Employment Opportunities

Do you know someone that is a perfect fit for the Garden? See below for a list of current employment opportunities.

Seasonal Gardener

Job Description

As part of the Garden’s growing team, we seek a Seasonal Part-time Gardener who will attend to the Garden’s living plant collections and horticultural displays. This position assists in building gardens and maintaining plants and gardens. The Seasonal Horticulturist plays a key role in the appearance of the Garden and through his or her energetic attention to detail, technical skills and creativity.

This dedicated and reliable individual will bring horticultural knowledge and professional gardening talent to the Garden, implement best stewardship practices, and assist Garden staff with achieving exceptional standards for garden maintenance. Excellent communication skills, respect and integrity are required.   Weekend duties will include caring for the Garden’s small flock of chickens.  

This position reports to the Horticulture and Facilities Director, is supervised by the Display Horticulturists, and works closely with other Garden staff members.  Clearances are required before start date.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs general garden maintenance such as watering, pruning, planting, mulching and weeding of the permanent and seasonal plantings.
  • Monitors pests and diseases and follows appropriate Integrated Pest Management strategies.
  • Operates equipment such as tractors as well as standard garden power tools such as string trimmers, blowers and tillers.
  • As needed, non-horticultural projects that support the garden’s mission and development.
  • Motivates and assists volunteers in the maintenance of gardens and landscapes, including record keeping and proper plant identification.
  • Occasionally assists with special events and other customer service tasks.

 Experience and Qualifications

  • Four-year degree in horticulture or related field, or equivalent combination of training, skills and experience.
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in the field of horticulture, public garden experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the following areas: arboriculture, PA native plants, perennials, fruit trees, container displays, and the common landscape plants of zone 5.
  • Demonstrated skills in collaboration and creative problem-solving
  • Strength in oral and written communications and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • A passionate commitment to the mission and purpose of the Garden.
  • Proficient with equipment used in the horticultural trade, including hand tools and small engine equipment.
  • Ability to follow directions and willing to learn “PBG” best practices.

Compensation

  • Non-exempt hourly position. Typically, this is a 40-hour Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Monday position.
  • Hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays and 8:30 am to 5 pm on weekends. Flexible hours will occasionally be required for Garden related functions.
  • This position may have the possibility of extending into 2020.

Work Conditions

  • Primarily outdoor physical work in all weather conditions with occasional work at special events. Rain and cold weather clothing will be necessary. Boots are required.
  • Must be able to traverse moderate to difficult site conditions related to Garden topography.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Cell phones and ear buds/headphones may not be used during work hours unless for emergencies or work purposes, this includes taking photos, listening to podcasts & music.

Submission Requirements

Email submissions only. Please send cover letter, resume and two professional references to resume@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org. All candidate submissions should be combined in a single PDF with applicant’s name in the file name. Please do not include information in email text, but include important information for consideration in cover letter content. Do not make multiple submissions. No phone calls please.

Seasonal Part-time Landscaper

Job Description

As part of the Garden’s growing team, we seek a Seasonal Part-time Landscaper who will ensures that the Garden conforms to the highest standards of grounds maintenance practices by attending to the Garden’s paths, hard surfaces, turfgrass, meadow, Garden trees and woodlands. The Seasonal Part-time Landscaper plays a key role in the appearance of the Garden through his or her energetic attention to detail, technical skills and creativity.

This dedicated and reliable individual will bring professional landscaping skills to the Garden, implement best stewardship practices, and assist Garden staff with achieving exceptional standards for garden maintenance. Excellent communication skills, respect and integrity are required.  

This position reports to the Horticulture and Facilities Director, is supervised by the Display Horticulturists, and works closely with other Garden staff members.  Clearances are required before start date. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs tree maintenance tasks e.g., tree planting, pruning and removal
  • Maintains paths and removes invasive species in natural areas and along paths
  • Monitors pests and diseases and applies appropriate pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
  • Operates equipment such as tractors and skid-steer loaders as well as standard garden power tools such as chainsaws, blowers, tractors and tillers
  • Performs equipment maintenance on a variety of landscaping equipment (string trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, tillers, mowers, tractors, etc.)
  • Participates in department documentation including records of accessions and plant care
  • Motivates and leads volunteers and interns in the maintenance of gardens and landscapes
  • Occasionally participates in non-horticultural projects and programs that support the garden’s mission and development
  • Performs special studies, projects and assignments as requested
  • Performs snow removal and assists with weather related emergencies e.g., storm damage
  • Assists with care of a small flock of chickens

Experience and Qualifications

  • 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of landscaping or horticulture
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the following areas: arboriculture, PA native plants, fruit trees, integrated pest management, and the common landscape plants of zone 5
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem-solving and the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written communications
  • A passionate commitment to the mission and purpose of the Garden
  • Proficient with equipment used in the landscaping trade, including larger equipment e.g. chain saw, tractor and skid steer
  • Attention to details and ability to follow safety precautions and protocol at all times

Compensation

  • Part-time non-exempt hourly position; compensation commensurate with experience

Work Conditions

  • Primarily outdoor physical work in all weather conditions with occasional work at special events
  • Typically this is a 24-hour workweek position, flexible hours will be required for Garden related functions
  • Must be able to traverse moderate to difficult site conditions related to Garden topography
  • Ability to stand, kneel, or bend for extended periods and lift 50 pounds
  • Exposure to biting/stinging insects, poisonous plants, petroleum products and horticultural chemicals.
  • Must possess a valid PA driver’s license and be willing to obtain a Pesticide Applicator’s license

Submission Requirements 

Email submissions only. Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and two professional references to resume@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org. All candidate submissions should be combined in a single PDF with applicant’s name in the file name. Please do not include information in email text, but include important information for consideration in cover letter content. Do not make multiple submissions. No phone calls please.

Events and Guest Relations Facility Assistant

Job Description

As part of the Garden’s growing team, we seek a Facilities Assistant that is responsible for the overall cleanliness of the facility and support the Garden to ensure a positive guest experience.

This position reports to the Events and Guest Relations Director is supervised by the Event Sales Manager and works closely with other Garden staff members. 

Duties include, but not limited to:

  • General cleaning, sweeping, mopping of Administration and Welcome Center Buildings and common areas
  • High traffic area windows and ledges
  • Trash, recycling and debris removal
  • Set up and tear down of tables and chairs classes and events
  • General restroom cleaning
  • Perform a variety of routine tasks which can involve any systems within the garden including, but not limited to maintaining garden pathways, leaf removal from sidewalks and event area
  • Snow removal from sidewalks and plaza area, application of ice melt as needed
  • Assist with special events as needed
  • Other hands-on work as required

Experience and Qualifications

  • Minimum requirement include high school diploma or equivalent; satisfactory completion of required background check; ability to communicate clearly and tactfully; CPR certification and first aid training preferred.  Demonstrated skills in collaboration and creative problem-solving
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Must be reliable and be able to work independently.
  • High attention to detail and willingness to learn
  • A passionate commitment to the mission and purpose of the Garden.

Compensation

  • Non-exempt, part-time hourly position. Typically, this is a 10-12 hours per work week position. Flexible hours will be required for Garden related functions and occasional holidays.
  • The position will include pay for prorated holidays, vacation and sick time.

Work Conditions

  • Must be able to work two-three consistent shifts per week.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in all weather conditions

Submission Requirements

Email submissions only. Please send cover letter, resume and two professional references to resume@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org. Please do not include information in email text, but include important information for consideration in cover letter content. Do not make multiple submissions. No phone calls, please.

Marketing Manager

Job Description

This position plays a key role in the organization by bringing the Garden’s story into the community through marketing, public relations, and advertising opportunities.  This is a full-time, nonexempt position and reports to the Development Director.

Responsibilities

The Marketing Manager is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing integrated marketing, communications and public relation plans for the Garden; and initiating and directing community outreach efforts to grow its visibility, membership and visitor attendance.  

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create, implement and oversee strategies and timelines for marketing, advertising, and public relations to drive awareness, membership, and visitation to the Garden. Tactics include grassroots, digital, social media, print, and digital publications and programming/events.
  • Oversee the production of all marketing and communications materials, establishing and maintaining a high-quality brand/logo/graphic identity image.
  • Promote Membership Program, including acquisition and retention materials, along with Member engagement pieces such as Bloom (print) and Stepping Stones (digital).
  • Manage the organization’s digital presence including social media platforms and the website.
  • Support fundraising efforts through the creation of donor-specific material and communication pieces.
  • Field all press requests and manage partnerships with print, digital, TV, radio outlets and act as Garden spokesperson. Track and archive the Garden’s media coverage.
  • Using a variety of resources, analyze growth in visitation, membership, community event participation and educational programming attendance.
  • Oversee photography and photo storage.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
  • 5+ years of marketing and communications experience, preferably in a cultural institution field.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Proficient with managing website design, digital marketing campaigns, and related analytics.
  • Experience managing social media platforms.
  • Preferred – public relations experience.
  • Able to operate professionally under pressure, meet deadlines and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Obtain clearances (Child Abuse Clearance; PA State Police Background Check; FBI Fingerprint Background Check).

Work Conditions

  • Primarily office work conditions with occasional outdoor work at events.
  • Typically this is a 40-hour work week position; however, flexible hours are required for Garden related functions.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time, traverse moderate site conditions related to Garden events, and be computer proficient.

Submission Requirements

Email submissions only. Please send cover letter, resume and two professional references to resume@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org. Please do not include information in email text, but include important information for consideration in cover letter content. Do not make multiple submissions. No phone calls, please.