Employment

Horticulturist (full-time)

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking a creative, highly motivated and experienced individual for the full time position of Horticulturist.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Horticulturist will be expected to maintain specialized planting areas and/or the collection in the indoor and outdoor gardens and preform general maintenance when necessary.  Experience working with tropical plants in a greenhouse, designing creative displays for flower shows and events and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is preferred. 

This position requires a degree in horticulture from an accredited college or university with at least three years of horticulture related experience.  The candidate should possess a NYS Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver’s license.  This position requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends. 

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.


Guest Services & Gift Shop Associate (part-time)

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part- time position of Guest Services & Gift Shop Associate.

The individual will work with the Guest Services & Gift Shop staff to welcome guests and assist in their needs, take admissions, memberships, sell event tickets, answer phones and answer customer questions. Applicant will help to ensure exceptional customer service standards are maintained at all times and help to create a positive and friendly atmosphere at the Gardens. The individual will assist in the Gift Shop and at the admissions counters and work closely with volunteers.

Applicants must have a High School Diploma or equivalent and at least one year of experience in retail and/or customer service. Applicants should possess exceptional customer service and communication skills, is organized, self-reliant and multi-task oriented, a team player with good attention to detail. The individual is expected to work part-time on weekends, holidays and some weekdays.

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Denise Nichols, Guest Services and Gift Shop Manager at dnichols@buffalogardens.com.


Docents -
Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - Now recruiting for the 2015 docent class!  Starts September 10, 2015 - Click here!


Interns -
Looking for a fun and interesting internship?  We have so much to offer!  Horticulture, Education, Marketing, Guest Services, Facilities and so much more!  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Hammer at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or khammer@buffalogardens.com

 
Education Intern - Click here for more info

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the individual will work with the education team and volunteer docents in the development and execution of programs including Hands-On School and Scout Programs, Guided Tours, Wegmans Family Day Programming, Kids Birthday Parties and special events. The position includes, but is not limited to editing and coordinate materials for the monthly Gardens scavenger hunt and the Docent Training program.

Work closely with the Education Team to assist with daily operations. This person must be able to pass a background check. A high level of written & verbal skills are required. The individual is expected to work on select weekdays, Saturdays, and occasional evenings.

Candidates should have strong organizational skills, be a team player, possess attention to detail and be comfortable working with the public in both organized and informal situations. Experience with public speaking and working with children is preferred.

Any interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer at khammer@buffalogardens.com.

 

Wedding and Special Events Intern

Fall 2015 - Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Weddings and Special Events, the individual will work with the events staff in the orchestrating and execution of private events and weddings held at the Botanical Gardens. The position includes, but is not limited to, attending/organizing events and clients on event dates. This person must be able to work independently to complete event needs. A high level of written & verbal skills are required. The individual is expected to work on weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays. You must be able to work through December 20.   Applicants should possess exceptional customer service and communication skills, be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented, and a team player with good attention to detail.  The ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. for distances of up to 100 feet is also required.  Any interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer at khammer@buffalogardens.com. All submissions are due no later than September 11, 2015.

 

Horticulture Intern

Working with the Horticulture staff, the individual will assist with the implementation of daily needs and upkeep for the entire plant collection both indoors and outdoors. Jobs tasks and duties will include watering, weeding, fertilization, propagation and pruning, planting and caring for the health of our unique and interesting collection of plants. Interns will also be involved with the set up and displays of exhibits, events and features related to our ever changing and exciting programming.

Interns can also choose to create their own focus of their internship and can specialize on a specific topic with the approval of the staff. The individual is expected to work on select weekdays, weekends, and occasional evenings.

Candidates should have strong willingness to work with staff, volunteers, plants and soil, be able to lift 40 lbs. and perform a wide variety of physical tasks. Some familiarity with botany and natural science is a plus but not necessary.  Any interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer at khammer@buffalogardens.com.