Development Assistant

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Development Assistant.  The position will report directly to the Director of Development and be responsible for assisting in raising funds from government, foundations, corporate and individual sources. The candidate must be creative, disciplined, possess excellent written and verbal skills, organized and multi-task oriented. Candidate must have excellent people skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft applications and Raiser’s edge.  Individual is required to work some weekends and evenings and have a valid driver’s license.  Candidates must possess a minimum two year degree in business, communications or related field from an accredited college or university. Previous experience working with a not for profit in a similar capacity is preferred. Send resume and references to President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14218 or dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

Docents - Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - Formal training held in the fall each year - Click here!

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.

Horticulture Intern
This internship opportunity is available to college students who have demonstrated knowledge and interest in horticulture, including landscape maintenance and design, plant sciences, greenhouse production and floral design.  Suggested majors include but are not limited to: ornamental horticulture, environmental studies, entomology and landscape design and construction.

The Horticulture Internship is designed to provide practical experience in horticulture.  This internship also includes the opportunity to gain insight into the Botanical Gardens and how it operates.


  • Assist with conservatory and greenhouse maintenance including watering, weeding and cleanup.
  • Assist with project research, create reference material for staff and volunteers and identify additional areas of improvement.
  • Work closely with the Horticulture Team in a professional manner, to assist with daily operations.
Candidates must have strong work ethic, attention to detail, ability to lift 40lbs and perform a wide variety of physical tasks.   Must also be comfortable working with staff, volunteers, and interacting with the public in both organized and informal settings.  Internship is unpaid and transportation is the responsibility of the intern.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to BOTH: