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!




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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.

ASSISTANT HORTICULTURIST - WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Assistant Horticulturist - Water Conservation Garden

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$12.02 - $19.00 hourly

Schedule

40 hours per week. Sunday through Thursday, evening shift may be required from spring thru fall.

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking an Assistant Horticulturist for the Water Conservation Garden and Dumke Horticultural Center. Assists Horticulturist by providing excellent horticultural care of specific outdoor garden areas as assigned, including the living plant collections held within.

Responsibilities

  • Assists Horticulturist in all aspects of plant care and garden maintenance in assigned areas, with an emphasis on water and resource wise gardening.
  • Assists Horticulturist in leading and training seasonal staff and volunteers in the performance of necessary maintenance, and ensuring safe practices.
  • Monitors assigned areas and assists in prioritizing and implementing all care, including: planting, weeding, deadheading, mulching, pruning, pest management, raking, shoveling, record keeping, garden design, event support, snow removal and various other duties as required to support the mission of Red Butte Garden.
  • Serves as a professional horticulturist sharing knowledge with the public, particularly water wise gardening; and participates on committees as needed, such as the Design and Maintenance.
  • Assists in ensuring maintenance activities are scheduled to avoid conflict with garden or private events.

Qualifications

Associate degree in Horticulture, Biology or a related field, or equivalency and 1 year of related experience required. A valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License, or the ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire required. A general knowledge of plant identification and nomenclature and specific knowledge of grounds and garden maintenance. Demonstrated oral and written communications skills to deal effectively with a diverse clientele.

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

Preferences

Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Floriculture, Agriculture or related field strongly preferred, with three or more years’ experience in horticulture or agriculture with emphasis on water wise plants and water wise gardening practices; two years of supervisory experience; prior experience in a public garden; able to identify a wide variety of ornamental plants, weeds, insects and diseases, including beneficials; able to safely operate equipment common to the trade, demonstrated experience with landscape design; general knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office.

GARDEN AFTER DARK EVENT STAFF

Programs Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Garden After Dar Event Staff

Programs Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$11.00 - $12.00 hourly. 29 hours per week.

Schedule

Monday through Friday during regular business hours, with event coverage (October 17-19 & 24-26 from 3 PM – 10 PM) and occasional nights and weekends required. Position runs from July 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking Garden After Dark Event Staff that will report to the Youth & Family Programs Manager. The Garden After Dark Event Staff help plan, develop, and run Red Butte Garden’s annual Halloween event, Garden After Dark.

Responsibilities

  • Preparing educational crafts and other event take-home items
  • Designing and creating event displays and stations within strict timeline, budget, and thematic restraints
  • Assisting in the planning, developing, fabricating, installing, maintaining, and removing of event stations and displays
  • Leading event crafts, activities, and stations with other staff and volunteers and calmly attending to unexpected event incidents
  • Providing direction, leadership, and feedback to event volunteers
  • Effectively communicating with guests, coworkers, and volunteers
  • Engaging with large crowds of guests and assisting in crowd management
  • Providing excellent customer service and ensuring guest satisfaction before, after, and during the event
  • Ensuring the well-being of event guests by following all safety and security rules, procedures, and protocols
  • Assisting with daily operations by maintaining supplies, facilities, and equipment
  • Taking direction from and communicating effectively with supervisor and other Youth & Family Programs staff
  • Performing any other departmental duties as directed by the Youth & Family Programs Manager

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

This is an entry-level position. Training will be provided. Must demonstrate an interest in learning about child development and guidance; a willingness to take direction from the assigned teacher; willing to obtain a food handlers permit, TB test, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check, first aid training are required. Demonstrated human relation and effective human relations skills are also required.

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

Preferences

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • An interest in plants demonstrated either by education or previous employmen
  • Self-directed, punctual, enthusiastic, and highly organized
  • Experience crafting or creating backgrounds, sets, props, or other decorative elements
  • Previous experience working festivals or special events

EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Programs Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Education Assistant

Programs Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$10.00 - $12.00 hourly. 19 hours per week.

Schedule

Monday through Thursday with occasional Friday, weekend, and evening work required. 15-20 hours per week. Position runs through October 2019.

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking a part-time Education Assistant. Join a great team and gain valuable experience planning and teaching school programs at the Garden and working seasonal events. This is a part-time, non-benefitted, seasonal position.

Responsibilities

  • Teaching on and off-site school programs to elementary school students
  • Assisting with daily operations by maintaining supplies, facilities and equipment
  • Assisting the Programs Department with other activities, programs, and seasonal events as needed

Qualifications

This is an entry-level position. Training will be provided. Must demonstrate an interest in learning about child development and guidance; a willingness to take direction from the assigned teacher; willing to obtain a food handlers permit, TB test, Bureau of Criminal Investigation ( BCI ) background check, first aid training are required. Demonstrated human relation and effective human relations skills are also required.

Preferences

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An interest in plants demonstrated either by education or previous employment
  • Experience working in an outdoor setting
  • Enjoy being outdoors
  • Enjoy teaching/leading children ages K – 6th grade

CASHIER

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

Cashier

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

Salary

$7.25 - $12.61 hourly

Schedule

29 hours per week, 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.

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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