NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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FULLTIME

Position: Community Engagement Manager

 Position type: Full-time employment, Exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Description:  Recruits, screens, orients, places, evaluates and maintains records for volunteers. Some evening, weekend and holiday work required.

Essential Functions: The Community Engagement Manager recruits and screens new volunteers; assigns volunteers to various positions in the Garden; and trains, recognizes and retains current volunteers.  The manager works closely with staff from various departments to place volunteers with the right staff for the right job. The manager serves as a representative of the Garden at fairs, festivals and public events. The manager also maintains database information in VolunteerHub, Blackbaud Altru and Verified Volunteers. This new role will serve as a liaison between volunteers and our development team; the ability to authentically connect with volunteers is critical.

Essential Physical Functions: This position requires the ability to drive a golf cart, stand for up to 8 hours, work outside in all weather conditions and the ability to work in an office setting while sitting for extended periods of time utilizing a computer, email system, phone/phone system and radio system for communication. 

Education and Experience: Associates’ Degree and 5 years of hands on experience in a non-profit or volunteer-related environment preferred. Requires good communication, organizational and time management skills. Must have a valid Virginia driver’s license. Experience with database management is highly desirable. Experience with public speaking and outreach a plus.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Conducts interviews with all new potential volunteers and lead orientation sessions ensuring volunteers are aware of policies and procedures prior to being on the job while continuing to support engagement and the mission of NBG.
  • Introduces volunteers to the staff with whom they will be working and overview of the garden.
  • Works with the Development Department to attend and present information about volunteer opportunities at NBG to corporations, groups, schools, clubs, etc.
  • Provides list of volunteers to Development for further engagement and donor opportunities.
  • Maintains membership in the Southeastern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administration (SVAVA) and Volunteer Hampton Roads.
  • Actively recruits for new volunteers and keeps current volunteers updated on additional volunteering opportunities.
  • Collaborates closely with staff to maintain a good working relationship with volunteers, ensuring volunteers are happy and engaged in their assignments.
  • Conducts routine feedback surveys, exit interviews and follow-up calls.
  • Maintains and ensures accuracy of sensitive volunteer records, including Verified Volunteers and Virginia Department of Social Services background checks.
  • Works with volunteers and staff to verify hours recorded in VolunteerHub and Blackbaud Altru.
  • Writes letters of recommendation for outstanding volunteers.
  • Works with staff to administer discipline and, if necessary, dismissal procedures.
  • Plans, organizes and presents volunteer recognition events.
  • Plans volunteer needs for events and manages volunteers at various special events.
  • Presents monthly and year-end reports to Director of Environmental Engagement & Outreach.
  • Writes articles for publications as needed.
  • Maintains volunteer Facebook page and contributes to social media by posting photos, videos and opportunity announcements.
  • Other duties as required 

Salary range: Commensurate with experience

Reports to:   Director of Environmental Engagement & Outreach

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, vision, STD, accident
  • 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 or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

Position: Director of Facilities

Position Type: Full-time employment, exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Norfolk Botanical Garden seeks a candidate for the position of Director of Facilities. Reporting to the President, this senior management position will be responsible for the buildings, equipment, facilities and hospitality support at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

The Director of Facilities will oversee a team of approximately 22 staff including managers and shift supervisors. The position is ultimately responsible for building maintenance including all HVAC systems, vehicle maintenance including trams, boats, golf carts and company vehicles, as well as determining and scheduling repairs and longer-term capital investment proposals. Coordination of daily operations with outside contractors in charge of projects, oversight of waste reduction improvements, and all safety inspections fall under the responsibility of this position. This position monitors onsite construction and partners with the IT department for management of alarm systems, surveillance, etc. to ensure safe campus operations.

The Director of Facilities will be in charge of a departmental budget and will negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs, and other measures.

Summary Job Description

Responsible for all aspects of the following: planning, directing, and overseeing building operations and services; purchasing and repairing equipment; maintaining all buildings and vehicles; and being a trusted senior leader for the organization.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Inspect structure of buildings and determine if repairs are needed
  • Directly manage the maintenance of all buildings, utilities, HVAC systems, power tools and equipment, boats, trams, golf carts, and other vehicles
  • Provide oversight and project management for any renovation, restoration, or other building projects including permitting and licenses as required
  • Liaison with City of Norfolk departments for services and materials as needed
  • Maintain vendor relationships and support request for proposals efforts
  • Manage the overall team with responsibility for interviews, personnel performance and evaluation
  • Collaborate to reduce environmental impacts and analyze energy utilization
  • Prepare budget inputs in conjunction with CFO and identify needed capital investment that supports the long-term mission of the Garden
  • Oversee security & safety protocols in conjunction with Safety Committee and act as liaison with City of Norfolk Police and Fire & Rescue Departments
  • Perform facility equipment obsolescent planning, budgeting, and replacement
  • Perform environmental hazard management/planning and remediation
  • Manage inventory of essential parts and materials to support routine maintenance of vehicles, tools, equipment, and buildings
  • As part of senior management, help implement programs and provide team leadership and support NBG’s long term sustainable growth
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

Requirements

A high school diploma or GED, along with extensive experience in maintenance and facilities management, is required. The Director of Facilities will have to demonstrate excellent managerial experience and abilities; organization, planning, and communications skills; and knowledge of purchasing, supplies, equipment, and building repair. Experience in managing contractors and capital improvements is a plus.

Job Skills and Essential Functions

Analytical Skills: must look at a variety of information and make decisions based on needs and budget concerns.

Leadership Skills: must motivate and coordinate employees, as well as deal with any disciplinary issues that may arise.

Valid state driver’s license and ability to drive NBG vehicles. 

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 in an office setting while sitting for extended periods of time utilizing a computer, email system, phone/phone system and radio system for communication.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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, vision, STD, accident
  • 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 or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

Position: Groundskeeper

Position type: Fulltime employment, 40 hours per week. Nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Description: Performs all aspects of grounds maintenance and landscaping.

Essential Functions: Performs grounds maintenance tasks including mowing, trimming, blowing, edging, fertilizing, pesticide application, turf installation, water feature care, road cleaning, irrigation repair and installation, tree and brush removal, litter pickup, landscaping, snow removal, and other related tasks. Has the knowledge and ability to schedule projects in collaboration with horticulture and facilities department. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have experience with irrigation installation and repairs.

Essential Physical Functions: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Has the 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.

Requirements: Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license. Applicant must obtain a Virginia Registered Technician Pesticide Applicators license within six months of hiring. A minimum of 3 years grounds maintenance experience preferred. Associates Degree in Horticulture or related field a plus, but not required.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs all aspects of turf care
  • Pesticide application
  • Irrigation installation and repair
  • Water feature care
  • Roadway cleaning
  • Landscape installation
  • Operate small and large power equipment safely
  • Cleans and uses equipment responsibly
  • Assists with special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Reports to: Manager of Grounds & IPM

Benefits: 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, vision, STD, accident.
  • 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 or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

Position: Horticulturist’s Assistant

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

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. Has the ability to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours. Must be willing to work alongside horticulturists using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions. 

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.

Requirements: 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. Related experience is also considered and valued. Ability to push, pull, lift and perform manual labor for 8 hours. Valid driver’s license.

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. 
  • 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. This requires a flexible schedule to include occasional nights and weekends.
  • 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. 

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, vision, STD, accident.
  • 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:  Curator

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, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

Position: Horticulturist

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

Description:  Performs all aspects of display bed maintenance in the assigned area to set a standard of horticultural excellence.

Essential Functions: Maintains horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, dead-heading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application.  Other responsibilities include supervising assigned assistants and volunteers. Must obtain a VA Registered Pesticide Applicator’s license within 6 months of hiring.

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.

Education and Experience: Associate’s degree in Horticulture or a related field and 2 years hands-on experience or Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and one year of hands-on experience preferred. Candidates should have extensive experience with native plant material and knowledge of arboriculture. 

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Care and maintain all aspects of assigned gardens (excluding turf and irrigation) at the highest level of horticultural technique under the direction of the Curator of Woody Plants.
  • Maintain display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, dead-heading, mulching, edging, raking, and fertilization. 
  • Perform the appropriate soil preparation and planting of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Develop and expand an in-depth knowledge of plants under their care, make plant selection suggestions, and assist the Curator in locating desirable additions to the botanical collection.
  • Complete accurate and timely accession records for all plants associated with the garden under their care and ensure that all plants are labeled appropriately.
  • Write at least one article for a garden publication each year and/or present at least one lecture, garden club talk, or walking lecture each year.
  • Works alongside other members of the Woodies Department 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.
  • Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint.
  • Assists with special events and other duties as assigned. 

Reports to:  Curator of Woody Plants

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, vision, STD, accident.
  • 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. 

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 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 or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

Position: Facilities Assistant

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.

Reports to: Facility Supervisor.

Essential Functions: Must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, and customer service oriented. Experience with electrical, plumbing, or carpentry a plus but aptitude and willingness to learn is acceptable.

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.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • Schedule subject to Garden needs. Nights and weekends required.
  • Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, and/or stoop.
  • Ability to push, pull, and perform manual labor for 8 hours.
  • 18 or older with valid driver’s license.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Pay:   $12.00 per hour. 

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, vision, STD, accident.
  • 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.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

 

PART TIME

Position: Guest Services Assistant

Position type: Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is a seasonal part-time position that performs frontline visitor services functions by providing outstanding customer service and conducting Garden tours. Weekend and evening work required.

Description: The Guest Services Assistant is responsible for providing frontline coverage of the Information Desk, Tollbooth and conducting tours on NBG’s trams and boats. Shifts are 5-8 hours: fluctuating between 7:30 AM-9:30 PM up to 4 days a week. This position requires flexible availability.

Essential Functions: The primary responsibility is to ensure a quality guest experience by providing excellent customer service. Duties include but are not limited to: greeting all visitors, processing sales for admission/class registration/membership, safely operating trams and boats while providing tours and creating an outstanding guest experience by suggesting how guests can structure their visit to the Garden. The Guest Services Assistant works with all 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 for the shift.
  • Must be able to work for extended periods in one location, then move periodically and quickly between Baker Hall Visitors Center and outside locations of Baker Hall and the entrance toll booth.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to drive a tram while conducting a tour, providing transportation and instructional information to guests.
  • Ability to drive, dock and secure a boat to the dock.
  • Ability to drive a golf cart as needed.
  • Ability to walk for extended periods, stand for extended periods, step up and down to enter/exit a tram or boat.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods while working with traditional office items, including a computer, phone/phone system and radio system.
  • Ability to communicate via handheld radio system.
  • Ability to speak to large crowds is essential.

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

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

Daily Job Responsibilities:

  • Greet and assist all guests.
  • Responsible for learning Altru software required for point of sale transactions as well as telephone switchboard and communicating via 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.
  • Safely operate and conduct tram/boat tours.
  • Implement daily visitor programs (walking tours, educational presentations, etc.).
  • Assist with special events and outreaches.
  • Additional duties as required. 

Reports to: Visitor Services Managers and Director of Member & Guest Experience

Benefits:

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

Salary: $10/hour

Equal Employer Opportunity (EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunities. 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 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.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

 

Position: Facilities Assistant

Position type: Part-time employment, about 24 hours per week. Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Description: This is a part time position that performs custodial work, event setup and support. Additional duties as assigned.

Reports to: Facility Supervisor

Essential Functions: Must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, and customer service oriented. Must poses a willingness to learn.

Essential Physical Functions: Has the ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist, and/or stoop for the shift. Has the ability to push, pull, and/or lift 50 pounds.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work 8-hour swing shifts weekends and evenings.
  • Must be 18 or older.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Salary: $12.00/hour

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, vision, STD, accident.
  • 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.

Download the NBG Employment Application

Send resumes and applications to hr@nbgs.org

 

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