Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens is excited to offer several internship opportunities this summer. For the first time, internships are available in Events, Weddings, Education, Summer Camp, Events, Weddings, Horticulture, Guest Services and Facilities. The Botanical Gardens has so much to offer students looking to gain experience.
The Internal Events Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Weddings and Special Events, the individual will work with the events staff to assist in the planning and logistics of the internal special events held at Botanical Gardens. The position includes, but is not limited to, vendor and sponsor relationships, logistical planning, writing articles, developing social media blasts and other tasks, as assigned. This person must be able to work independently to complete event needs. A high level of written & verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required. The individual may be required to work on weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays, as scheduled by the Director.
Applicants should possess exceptional customer service and communication skills, be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented, and a team player with good attention to detail. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer, Volunteer Coordinator - email@example.com no later than March 6, 2015.
The Wedding and Special Events Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Weddings and Special Events, the individual will work with the events staff in the orchestrating and execution of private events and weddings held at the Botanical Gardens. The position includes, but is not limited to, assisting with office work and attending/organizing events and clients on event dates. This person must be able to work independently to complete event needs. A high level of written & verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required. The individual is expected to work on weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays. You must work through Labor Day weekend.
Applicants should possess exceptional customer service and communication skills, be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented, and a team player with good attention to detail. The ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. for distances of up to 100 feet is also required. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer, Volunteer Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 6, 2015.
The Education/Summer Camp Internship is designed to provide practical experience in environmental/museum and or art education, botany and conservation. Suggested majors include but are not limited to: early, elementary and secondary education; environmental education; environmental studies; art education; art history; museum studies and museum education.
Candidates should have strong organizational skills and be comfortable working with the public in both organized and informal situations. Experience with public speaking and working with children is preferred. Interns must be prepared to work during various weather conditions and pass a background check. Responsibilities include assisting with the development and execution of programs including Botany Camp and/or Art Camp and Wegmans Family Day Programming, developing and assisting with educational camp activities and coordinating camp logistics. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer, Volunteer Coordinator - email@example.com no later than April 1, 2015.
Other fun and interesting general internships are available in Horticulture, Guest Services, Facilities and so much more! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Hammer at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information on these events, visit www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for the knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research, and exhibits.
on January 26, 2015 - 9:42 PM, updated January 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM
Aram Khachaturian’s “The Sabre Dance” song has been discontinued at Sabres games, but it can be heard at another public space for the next four weeks.
Beginning Wednesday, the rousing piece will be played in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens’ main Palm Room, along with snippets of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as a musical starting point for “Lumagination.”
Keyed to the music will be multicolored lights and a fog machine placed in the middle of the 67-foot-tall space, blasting smoke into the air three times every two minutes.
“This type of theatrical lighting is so much more dramatic when there’s a little bit of fog or haze or mist in here,” said lighting designer Phillip Colorusso of Luminated Landscapes, based in East Aurora.
After four years of presenting the successful “Night Lights” inside the tri-domed Victorian glass house in Buffalo’s South Park, David J. Swarts, the gardens’ president and CEO, said it was time to create a new experience.
The show’s colorful and atmospheric attractions – from colorful orb dragons controlled with an app and hundreds of illuminated fireflies by the gardens’ 30-foot waterfall, to neon-lighted ferns and interactive projected animation aimed at children – are meant to allow visitors to the gardens’ 22,000-plant collection to see them in fresh ways.
Each room throughout the gardens is themed. There’s a whimsical Fairy Room, where handblown glass is lighted up among orchids. Lights in the Morroccan Desert Room all point to the sun. Dripping water has been added to the rainforest room to simulate the sounds of the natural environment, while the pressing of a button lets children have fun with the rumble of thunder and the flash of lightning.
The Aura Room will let visitors learn what their aura is, with a description and color display.
“In the kids room, an optically projected rug will look like leaves. When a kid walks on it, he kicks the leaves and the leaves move, and you see the grass underneath, and there might be a bunny or a squirrel,” Colorusso said.
As an added attraction, a short time-lapse film of Morty the corpse flower – whose short-lived bloom last summer shattered box-office records at the Botanical Gardens – will be shown in House 10.
Also on the walls is a colorful photography show by Michael Haderer.
The continuing Orchid Show will run concurrently with Lumagination, with the flowers frequently presented in window settings.
Improvements aimed at increasing safety and comfort have also been made. Dark pathways are now lined with light, while an outdoor tent with heaters will be near the entrance to help people stay warm while waiting in line.
Lumagination will occur Wednesday through Saturday nights through Feb. 21. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for members, senior citizens and students 13 and older, and $5 for kids 3 to 12. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com.
“I’m really excited because we added an extra week this year, and that’s the week the kids are off from school. Seeing little kids is so much fun during the show, because they’re kids and their eyes light up,” marketing director Erin Grajek said.