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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden-SEASONAL OPERATIONS ASSISTANT-Thu, 09/15/2022 - 12:01pm



Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond , VA 23228
United States
Virginia US

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Job Description 

Garden Overview

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 nonprofit 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 education 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.

The Operations Assistant is responsible for providing seasonal operational support during the annual Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights under the direct supervision of the V.P. Facilities and with direction from the Operations Team Leader. As the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza, this tradition features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities, and more.

This position assists with all components related to the set up/installation and maintenance of related fixtures, lights, and displays. During the eight week run of show, duties include providing nightly support for park Operations, Custodial, Guest Services, and Public Safety departments. Additionally, this position assists with physical preparations for related special events and programming.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Required Skills

Good interpersonal, and communications skills.
Ability to work nights and weekends.
Stamina necessary to complete physically active work outdoors on a regular basis.
Reliable mode of transportation.
Familiarity with safe use of common hand tools.

Support installation, maintenance, and uninstallation of GardenFest show:

Prepares outdoor Garden areas for Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights to include: light installation, display set up, form placement, construction for securing displays, electrical testing, running extension cords, etc. Removal and storage of same following run of show.
Troubleshoot displays and conduct necessary lighting repairs during run of show.
Understands elementary electrical functions.

Able to work safely from an elevated level on ladders, roofs, and in trees.

Prepares the site for related seasonal events and activities:
Set up tables, chairs, coat racks, and similar special event equipment in event venues.
Transport and refuel patio heaters throughout the park.
Move event supplies to needed locations – catering equipment, audio equipment, etc.
Provide a wide variety of tasks needed to support the department during the run of the show:

Perform standard light cleaning tasks – both indoors and outdoors – during the high attendance period of the eight-week show – remove the trash, restock paper products, sweep, mop, and disinfect surfaces.

Assist Public Safety department with directing guest traffic and pedestrian flow during high attendance period of seven-week show.

Possesses a friendly and welcoming attitude towards guests, coworkers, and volunteers.
Communicates effectively with Garden staff on issues, needs, and emergencies.

Education and Experience 

A High School diploma or equivalent is preferred.
Familiarity with standard worksite safety practices.
Other combinations of education and experience appropriate to the job will be considered.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Full Name 
LaToria Barham