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.


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.


  • 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.

To apply online CLICK HERE


Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Office Assistant (Work Study)

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position


$9.62 to $12.00 hourly


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

Job Summary

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


  • 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.


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.


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

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