Employment

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: 

Support Greenhouse Grower
Horticulture Exhibitions Designer
Event Coordinator
Botanical Garden Horticulture Technician
Seasonal Youth Program Educator

Grounds Technician
Summer Camp Counselor

Botanica Sales Associate
Facilities Maintenance Technician

 

SUPPORT GREENHOUSE GROWER

Job Summary: The Support Greenhouse Grower safely completes the growing of plant materials and also manages the documentation and improvement of plant collections and seasonal displays.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Monitors and maintains the Micro Gro system that operates the Support Greenhouse facility
  • Develops, researches and administers grow calendars and crop schedules for crops produced in the support facility while leading plant specifications research
  • Responsible for all aspects of growing such as watering programs, fertilization routines, pest and disease control, pruning, and growing of plants for displays and collections
  • Works in conjunction with departments such as Education, Gift Shop, Exhibits and Event Sales etc. to provide plant materials needed for specific programs or events or sales
  • Monitors, reports and treats pests, diseases, disorders and environmental concerns within Integrated Pest Management program
  • Organizes, leads and trains volunteers, interns, seasonal employees and society members involved with our special collections, i.e. Bonsai, Orchids etc.
  • Performs garden maintenance duties including weeding, trimming, mulching to support the Horticulture team
  • Responsible for keeping the support greenhouse and working yard stocked with needed supplies and cleaned at all times.
  • Interacts with general public, volunteers, employees, peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets and leading tours, workshops and classes
  • Assists with fundraising plant sales, including development and supports all facility goals.
  • Researches and develops knowledge and identification of plant collections, specializing in caring for, propagation, recovering and growing of requested plant materials
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the safe use of equipment and the application, storage and disposal of pesticides

Requirements:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Greenhouse Production or a related field
  • Minimum two years of experience, which includes plant maintenance, plant identification and pest and disease identification and treatment in a greenhouse environment
  • Knowledge of vegetable, annual and poinsettia production
  • Obtain, within six months, and maintain valid Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Valid driver’s license

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to create and implement landscape and conservatory designs by growing or caring for plant materials
  • Ability to work independently
  • Skill in verbal and written communication
  • Detail oriented with strong planning and organizational skills
  • Public speaking ability
  • Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel and Windows)
  • Ability to frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves materials weighing up to 50lbs to accomplish Greenhouse operations, plant installations and maintenance
  • Ability to operate and maintain tools and machinery such as pruners, saws, trimmers, trucks and sprayers to maintain collections
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors year round under a variety of conditions, including hot and cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather



HORTICULTURE EXHIBITIONS DESIGNER

Job Summary: The Horticulture Exhibitions Designer helps develop and design temporary horticulture shows and horticulture components of exhibits. This position closely works with the Exhibits team and Horticulture team to design top quality, creative, beautiful and WOW factor installations. 
 
Responsibilities:
  • Designs horticulture aspects of temporary exhibits and shows including: Orchids, Blooms and Butterflies, fall show/special exhibitions, and Merry & Bright
  • Interacts with general public, volunteers, and peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets and leading tours and workshops
  • Makes public appearances and performs interviews with local media to promote current exhibitions
  • Coordinates and plans installation of temporary exhibitions and shows in conjunction with all appropriate departments
  • Sources and orders plants, props and supplies for temporary exhibitions and shows
  • Coordinates plant growing needs with the Support Greenhouse Grower
  • Researches, develops and disseminates plant knowledge, identification and cultural care for temporary displays
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the use of equipment and the applications, storage and disposal of pesticides
  • Supports the progression of installations to ensure designs are followed and represented well
  • Maintains clear records of all designs, costs and sourcing within budget 
Requirements:
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Horticulture Design or a related field
  • Minimum two years design experience
  • Minimum 1 year of horticulture maintenance which includes operation of tools and equipment, plant maintenance, plant identification, pest and disease control and care of tropical, woody and herbaceous ornamentals
  • Obtain, within six months, and maintain valid Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License
  • Valid driver’s license 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel and Windows)
  • Ability to work with the other horticulture team members and other departments to develop designs that work for all parties
  • Ability to motivate others and to communicate effectively with internal and external clients
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and to problem solve
  • Ability to frequently lift, carry or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50 lbs to install plants and maintain them
  • Ability to occasionally operates lifts and ladders to ascend plant canopy for maintenance
  • Ability to work indoors/outdoors year round under a variety of conditions, including hot/cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather
Additional Information: This is a part time position working approximately 28 hours per week.
 


EVENT COORDINATOR 

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is looking for an Event Coordinator responsible for ensuring excellent customer service for all guests and employees of the Conservatory through facility rentals, special events coordination, public relations and salesmanship.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Plans, coordinates and ensures quality of an event from the time the event is assigned through the post event evaluation
  • Gathers and records accurate information regarding the details of each event
  • Provides accurate information to clients regarding Conservatory rules and regulations and ensures smooth orchestration and communication to internal departments
  • Facilitates ceremony rehearsal and executes wedding ceremony
  • Oversees caterers, bars and vendors performance on the night of the event
  • Provides excellent customer service to all clients/visitors of the Conservatory
  • Markets and promotes the Conservatory to potential clients
  • Maintains client database and event software programs
 Requirements:
  • High School degree required; Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management or Communications preferred
  • 1-3 years hospitality and/or events experience preferred
  • Available to work evenings and weekends
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Advanced skills in interacting with the public, problem solving, and customer service
  • Knowledge of basic software programs such as MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Must possess great written and oral communications skills and be detailed oriented
  • Some knowledge of foodservice preferred
  • Ability to stand/walk for several hours at a time; Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects weighing up to 25 lbs when receiving and storing equipment and event-related items

BOTANICAL GARDEN HORTICULTURE TECHNICIAN 

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a seasonal Horticulture Technician to join our team-oriented environment to assist in the care of our botanical gardens.
 
Responsibilities:
  • 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 
Requirements:
  • 1 year experience in plant maintenance, plant ID, and equipment use
  • Must be available days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License a plus 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to work with and lead volunteers/ interns and seasonal employees
  • Public speaking ability
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone/ self motivated
  • Ability to take instruction and operate an assigned area within the Botanical Gardens
  • Knowledge of plant care, integrated pest management, fertilization techniques, pruning practices and watering programs
  • Equipment operations knowledge
  • Knowledge of Basic Software programs (Word, Excel and Windows)
  • Good communication, planning, and time management skills
  • Ability to frequently lift, carry, or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50 lbs
Additional Information: This is a full-time, seasonal position that runs April through September, 2015. Please send resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.

SEASONAL YOUTH PROGRAM EDUCATOR

Job Summary: The Seasonal Youth Program Educator provides presentations to students during the school tour season and assists the education department in program content development.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Provides structured presentations to students to learn more about butterflies, botany and habitat. 
  • Helps with outreach programs throughout the Columbus area for classes and groups. 
  • Assists the Education team with developing new content for programs.
  • Demonstrates a focus on serving the guests of the Conservatory, maintaining the highest standards of customer service.
  • Perforsm other duties as assigned. 
Requirements:
  • High school degree required, some college preferred.
  • 6 months experience or coursework in informal/formal education in the areas of: environmental science, education, communications or public relations.
  • Proficiency in the techniques of informal learning and a keen interest in sharing knowledge with visitors
  • Availability to work weekday mornings 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to exhibit a professional, enthusiastic and dynamic demeanor that engages visitors
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An interest in working with people
  • Ability to walk up to 5 miles/day, and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
Additional Information: This is a part-time temporary position that runs March 30 – May 30, 2015.


 

GROUNDS TECHNICIAN

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

  • 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

Requirements:

  • 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
  • Flexibility to work Mower tasks and Horticulture tasks when needed

 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

 Additional Information: This is a full-time, seasonal position lasting approximately 6 months

 

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

Job Summary: The Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for the guidance of campers in age-appropriate educational programming, games, crafts, and other recreational activities. Program topics will focus on gardening, nature, art, plants, interactions’ between living organisms, environmental awareness, water, and more.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Community Outreach & Education Director and Camp Coordinator:
  • Develop, implement, and deliver creative and fun mission-based camp activities
  • Serve as a role model and maintain the health, safety, and welfare of children
  • Organize and maintain all camp equipment, supplies, and camp areas
  • Work cooperatively with other education staff and the Camp Coordinator
  • Document all accidents, injuries, incidents, complaints, and problems
  • Demonstrate a focus on serving the camps and guests of the Conservatory, maintaining the highest standards of customer service.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Requirements:

  • High school degree required, 1-4 years of Higher Education (college) with focus in horticulture, natural resources, environmental education, interpretive education, or early childhood development.
  • 6 months related work experience
  • Proficiency in the techniques of informal learning and a keen interest in sharing knowledge with visitors
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule (weekends and holidays sometimes required)
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation
  • Current child First Aid/CPR training is a plus 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to exhibit a professional, enthusiastic and dynamic demeanor that engages campers
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to function as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, databases, and documents, and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to do programmatic work and research offsite (computer, web access)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to walk up to 5 miles/day, and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds 

Additional Information: This is a seasonal position that runs June 1–August 7, 2015.

 

BOTANICA SALES ASSOCIATE 

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a part-time Botanica Gift Shop and Greenhouse Sales Associate who possesses outstanding customer service and sales skills. 
 
Responsibilities:
  • Greets, acknowledges, and provides product information to customers of the Gift Shop and Greenhouse
  • Maintains the appearance of the Gift Shop and Greenhouse
  • Administers the opening and closing procedures of the Gift Shop and Greenhouse
  • Assists in the processing of merchandise, receiving, pricing, and merchandising
  • Demonstrates accurate cash handling and reconciliation of sales
  • Provides excellent customer services and  makes every effort to find solutions for visitor’s concerns or issues
Requirements:
  • High school graduate
  • 1-2 years retail customer service experience
  • Available to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Outstanding customer service and sales skills
  • Knowledge of cash procedures and Point of Sale operations
  • Ability to count cash, reconcile numbers, and provide general analysis regarding daily sales figures
  • General knowledge of plant care
   

FACILITIES MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

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.
 
Responsibilities:
  • 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.
Requirements:
  • 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.