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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)

Chief Executive Officer

Seasonal Gardener

Bar Back (On-Call)

Guest Services Admissions Associate (On-Call)

Grounds Support/Maintenance Assistant (Seasonal)


Chief Executive Officer

Click here for job description.

Applications and nominations are received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume at https://ww2.kittlemansearch.com/Jobs.


Seasonal Gardener

Employment Type: Seasonal – Part Time / Full Time
Benefits: Not available
Start Date: Immediate
Schedule: Variable schedule to include weekends up to 38 hours per week

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

  • Gardening/landscaping support to Horticulture Specialists
  • Installation of seasonal botanical displays
  • Opening and/or closing the Garden
  • Support to special events as required

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.

  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Walking, bending, standing, carrying
  • Ability to work continuously in variable weather conditions

EXPERIENCE Landscaping/lawn maintenance experience preferred. Master gardener certification helpful
Skills: Language skills (written/oral); ability to calculate fertilizer and pesticide recommended application rates; ability to interact with the guests and volunteers; ability to operate skid steer, tractor and other landscaping equipment helpful

EDUCATION High school diploma or GED

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS Demonstrated commitment to adherence to garden standards, policies, and procedures; significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, communication, and responsiveness to Garden guests, volunteers, and co-workers


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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