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 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:

Cafe Line Cook
Facility Maintenance Technician
Greenhouse Grower

Grounds Technicians
 

CAFE LINE COOK

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time Café Line Cook to be responsible for ensuring high quality food and customer service for all guests and employees of the Conservatory.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Open, close and operate cafe according to predetermined operational procedures and hours
  • Follow Ohio Health Department guidelines regarding personal hygiene, food temperature controls, date labels and product rotation
  • Prepare ingredients and assemble dishes according to cafe recipes and specifications
  • Prepare customer orders according to menu or special request, as quickly as possible, without sacrificing food quality
  • Ensure all food leaving the kitchen is fresh, properly presented, and up to café standards
  • Help catering staff prepare for events during slow times, as directed by Chef or Café Supervisor
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the work station, kitchen and storage areas
  • Run food to guests as needed
  • Demonstrate focus on outstanding food and service to the staff and guests of the Conservatory
  • Notify Café Supervisor or Chef when any food item is running low
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by Café Supervisor or Chef
Requirements:
  • High School Diploma/GED Equivalent
  • Previous foodservice experience
  • Previous customer service experience within a restaurant/café setting
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of food preparation equipment, safe food handling procedures and food weights/measurements
  • Expert skills in serving customers in a friendly/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/equipment
  • Must have a sense of urgency and ability to work quickly without sacrificing quality
  • Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving as well as written and oral communication


FACILITY MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time Facility Maintenance Technician to provide a clean, safe and professional environment. Supports organizational goals, mission and values with strong emphasis on customer service.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Cleans and removes trash from the public and private areas of the Conservatory
  • Maintains care of facility maintenance equipment and supplies
  • Responsible for all event set-ups and removals
  • Inventories custodial supplies and maintains appropriate levels
  • Follow state and federal laws that address the safe use of equipment and the application, storage and disposal of chemical products
  • Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves materials weighing up to 50 lbs. to accomplish cleaning and event set up and removal
  • Works indoors and outdoors year around in a variety of conditions
  • 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
Requirements:
  • Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Previous facility maintenance experience preferred
Knowledge, Skills and 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
To apply, please email resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



GREENHOUSE GROWER

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time Greenhouse Grower to safely and efficiently plan and administer all aspects of growing operations at the support greenhouse. They will be responsible for plant production to support Horticulture seasonal and collections displays as well as other interdepartmental needs. This candidate will also support departmental and facility goals, mission and values with a strong emphasis on customer service.

Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of greenhouse growing operations such as watering, pruning, and fertilization programs
  • Monitors, reports and treats pests, diseases, disorders and environmental concerns within Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) to ensure healthy and useable plants are produced
  • Develops, researches and administers growing schedules and bench space plans for all crops produced via production requests
  • Works in conjunction with other departments to provide plant materials needed for specific programs, events or sales
  • Responsible for developing and administering maintenance programs, including irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease control, and pruning for the Wells Barn interior and the Conservatory
  • Assigns and monitors proper settings in the Micro Gro system that operates the support greenhouse, with assistance from Engineering
  • Organizes, leads and trains volunteers, interns, seasonal employees and society members involved with our special collections as well as general greenhouse care
  • Performs garden maintenance duties to support the Horticulture team
  • Responsible for keeping the support greenhouse stocked with needed supplies and clean at all times
  • Interacts with general public, volunteers, employees and peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets and leading tours, workshops and classes
  • Researches and develops knowledge and identification of plant collections, specializing in caring for, propagation, recovering and growing of requested plant materials
  • Assists with fundraising plant sales
  • Follows state and federal laws to ensure safe application, storage and disposal of pesticides, while maintaining proper documentation 
  • Ensures proper use and care of equipment
Requirements:
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Greenhouse Production or a related field
  • Minimum two years’ experience in plant maintenance, plant identification and pest and disease identification and treatment in a greenhouse environment
  • Intermediate knowledge of varied greenhouse production crops, ie. Vegetables, annuals, and poinsettias
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Windows
  • Obtain and maintain a valid Ohio Certified Pesticide applicator’s License within six months of employment
  • Valid driver’s license
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to work independently, and manage multiple projects and deadlines efficiently
  • Proficient written & verbal communication and practical skills to provide horticultural information to the general public, employees, volunteers and peer institutions
  • Public Speaking ability
  • Detailed oriented and strong planning / organizational skills
  • Entrepreneurial skill and ability to create and implement landscape and conservatory designs
  • Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves materials weighing up to 50lbs
  • Frequently operates and maintains tools and machinery such as pruners, saws, trimmers, etc.
  • Works indoors and outdoors year round under a variety of conditions, including hot and cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather


 

GROUNDS TECHNICIANS: General Grounds Technician and Turf & Irrigation Specialist

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks two full-time Grounds Technicians (General Grounds and a Turf & Irrigation Specialist) to safely provide professional landscaping services. Both candidates will be responsible for performing ongoing landscaping tasks, as well as supporting the improvement of plant collections and seasonal displays within available resources. Routine maintenance of all landscaping equipment may be required from both candidates as well. They will support departmental and facility goals, our mission statement and values with a strong emphasis on customer service.

Responsibilities:
  • Works directly with manger to plan and implement turf and irrigation programs (Turf & Irrigation Specialist only)
  • Supports and administers the maintenance of turf and irrigation
  • Performs garden maintenance duties including but not limited to mowing, weeding, trimming, mulching, blowing, planting, pruning, chemical applications and trash removal
  • Operates snow removal equipment during the winter to keep all roadways, walkways and building entrances cleared and safe, requiring flexibility in scheduling
  • Leads and trains volunteers, interns and seasonal employees
  • Assists with installation and removal of seasonal flower displays
  • Supports programs and plans for efficient operation and improved horticulture practices
  • Interacts with general public, volunteers, and employees in a positive fashion
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the safe use of equipment and the application, storage and disposal of pesticides
  • Ensures proper use and care of equipment
Requirements:
  • High school diploma/GED required
  • 2+ years’ experience with turf and irrigation preferred (Turf & Irrigation Specialist only)
  • 1+ year experience with plant maintenance or landscaping preferred (General Grounds Technician)
  • A certification in horticulture or landscaping preferred
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid Ohio Certified Pesticide applicator’s License within six months of employment
  • Valid Ohio Driver’s License
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel and Windows)
  • Must be able to lift or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50lbs to accomplish installations and maintenance
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors year round under a variety of conditions, including hot and cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather
  • Uses written, verbal and practical skills to provide horticultural information to the general public, employees, volunteers and peer institutions
  • Must be a reliable worker who is able to perform routine tasks without supervision
  • Strong attention to detail preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Passion for plants and the outdoors
  • Special Instructions: When applying, please indicate which opening you prefer: General Grounds Technician or Turf & Irrigation Specialist