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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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.

To apply online CLICK HERE

ASSISTANT HORTICULTURIST - GREENHOUSE IPM SPECIALIST

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Assistant Horticulturist - Greenhouse IPM Specialist

Horticulture Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$12.00 - $19.00 hourly (Based on related education and experience)

Schedule

40 hours per week. Tuesday thru Saturday, with some holiday coverage required, and occasional weekend evening shifts from April through mid-October

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking an assistant horticulturist for the Greenhouse team. This full time, year round, benefited position has lead responsibility for the Integrated Pest Management program within the Garden’s production greenhouses and seasonal and indoor displays. Also assists in implementing the plant production program; the operation, maintenance and repair of greenhouse facilities and equipment; installing and maintaining seasonal and indoor displays, and leads seasonal staff and volunteers as requested.

This is a full-time, year-round position. Actual days and times will vary according to coverage needs of the greenhouses, and performing needed indoor display maintenance in-between scheduled Garden and private events. A regular weekend shift is required, including some holiday shifts, and occasional weekend evening shifts from April through mid-October.

The position requires attendance in order to perform the job duties.

Responsibilities

  • Assists in programming and running the Integrated Pest Management ( IPM ) Program by scouting, monitoring, identifying, and applying appropriate control options to address plant health concerns. Recommends IPM protocol policy and develops IPM plan. Diagnoses health problems, identifies and implements remedies. Selects and applies control options for insects, disease, and weeds. Control options may include a variety of IPM tools such as beneficial insects, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, disinfectants, and sanitation. Special attention to beneficial insect use is emphasized. Tracks and evaluates effectiveness of control measures. Inventories and recommends orders as needed and within budgets. Posts necessary notifications regarding re-entry and ensures compliance with the Worker Protection Standard ( WPS ). Coordinates applications to avoid disruption of scheduled events. Must be able and willing to apply chemical applications when needed to minimize pest populations.
  • Assists in managing the irrigation of plant material on a daily basis in the greenhouse areas, containers, and interior displays. Ensures automated irrigation systems are maintained, programmed and running as scheduled. Provides training and direction for staff and volunteers concerning plant irrigation needs and hand watering techniques. Hand waters as needed.
  • Assists in keeping the facilities and equipment functioning by checking temperatures and operation of equipment, suggesting large repairs, performing minor repairs, scheduling and performing minor cleaning and maintenance tasks. Oversees seasonal facility adjustments and maintenance, including but not limited to setting up wet walls, shade cloth and swamp coolers.
  • Provides leadership for seasonal staff and volunteer groups as assigned, including instruction, constructive criticism, planning and communication. Recommends scheduling of garden and equipment maintenance tasks. Coordinates required care to avoid disruption of scheduled Garden and private events.
  • Assists in implementing the plant production program for outdoor gardens, plant sales and seasonal displays. Assists in providing correct cultural needs including scheduling, temperatures, fertilization, lighting, plant moisture levels, soils and sanitation. Assists in propagation by seed, cutting, and division. Maintains plant quality with timely transplanting, pinching, pruning, trimming, and growth regulator applications. Other production duties include but are not limited to: production inventory organization, maintaining plant records; ordering and receiving plants, seeds and growing supplies.
  • Assists in the installation and maintenance of outdoor seasonal displays (assigned annual beds, containers and baskets). Duties include but are not limited to: designing and recommending plants for displays, weeding, mulching, hand watering, fertilization, deadheading, pruning, pest diagnostics and control, debris removal, sweeping sidewalks, and irrigation repair. Displays installed shall be approved by the Greenhouse Coordinator.
  • Assists in installation and maintenance of indoor plant displays. Duties include but are not limited to: designing and recommending plants for displays, replacing short term displays as needed, arranging, replacing permanent display plants as needed, debris removal, trimming, dead heading, cleaning foliage, pruning, mossing, fertilizing, weeding and hand watering. Displays installed shall be approved by the Greenhouse Coordinator. Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Serves as a professional staff member in responding to public inquiries; providing content for garden publications, website, TV and radio spots; providing training for volunteers and periodically teaching programs in the area of expertise.
  • Serves as lead greenhouse staff in the absence of the Greenhouse Coordinator as assigned. Serves on the Garden’s Safety Committee.

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

Experience in the area of Greenhouse production and Integrated Pest Management on ornamental plants; 1 year supervisory experience; a valid US driver’s license; moderate computer skills; Must be willing to obtain a valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator license within three months.

SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

Administrative Department
Full time, benefitted position

Systems Administrator

Administrative Department
Full time, benefitted position

Salary

$47,600 to $60,000 annually

Schedule

Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Position will occasionally require work and event support outside of normal shift hours.

Job Summary

Installs new software releases and system upgrades, evaluates and installs patches, and resolves software related problems. Performs system backups and recovery. Maintains data files and monitors system configuration to ensure data integrity. (May include Systems Administrator II, Exchange Systems Administrator, Microsoft Systems Administrator, and UNIX Systems Administrator). Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on experience, judgment, instructions, and pre-established guidelines to plan and accomplish goals. Requires sound judgment, ingenuity, excellent problem-solving skills, and a customer-friendly attitude. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a project leader or manager.

Responsibilities

  • Effectively, professionally, and respectfully represents the entire IT staff and their services to staff, patrons, and associates of Red Butte Garden
  • Administrate and support all IT systems, applications, and services. Support may include answering questions, troubleshooting problems, teaching or instructing users regarding software or hardware functionality, and communicating policy
  • Administrate and deploy devices, software updates, patches, scripts, and licenses
  • Monitor computers and IT systems to ensure security and integrity of systems and data
  • Document IT systems configurations and procedures. Document issue resolutions. Create documentation and tutorials for staff
  • Monitoring and analysis of IT systems and operations
  • Administrate architecture and access of company website
  • Administrate user management and user account systems
  • Support IT systems during major events, occasionally outside of normal shift hours
  • Execute IT related projects as assigned by IT 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency with at least 2 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

  • 3+ years of experience managing IT systems preferred
  • 2+ years of direct IT support experience preferred; Patience, a positive, customer-friendly attitude and the ability to work in a team environment
  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience with HTML , CSS , and JavaScript preferred
  • Experience administrating and supporting Windows and macOS systems preferred. Linux experience is favorable
  • Computer hardware knowledge and support preferred
  • Familiarity of networking concepts and computer server systems
  • Experience using Jekyll, AWS , Git, or other website content management systems preferred
  • Experience writing and deploying bash scripts preferred
  • Command line interface ( CLI ) experience desirable
  • Experience with data systems and analysis preferred
  • Previous experience with Google Analytics, Tag Manager preferred
  • Flexible work schedule; Ability to work Tuesdays through Saturdays preferred
  • Certifications beneficial: A+, Network+, Security+, Apple Certifications, Microsoft Certifications, Linux Certifications, AWS Certifications

SEASONAL GARDENER, OUTDOOR THEMED GARDENS OR NATURAL AREA

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Seasonal Gardener, Outdoor Themed Gardens or Natural Area

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$12.00 - $14.00 hourly

Schedule

Must be able to work 16-29 hrs/week. 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 within the community, and want to be a part of a great team!

*For these seasonal, non-benefitted positions, prior experience is preferred, but not required; nor is a Pesticide Applicators license.

Responsibilities

Exact duties and schedules vary depending upon assigned team:

Outdoor themed gardens – planting, weeding, mulching, deadheading, pruning, watering, fertilization, pest control, trash removal, sweeping, event support, working with volunteers, 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.

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

Preferences

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.

SEASONAL GARDENER, Turf, Irrigation & Equipment Maintenance

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Season Gardener, Turf, Irrigation & Equipment Maintenance

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$12.00 - $14.00 hourly

Schedule

Must be able to work 16-29 hrs/week. 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 maintenance staff who want to work outdoors in landscape maintenance. Do you prefer working outdoors, while learning more about turf care, irrigation and equipment maintenance, while working with people who are passionate about what they do? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden within the community, and want to be a part of a great team!

*For these seasonal, non-benefitted positions, prior experience is preferred, but not required; nor is a Pesticide Applicators license.

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.

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

Preferences

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 about landscape maintenance. 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.

SEASONAL GARDENER, GREENHOUSE

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Seasonal Gardener, Greenhouse

Horticulture Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$11.00 - $13.00 hourly

Schedule

Must be able to work 16-29 hrs/week. Exact schedule will be coordinated with supervisor upon hire, and include weekday and weekend, daytime shifts.

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is seeking seasonal gardeners who want to work with plants and learn more about their care. Do you prefer working both indoors in a greenhouse and working out of doors, 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

A primary duty is to ensure a thorough, detail oriented, daily hand-watering so that plants have the proper moisture levels.

Must be willing and able to perform detail hand watering for several hours a day; co-lift 60 lb bales of soil/media and large plants for interior-scape change outs; operate soil mixer; work from ladders to hang shade cloths, change lights, hang/maintain color baskets; apply sanitation and disinfectant products; flexible with working on a variety of projects associated with simple greenhouse facilities maintenance, cleaning, and crop production.

Other duties include: making hose repairs as needed, weeding, planting, deadheading, pruning, fertilization, transplanting, sweeping, & event support. May also apply pesticides like insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils, under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator.

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.

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

Preferences

Must be at least 18 years of age, 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.

OFFICE ASSISTANT / SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT (WORK STUDY)

Communications Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Office Assistant / Social Media Assistant (Work Study)

Communications Department
Part time, seasonal, non-benefitted position

Salary

$9.62 to $12.00 hourly

Schedule

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

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden Marketing Communications is looking for a Work Study student to perform the following:

  • Create social media stories for the Garden’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels to promote campaigns and events
  • Establish relationships with other social media staff at the University to encourage collaboration and co-hosting opportunities
  • Contribute to creation of a social media process based on best practices and needs of the Garden
  • Identify stories for more in-depth coverage on the University’s central social media channels

Responsibilities

  • Work with Marketing Communications staff to identify content and stories for weekly promotion
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and other project meetings as needed
  • Act as team producer for short video production, including pre and post production tasks
  • Take marketing photos and video; manage and edit photo and video files

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.

This job posting is only available to University of Utah students who have been awarded a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year. Please login to CIS and go to the Finance/Financial Aid section to view your Financial Aid Status. If you have not received a Federal Work-Study Award, then do not complete and submit this application. Before hire, this employer will confirm that you have received a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year.

Preferences

  • Storytelling skills for social media channels
  • Short video production (pre and post production tasks)
  • Photography and photo editing
  • Social media writing
  • Live video production
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment









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