Jobs / Employment at Red Butte Garden



Become a part of something beautiful.

Red Butte Garden seeks to connect people with plants and the beauty of living landscapes. Our staff is a community that understands, values, protects, and is enriched by the world of plants.

Whether you are working outside with our awesome Horticulture staff, or helping the garden grow behind the scenes, you will get to work in a beautiful environment with the best people around.

If you love nature as much as we do and want to be part of an awesome team, apply today!




Click the panels below for information about each position.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Administrative Department
Full time, benefitted position

Executive Director

Administrative Department
Full time, benefitted position

Red Butte Garden has launched a nationwide search for a new Executive Director (ED) to succeed a seventeen-year incumbent who will be retiring in the Spring of 2020. The new ED will build upon the Garden’s strong foundation to increase the organization’s visibility, extend its educational programs, strengthen its financial resources, update and implement its Master Plan for future growth, and generally continue to expand Red Butte’s local and national influence and recognition.

The ED reports to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and works closely with a variety of departments within the University, the Garden’s Advisory Board, and Garden staff to develop and implement the strategic vision, priorities, and policies of the Garden. The ED is directly responsible for the overall management and direction of Red Butte Garden.

Responsibilities:

  • Providing a strong voice as an advocate for the Garden and its needs within the University community
  • Directing, mentoring, and developing staff
  • Formulating the annual budget and monitoring expenditures and revenues on a regular basis
  • Developing donor, sponsor, and patron relationships and raising funds to support the Garden’s operations, programmatic initiatives, capital development goals, and planned giving program
  • Evaluating ongoing programs and the development of new program initiatives
  • Overseeing all risk management efforts related to the gardens, facilities, and events
  • Providing expertise and guidance on the development and implementation of a new master plan, strategic plan, and interpretive master plan
  • Ensuring that new gardens, facilities, and other developments meet the aesthetic standards established by existing facilities
  • Providing the Garden’s Advisory Board with meaningful involvement in the organization and opportunities to assist in the development of long-range plans, strategic plans, fundraising, special events, marketing, and other primary functions of the Garden
  • Representing the Garden as the primary spokesperson to all constituencies, including the media, University of Utah, State of Utah, donors, members, volunteers, and the local community

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and evidence of continuing education commensurate with being a thought-leader
  • At least five years of leadership experience, preferably within a largely self-funding organization that has a large membership base and volunteer program
  • A record of experience that includes planning, budgeting, fundraising, and supervision of staff
  • Experience marketing a mission and being the “face” of an organization in the community
  • A forward-thinking leader with a record of developing and participating in the implementation and achievement of strategic plans/objectives and financial goals
  • Strong business sense and financial acumen, with the ability to understand the reality behind the numbers and to manage accordingly
  • Notable operational skills as evidenced by knowledge of finance, information systems, contracts, and the organizational dynamics of a not-for-profit organization
  • Strong aptitude for fundraising within a university or non-profit organization
  • Skilled at public communications, with exceptional speaking and writing capabilities
  • Comfortable with current trends in the use of digital media and technology for marketing, fundraising, education, and operations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree – Masters or Doctoral
  • Eight or more years of leadership experience, preferably within a largely self-funding organization that has a large membership base and volunteer program
  • Background in horticulture, botany, or a related discipline
  • Experience with the presentation of concerts and other performing arts or large public events

Successful Candidate Must Be:

  • An empathic, ethical person of unquestioned integrity and personal character who honors commitments, communicates expectations clearly, deals with people in a straightforward fashion and maintains a strong team within the organization
  • A polished and self-assured professional who will successfully interact with people of influence
  • An individual who makes good decisions and performs well under pressure
  • A charismatic individual who will embrace promoting the Garden and building relationships within the community
  • A visionary, entrepreneurial and strategic thinker who is organized and plans well while bringing enthusiasm and innovation to the task at hand
  • A diplomatic person who is able to deal effectively with a wide variety of constituents while also possessing the executive presence necessary to perform successfully at senior levels
  • A committed person who passionately adopts the Red Butte Garden mission and is able to communicate it to others
  • A socially conscious individual committed to resource conservation and environmental sustainability

To Apply:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by October 11th will be given first consideration. Please submit a PDF version of your CV/resume and letter of interest upon application. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERVISOR

Visitor Services Department
Full time, benefitted position

Customer Service Supervisor

Visitor Services Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$15.00 - $17.00 hourly

Schedule

Sunday through Thursday, 40 hours per week, some weekends and evenings.

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is currently accepting applications for our Customer Service Supervisor. We are seeking a friendly, out going, energetic individual who is willing to provide top-notch service to our guests and customers at the Red Butte Garden Visitor Center and to supervise customer service oriented staff. This individual will ensure customers are processed and situations are resolved in a professional manner and will coordinate operations with other departments and organizations.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees all day-to-day operations in a customer service environment.
  • Hires, trains, evaluates performance, recommends pay adjustments, and disciplines staff.
  • Resolves customer complaints, solves problems and deals with policy issues.
  • Determines staffing needs and address staffing issues.
  • Monitors expenditures and makes budget recommendations.
  • Purchases supplies and recommends equipment purchases.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Qualifications

Associate degree in a business-related field or equivalency; two years full-time customer service; supervisory experience or equivalency; and demonstrated effective human relations and communication skills required.

Bachelor’s degree in a business related field and cash handling experience preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

IT MANAGER

Administrative Department
Full time, benefitted position

IT Manager

Administrative Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$60,700 - $90,000 annually

Schedule

40 hours per week. Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm, occasional nights and weekends.

Job Summary

Manages the information technology department. Implements and maintains policies and goals that support the organization’s IT needs.

Responsibilities

Ensures proper functioning of the information processing system and oversees necessary upgrades. Helps business operations groups utilize information systems to improve their efficiency. Ensures computer equipment, hardware, and software are updated to meet organizational needs. Participates in setting department goals. Demonstrates leadership, human relations and effective communication skills.

Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to top management.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalency and at least 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

Experience with collections information systems, ticketing systems, and constituents management systems. Ability to effectively train and manage personnel.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Development Department
Full time, benefitted position

Development Director

Development Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$65,000 - $90,000 annually

Schedule

Monday - Friday; 8:30 am to 5 pm; occasional evenings and weekends

Job Summary

Directs all development activities involved with the cultivation and solicitation of donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. This includes directing and coordinating efforts to solicit and secure gifts, including operating, capital, and planned gifts, sponsorships, and the planning and coordinating of the Annual Giving Program.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement strategies to increase fund-raising effectiveness including; corporate gift giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, sponsorships, annual giving, major gifts, grant acquisitions, and special.
  • Develop long term relationships with potential donors.
  • Responsible for cultivating prospects as potential donors for the Garden.
  • Solicit and close on gifts from donors at all funding levels, particularly major and planned gifts.
  • Ensure appropriate recognition of donors, oversees donor communications.
  • Organize and direct board fundraising and other committees within the Garden.
  • Oversee all Garden fund-raising programs.
  • Provide volunteer training for fund-raising participants.
  • Track the solicitation progress and ensures that proper records are kept of each solicitation to avoid duplication of efforts and possible embarrassment.
  • Set and administer the departmental budget.
  • Monitor gift accounts, including endowed and expendable funds, to ensure that they are being managed in accordance with the donor’s gift agreements.
  • Organize the Development Department for effectiveness and efficiency, which includes to recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate development staff and volunteers.
  • Use market research to aid in fund raising.
  • Problem Solving

This position has the authority to hire and fire staff upon the approval of the Executive Director, to approve expenditures of the Garden’s Development Department consistent with approved budget and departmental goals and plans. The incumbent makes direct contact with potential donors and foundations, maintains donor relations within the procedures determined by the University President’s office related to donor clearance.

The major challenges of this position will be development of a robust planned giving program, obtaining major gifts for capital projects and annual operating support, achieving annual fund-raising financial objectives in a competitive market, creating new revenue streams, and development and supervision of an effective, efficient, creative department.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, Public Relations, English, or a related field, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Five years experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, business, public relations, annual, corporate or foundation giving which includes two years of budgeting and supervisory experience. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience in grant or proposal writing, public speaking, a background working with print and/or electronic media, an understanding of university fundraising practices and personnel management is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

CASHIER

Visitor Services Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Cashier

Visitor Services Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$10.00 to $12.50 hourly

Schedule

29 hours per week. The hours and shifts will vary. Some evening and weekend work is required.

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is currently accepting applications for our Visitor Services Staff. We are seeking friendly, out going, energetic individuals who are willing to provide top-notch service to our guests and customers at the Red Butte Garden Visitor Center. If you are a “people-person” that would enjoy working with the public on a day to day basis, we would like to meet you. As a representative of the Garden you have the opportunity to make a great first impression with first time visitors while expanding our relationships with our Garden visitors and growing member base.

Responsibilities

  • Collects money and returns change to customers.
  • Counts money collected during shift, balances it with tickets or items sold, and submits to supervisor for review.
  • Provides directions and answers general questions about Garden. Opens and closes facilities at beginning and end of shifts.
  • Cleans work area by sweeping floors, wiping off counters.
  • May assist at special events.
  • May perform clerical tasks such as answering phones, responding to mail, or filing.

Within the framework of University policy, the Cashier has the authority to carry out transactions related to the collection of payment for fees, fines, tickets, and purchases, and to give directions and respond to general questions. The Cashier is responsible for handling and safekeeping of cash during the shift. Requests for exceptions to policy are referred to the supervisor.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Qualifications

Six months cashiering experience, basic mathematical skills, and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Word processing and spreadsheet skills may be preferred for certain positions.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

The ideal candidate will have customer service and cash handling experience, hospitality experience, and possess basic computer skills. Duties include greeting and assisting customers in the Gift Shop, selling concert tickets, assisting with events and maintaining cleanliness of the facilities. This is a part time seasonal position the hours and shifts will vary. Some evening and weekend work is required.

OFFICE ASSISTANT - WORK STUDY

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Office Assistant - WORK STUDY

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$9.62 to $12.00

Schedule

19 hours per week. Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8am & 5pm; flexible, will work with school schedule.

Job Summary

This position assists the Horticulture Department’s Plant Records and/or Administrative personnel with botanical research, data entry, and other office tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Visitor service (receives, greets and directs visitors to appropriate people or building)
  • Scans invoices and documents and files them appropriately
  • Assists with word processing and data entry
  • Plant data research
  • Photo editing and labeling
  • Outdoor tasks such as photography, bloom date collection, and plant label placement
  • Plant label assembly, cleaning, and organizing
  • May assist with greenhouse watering, inventory, etc.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalency required. One year full-time customer service experience or equivalency, demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

  • Botany, horticulture or gardening experience
  • Database experience
  • Office experience

GARDENER - OUTDOOR OR NATURAL AREA

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Gardener - Outdoor or Natural Area

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$11.00 to $13.00 hourly

Schedule

Must be able to commit to working 16-29 hrs/week beginning March 1st. Exact schedule will be coordinated with supervisor upon hire. May require a weekend shift and/or occasional evening shift. Season typically runs through mid/late November

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is seeking seasonal gardeners who want to work with plants and learn more about gardening. Do you prefer working outdoors, while learning more about plants and nature and working with people who are passionate about what they do? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden and want to be a part of a great team!

Responsibilities

Exact duties and schedules vary depending upon assigned team:

Outdoor Garden – planting, weeding, mulching, deadheading, pruning, watering, fertilization, pest control, trash removal, sweeping, event support, etc.

Entrance & Natural Area – same as above and including trail maintenance and invasive weed removal, etc.

Qualifications

Nine months professional work experience with the responsibility for five or more acres of grounds, or equivalency; a valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Selected applicant will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.

Preferences

Nine months professional work experience preferred, but not required. Must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and able to operate equipment common to the trade. People who enjoy gardening, working with plants and/or desire to learn more. Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and temperature extremes, and understand the physical commitment required for gardening. Proven written and spoken communication skills, a commitment to provide excellent customer service, and ability to work cooperatively with others. Must commit to working 16-29 hrs/wk beginning early March.

GARDENER - TURF / IRRIGATION / EQUIPMENT

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Gardener - Turf / Irrigation / Equipment

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$11.00 to $12.00 hourly

Schedule

Must be able to commit to working 16-29 hrs/week beginning March 1st. Exact schedule will be coordinated with supervisor upon hire. May require a weekend shift and/or occasional evening shift. Season typically runs through mid/late November.

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is seeking seasonal gardeners who want to work with plants and learn more about gardening. Do you prefer working outdoors, while learning more about plants and nature and working with people who are passionate about what they do? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden and want to be a part of a great team! *Prior experience is not required, nor a Pesticide Applicators license – as these are seasonal, non-benefitted positions

Responsibilities

Assists with various tasks involved in general maintenance of turf, underground irrigation system, and equipment, including: mowing, trimming, weed-eating, digging, raking, irrigation system maintenance repairs, snow removal and applying ice melting products. Light equipment maintenance and monitoring including: fueling, ensuring proper fluid levels, lubrication, tire pressures, general safety and correct operation of equipment. Includes some moderate to heavy lifting.

Qualifications

Nine months professional work experience with the responsibility for five or more acres of grounds, or equivalency; a valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Selected applicant will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.

Preferences

Nine months professional work experience preferred, but not required. Must be at least 18 years of age, and able to operate equipment common to the trade. People who enjoy working outdoors and desire to learn more about plants. Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and temperature extremes, and understand the physical commitment required for gardening. Proven written and spoken communication skills, a commitment to provide excellent customer service, and ability to work cooperatively with others. Must commit to working 16-29 hrs/wk beginning early March.









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