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Employment

The San Diego Botanic Garden is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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Volunteer Horticulture Internship

Job Listings

Wedding Site Manager

Job Description

Position summary: This is a full time position requiring some weekends and evenings. Plan, manage, and implement SDBG’s year-round calendar of weddings, memorials and other events. Wedding Site Manager reports to Director of Operations and interfaces with a variety of internal and external audiences: clients, caterers, rental companies, volunteers, staff, and outside vendors/services. Oversee weekend setups and the general upkeep of the event facilities related to weddings/events. Prepare annual budget for areas of responsibility.

Wedding Site Manager:
Respond to phone, email and fax inquires and walk-in visitors
Meet with prospective clients and tour Gardens
Book weddings, create contract, and take deposits
Assist bride in anyway possible with regards to vendors, decorations, layout, etc
Schedule rehearsals
Meet with bridal party and vendors for final walk-thru when necessary
Coordinate with caterers and other vendors
Collect payment in full for all events in a timely manner
Prepare Event instructions for Manager on Duty
Oversee Manager on Duty
Schedule Manager on Duty
Refund security deposit in full or partially depending on condition of Garden following all events
Send thank you note and gift membership to all completed weddings
Manage Preferred Catering List
Meet with and give tours to new prospective caterers
Coordinate with Marketing Manager to keep wedding portion of website current
Continually find ways to improve the wedding and reception experience
Other duties as assigned

Memorials & Corporate Party Rental Coordinator
Respond to phone, email and fax inquires
Meet with prospective clients and tour Garden
Schedule events, create contracts, and take deposits
Assist client in anyway possible with regards to caterers, vendors, services, layout, etc
Meet with client and vendors for walk-thru when necessary
Collect payment in full for all events in a timely manner
Prepare event instructions for Manager on Duty
Oversee Manager on Duty
Schedule Manager on Duty
Refund security deposit in full or partially depending on condition of Garden following all events
Continually find ways to improve the corporate event experience

Other Duties:

Volunteer Appreciation
Organize and layout event
Coordinate caterer
Prepare setup arrangements
Decorations

Annual Staff Party
Organize and layout event
Coordinate caterer
Prepare setup arrangements
Decorations

Other Events as assigned

Skills/Requirements
Excellent interpersonal skills, good communication skills, organizational skills, detail oriented, good follow through, a track record in diplomacy, polished and well groomed and 2-3 years relevant experience. Proficiency in the use of computers including word processing. Experience in wedding and event planning. Must have a California driver’s license, adequate manual dexterity required for operating a keyboard, and the ability to perform light physical work including touring clients through the facilities, etc. Ability to move tables and chairs or lift 30 pounds. Salary range $33,000 - $35,000 annually.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter highlighting your past experience and your interest in working at the Garden to info@SDBGarden.org. No phone calls or walk-ins please!

 

EVENTS AND OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Summary

This is a temporary-full time position that reports to the Director of Operations. Approximate time assisting each Department: 60% Education and Events Manager, 20% Operations Manager, 20% Director of Operations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform front office duties for the Garden including answering phones, greeting visitors, and assist with keeping office stocked and organized
  • Schedule Group Visits & Tours
  • Assist Education and Events Manager
  • Help with special event planning and ticket sales, making flyers/signs
  • Create files for activities/classes, take registration and payment
  • Assist with coordination of classes & scheduling
  • Schedule volunteers for programs and events
  • Help with minor setups for meetings
  • Cover for Education and Events Manager on week-ends when needed
  • Assist Operations Manager
  • Cover for Operations Manager as needed
  • Pick up mail from post office as needed
  • Relieve admissions booth operator as needed
  • Check in linens from events and inventory for cleaning company
  • Assist docents and volunteers as needed
  • Assist the Director of Operations in managing special projects
  • Provide assistance to the CEO/President as needed
  • Assist with other administrative duties assigned or as needed


Skills/Requirements

Candidate needs to be friendly, helpful and flexible, have a team player attitude, able to organize and prioritize work and manage time accordingly; detail oriented; able to work in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrate ability to work well with other staff, volunteers & guests. Work with minimum supervision and in an area with frequent interruptions and be flexible enough to deal with changing priorities. Keep office organized and presentable for the public. Complete projects accurately and within deadlines. Employee must be skilled at Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint and have good oral and written communication skills. Must have a valid California drivers’ license and be able to run local errands for the office and/or events. Must be able to walk and/or stand for long periods of time and lift up to 40 pounds as needed. Salary range $13 - $15

Email resumes: info@SDBGarden.org

 

Gardener – Level 1

Compensation: 10-12 BOE
FULL TIME
Non-profit organization

A full-time position that reports to the Director of Horticulture, and Horticulturist. Responsible for performing activities related to the care and maintenance of the gardens, landscape, and grounds.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Performs all needed horticultural activities, including those directed by supervisors. Activities include planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pesticide applications, pest control, garden cleanup, and custodial tasks.

Operates and maintains hand tools, power tools (chain saw, blower, lawnmower, string trimmer), electric carts, tractors, and other equipment.

Assist with the maintenance and installation of irrigation systems when needed.

Assist with the care and maintenance of plants in the nursery when needed.

Assist in the setup and take down of tables, chairs, and other equipment for classes, workshops, meetings, and events.

Assist with other SDBG activities and tasks when needed.

Skills and Requirements:
Must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is recommended. Must be a team player and work well with other staff and volunteers. Must be courteous and helpful to all garden visitors. Must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. a distance of 25 feet often. Must have a valid driver's license. Must be available to work some weekend and evening shifts.

Special Note:
This position is an entry-level gardener position. Persons in this position are expected to continually increase their knowledge of the Garden's collections, horticultural and maintenance procedures, and the field of ornamental horticulture.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter highlighting your past experience and your interest in working at the Garden to info@SDBGarden.org. No phone calls or walk-ins please!

 

Part-time Gardener

Compensation: 10-12 BOE

A part-time position that reports to the Director of Horticulture, and Horticulturist. Responsible for performing activities related to the care and maintenance of the gardens, landscape, and grounds.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

Performs all needed horticultural activities, including those directed by supervisors. Activities include planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pesticide applications, pest control, garden cleanup, and custodial tasks.

Operates and maintains hand tools, power tools (chain saw, blower, lawnmower, string trimmer), electric carts, tractors, and other equipment.

Assist with the maintenance and installation of irrigation systems when needed.

Assist with the care and maintenance of plants in the nursery when needed.

Assist in the setup and take down of tables, chairs, and other equipment for classes, workshops, meetings, and other special events.

Assist with other SDBG activities and tasks when needed.

Skills and requirements
Must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is recommended. Must be a team player and work well with other staff and volunteers. Must be courteous and helpful to all garden visitors. Must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. a distance of 25 feet often. Must have a valid driver's license.

Special Note
This position is an entry-level gardener position. Persons in this position are expected to continually increase their knowledge of the Garden's collections, horticultural and maintenance procedures, and the field of ornamental horticulture.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter highlighting your past experience and your interest in working at the Garden to info@sdbgarden.org. No phone calls or walk-ins please!

 

Volunteer Horticulture Internship

Located north of San Diego ½ mile from the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens) has thirty -five virtually frost free acres with diverse plant collections and gardens. Major botanical collections include palms, bamboo, aloes, agaves, and other subtropical and Mediterranean climate species. Notable gardens include desert gardens, tropical gardens, Mediterranean climate gardens, and the new Hamilton Children’s Garden.

The internship is a non-paid training position intended for applicants interested in pursuing a career in
horticulture. Interns are trained in horticultural activities including tropical and subtropical plant identification, care and maintenance, planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pest control. Other public garden activities may include plant records, mapping, landscape design, and labeling. Activities may include operation and maintenance of irrigation systems, hand tools, power tools, electric carts, and other equipment.

Applicants must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is strongly recommended. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 25 lbs.

A resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation are required.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation to:
info@SDBGarden.org
or
San Diego Botanic Garden
PO Box 230005
Encinitas, CA 92023-0005





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