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: 

Summer Camp Counselor
Visitor Experience Associate

Horticulture Exhibitions Designer


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  


Job Summary:  The Visitor Experience Associate is responsible for providing excellent customer service while engaging with patrons at the Ticket Center, in the Butterfly exhibition, and on the telephone. This position offers interpretation to our guests in the Special Exhibitions, Art Galleries, during Family Fun events, and on Group Tours of the Conservatory.

  • Demonstrates excellence in customer service for both internal and external guests of the Conservatory; Makes every effort to find solutions to visitor concerns
  • Greets, acknowledges and provides Conservatory event information to our guests
  • Promotes and processes transactions for admission tickets, memberships, and class registrations
  • Demonstrates accurate cash handling and reconciliation skills
  • Administers the opening and closing procedures of the Ticket Center
  • Answers the main phone line
  • Facilitates the group tour experience including booking, check-in and giving interpretative tours
  • Enforces United States Department of Agriculture and Franklin Park Conservatory regulations with staff and public in a positive manner
  • Engages patrons in formal and informal collection interpretation including public speaking
  • Performs daily care of the butterflies on exhibit including inventorying, pinning, capturing, cleaning cages, releasing and feeding
  • Facilitates Family Fun events and paid programming


  • High school degree required; related Associates or Bachelors degree preferred
  • Minimum 1 year cash handling and register experience
  • Ability to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding customer services skills displayed in a positive and friendly manner
  • Strong verbal and written communication, capable of speaking in front of a large group
  • Knowledge of cash procedures, register operations and ability to provide sales analysis
  • Ability to work with butterflies in a USDA containment facility
  • Flexibility to work in multiple areas within the Visitor Experience department
  • Basic computer skills including email, Microsoft Word and Excel; cash register experience a plus

Additional Information –This is a part-time, temporary position that runs through October 4, 2015.


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. 
  • 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 
  • 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


Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is looking for an experienced On-Call Bartender to provide outstanding beverage service to event guests.
  • Using excellent customer service skills, provides beverage service to guests and visitors of the Conservatory
  • Completes set up and tear down of bar areas for events
  • Completes consumption report of all leftover alcohol and submits to bar lead
  • Compiles and records all alcohol information
  • Sets up, replenishes, stocks and serves bar
  • Maintains cleanliness and manages inventory of liquor closet
  • Performs other duties as assigned and demonstrates focus on serving the guests of Conservatory events
  • Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D required
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Demonstrated knowledge of customer services techniques and ability to apply in building revenue associated events
  • Knowledge of common mixed drink recipes preferred
  • Some knowledge of foodservice preferred, but not required
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Effective customer service 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 equipment and event related items
  • Skill in problem solving, communication, and attention to detail.