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 with the position title in the subject line. Or mail to:

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

Open Positions: 

Botanical Garden & Contract Designer
Summer Camp Counselor
Part Time Facilities Maintenance Technician


Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a Botanical Garden and Contract Designer to help develop and designs gardens and seasonal color displays within the property gardens and contractual properties as part of the Social Enterprise business in Horticulture.  
  • Under the direction of the Director of Horticulture:
  • Designs seasonal displays, containers, and permanent gardens at offsite contract properties by consulting with the Director of Horticulture and property clients
  • Responsible for client meetings, work proposals, contract writing for revenue / landscape work
  • Interacts with contractual clients, general public, volunteers, and peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets and leading tours and workshops
  • Designs horticultural aspects of temporary and permanent displays
  • Represents the Conservatory in public appearances and interviews with local media to promote newly installed gardens and displays
  • Directs the coordination and planning of installation of assigned gardens and displays in conjunction with appropriate departments and clients
  • Sources and orders plants and supplies needed for said garden installations and displays
  • Manages each project budget
  • Coordinate plant growing needs with the support greenhouse grower
  • Researches, develops and disseminates plant knowledge, identification and cultural care for garden installations and displays
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the use of equipment and the applications, storage and disposal of pesticides
  • 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
  • Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel and Windows).
  • Valid driver’s license
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Self-motivation, confidence, and ability to perform well in a competitive sales environment
  • Strong presentation, planning, organization and follow up skills
  • Ability to apply sound judgment
  • Ability to motivate others and to communicate effectively
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and to problem solve independently
  • Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves materials weighing up to 50 lbs to install plants and maintain them
  • Occasionally operates lifts and ladders to ascend plant canopy for maintenance
  • Works indoors/outdoors year round under a variety of conditions, including hot/cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather
To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, portfolio of design work and salary requirements to hr@fpconservatory.org by May 16.


Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks Summer Camp Counselors responsible for guiding campers in age-appropriate educational programming, games, crafts, and other recreational activities. 

  • 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
  • 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.
  • High school degree required, 1-4 years of Higher Education with focus in horticulture, natural resources, environmental education, interpretive education, or early childhood development is desired.
  • 6 months related work experience
  • Proficiency in the techniques of informal learning
  • 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
  • Ability to function as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to do programmatic work 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 May 31–August 10, 2016.



Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time Custodian to provide a clean, safe and professional environment. Supports organizational goals, mission and values with strong emphasis on customer service.
  • 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
  • Responsible for all event set-ups and removals (Tables, chairs, podiums, stage pieces, AV equipment, etc.)
  • Inventories custodial supplies and maintains appropriate levels
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the safe use of equipment and the application, storage and disposal of chemical products
  • Works indoors and outdoors year round 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, vacuum cleaners
  • Demonstrates focus on serving the visitors and guests of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Previous facility maintenance experience preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to transport maintenance equipment up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to learn how to operate and maintain machinery used to perform various cleaning tasks