Employment TypeJob (Part-time)
Part-time educators are vital to the Youth and Family Engagement (YFE) team. Educators facilitate outdoor educational programming for Pre-K to 12th grade students, lead weekend and weekday drop-in programming for families, and support horticultural tasks within the Children’s Garden. The typical work schedule for this position is 8:00 am – 1:00 pm during weekdays, with some weekend work required. Educators can expect to work 4-5 days a week, up to 25 hrs/week. 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.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature.
We are a Virginia garden of international significance leading in horticultural and educational excellence. We cultivate experiences that enhance each person’s relationship with the natural world.
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 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.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Facilitates nature-based learning programming for Pre-K to 12th-grade school groups, families, and scouts.
• Responsible for daily operations of the Children’s Garden on weekends, including opening, set-up, and clean-up for
the Children’s Garden, the Waterway, and programs.
• Maintains physical spaces within the Children’s Garden:
o Ensures tidiness of activity spaces.
o Performs basic horticultural tasks (watering, weeding, planting, harvesting).
o Participates in staff workdays to support larger projects.
• Assists YFE staff with additional programming, which may include:
o Support for summer camp classes.
o Support for school group arrivals.
o Occasional teaching/support of offsite programs at partner organizations in the Richmond community.
• Actively participates in staff training and department meetings.
• Completes American Red Cross First Aid and CPR training.
• Occasional evening and holiday hours.
Education and Experience
Education and Experience
• High school diploma.
• 2 years of college, vocational training, or other work experience.
• Demonstrated experience designing and delivering innovative, creative, high-quality, and developmentally appropriate
programs for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
• Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting a plus.
• CPR and First Aid certification 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 job descriptions.
• Must perform all duties consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and
families by directed practices and procedures.
• Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or the 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 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 30 lbs.
• Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Comfortable working in proximity to the 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 and other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as
required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.