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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:

(Scroll below for detailed information on each position)

The position posting for the Garden’s Chief Executive Officer is under development. Please submit any inquiries or interest in this position to hsvbgceosearch@gmail.com.

Event Lead (On-Call)

Bartender (On-Call)

Social Media Intern (Temporary/Seasonal)

Development Officer (Full-time)

Bar Back (On-Call)

Guest Services Admissions Associate (On-Call)

Grounds Support/Maintenance Assistant (Seasonal)


Event Lead

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

GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Sales Representatives and the Director of Facility Rental, the Event Lead is responsible for the successful execution of rental events.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Effectively interact with clients (internal & external), caterers, wedding planners, etc. ensuring excellent customer service and a top-quality experience with the Garden.
  • Review and understand all event paperwork prior to shift to ensure seamless execution.
  • Oversee vendor load-in and load out, including set-up; break down and cleanup of the event.
  • Assist all event personnel, including the Garden’s maintenance, housekeeping, and security staff.
  • Assist in all areas to remain customer/client focused.
  • Responsible for the completion of event paperwork, incident reports, and the handling of any other issues pertaining to vendors, the event, safety of individuals attending and the maintenance of the Garden facility from damage.
  • Monitor event activities to ensure the client and event attendees are satisfied.
  • Provide excellent customer service in meeting the needs and requests of clients
  • Must be able to work and interact professionally with all levels of management and staff of the Garden.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be able to work independently as well as on a team
  • Demonstrate excellent leadership skills
  • Organizational skills are essential
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to change is essential
  • A knack for problem-solving
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Must be able to interact with the public and supervise event staff professionally
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and be able to report to work on a changing schedule, including weekends, evenings and holidays

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend general instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write general correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to visitors, suppliers, clients, volunteers, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform basic mathematical functions such as adding and subtracting two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and measurements.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: None Defined

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: N/A

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing and walking 90% of the time. Position routinely requires the ability to lift up to 40+ pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment can range from moderate to loud.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.


Bartender

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

GENERAL SUMMARY: Responsible for performing bartending 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 Bartender insures Garden policies and procedures relating to the service of alcohol are properly maintained at all times.

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

  • Arriving as scheduled, sets up bar for the event based on the information provided by the Host or other Facility Rental personnel. Ensures the bar is properly stocked with the supplies needed.
  • Maintains constant oversight and control of alcohol. Coordinates with Bar Back or Host to make sure bar is not left unattended at any time.
  • Greets and assists clients and their guests, 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 and sound judgment in a wide variety of often unpredictable situations.
  • Works positively and professionally with other personnel assigned to the event including the Bar Back, Event Lead(s), Security, and outside vendors such as caterers or photographers. Assists with answering questions or resolving issues pertaining to the alcohol service.
  • Maintains proper control of cash according to department procedures. Collects information for service counts needed by maintaining a tally of mixed drinks, and/or collecting bottle caps and corks.
  • Keeps appearance of bar neat and clean.
  • At the conclusion of the event, provides cash and service count information according to department procedures. Puts all liquor, wine, beer, mixers and other supplies away appropriately. Makes sure bar and bar equipment are clean and ready for the next event.
  • Maintains personal responsibility for communicating with Event Lead or designated escalation points of contact as department procedures prescribe for various situations. Provides immediate notification to designated personnel in the case of an incident or injury requiring an emergency medical, police, or fire response.
  • Follows all safety procedures as defined in the Huntsville Botanical Garden Safety Handbook, maintaining the ongoing responsibility of reporting any safety-related questions or concerns. Documents any visitor injuries and/or incidents following the procedures prescribed in the Safety Handbook.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Garden events and services in order to respond to the questions of guests and promote the Garden.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to five months related experience or training in the field of bartending; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend general instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write general correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to visitors, suppliers, clients, volunteers, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform basic mathematical functions such as adding and subtracting two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and measurements.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: None defined.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: 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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; stand for extended periods; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment can range from moderate to loud.


Social Media Intern

Dept: Marketing
Employment Type: Temporary/Seasonal
Benefits: N/A
Start Date: Immediate

Summary: The Social Media Intern under the direction of the VP of Guest Experience is responsible for assisting with the coordination and execution of the company’s social media strategy, working across key social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms.  This role will be instrumental in increasing our social media presence, gaining visibility and expanding our footprint by telling the story of the garden, leading to world-class recognition.

Primary Functions:

Social Media Management; Assist in capturing the spirit of the Garden via the company social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms.) ensuring uniform content and tone of voice across all our platforms.  Increase the number of followers we have on social media platforms through engagement of our followers and other related business social media accounts via posts, tweets, likes and sharing content (under the direction of V.P. Guest Experience).

Creating and Distributing Content:  Take photos of day to day events and activities within the garden and post to social media platforms. Seek out story possibilities from staff and guests that can be used on social media (with appropriate approvals). Research and curate relevant and quality news: write engaging stories that tie content to the Garden’s mission. Create photo and video content, post on YouTube and the Garden’s website.  Drive awareness of blog posts by posting the articles into forums and groups.  Maintain a monthly social media calendar of events within the garden and drive awareness to new blog images and posts. Seek out and engage with key local or related social media accounts.

Understanding and monitoring social media analytics: Track key social media analytics on a weekly basis and write brief summaries of social media performance. Look at how well specific content performs and look at the flow of traffic through our Website.  See how well blog posts perform based on their “share rating” and the total number of viewers and time spent on page.  Use tools to measure our Twitter influence, and monitor what kind of content gets retweeted to help with future content.

Education/Experience: The intern must be in an accredited post-secondary educational program with a concentration in any of these fields or majors are preferred: Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, English, Nonprofit Management or Fundraising.

Skills: While there will be opportunities to increase administrative skills, the intern will begin with at least an intermediate skill and knowledge of social media programs and related apps, basic graphic design skills. Basic understanding of MS Office software including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook is a plus. Strong communication skills and an ability to convey a story that will engage the public are critical, as well as a strong understanding of grammar and punctuation.


Development Officer

Department: Advancement
Employment Type: Full-time
Benefits: Available
Start Date: Immediate

Schedule: Primary schedule of standard business hours with periodic evening and weekend availability required to attend community events and support events and activities hosted by the Garden.

General Summary: Supports the ongoing development and execution of the strategic fundraising plans supporting the mission of the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Implements and manages multiple donor development initiatives including corporate and individual sponsorships, development event planning and execution, and ongoing donor relationship communications and activities. Works closely with other members of the Advancement team, the CEO & President, and members of the Garden’s Board of Directors. Works with a high degree of independence, keeping management informed of changes in philanthropic climate, including the goals and interests of corporate and individual donors.

Duties Include: Development and execution of solicitation strategies for Operating Budget fundraising programs to include corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and other revenue generating events and activities to meet and exceed the Advancement departmental budget; Maintains processes to provide ongoing documentation of donor development activity; Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and prospective donors; Document all sponsorships and pledges to ensure mutual fulfillment of commitments; Support and coordinate Advancement Event activities by working with volunteer committees; Develop and cultivate relationships with community leaders, associated organizations and members of the various Garden Boards of Directors to provide support for the promotion and expansion of the Garden.

Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent related experience) with 3-5 years of professional fundraising, sales or business development experience. Large scale event planning and execution desirable. Prior direct or in-direct (Board participation or volunteer) in a non-profit environment participating in fundraising programs such as annual giving, capital campaigns, special projects, grants, planned giving, fundraising events or endowments is strongly preferred. Strong computer skills with prior experience utilizing database programs and a high level of confidence using Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Prior experience with CRM’s or other prospect management programs is highly desirable.

Skills: Has the ability, desire, and confidence to interact effectively with varied constituencies, including cold-calling prospects. Demonstrated success in establishing and building relationships resulting in closing sales or gifts. Self-motivated team player who demonstrates leadership and initiative. High degree of professionalism required. Dedication, flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed and attention to detail are essential. Ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds and periodically work in an outdoor environment.

Performance Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to adherence to garden standards, policies and procedures; significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, and effective communication.


Bar Back

Department: Facility Rental
Benefits: N/A
Target Start Date: Immediate; Multiple positions available
Schedule: Flexible schedule with a 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Keeps appearance of bar neat and clean.
  • At the conclusion of the event, assists Bartender in returning all liquor, wine, beer, mixers and other supplies to the appropriate storage. Help to make sure bar is clean and ready for the next event.
  • Provides immediate notification to designated personnel in the case of an incident or injury requiring an emergency medical, police, or fire response.
  • Follows all safety procedures as defined in the Huntsville Botanical Garden Safety Handbook, maintaining the ongoing responsibility of reporting any safety-related questions or concerns. Documents any visitor injuries and/or incidents following the procedures prescribed in the Safety Handbook.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Garden events and services in order to respond to the questions of guests and promote the Garden.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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.

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and comprehend general instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write general correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to visitors, suppliers, clients, volunteers, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to perform basic mathematical functions such as adding and subtracting two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and measurements.

TECHNICAL SKILLS None defined.

REASONING ABILITY Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
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 19 years old to bar back and 21 years old to serve alcohol.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; stand for extended periods; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment can range from moderate to loud.


Guest Services Admissions Associate                           

Department: Guest Services
Employment Type: On-Call/As Needed
Benefits: N/A
Target Start Date: Immediate; Multiple positions available

Schedule: Schedule based on seasonal needs of Guest Services; Schedules will be based on hours of operation of the Garden and will include a combination of weekday, weekend and evening hours. Weekend and evening availability required with particular emphasis on evening availability during the March 20th – May 19th time period. Mutual flexibility in work schedule.

Duties Include: Working at the Garden’s Admissions & Information Desk or other ticketing outposts, greet and direct Garden guests; process admissions and membership transactions; prepare and reconcile daily deposits; answer incoming calls; answer questions and problem solve; perform opening and closing procedures.

Experience: Retail sales or direct customer service, cash handling, knowledge of POS system, deposit processing.

Skills and Abilities: As the person providing the first impression for Garden Guests, has the desire and commitment to consistently do so in a warm, friendly and informative manner. Excellent customer service skills and problem-solving ability. Organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, and proven ability to multi-task. Ability to maintain a friendly, positive, professional approach in unpredictable circumstances. Ability to move or lift up to 40 pounds.

Performance Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to adherence to Garden standards, policies and procedures; significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, and effective communication.


Grounds Support/Maintenance Assistant

Department: Horticulture
Employment Type: Temporary/Seasonal
Schedule: Varies – flexibility in shift hours needed with heavy emphasis on opening and closing shifts; Weekend and evening availability required. Mutual flexibility in work schedule with reliability and commitment to work as scheduled required.

Duties Include: Assists with performing opening and closing functions; Performs general grounds maintenance, trash removal, and service support for Garden operations during the Chinese Lantern Festival. Performs mowing, weed and pest control, irrigation and general facility maintenance assignments. Assists with supporting Horticulture departments and other areas of Garden operations as directed.

Experience: Equipment and basic irrigation system maintenance; Turf Care Certificate or equivalent preferred but not required. Demonstrated history of reliable employment in a team environment.

Education/Other Requirements: High school diploma or GED; Must possess a valid AL Driver’s License and a driving record meeting the requirements of the Garden’s insurance provider.

Skills and Abilities: Demonstrates good time-management practices, safety practices, initiative and dependability.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 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 and materials (up to 75 pounds unassisted), bending, standing, climbing and walking. Must be able to safely use manual tools and power equipment common in the landscaping trades.

Performance Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to adherence to Garden standards, policies and procedures; Significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, effective communication and responsiveness to Garden guests and volunteers; Sees job through completely; Leaves work areas neat and free of debris;

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. An employee working in this position will be regularly exposed to the following environmental conditions: year-round outdoor weather conditions. An employee working in this position may occasionally work near mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration. The noise level typical of performance of the position is moderate to loud. Employee will be required to utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed.


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

E-mail: hr@hsvbg.org
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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