seasonal

Position: Garden Guide

Position Type: Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Seasonal employment.

Description: The Garden Guide is responsible for safely operating trams and boats, conducting tours and providing frontline coverage of the Front Desk and Tollbooth. Shifts are 5-8 hours, fluctuating between 7:30AM-9:30 PM up to 4 days a week. This position requires flexible availability; weekend work is required.

Essential Functions: Primary responsibility is to provide excellent customer service. Duties include but are not limited to; safely operating trams and boats, conducting tours, highlighting membership benefits, creating an outstanding guest experience by suggesting how guests can structure their visit to the Garden. The Garden Guide works with all other departments to ensure visitors have a positive and memorable experience at the Garden.

Essential Physical Functions: Ability to work inside and outside, in all weather conditions. This position regularly requires the Garden Guide to sit for extended periods of time at a desk, using a computer with a keyboard, answering the phone and communicating via a radio. The position requires the ability to lift and move materials up to 40 pounds. Must be able to climb in and out of the tram. Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop. Ability to push and pull objects during the shift.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent is preferred. Should enjoy working with people and have excellent customer service skills and be comfortable speaking to large groups. Previous customer service and cash handling experience preferred. A solid basic understanding of computers is required.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license required and must be at least 18 years old.

Daily Job Responsibilities:

  • Safely operate trams and boats while conducting tours.
  •  Implement daily visitor programs (walking tours, educational presentations, etc.).
  •  Greet and assist all guests.
  • Responsible for learning Altru software required for point of sale transactions as well as telephone switchboard and garden staff radio.
  •  Utilize Altru database program to view calendar schedule and be prepared to relay pertinent information to class participants, members, staff and  the general public.
  • Operate cash register; responsible for initial money and any money taken in during shift.
  • Assist with special event and outreaches.
  •  Additional duties as required.

Reports to: Guest Services Managers

Benefits:

  •  Staff discounts on programming and gift shop.
  •   NBG logo wear for work provided.
  •  EAP services for all employees.

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition including lactation, status as a veteran or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resume and application to: hr@nbgs.org

Position: Youth Educator I

Position Type: Seasonal employment, Summer 2024 June-August Only. Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Description: Youth Educators are responsible for teaching educational programming and performing any & all functions relating to the World of Wonders (WOW) Children’s Garden. Approximately 15-20 hours weekly for the summer season (June-August 2024). Regular weekend and some evening work required.

Essential Functions: Assist with facilitating birthday programs, present “discovery” programs to Garden visitors, lead guided summer tours, and help ensure overall safety, cleanliness, and customer satisfaction in the WOW Children’s Garden.

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Ability to lift, push, pull up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to continuously walk, stand, bend, reach, twist and/or stoop throughout duration of shift.
  • At times staff may be asked to work at an office space to conduct research, prepare program materials, etc. Applicant must be able to sit at a desk, utilize a computer, answer phones, and have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, email, and internet use.
  • Ability to communicate via a hand-held radio.

Requirements:

  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and teaching.
  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions on variable terrain within the natural setting of the Garden.
  • Flexibility in daily job tasks.
  • Willingness and availability to work irregular hours, weekdays, and weekends.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team with minimal supervision.

Education and Experience

  • Some (formal or informal) teaching experience preferred but not required. Average WOW Children’s Garden audience age range is 2-12 years old with attending adults.
  • Interest in the field of horticulture, biology, gardening, natural science, or a like subject is a plus!
  • State background check, valid driver’s license, and proof of car insurance required.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with birthday parties, summer field trip tours, and family programs, and interpret the collections in the WOW Children’s Garden.
  • Willingness and ability to learn educational curriculum and implement the purpose, goals, and objective of each program.
  • Encourage positive interactions between visitors and the Garden’s collections and wildlife.
  • Set-up, clean, and organize stations, classrooms, and play areas in the WOW Children’s Garden.
  • Assists with family activities and evening Garden programs and special events.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested or assigned, including but not limited to overseeing and testing the splash fountain water feature in the WOW Children’s Garden.

Reports to: Director of Youth Education and Youth Education Coordinator

Benefits:

  • Staff discounts on educational programming and in the NBG Gift Shop.
  • NBG logo wear for work provided.
  • EAP services for all employees.

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, status as a veteran, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resume and application to: hr@nbgs.org

Position: Youth Educator II

Position Type: Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Seasonal (Term) employment, Needed Year-Round.

Description: Teach educational programming and perform any/all functions relating to the World of Wonders (WOW) Children’s Garden. Average weekly hours vary throughout the year, and depend on the needs of the Youth Education Department – spring, summer, and fall terms average 20-25 hours per week. Regular weekend and some evening work required.

Essential Functions: Facilitate school, scout, family, and birthday programs for children and students of all ages, develop and implement weekly NBG Member exclusive programs, present “discovery” programs to Garden visitors, and help ensure overall safety, cleanliness, and customer satisfaction in the 3-acre WOW Children’s Garden.

Essential Physical Functions:

  • Operate company vehicles such as golf carts, outreach (passenger) van, and pickup trucks.
  • Ability to lift, push, pull up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to continuously walk, stand, bend, reach, twist and/or stoop throughout duration of shift.
  • At times staff may be asked to work at an office space to conduct research, prepare program materials, and complete light administration tasks such as taking payments through the Altru for birthday parties, Scout programs, and family programs. Applicant must be able to sit at a desk, utilize a computer, answer phones, and have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, email, and internet use.
  • Ability to communicate via a hand-held radio.

Requirements:

  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and teaching.
  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions on variable terrain within the natural setting of the Garden.
  • Flexibility in daily job tasks.
  • Willingness and availability to work irregular hours, weekdays, and weekends.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team with minimal supervision.

Education and Experience:

  • Some college education preferred but not required.
  • Required teaching (formal or informal) experience. Average audience age range is 2-12 years old, with increasing program offerings for teens ages 13-18.
  • Experience in the field of horticulture, biology, gardening, natural science, or a like subject preferred.
  • Background check, valid driver’s license, and proof of car insurance required.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach onsite and offsite (outreach) programs for public and private school students, lead Scout programs, birthday parties, and weekly free programs, assist with specialty family programs, and interpret the collections in the WOW Children’s Garden.
  • Willingness and ability to learn educational curriculum and implement the purpose, goals, and objective of each program.
  • Encourage positive interactions between visitors and the Garden’s collections and wildlife.
  • Set-up, clean, and organize stations, classrooms, and play areas in the WOW Children’s Garden.
  • Assist with research, curriculum development, and activity planning. Assists with family activities and evening Garden programs and special events.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as requested or assigned, including but not limited to overseeing and testing the splash fountain water feature in the WOW Children’s Garden.

Reports to: Youth Education Coordinator

Benefits:

  • Staff discounts on educational programming and in the NBG Gift Shop.
  • NBG logo wear for work provided.
  • EAP services for all employees.

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, status as a veteran, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send resume and application to: hr@nbgs.org