Employment Opportunities

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

Internship Description

As part of the Garden’s growing team, we seek a Horticulture Intern who will assist in building gardens and maintaining plants and gardens. The Horticulture Intern will work with Garden staff learning management skills and strategies while gaining valuable experience in public horticulture.

This energetic individual will work closely with horticulture staff to manage our display gardens, discovery gardens, orchard, meadow, ponds, and woodlands.  The individual will be hard working, dependable, and able to work well independently and with a group. Excellent communication skills, respect and integrity are required.  Work is primarily outdoors in all weather conditions performing tasks such as weeding, pruning, planting, removing invasive species, and managing volunteers.  Interns will choose and complete an independent project and keep a weekly log of their activities. 

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.
  • Responsibly operates equipment such as utility vehicles and 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

  • Working toward degree in horticulture, botany, natural resource management, or other related field, or equivalent combination of training, skills and experience.
  • Knowledge, course work 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 well and willing to learn “PBG” best practices.

 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.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit 1) a letter of interest including career goals, 2) a current resume, 3) three letters of recommendation, and 4) transcript(s) to Sue Myers either in writing or via email.  Address:  799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, 15071.  Email:  smyers@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.  

Job Description

As part of the Garden’s growing team, we seek a Seasonal Gardener who will tend the Garden’s living plant collections and horticultural displays. This position assists in building gardens and maintaining plants and gardens. The Seasonal Gardener 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 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 utility vehicles and 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 position and weekends will be required.
  • Hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm on Mondays through Fridays and 8:30 am to 5 pm on weekends. Flexible hours will occasionally be required for Garden-related functions.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and

applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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.

Communication Coordinator Position Summary

Under the direction of the Development Director, the Communications Coordinator develops and implements promotional and awareness strategies for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s multiple programmatic offerings, including Admissions, Community Events, Educational Programs and exhibit-related programs.  This is a regular part-time, nonexempt position and reports to the Development Director.

Responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator supports marketing strategies to reach and build new audiences through a variety of engagement methods including institutional materials and publications (both print and digital), and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden website. The position will insure that all collateral maintains and upholds the Garden’s brand identity.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and distribute weekly institutional e-communication; and execute focused e-communication campaigns targeting specific audience segments, including Membership
  • Create social media content to build and engage the Garden’s diverse audiences
  • Develop and manage the content on Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s website
  • Analyze and report on website audience and usage statistics; monitor and provide weekly reports on conversions/goals
  • Coordinate print material, including Membership Newsletter, and other promotional pieces working with organizational leadership and outside vendors
  • Organize and maintain the physical and digital media archives, including collecting, scanning and distributing press clippings
  • Organize and maintain the Garden’s digital image library
  • Plan and coordinate “grass root” marketing efforts, such as Home and Garden Show and Garden in the Parks

Experience And Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
  • 2+ years of marketing and communications experience, preferable in a cultural institution field.
  • Excellent written communication skills, and ability to think creatively.
  • Proficient with managing website design, digital marketing campaigns and related analytics.
  • Experience producing print material.
  • Preferred – graphic design 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 20 hour workweek 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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.

Job Description – Seasonal Educator

As part of the Garden’s growing team, we seek an energetic self-directed Seasonal Educator who is primarily responsible for working with the public, preparing and delivering programs, including onsite and outreach offerings, alongside Education staff and volunteers. This position is up to 20 hours a week between April 1 – August 31.

This position reports to the Education Director and works closely with other Garden staff members.  Clearances are required before start date.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with field trips and outreach programs, engaging students and adults in hands-on activities, following the Garden’s curricula and protocols.
  • Develop and implement programs for families, on topics ranging from horticulture, botany, nature art and ecology under the direction of the Education staff.
  • Lead Scout and youth groups independently, and lead weekend programs.
  • Assist in coordinating adult programs, setting up space, and ordering resources.
  • Maintain Education spaces, including the Nature Play Area and Garden of the Five Senses, by keeping areas organized, cleaning up and re-ordering supplies. 
  • Engage with the public, through programs, tours, and casual interpretation.
  • Assist with writing projects, such as blog posts or newsletter articles.
  • As needed, projects that support the garden’s mission and development.
  • Weekend and evening work required.
  • Occasionally assists with special events and other customer service tasks.

 Experience and Qualifications

  • Four-year degree in horticulture, biology or related field, or equivalent combination of training, skills and experience. Coursework in education is a plus. 
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in the field of nature based informal education preferred.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the following areas: PA native plants and animals, common landscape plants of zone 5, and outdoor education techniques.
  • 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.
  • Excellent positive attitude, ability to work independently, communicate effectively and respond to feedback from supervisory staff.

Compensation

  • Non-exempt regular hourly position. Typically, this is an up to 20-hour/week position; typical workweek includes hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, or Sunday. Some flexibility required, especially during summer camp weeks. 
  • Typical hours are 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, however some evenings are required. Flexible hours will occasionally be required for Garden related events.  Regular weekend hours will be scheduled. 

Work Conditions

  • Primarily outdoor work in all weather conditions with occasional work at special events.
  • Must be able to traverse moderate to difficult site conditions related to Garden topography.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds.
  • Must have clearances prior to hire date (Child Abuse Clearance; PA State Police Background Check; FBI Fingerprint Background Check).
  • A valid PA driver’s license and personal vehicle required.  Occasional work offsite for outreach programs at schools, libraries and other venues.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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 add “Seasonal Educator” on the subject line.  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.