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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Inc.

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GardenFest Coordinator The GardenFest Coordinator leads the design, planning, installation, and de-installation of indoor and outdoor displays for GardenFest of Lights. They are responsible for developing and implementing the design plan, will serve as Manager on Duty during the exhibition, and will supervise the volunteers who assist with light fabrication and installation/de-installation. The GardenFest Coordinator supports seasonal exhibition planning, installation, and de-installation year-round in addition to providing visual display and lighting support for other events. The GardenFest Coordinator will be forward thinking, innovative, team-oriented, and adaptable, with a proven record of success in designing and managing lighting displays and/or exhibitions. The successful candidate will be current with visual trends and willing to travel to network and learn from other light shows. The position is full time (Category 1), and contributes to the advancement of the Garden’s educational mission and excellence in guest services. Responsibilities · Researches, designs, and coordinates the indoor and outdoor displays for GardenFest of Lights. · Develops and maintains the design plan, the inventory of lights and other display collections, and other records as needed. · Responsible for the physical inventory and storage of lights, display collections, and exhibition infrastructure. · Develops a timeline and schedule that reflects staff, volunteer, and partner/vendor resources. · Supervises volunteers who assist with the planning, fabrication, and implementation of the exhibition year round. · Leads the installation and de-installation process in the Garden, fostering teamwork by modeling best practices alongside our staff and volunteers. · Provides staff and volunteer training for installation/de-installation tasks. · Coordinates with community partners and vendors, including negotiating and writing agreements, processing purchase orders, and facilitating installation/de-installation details. · Serves as nightly Manager on Duty for GardenFest and other relevant exhibitions throughout the year. · Travels to other light displays and attends the Atlanta Buyer’s Market, as needed. · Supports the Exhibitions Manager with planning and implementing seasonal changing exhibitions year round. · Provides lighting and visual display support for special events. · Participates in the weekly cross-departmental logistics meeting. Skills and Abilities · Demonstrated knowledge of lighting design with a dedication to keeping current with visual trends. · Demonstrated knowledge of electrical infrastructure, exhibition fabrication, and records management. · Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation. · Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners. · Enthusiastic, energetic, quick-thinking, cheerful, courteous, capable, diplomatic, and solution-oriented. · Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently as well as in a team environment. · Technical proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office. · Access to a car on a daily basis and a valid state driver’s license or ability to transport self as needed. · Must be able to work varying hours, including evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden · Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions. · Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, families in accordance with directed practices and procedures. · Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly. · Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources. · Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. · Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. Physical Demands / Working Conditions · Ability to carry up to 40 lbs. · Must be able to move throughout the 82-acre Garden property, as needed. · Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions including heat, cold, wind, and humidity. · Must be able to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, and utilize repetitive motions for prolonged periods of time. · Must be comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner. · Note: Duties described above, other duties, and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other Sep 24, 2022
Part-Time Educator Part-Time Educators are a vital part of the Youth and Family Engagement (YFE) team. Educators facilitate educational programming for PK – 12 students, lead weekend and weekday drop-in programming for families, and provide support in horticultural tasks within the Children’s Garden. The typical work schedule for this position is Sunday – Wednesday, 8:00am – 2:00pm, but may shift slightly in the winter. Responsibilities - As part of the YFE teaching team, facilitates nature-based learning programming for preK-12 school groups. - Performs opening procedures in the Children’s Garden as scheduled. - Responsible for daily operations of the Children’s Garden on weekends. - Responsible for set up, facilitation, and cleanup of weekend programming, which may include drop-in activities for families, birthday parties, and scout programs. - Works with YFE staff to develop and implement drop-in programming for families. - Maintains physical spaces within the Children’s Garden (ensures tidiness of activity spaces; performs basic horticultural tasks such as watering, weeding, planting, harvesting; participates in staff workdays to support larger projects). - Assists YFE staff with additional programming, which may include support for summer camp classes, support for school group arrivals and occasional teaching/support of offsite programs at partner organizations in the Richmond community. Additional Duties - In the event of a lighter workload in YFE, this position may be cross-trained to support other, similar types of work throughout the Garden to ensure hours are met (such as supporting GardenFest of Lights or Guest Services staff). - Actively participates in staff training and department meetings. - Completes American Red Cross First Aid and CPR training. - Occasional evening and holiday hours. Skills and Abilities - Demonstrated knowledge of formal and informal education principles and developmentally appropriate practices. - Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities. - Works well independently and in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented. - Energetic and personable; an innovative, creative thinker. - Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation. - Excellent organizational skills; self-motivated with the ability to manage goals and productivity. - Basic gardening knowledge a plus. - Proficiency in conversational Spanish a plus. Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden · Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies, and the requirements of their individual job descriptions. · Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures. · Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly. · Must report all incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to HR. · Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. · Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. Physical Demands / Working Conditions - Ability to carry up to 30 lbs. - Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. - Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public in a safe and friendly manner. - The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property. Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Education, Programming Sep 23, 2022
Vice President, Horticulture The Vice President (VP) of Horticulture provides visionary leadership of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Department and the daily operations of the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. As a member of the Garden’s Leadership Team, the VP works collaboratively to advance the organizational culture of the Garden in alignment with mission, vision and values. The VP establishes and maintains the highest aesthetic standards for horticultural and landscape display excellence. As a connected member in the horticulture, botanic and arboretum community, the VP will expand the Garden’s professional network to curate and grow our botanical collections in accordance with our plant collections policy. The proactive, intuitive, and empathetic leader will have a passion for the natural world, love for plants, and a desire for new, innovative, and evocative garden displays that delight, heal, and celebrate diversity. Responsibilities · Leadership o Serves on Leadership Team and participates in strategic planning to advance the accessibility and relevance of our Garden/Reserve for the Community. o Demonstrates collaboration with other Garden Departments for progressing our culture of Guest Services, Safety, Leadership and Communication. o Proactively anticipates needs of their team, ensures Horticulture has the tools to excel at their role, and plans for future growth. o Actively participate with Board of Directors, Board Committees, Garden sponsors and constituents. o Partners with Advancement Team for fundraising and stewardship initiatives to amplify Horticultural, Botanical, and Sustainable priorities. o Fosters collaboration with Marketing team to share and promote Garden/Reserve accomplishments and aspirations. o Serves our local community through meaningful engagement opportunities. o Pursues leadership opportunities in regional and national horticultural associations, societies, and/or groups. o Serves as a champion and advocate for volunteers participating in the Horticulture Department. · Horticulture, Collections, Design and Display o Provides leadership to Horticulture Staff and Volunteers to ensure the highest aesthetic standard indicative of a nationally recognized botanical garden. o Promotes and implements best practice standards of garden care and maintenance to include: modification of soil conditions, irrigation, and other environmental factors to support plant health and ecological diversity. o Advances our plant collections in accordance with our Plant Collections Policy and works collaboratively with other gardens, arboreta, plant societies, nurseries etc. to build and diversify collections for conservation, education, inspiration and accreditation. o Provides leadership to ensure excellence of plant record keeping in the Garden/Reserve including plant accessions, labels, cultivation information and their appropriate curation in our living collections database. o Promotes and implements integrated and regenerative environmental practices for Garden/Reserve stewardship. o Oversees horticultural maintenance, construction, installation, and renovation, as well as associated outsourced contractors. o Engages with community for lectures, workshops, classes, etc. and serves as an informed resource for horticulture regionally. · Administration o Supports staffing and volunteer needs that allow for the strategic growth and resourcing of the Horticulture Department including interviewing, hiring, training, supervising, and performance assessment, with the ability to coach, counsel and transition staff and volunteers. o Empowers Horticulture Section Leaders and Managers in the recruitment and development of their teams within their Garden sections. o Works collaboratively with Horticulture Department Section Leaders to determine annual budget needs, authorize expenditures, manage assigned budgets and provide reports. o Creates a positive work environment through effective and regular communication, being an approachable leader and actively seeking input and suggestions. Additional Duties · Maintains professional privacy and confidentiality. · Actively participates in staff training and department meetings. · Fosters collaboration with other garden, arboreta, and horticultural leaders. · Weekend, evening and holiday hours as needed. Skills and Abilities · Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation. · Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. · Proactive and responsive ensuring anticipation of Departmental needs to benefit efficient Garden operations. · Expertise and experience with pesticide certification and ISA certification. · Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently as well as in a team environment. · Technical proficiency with computers, databases, Microsoft software programs (including Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word PowerPoint) · Ability to use Garden’s plant records system. · Ability to manage a budget. Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden · Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies, and the requirements of their individual job descriptions. · Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures. · Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly. · Must report all incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to HR. · Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. · Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. Physical Demands / Working Conditions · Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and computer work. · The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property. Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Leadership & Executive Sep 23, 2022
Board Liaison and Executive Associate As Board Liaison and Executive Associate, this position carries responsibility for all general correspondence with our Board of Directors (BOD), BOD Committees, Board of Associates (BOA) and Emeriti Advisory Council. The Liaison and Associate will provide leadership support for the planning, coordination and implementation of key donor, board and fundraising events for the organization. Responsibilities · Board Engagement o Coordinate with the President/CEO for communication management with the Board of Directors, Board Committees and the Emeriti Advisory Council. o Execute all board and board committee meetings including the recording of minutes. o Collaborate in the planning, implementation and analysis of fundraising activities with staff and the Board Advancement Committee. o Recruit, train and supervise key volunteers and staff for special events. · Board of Associates Management o Provide guidance to and support for the Board of Associates as the responsible staff person including event planning, fundraising, and volunteerism. o Assist in the recruitment, retention and development of Board of Associates members. o Serve as the staff liaison for Board of Associates events; providing direction to event chairs and committees, and promotion of events through social media, Garden website, email and print. · Donor and Organizational Events o Collaborates with President and Director of Advancement in the planning and execution of all Advancement events. o Establishes, communicates and ensures the organizational aesthetic and quality standards for Garden special events. o Manages event inquiries and communication via email, social media, mail and phone. o Assists in stakeholder recognition including donor and volunteer appreciation. · Executive Support o Assists Garden leadership in scheduling, communications and administrative responsibilities. o Supports Garden staff and boards with other projects and events as requested. Additional Duties · Maintain professional privacy and confidentiality. · Actively participates in staff training and department meetings. · Stays current with regional museum peers with similar roles. · Weekend, evening and holiday hours as needed. Skills and Abilities · Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation. · Event planning experience with attention to guest service. · Expertise and passion for engaging with a diverse group of emerging professionals. · Well-organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Employees of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden · Must comply with provisions of the current Employee handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions. · Must perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals, families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures. · Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly. · Must report all injuries and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources. · Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. · Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. Physical Demands / Working Conditions · Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and computer work. · The position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property. Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Administrative & Office Support Sep 23, 2022
School and Teacher Program Coordinator The School and Teacher Program Coordinator oversees the development and implementation of PreK-12 school group visits, outreach programming in the schools, and educator professional learning. Building relationships with leaders and teachers in Richmond-area school districts will be a crucial part of their role. They are responsible for supervising part time educators, and also serve as a member of the teaching team that presents nature-based programs to learners of all ages and abilities. We value and understand peer-reviewed research demonstrating youth learn most when they see themselves represented in their teachers. We have a strong desire for our Youth and Family Engagement Team to represent the diverse community we serve. We encourage members of the BIPOC community to apply. Responsibilities · Prek-12 School Group Programs o Develops, maintains, and updates lesson outlines for onsite field trip programs. o Responsible for supply inventory, ordering, organization, and tracking expenses. o Develops outreach programming in partnership with local schools, focusing on repeat engagements and creating immersive and meaningful learning experiences for students. o Supports the fulfillment of grant-funded programs through efficient allocation of staff and program resources; monitors the budget and provides evaluative data for grant reports. · Educator Professional Learning o Develops and delivers immersive professional learning programs independently and in coordination with district and university partners. o Represents the Garden at local/regional educator conferences. · Supervision of Part-time Educators and Volunteers o Recruits, hires, trains, coaches, and completes performance appraisals for part-time educators responsible for teaching school programs. o Monitors and evaluates the teaching methods of part-time educators, offering coaching as needed. Offers ongoing support and constructive guidance related to interactive, hands-on instructional approaches. o Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers working with School and Teacher Programs. · Promotion of School and Teacher Programs o Develops marketing and promotional materials related to school and teacher programs, including promotional copy and program descriptions. o Develops and updates content for the Youth & Family Engagement website page, internal and external Garden communications, including social media. o Liaises with district partners in collaboration with Youth and Family Engagement Manager. o Cultivates relationships with school district leaders and teachers. · All members of the Youth and Family Engagement Team o Assist with general upkeep of Children’s Garden spaces. o Ensure that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Garden. o Complete other duties as assigned, including team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance. o Work occasional weekend, evening, and holiday hours. Skills and Abilities · Highly organized. · Ability to productively switch between multiple tasks/types of work within a single day. · Ability to handle day-to-day operations while also planning months ahead. · Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities. · Works well independently as well as thrives in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented. · Knowledge of basic digital design tools, such as Canva. · Comfort with learning new systems and digital tools quickly. · Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners. · This position requires work at schools and attendance at offsite meetings and events through the Greater Richmond area. · Proficiency in conversational Spanish a plus. Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden · Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions. · Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures. · Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly. · Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources. · Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. · Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. · Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. Physical Demands / Working Conditions · Ability to carry up to 30 lbs. · Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. · Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner. · This position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property. Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Education, Programming Sep 22, 2022
Workforce Development Coordinator The Workforce Development Coordinator oversees the creation and growth of a workforce development program, including internships, apprenticeships, youth volunteers, and partnership programming. This individual will build and grow relationships with local school systems, colleges, universities, and youth organizations. They will support LGBG staff to create meaningful and immersive learning experiences for participants through mentorship, hands-on training, and exposure to experts in various fields. Responsibilities include building external and internal relationships to ensure strong recruitment and a consistent, impactful experience for interns and youth volunteers. The Workforce Development Coordinator will develop a framework for cross-departmental learning offering participants an introduction to careers in public gardens while also providing in-depth engagement within a specific field of interest, and opportunities to connect with fellow students. The ideal candidate will have experience with program creation, collaborative projects, and building and sustaining partnerships. A self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills, a collaborative working style, and established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practice (including work with people with disabilities) required. This position reports to the Youth and Family Engagement Manager and works collaboratively across the institution for planning, evaluation, and outreach. Responsibilities • Develops and coordinates work-based learning and career training to meet the needs and interests of youth of various ages, developmental abilities, and educational backgrounds. Specifically, this individual will: o Facilitate youth volunteer programs at the Garden. o Partner and collaborate with other work-based-learning programs and partners, including colleges and universities, technical schools, cultural non-profits, and local work-study programs. o Serve as key liaison between LGBG and local and state agencies that specialize in youth programs and workforce development initiatives. o Stay informed of local, regional and national youth gardening programs and work-force development initiatives. • Coordinates experience of youth volunteers and interns across the Garden, including: o Work with supervisors to recruit, train, and set expectations for youth engaged in work-based learning programs. o Coordinate with supervisors to monitor and evaluate youth performance, as well as evaluate student input for future program enhancement. o Establish consistent management and scheduling guidelines for staff members responsible for supervising interns; directly supervises and schedules those youth and young adults working within the Youth and Family Engagement team. o Collaborate with Director of Volunteers, HR Manager, and supervisors across the Garden on participant placement and programming to ensure a consistent positive experience. • Additional duties: o Plans, organizes, and leads training sessions for volunteers working with youth programming. • All members of the Youth and Family Engagement Team o Assist with general upkeep of Children’s Garden spaces. o Ensure that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Garden. o Complete other duties as assigned, including assistance with school programs, team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance. o Work occasional weekend and holiday hours. Please note that this position will require frequent late afternoon/evening hours. Skills and Abilities • Highly organized. • Ability to productively switch between multiple tasks/types of work within a single day. • Ability to handle day-to-day operations while also planning months ahead. • Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities. • Works well independently as well as thrives in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented. • Comfort with learning new systems and digital tools quickly. • Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners. • This position requires attendance at offsite meetings and events in the Greater Richmond area. • Proficiency in conversational Spanish desirable. Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden · Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions. · Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures. · Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly. · Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources. · Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. · Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. · Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. Physical Demands / Working Conditions · Ability to carry up to 30 lbs. · Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. · Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner. · This position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property. Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Community Relations, Education, Programming Sep 21, 2022