Employment

Gardener (part-time)

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking a creative, highly motivated and experienced individual for the part-time position of Gardener.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be expected to assist in maintaining specialized planting areas and the horticulture collection in the indoor and outdoor gardens.  The part-time Gardener will also perform general horticulture related maintenance when necessary. 

This position requires at least three years of horticulture related experience.  Experience working with tropical plants in a greenhouse and/or designing creative displays for exhibits is a plus.  A degree in horticulture from an accredited college or university is preferred.

The candidate should have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and possess a valid NYS driver’s license.  A NYS Pesticide Applicators License is preferred.  This position requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends. 

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Inc. via email at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.


Director of Horticulture

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. (the Gardens) is seeking an experienced, innovative and highly motivated individual for the full time position of Director of Horticulture.

This position will be responsible for providing leadership, planning and management of the plant collections, gardens and grounds; management of planting and maintenance schedules; daily activities of the horticulture staff (comprised of full time, part time and volunteer staff) ; direct, train and motivate the horticulture staff to ensure the best possible care, maintenance and aesthetic standards are upheld for the gardens and grounds.

This position also requires experience in maintaining an extensive horticultural collection from around the world including tropical plants.  This position requires knowledge of plant Latin and common names; greenhouse management and propagation; designing indoor and outdoor displays and annual exhibits; development and implementation of a year-round horticulture plan.This position requires a degree in horticulture, botany or a related field with at least five years of management experience in a horticulture position. Preference will be given to candidates who have greenhouse management and tropical plant experience.  Individual must possess excellent organizational skills, effective written and oral communication skills, have experience in developing and managing a budget, and an operational knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.  The candidate should hold a New York State Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver's license.  This position requires a flexible work schedule including weekends and some evenings.

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to dswarts@buffalogardens.com or send to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14218.  Job will remain open until filled.

 

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Interns -
Looking for a fun and interesting internship?  We have so much to offer!  Horticulture, Education, Marketing, Guest Services, Facilities and so much more!  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Hammer at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or khammer@buffalogardens.com


Education Intern - Click here for more info

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the individual will work with the education team and volunteer docents in the development and execution of programs including Hands-On School and Scout Programs, Guided Tours, Wegmans Family Day Programming, Kids Birthday Parties and special events. The position includes, but is not limited to editing and coordinate materials for the monthly Gardens scavenger hunt and the Docent Training program.

Work closely with the Education Team to assist with daily operations. This person must be able to pass a background check. A high level of written & verbal skills are required. The individual is expected to work on select weekdays, Saturdays, and occasional evenings.

Candidates should have strong organizational skills, be a team player, possess attention to detail and be comfortable working with the public in both organized and informal situations. Experience with public speaking and working with children is preferred.

Any interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer at khammer@buffalogardens.com.

 

Wedding and Special Events Intern

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Weddings and Special Events, the individual will work with the events staff to assist in weddings and 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.

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 Botanical Gardens is one of the popular non-traditional venues in the city of Buffalo. We host many events including weddings, cocktail parties, luncheons and more. By interning at the Gardens, you will not only gain experience in the numerous events mentioned but you will learn how to work within the confines of a unique space.

Any interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer at khammer@buffalogardens.com. All submissions are due no later than March 21, 2016.

Horticulture Intern

Working with the Horticulture staff, the individual will assist with the implementation of daily needs and upkeep for the entire plant collection both indoors and outdoors. Jobs tasks and duties will include watering, weeding, fertilization, propagation and pruning, planting and caring for the health of our unique and interesting collection of plants. Interns will also be involved with the set up and displays of exhibits, events and features related to our ever changing and exciting programming.

Interns can also choose to create their own focus of their internship and can specialize on a specific topic with the approval of the staff. The individual is expected to work on select weekdays, weekends, and occasional evenings.

Candidates should have strong willingness to work with staff, volunteers, plants and soil, be able to lift 40 lbs. and perform a wide variety of physical tasks. Some familiarity with botany and natural science is a plus but not necessary.  Any interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer at khammer@buffalogardens.com.