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: 

Blooms & Butterflies Exhibition Assistant
Seasonal Visitor Experiene Associate
Part-Time Visitor Experience Associate
Horticulture Technician
Grounds Technician
Full-Time Event Set-Up/Custodian
Summer Camp Counselor
On-Call Educator
Controller

Cafe Dishwasher
Bartender


BLOOMS & BUTTERFLIES EXHIBITION ASSISTANT

Job Summary: The Blooms & Butterflies Exhibitions Assistant participates in exhibit-related programming and performs all tasks associated with the successful operation of the Conservatory’s Blooms & Butterflies exhibition, including maintaining the Emergence Center and related interpretative materials.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides care for the insects in exhibition including but not limited to inventory, pinning, capturing, releasing, and feeding
  • Delivers daily formal and informal education to the public 
  • Maintains the Emergence Center to highest standard
  • Advances the Conservatory’s education, interpretation, and interaction programs for visitors.
  • Participates in completion of USDA required inventory and year-end report, communicates USDA and Conservatory regulations with staff and public in a positive manner
  • Performs other duties as assigned and demonstrates focus on serving the visitors and guests of the Conservatory

Requirements:

  • Coursework or 2–4 years experience in Biology, Entomology or other related field
  • Experience and comfort with speaking to large groups
  • Strong interest in butterflies and other pollinators
  • Customer service experience

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expert presentation and communication skills, including public speaking in front of large groups
  • Ability to train staff and volunteers
  • Expert organization skills, resulting in completing tasks on time with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and visitor experience
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and visitors
  • Ability to occasionally lift, carry or otherwise move materials weighing up to 20lbs.
  • Demonstrates the core values and mission of the Conservatory

Additional Information: This is a seasonal position running from April 4–September 30, 2016
 
Application Deadline: 3/11/16
 

SEASONAL VISITOR EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a part-time Visitor Experience Associate with experience in providing exceptional customer service to the general public in a museum or hospitality environment.  This position will be expected to work evenings and weekends.
 
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 general public
  • 1 year minimum experience in register operations including handling cash and credit transactions
  • High School Graduate, Associates Degree or higher preferred
  • Must be available to work evenings (5–11pm) and weekends

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding customer service skills displayed in a positive and friendly manner
  • Strong verbal and written  communication skills
  • Knowledge of cash procedures and  register operations
  • Ability to count cash, reconcile numbers, and provide general analysis regarding membership and ticket sales
  • Basic sales skills
  • Flexibility to work in multiple areas within the Visitor Experience department​

Additional Information:  This is a part-time, seasonal position in the Visitor Experience Department.  Position will run from March 1 thru September 30, 2016. 
 

PART-TIME VISITOR EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATE 

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.
 
Responsibilities:

  • 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

Requirements:

  • High school degree required; related Associates or Bachelor’s 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

  

HORTICULTURE TECHNICIAN

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a seasonal 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, 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 general 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 materials weighing up to 50 lbs
Additional Information: This is a Full-Time, Seasonal position running from April–November, 2016 – exact time frame varies depending on area. The areas available for the seasonal openings are the Conservatory (interior/building) and the Botanical Gardens (exterior gardens, offsite locations). Please specify your area of interest in your email or cover letter
 
Application Deadline: 
2/29/2016
 
 

GROUNDS TECHNICIAN

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a 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 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 general 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 Full-Time, Seasonal position running  April–November, 2016. Exact time frame varies depending on area. The areas available for the seasonal positions are for Mowing or general Grounds. Please specify your area of interest in your email or cover letter
 
Application Deadline:
3/21/2016
 

FULL-TIME EVENT SET-UP/CUSTODIAN

Job Summary: 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 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
  • 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 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
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
  • Demonstrates the core values and mission of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 


SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

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. 

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 that runs May 31–August 10, 2016.

ON-CALL EDUCATOR

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks an On-Call Educator to provide 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.
 

CONTROLLER

Job Summary: The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts seeks a Controller to perform accounting/financial reporting activities for Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Friends of the Conservatory and the Women’s Sustaining Board. The Controller will assist with other duties including setting policies for cash and accounting controls, developing and implementing investment/banking policies, creating/reviewing agreements and contracts, and providing budget/forecast models as needed.
 
Job Duties

  • Produce and distribute accurate and timely financial statements and reports
  • Oversee the accurate and timely filing of tax and grant reporting documents
  • Assist with the presentation of monthly financial reports to Board and Finance Committees
  • Assist in the supervision of accounting staff members
  • Ensure that accounting controls adequately protect the assets of assigned organizations Responsible for cash vault transaction processing credit card transactions, and maintaining banking relationships
  • Assist in preparation of the annual budgets and update and report forecast information continuously
  • Periodically review bank processes and make changes to maintain efficiency
  • Assist in updating investment policies and review investment positions

 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency with standard office computer software and working knowledge of accounting software fundamentals is necessary.
  • Accuracy and the ability to analyze complex financial reports is required. 
  • Must also have a working knowledge of accounting procedures and FASB and GASB nonprofit reporting requirements. 
  • Familiarity with tax and government compliance is also important.

 Credentials and Experience

  • BA in Accounting or Finance required
  • Supervisory experience of accounting staff required
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in accounting management position
  • CPA or MBA preferred
  • Familiarity with not for profit and government accounting
  • Verbal/Written Communication Skills

To Apply: Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to hr@capa.com
 

CAFE DISHWASHER

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a part-time dishwasher for our Garden Café responsible for cleaning and putting away dishes, removing trash and recycling, and keeping floors and table tops clean.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Opens, closes, and operates dish tank according to predetermined operational procedures.
  • Clears dishes from the dining areas.
  • Cleans, put away, and restocks all dishes and equipment throughout the shift.
  • Keeps an eye on trash cans and floors making sure to sweep/mop as needed and takes out trash throughout the shift.
  • Runs food as needed.
  • Sweeps and mops at the end of every shift.
  • Takes out all trash, recycling, and compost at the end of every shift.
  • Puts away orders when they come in making sure to rotate food stock.
Requirements:
  • High school degree or equivalent.
  • Available to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • 6–12 months experience in restaurant environment preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Must demonstrate expert skills in serving customers in a friendly and 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 and equipment.
  • Must have a sense of urgency and ability to work quickly at all times.
 
  

BARTENDER

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is looking for an experienced On-Call Bartender to provide outstanding beverage service to event guests.
 
Responsibilities:

  • 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 service and sales techniques and ability to apply those techniques to increase event revenue 
  • 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.