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: 

Grounds Technician
Visitor Experience Associate
Catering Coordinator

Cafe Dishwasher



Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a Grounds Technicians to assist in grounds duties for an 88-acre park and botanical garden. 

  • Supports maintenance program, including irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease control, pruning, and planting
  • Performs garden maintenance duties such as weeding, trimming, and mulching. 
  • Monitors, reports and treats pests, diseases, disorders and environmental concerns within Integrated Pest Management program
  • Interacts with general public, volunteers, employees, peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets, and leading tours and workshops


  • Min. 2 years Landscape Maintenance experience; this includes but not limited to mowing, string trimming, sheering, planting, mulching, chemical applications, turf/tree care and equipment maintenance
  • Must be available days and occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Valid Driver’s License

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone/ self motivated
  • Ability to take instruction and operate an assigned area
  • Knowledge of plant care, integrated pest management, fertilization techniques, pruning practices and watering programs
  • Equipment operations knowledge
  • Good communication, planning, and time management skills
  • Ability to frequently lift, carry, or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50 lbs.



Job Summary: The Visitor Experience Associate is 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
  • 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
  • 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; cash register experience a plus

Additional Information: This is a part-time, temporary position that runs from mid-November through early January 2016.


Job Summary: The Catering Coordinator efforts will be divided between assisting the Catering Sales Team and managing onsite catered events. The Catering Coordinator assists the Sales Team by planning, organizing, and developing food & beverage service for various events. This position will manage onsite catered events by supervising food and beverage service and enforcing the company standard for excellence, resulting in the overall success of catered events.  

  • Plan and arrange all aspects of the function, including but not limited to; timeline, floor plan, staffing, event rentals, and invoices
  • Facilitate communication before, during, and post event with catering sales staff to ensure a high level of customer service
  • Supervise event room set-up, service and maintenance of all catering functions and equipment
  • Assess catering product and equipment requirements for catered events
  • Demonstrate basic food and beverage knowledge and enforce health and safety practices
  • Provide excellent food and beverage service
  • Train new servers and continue to train and evaluate current servers
  • Stay readily available and approachable for all guests
  • Maintain a professional and positive attitude 


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. required; College degree in culinary arts, business management, communications, or similar field preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe food handling procedures; ServSafe certified preferred
  • 2-4 years of experience in the restaurant or catering industry
  • Experience in set ups of buffets, displays, and formal dinners preferred 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, an eye for detail, the ability to multi task, and to work independently
  • Knowledge to effectively reference the products and services within the catering sales environment
  • Demonstrate expert skills in serving customers in a friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to train, coach, provide feedback, and constructive criticism to staff members
  • Skill in problem solving
  • Skills in written and oral communication
  • Ability to stand/walk for several hours at a time
  • Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move objects and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds



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


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D required
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Demonstrated knowledge of customer service and sales techniques and ability to apply those techniques to increase event revenue 
  • 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.



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.