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Employment Opportunities

The Huntsville Botanical Garden is a growing non-profit organization located in Alabama. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. To provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The Garden does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Current Positions Available:

Seasonal Gardener

Special Events Manager

Bar Back

Seasonal Gardener

Department: Horticulture
Employment Type: Temporary/Seasonal
Benefits: Not Available
Start Date: Immediate
Schedule: Varies – flexibility in shift hours needed; Evening & Weekend availability required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    • Performing general maintenance of garden grounds; Provides gardening/landscaping support to Horticulture Specialists; Installation of seasonal botanical displays; Assist with supporting other areas of garden operations as directed.
    • Experience: Gardening/landscaping experience in a professional capacity; Prior experience utilizing various types of mechanical landscaping equipment, including chainsaws, highly desired.
    • Skills: Demonstrates good time-management, safety practices, problem solving and dependability.
    • Education: High school diploma or GED; Master Gardener training very helpful
    • Physical Demands: Must be able to work in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions for extended periods. Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting equipment (up to 75 pounds unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking. Must be able to safely use manual tools, and power equipment, common in the landscaping trades.

Demonstrated commitment to adherence to garden standards, policies, and procedures; Sees jobs through completely; Leaves work areas neat and free of debris; Significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, communication, and responsiveness to Garden guests and volunteers.

An employee working in this position will be regularly exposed to the following environmental conditions: year-round outdoor weather conditions; work near mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; and vibration. The noise level typical to performance of the position is moderate to loud. Employee will be required to utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

Special Events Manager

Department: Special Events
Employment Type: Full-time
Benefits: Available
Start Date: Immediate
Schedule: 36 – 40 hours per week based on seasonal needs; evening and weekend availability required to support special event requirements.


The Special Events Manager plays a critical role in developing and creating, implementing, promoting, and managing signature and special events sponsored by the Garden. Actively works to increase Special Event revenues and control costs while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. Ability to work collaboratively with other departments, volunteers and service providers is a critical element in the success of this position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

      • Strategically defines events that support our mission, drives garden admission membership, meets revenue generation goals and appeals to our members, guests and the solicitation of donors for future capital campaigns.
      • Create and implement events to include indoor, outdoor and nature events, family-friendly and animal-friendly events in the garden which engage a wide range of people in our community.
      • Responsible for a wide range of event activities including the development and coordination of logistics, pre-planning documentation, promotion of plan, ticketing and registration, organizing volunteers, soliciting event participants, volunteer and staff feedback, post‐event follow‐up and wrap up meetings with required documentation.
      • Keeps management abreast of the event schedule for the year, along with revenue goals for each event in alignment with the Gardens organizational and operational needs.
      • Ensure event calendar is maintained on the common drive to guarantee accurate and timely coordination with other departments and the use of Garden facilities, as well as defining event requirements and responsibilities.
      • Provide event logistical information to the Development Team so that they can effectively interface with sponsors and members about upcoming events.
      • Responsible for the management of special event budgets and ensuring expenses track to budget.
      • Create online event registration pages, confirmation emails, and other electronic content to assist in event marketing, registration, and ticket sales
      • Write, submit, and follow‐up to ensure placement on media releases and stories to established contacts with local and regional media.
      • Partner with the Membership & Volunteer Manager and Volunteer Coordinator to ensure all staffing and volunteer needs are met and all event staff and volunteers have the resources they need to fulfill their jobs and are prepared for their roles.
      • Effectively shares information and collaborates with all departments and Garden personnel to ensure event support staff is properly scheduled and informed of the event requirements. Prepares and shares documentation on the common drive in regards to event set-up, event support, and follow-up.
      • Works closely on agreements and set up with vendors contracted by the Garden or its customers to support the various events.  Ensures Garden policies and procedures are maintained to protect the facilities, equipment, our customers and their guests.
      • Regularly monitors the Garden’s facilities, equipment, and supplies needed to support special and signature garden events.
      • First point of contact at special events, signature garden events and supports special exhibits when required to include evening and weekend events.
      • Coordinate follow up communications documentation and wrap up meeting with vendors, members, sponsors, and others after events are complete.
      • Continually solicits and provides feedback on individual events and the overall events program for success, identifies and resolves issues, and makes recommendations for improvement.


Bachelor’s degree in marketing, hospitality, event management or a related field preferred.  Minimum 3-5 years event management experience preferably in a nonprofit context or training in the fields of event management, hospitality, or customer service. Experience to include demonstrated writing, speaking, interpersonal and organization skills; ability to lead others, set priorities, and manage concurrent tasks with meticulous attention to detail.

Bar Back

Department: Facility Rental
Employment Type: On Call/As Needed
Benefits: N/A
Start Date: Immediate
Schedule: Flexible schedule with heavy emphasis on evening and weekend work. Number of hours varies based upon seasonality of Event Calendar.

GENERAL SUMMARY: Responsible for performing bar back services as contracted for various Facility Rental events such as weddings, receptions, picnics, corporate meetings and all other events for which the use of a Garden facility has been scheduled. The Bar Back assists and supports the bartender by aiding the bartender in bar setup, restocking during event, and bar breakdown.


  • Arriving as scheduled, assists with set up for bar for the event based on the information provided by the Event Lead, Bartender or other Facility Rental personnel
  • Aids in confirming the bar is properly stocked with the supplies needed; Maintains communication with Bartender throughout event
  • Coordinates with Bartender to make sure bar is not left unattended at any time
  • Greets and assists clients and their guest at Bartender request, providing beverage services under the guidelines of the Alabama Beverage Control Board and Garden policies
  • Strictly complies with Responsible Vendor requirements; Interacts with guests in a friendly, professional manner with a particular emphasis on providing exceptional customer service
  • Works positively and professionally with other personnel assigned to the event including the Bartender, Host(s), Security, and outside vendors such as a caterers or photographers
  • At the conclusion of the event, assists Bartender in returning all liquor, wine, beer, mixers and other supplies to the appropriate storage
  • Helps to make sure bar is clean and ready for the next event; Maintains current knowledge of Garden events and services in order to respond to the questions of guests and promote the Garden.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to five months related experience or training in the food and beverage field; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Employee must attend and pass the Responsible Vendor Training program as prescribed by the Alabama Beverage Control Board. The ABC Board requires that a person be at least 21 years old to serve alcohol.

To apply please submit your cover letter and resume as follows:

Fax: (256) 830-5314
Mail: Huntsville Botanical Garden,
4747 Bob Wallace Ave.,
Huntsville, AL  35805

OR      Complete Employment Application (available at Guest Center Front Desk).

***All applications submitted must indicate the name of the position for which you are applying as well as your recent salary history and requirements.  ***

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