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:

Café Cashier
Engineering Technician
Facility Maintenance Technician
Horticulture Services Horticulturist
Horticulture Technician
On-Call Educator

Seasonal Grounds Mower
Seasonal Grounds Technician
Seasonal Horticulture Technician
Seasonal Visitor Experience Associate

Summer Camp Counselor
 

CAFE CASHIER

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a part-time Cashier for the Garden Café. This person will be responsible for ensuring high quality food and customer service for café customers.

Responsibilities:
  • Greets customers, takes orders and operates register/Point of Sale system
  • Opens, closes and operates café according to operational procedures
  • Responsible for all cash handling procedures, including cash register operation, end of the day reports, credit card settlement and café cash deposits
  • Prepares customer orders according to menu or special request, as quickly as possible, without sacrificing food quality
  • Demonstrates focus on outstanding customer service to the staff and guests of the Conservatory
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the front of the house before, during and after operating hours
  • Stock all beverages, snacks, dishes and supplies throughout the day and at the end of each shift for the following day using proper rotation methods
Requirements:
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Experience in customer service within a restaurant or café environment
  • Proficient in cash procedures, register equipment and food preparation equipment
  • Available to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent customer service skills in serving customers in a friendly and professional demeanor
  • Knowledge of cash procedures and Point of Sale operations
  • Must have great communication and problem solving 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 food products and equipment
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.


 

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time Engineering Technician to provide a clean, safe and professional environment by conducting repair programs and maintaining Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens equipment and facilities.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Performs regular ongoing equipment checks
  • Detects and diagnoses equipment problems and conducts in-house repairs
  • Verifies inventory of parts and maintains storage in all engineering areas
  • Administers and completes all work orders
  • Conducts periodic equipment audits to record equipment trouble spots
  • Supervises event/exhibit electrical load management during major fundraisers and events
  • Performs seasonal tasks such as: winterizes/de-winterizes mechanical rooms and other equipment
  • Rotates schedule and serves “on call” when needed
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the safe use of equipment
  • Assists with painting needs as they arise

Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree in a technical capacity or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years of maintenance experience in the following: electrical, plumbing, HVACs, carpentry, mechanical, lighting, hot water boiler, and/or water features
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems
  • Valid Ohio Driver’s License
  • Knowledge of software programs (Word, Windows and Excel)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess excellent time management and communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve and diagnose equipment malfunctions
  • Ability to maintain and work with all types of tools, machinery and other equipment
  • Ability to be flexible and provide excellent customer service
  • Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves materials weighing up to 50lbs
  • Occasionally operates lifts and ladders to ascend plant canopy for maintenance
  • Works indoors and outdoors year-round under a variety of conditions, including but not limited to: hot and cold temperatures, high humidity and wet weather

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter and salary requirement to hr@fpconservatory.org.


 

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: Email resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



HORTICULTURE SERVICES HORTICULTURIST

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a Horticulturist to play numerous roles and specialize in various aspects of Horticultural contract services as well as assisting in operations of our organization. This employee will safely complete maintenance, documentation and improvement of plant collections and seasonal displays within available resources.  They will also supervise and train volunteers and interns.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Develops and administers maintenance program, including irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease control, pruning, and planting
  • Monitors, reports and treats pests, diseases, disorders and environmental concerns within Integrated Pest Management program
  • Detects plant and environmental problems and modifies treatments to improve plant quality
  • Assists leading installation and removal of seasonal flower displays, exhibits and new permanent installations
  • Performs garden maintenance duties as needed including weeding, trimming, mulching, whipping
  • Supports snow removal in the winter as assigned
  • Develops programs and plans for better, more efficient operation and improved horticulture practices
  • Interacts with the public, volunteers, employees and peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets and leading tours
  • Assists with fundraising events
  • Researches and develops knowledge and identification of plant collection, specializing in assigned areas or collections
  • Follows state and federal laws that address the 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 OR minimum three years of experience, which includes plant maintenance, plant identification, pest and disease identification and treatment
  • Obtain and maintain a valid Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License within six months
  • Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel, Windows and PowerPoint)
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves up to 50 lbs to accomplish plant installations and maintenance
  • Occasionally operates lifts and ladders to ascend plant canopy for maintenance
  • Frequently operates and maintains tools and machinery such as pruners, saws, trimmers, mowers, snow plows, trucks and sprayers to maintain collections
  • Works indoors and outdoors year round under a variety of conditions
  • Ability to work within budgets and supports revenue goals
  • Uses written, verbal and practical skills to provide horticultural information to the public, employees, volunteers and peer institutions
  • Special Information: Candidate must have the ability to travel between contracted work sites, namely the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Columbus Commons
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



HORTICULTURE TECHNICIAN

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time 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, planting and watering
  • 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 the 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 preferred
  • Must be available days, evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License a plus, but not required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to work with and lead volunteers/ interns
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone/ self-motivated
  • Ability to take instruction and assist in 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 up to 50 lbs
To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



ON-CALL EDUCATOR

Job Summary: The On-Call Educator provides presentations to students 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
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
  • 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, on-call position. Hours will vary throughout the year.
 
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



SEASONAL GROUNDS MOWER

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a full-time seasonal Grounds Mower to assist in mowing duties for an 88 acre park and botanical garden.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Cares for and maintains the turf as well as maintaining mower equipment
  • Supports the implementation of programs, including irrigation, turf fertilization, pest, and disease control, pruning, and planting
  • Performs garden maintenance duties including weeding, trimming, mulching, blowing, mowing, trash removal
  • Interacts with the public, volunteers, and employees in a positive fashion
  • Ensures proper use and care of equipment
  • Performs other duties as assigned and demonstrates focus on serving the visitors and guests of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Requirements:
  • 1 year experience with mowing, plant maintenance, landscaping and equipment use preferred
  • Knowledge of basic software programs (Word, Excel and Windows)
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves to 50lbs to accomplish installations and maintenance
  • Frequently operates and maintains tools and machinery such as pruners, mowers, blowers, weed whips, trucks, and sprayers to maintain collections
  • Works indoors and outdoors under a variety of conditions, including hot and cold temperatures, high humidity, and wet weather
  • The ability to sit and work independently for an extended period of time
  • Demonstrates good communication skills and the ability to show initiative
 Additional Information: This a full-time, seasonal position lasting approximately 6 months (Early April to Mid-October).
 
To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org by March 10, 2017.



SEASONAL GROUNDS TECHNICIAN

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks 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 park and garden maintenance duties such as trash removal, weeding, string trimming, mowing, hardscaping, pruning and mulching, etc.
  • Monitors, reports and treats pests, diseases, disorders, and environmental concerns within Integrated Pest Management program
  • Interacts with the public, volunteers, employees, peer institutions by answering questions, developing fact sheets, and leading tours and workshops
Requirements:
  • 2 years Landscape experience preferred; 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
  • Certified Ohio pesticide license is a plus, but not required
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 seasonal position running from Early April to Late September.
 
To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org by March 10, 2017.



SEASONAL HORTICULTURE TECHNICIANS

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks seasonal Horticulture Technicians to join our team-oriented environment to assist in the care of our conservatory tropical collections and 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 the 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 preferred
  • Must be available days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License a plus, but not required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to work with and lead volunteers/interns
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone/self-motivated
  • Ability to take instruction and assist in an assigned area within the Conservatory or 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
Full-time, seasonal opportunities available for 2 teams, please state which you would prefer in your cover letter.
  • Interior Conservatory Team: Mid-May to Mid-November time commitment
  • Exterior Botanical Garden Team: Early April to Mid-October time commitment
To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org by April 3, 2017.



SEASONAL VISITOR EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks seasonal Visitor Experience Associates to provide exceptional customer service to the public in a museum or hospitality environment. 
 
Responsibilities:
  • Greets, acknowledges, and provides Conservatory event information to visitors
  • Sells memberships, admission tickets, and class registration to Conservatory visitors and provides them with event and exhibit information
  • Administers the opening and closing procedures of the Visitor’s Center
  • 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
  • Engages patrons in collection interpretation which may include public speaking
Requirements:
  • 2–4 years customer service experience in a museum, hospitality, or retail environment involving daily interaction with the public
  • 1 year minimum experience in register operations including handling cash and credit transactions
  • High School Graduate, Some College/Associates Degree preferred
  • Must be available to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic sales skills
  • Flexibility to work in multiple areas within the Visitor Experience department​
Additional Information: This is a seasonal position that will assist with the Blooms & Butterflies exhibition. Position will run from Late February–September 17, 2017.
 
To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks Summer Camp Counselors to be responsible for guiding 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:
  • 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
Requirements:
  • 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 running from May 30–August 11, 2017.
 
To Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.