Thank you for your interest in employment with Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

All employees of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). Full time, regular status employees are provided a generous benefit package. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are interested in applying for a position listed below, please forward a cover letter and resume to: hr@fpconservatory.org. Or mail to:

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Attention: Human Resources Department
1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203

Open Positions: 

Annual Fund Manager
Visitor Experience Associate
Facilities Maintenance Technician
Cafe Dishwasher
Cafe Catering Cook
Bartender – On Call



Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks an Annual Fund Manager to join our development team.  This position develops and implements annual strategies and programs that include the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual gifts from a variety of sources including individuals and businesses and through a variety of techniques including cultivation events, personal solicitations, telemarketing, grants and direct mail.

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines and evaluation plans for the Annual Fund program, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of constituents.
  • Create and administer a program of activities to solicit gifts from a variety of sources including individuals and businesses using techniques such as cultivation events, personal solicitations, special projects, telemarketing, mail, email and social media programs.
  • Use development database to perform comprehensive analysis of the Annual Fund program. Use data to evaluate program success and make recommendations for program changes.
  • Manage portfolio of individual donors, Monarch Society, and $1,000 or greater annual giving club, and expand programs annually by both number of donors and total funds raised.
  • Work with Director of Development to develop and implement cultivation and stewardship strategy for individual/family donors who make annual gifts between $1,000-$25,000.
  • Achieve monthly face-to-face donor and prospect meeting, cultivation and solicitation goals.
  • Work closely with Director of Development and other department staff members to ensure coordination with their respective fundraising efforts.
  • Bachelor's degree and 3–5 years of successful annual fund management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in planning, cultivation and stewardship of donors.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and CRM database software (Raiser’s Edge preferred).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of fundraising, including direct mail, personal and telephone solicitations, cultivation events, stewardship, and donor relations.
  • Mature management and communication skills, interpersonal savvy and customer focus.
  • Ability to shepherd a targeted effort within a complex environment, and operational skills that ensure successful tactical project management.
  • Excellent computer and analytical skills are required.
  • Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, warmly develop relationships with diverse constituencies, and employ keen judgment.
  • Results driven; ability to manage and measure work, balancing multiple projects and goals.


Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a seasonal Visitor Experience Associate responsible for providing excellent customer service while engaging with patrons at the Visitor Center and on the telephone. This position offers interpretation to our guests in the Special Exhibitions, Art Galleries, during Family Fun events, and on Group Tours of the Conservatory. 
  • Demonstrates excellence in customer service for both internal and external guests of the Conservatory; Makes every effort to find solutions to visitor concerns
  • Greets, acknowledges and provides Conservatory event information to our guests
  • Promotes and processes transactions for admission tickets, memberships, and class registrations
  • Demonstrates accurate cash handling and reconciliation skills
  • Administers the opening and closing procedures of the Ticket Center
  • Answers the main phone line
  • Facilitates the group tour experience including booking, check-in and giving interpretative tours
  • Enforces United States Department of Agriculture and Franklin Park Conservatory regulations with staff and public in a positive manner
  • Engages patrons in formal and informal collection interpretation including public speaking
  • Facilitates Family Fun events and paid programming
  • High school degree required; related Associates or Bachelors degree preferred
  • Minimum 1 year cash handling and register experience
  • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Outstanding customer services skills displayed in a positive and friendly manner
  • Strong verbal and written communication, capable of speaking in front of a large group
  • Knowledge of cash procedures, register operations and ability to provide sales analysis
  • Flexibility to work in multiple areas within the Visitor Experience department
  • Basic computer skills including email, Microsoft Word and Excel
Additional Information: This is a part-time, temporary position that runs through January 4, 2015.  Candidate must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.



Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a Facilities Maintenance Technician responsible for event set-up and maintaining a clean, safe, and professional facility.  This position will work weekdays and weekends.
  • Responsible for event set-ups and removals. (Tables, chairs, podiums, stage pieces, AV equipment, etc.)
  • Cleans and removes trash from the public and private areas of the Conservatory such as restrooms, tile floors, windows, and carpets.
  • Maintains care of facility maintenance equipment and supplies.
  • Occasionally operates lifts and ladders to ascend building areas for cleaning.
  • Works indoors and outdoors year around in a variety of conditions including, hot and cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather.
  • Frequently operates and maintains tools and machinery such as: automated floor scrubbers, high speed electrical buffers, steam cleaning machines, and vacuum cleaners.
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be available days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Previous facility maintenance and/or event setup experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to frequently lift, carry or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50 lbs. to accomplish cleaning and event set up and removal.
  • Strong customer service, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to learn how to operate and maintain machinery used to perform various cleaning tasks.


Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a part-time dishwasher for our Garden Café responsible for cleaning and putting away dishes, removing trash and recycling, and keeping floors and table tops clean.
  • Opens, closes, and operates dish tank according to predetermined operational procedures.
  • Clears dishes from the dining areas.
  • Cleans, put away, and restocks all dishes and equipment throughout the shift.
  • Keeps an eye on trash cans and floors making sure to sweep/mop as needed and takes out trash throughout the shift.
  • Runs food as needed.
  • Sweeps and mops at the end of every shift.
  • Takes out all trash, recycling, and compost at the end of every shift.
  • Puts away orders when they come in making sure to rotate food stock.
  • High school degree or equivalent.
  • Available to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • 6–12 months experience in restaurant environment preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Must demonstrate expert skills in serving customers in a friendly and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to stand/walk for several hours at a time; Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 pounds when receiving and storing food products and equipment.
  • Must have a sense of urgency and ability to work quickly at all times.


Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time café catering cook  who is responsible for ensuring high quality food and customer service for guests.
  • Prepares food for the café and catering menus as directed by café supervisor or chef, paying special attention to food quality, flavor, temperature, date labels, and product rotation
  • Prepares customer orders according to menu or special request, as quickly as possible, without sacrificing food quality
  • Maintains cleanliness and organization of the kitchen and café storage areas
  • Demonstrates focus on outstanding service to the staff and guests of the Conservatory
  • Opens, closes, and operates café according to operational procedures.
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Catering and line cooking experience
  • Servsafe certification or equivalent  
  • Available to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Must have a great palate for use in food preparation
  • Ability and confidence to prepare delicious soups, sauces, salads and baked goods from scratch using ingredients on hand
  • Ability to follow recipes
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to read and execute catering event orders
  • Excellent customer service and time management skills


Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is looking for an experienced On-Call Bartender to provide outstanding beverage service to event guests.
  • Using excellent customer service skills, provides beverage service to guests and visitors of the Conservatory
  • Completes set up and tear down of bar areas for events
  • Completes consumption report of all leftover alcohol and submits to bar lead
  • Compiles and records all alcohol information
  • Sets up, replenishes, stocks and serves bar
  • Maintains cleanliness and manages inventory of liquor closet
  • Performs other duties as assigned and demonstrates focus on serving the guests of Conservatory events
  • Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D required
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Demonstrated knowledge of customer services techniques and ability to apply in building revenue associated events
  • Knowledge of common mixed drink recipes preferred
  • Some knowledge of foodservice preferred, but not required 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Effective customer service skills
  • Ability to stand/walk for several hours at a time
  • Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 pounds when receiving and storing equipment and event related items
  • Skill in problem solving, communication, and attention to detail.