Facilities/Janitorial/Maintenance Assistant

Posted September 8, 2014
The Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time Facilities/Janitorial/Maintenance Assistant. Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Facilities, the  individual will be REQUIRED TO WORK PRIMARILY ON WEEKENDS with additional hours scheduled during the week.

Applicants should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities: 
Knowledge of a variety of building maintenance procedures and techniques.
Knowledge of machinery, equipment and tools necessary for the maintenance of buildings.
Skills following safety practices and recognizing hazards.Skill in using hand and power tools.
Ability to follow instructions and take initiative to address a variety of maintenance problems.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.

The work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The work also involves janitorial responsibilities.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED. Prior experience working in some maintenance capacity is preferred. A valid New York State driver’s license is required. If you would like to be part of a dedicated staff working at a work class conservatory, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David Swarts, President/CEO at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

Fall Interns

Posted August 25, 2014
Looking for a fun and interesting summer 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


Love plants and the environment? Love to talk with others? Do you enjoy working with children? Looking to gain some experience?
Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - Become an Educational Docent! The Education Department provides tours and hands-on learning experiences for school, community, civic, and other groups. These volunteers are referred to as docents and partake in multiple training sessions to prepare them for their duties. Docents meet regularly on the first Wednesday of each month and may sign up to work based on a master schedule of events prepared by the department.

Tour Guide Docent: These docents provide tours to visiting groups, highlighting aspects of the Gardens history, special plants and plant collections. A general knowledge of botany, plant families, environmental requirements for specific plants and a willingness to continue to learn about the plant collections are essential. Training will be provided for beginning tour guide docents.

• Hands-on Docent:
These docents provide hands-on experiences to school groups that tour the Gardens. We offer a variety of lessons for student groups of all ages. Training to conduct the lesson activities will be provided.

Volunteers may choose either or both areas of docent work. Beginning volunteers will be paired with experienced docents in a shadowing program until they are comfortable teaching on their own. If you are interested Click here or call the Volunteer Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or khammer@buffalogardens.com

2014 Docent Training click here!