NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Full-time

Position: Horticulturist I

Position type: Full-time 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 maintain gardens and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application. Supervises assigned volunteers. 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. Must be willing to work alongside horticulturists using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions.

Requirements: Interest and the ability to learn and perform horticultural practices. Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and one-year practical experience preferred, but related experience is also considered and valued. A Valid driver’s license is required.

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 the Horticulture Dept. on 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 assigned Horticulturist in performing the basic tasks in their area when the Horticulturist is not present.
At the discretion of their supervising Curator, assumes greater responsibilities such as operating restricted use equipment, acquiring Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license, or other special assignments.
Assists with Garden-wide special events 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, 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: 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, 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

Position: Groundskeeper I

Position type: Entry level. Full-time employment, 40 hours per week. Non-exempt under 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.

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.

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

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older with a valid drivers 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 is a plus, but not required.
  • 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.

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: Grounds Manager

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.

Specific 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.

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.

Benefits:

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

Reports to: Guest Services Managers

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

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

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 and summer terms average 25-30 hours per week. Regular weekend and some evening work required. Reports to Director of Youth Education and Youth Education Coordinator.

Essential Functions: Facilitate school, scout, family, and birthday programs for children and students of all ages, 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, 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.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach onsite and offsite (outreach) programs for public and private school students, lead Scout programs, birthday parties, 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.
  • 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.

Education and Experience: 

  • 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 in preferred.
  • State background check, valid driver’s license, and proof of car insurance required.

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

Benefits:

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

Reports to: Youth Education Manager

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