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
Blooms & Butterflies Exhibition Assistant

Assistant Catering Manager
Botanica Sales Associate

Facilities Maintenance Technician



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 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.


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


  • 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 that runs through October 6, 2015.  Hours are Sunday–Wednesday 9am–3:30pm.


Job Summary: The Assistant Catering Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and developing food & beverage service for various events. The Assistant Catering Manager is also responsible for exceeding customer service expectations and meeting financial goals. The position will assist in completing tasks during events, but will mainly focus on supervisory tasks and the sales phase of the Catering Department.

  • Schedules appointments and meets with clients to sell catering services
  • Takes the opportunity to up-sell each client to maximize profitability
  • Creates catering proposals to meet client’s needs and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s profitability
  • Creates contracts and reviews with client, explaining the agreed upon charges and processes deposits
  • Plans and arranges all aspects of the function, including but not limited to; timeline, floor plan, staffing, event rentals, and invoices
  • Onsite during event to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Manages staff during events
  • Monitors quality of food and customer service
  • Manages Catering Menu and confers with Executive Chef on specialty menus
  • Supports Catering Manager
  • Strives to meet and exceed sales goals with a focus on budget 


  • High school diploma or G.E.D required; College degree in culinary arts, business management, communications and/or similar field preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe food handling procedures
  • ServSafe Certified Preferred
  • 2-4 years of experience in the catering industry
  • Exceptional customer service within a restaurant/café or business environment
  • Supervision experience, including scheduling, managing, and evaluating employees 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate expert skills in serving customers in a friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to coach, provide feedback, and constructive criticism to staff members
  • Demonstrate proficiencies in problem solving
  • Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication
  • Possess motivational and leadership qualities
  • Ability to stand/walk for several hours at a time
  • Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move objects and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds 


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. 
  • 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
  • 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


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.