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. Or mail to:

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Attention: Human Resources Department
1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203
 

Open Positions: 

Botanical Garden Horticulture Technician
Seasonal Youth Program Educator
Visitor Experience Associate

Grounds Technician
Grounds Mower/Technician
Summer Camp Counselor

Botanica Sales Associate
Facilities Maintenance Technician


BOTANICAL GARDEN 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
  • Must be available days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ohio Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License a plus 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to work with and lead volunteers/ interns and seasonal employees
  • Public speaking ability
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone/ self motivated
  • Ability to take instruction and operate 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 that runs April through September, 2015. Please send resume and cover letter to hr@fpconservatory.org.



SEASONAL YOUTH PROGRAM EDUCATOR

Job Summary: The Seasonal Youth Program Educator provides presentations to students during the school tour season 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.
  • Perforsm other duties as assigned. 
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 with visitors
  • 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 temporary position that runs March 30 – May 30, 2015.


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 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.

 

GROUNDS TECHNICIAN

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks two 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:

  • Min. 2 years Landscape Maintenance experience; 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
  • Flexibility to work Mower tasks and Horticulture tasks when needed

 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 lasting approximately 6 months
 


GROUNDS MOWER/TECHNICIAN

Job Summary: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks an experienced turf maintenance professional to handle the mowing responsibilities of an 88 acre property.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Handles the mowing, string trimming, and equipment maintenance for an 88 acre property
  • Assists Horticulture department with grounds tasks as needed

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years experience in turf management, including mowing, string-trimming, and equipment maintenance
  • Flexibility to work Grounds tasks and Mowing tasks when needed
  • Must be available days and occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Valid Driver’s License

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a team setting or independently/ self motivated
  • Ability to take instruction
  • Ability to implement a mowing program
  • Equipment maintenance experience to include oil changes/ blade changes/ sharpening
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time; Ability to frequently lift, carry or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50lbs to accomplish installations and maintenance

Additional Information: This is a full-time, seasonal position lasting approximately 6 months. 
 


SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

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.
 
Responsibilities:

  • 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. 

Requirements:

  • 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.

 

BOTANICA SALES ASSOCIATE 

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a part-time Botanica Gift Shop and Greenhouse Sales Associate who possesses outstanding customer service and sales skills. 
 
Responsibilities:
  • Greets, acknowledges, and provides product information to customers of the Gift Shop and Greenhouse
  • Maintains the appearance of the Gift Shop and Greenhouse
  • Administers the opening and closing procedures of the Gift Shop and Greenhouse
  • Assists in the processing of merchandise, receiving, pricing, and merchandising
  • 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
Requirements:
  • High school graduate
  • 1-2 years retail customer service experience
  • Available to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Outstanding customer service and sales skills
  • Knowledge of cash procedures and Point of Sale operations
  • Ability to count cash, reconcile numbers, and provide general analysis regarding daily sales figures
  • General knowledge of plant care
   

FACILITIES MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Job Summary:  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks a Facilities Maintenance Technician responsible for event set-up and maintaining a clean, safe, and professional facility.  This position will work weekdays and weekends.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for event set-ups and removals. (Tables, chairs, podiums, stage pieces, AV equipment, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Occasionally operates lifts and ladders to ascend building areas for cleaning.
  • Works indoors and outdoors year around 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, and vacuum cleaners.
Requirements:
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be available days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Previous facility maintenance and/or event setup experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to frequently lift, carry or otherwise move materials weighing up to 50 lbs. to accomplish cleaning and event set up and removal.
  • Strong customer service, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to learn how to operate and maintain machinery used to perform various cleaning tasks.