Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people through plants to improve communities.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, including the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve, reveals the unity and integration of human and plant life, celebrates the fundamental significance of the natural world, and enriches communities through horticultural and educational excellence and innovative outreach activities.
Responsibility, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality, and Inspiration
Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting educational programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.
Our Horticulture staff exhibits a tireless commitment to creating new and innovative gardens and displays that delight and inspire visitors of all ages and from all backgrounds. We are committed to demonstrating the use and cultivation of a wide palette of native and exotic plants suitable for use in Central Virginia and strive to maintain our collections to the highest standards in an environmentally responsible way. We think independently, work collaboratively, and are unified in our passion for horticulture. We come from diverse backgrounds and celebrate different ways of being, in ourselves and in others.
As an integral member of the Horticulture team, Seasonal Gardeners are responsible for assisting and supporting full-time Horticulture staff with the installation and care of the display gardens and horticultural collections, both outdoors and under glass. Individuals in this position should have a keen interest in horticulture and gardening, a general understanding
Participate in the maintenance of horticultural displays, botanical collections, and Garden
o Assist with the hands-on maintenance of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and tropical
plants in a manner consistent with the horticulture standards of the Lewis Ginter Botanical
o Physically work in all aspects of garden maintenance and development including soil
preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning,
propagating, potting, raking, sweeping & blowing, tree & brush cutting, and
Safe and correct use of Garden tools and equipment.
o Utilize shovels, trowels, fan rakes, grading rakes, spades, digging forks, pickaxes, brooms,
hand shears, hand saws, loppers, pole pruners & pole saws, wheelbarrows, fertilizer
spreaders, garden carts, ladders, and other hand tools to complete assigned tasks.
o Operate push mowers, weed-whackers, backpack blowers, push blowers, garden ATVs,
tractors, pickup trucks, and other power equipment in accordance with LGBG safety
protocols and regulatory standards (training will be provided).
Work collaboratively with a dynamic team to achieve horticultural standard of excellence.
o Participate in weekly group maintenance tasks such as blowing walkways, filling gas cans,
and caring for tools and equipment.
o Participate in group projects and meetings with other horticulture staff and in cross-
o Work with Horticulture Volunteers.
Perform other duties as assigned by Senior Horticulturists, Director of Horticulture or
Physical Demands / Working Conditions
Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
Must be able to work out-of-doors in Central Virginia seasonal extremes.
Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, stand and walk for extended periods of time.
Note: Duties described above, other duties, and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Preferred: A two-year Associate's degree in Horticulture or a related field, or equivalent experience, plus one year's experience as a professional gardener or groundskeeper.
Also considered: Other combinations of education/experience appropriate to the job.
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