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Employment & Internship Opportunities

Job Title:  Director of Education and Outreach
Department:  Education
Hours:  Full-time

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, a local non-profit attraction is hiring a Director of Education and Outreach to join our dedicated team. The position is full time and requires some weekend and evening work. This is a salaried position with partial benefits including life insurance, dental insurance and paid time off. This position is a valuable team member and is responsible for the overall education and outreach programs of the Garden.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage overall education program plan, goals and budget
  • Organize and manage all aspects of major education events, Butterfly Days and Earth Days
  • Supervise Education/Outreach Assistant
  • Schedule and staff field trips tours with schools and other organizations
  • Create lesson plans that meet school curriculum standards
  • Recruit, train and schedule education volunteers as needed for programs
  • Plan and schedule adult/family classes
  • Manage and track the Walmart Community Access Program
  • Plan and manage summer camps
  • Work with Communications Coordinator on marketing of all programs and events
  • Liaison with UA Citizen Science project
  • Work with UA Education program to recruit and manage education interns
  • Assist Special Events Department with Firefly Fling Festival and other family festivals
  • Be an instructor when appropriate and as needed

Required skills include an ability to coordinate multiple events and programs throughout the year, management and supervision of staff, interns and volunteers and knowledge of environmental/science education. A self-starter who works well with a team is preferred.

Salary is based on experience with a range of $25-30,000.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:  Charlotte Taylor, Executive Director at ctaylor@bgozarks.org.

Job Title:  Horticulture Intern
Department:  Horticulture
Reports to:  Horticulture Supervisor
Hours:  Full or part time – BGO will accommodate class schedules to the best of their ability.

Principal Areas of Training Provided

  • Care of diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, tropicals, grasses and annuals.
  • Hard skills including but not limited to pruning, plant propagation (sexual and asexual), mulching, fertilizer application, Integrated Pest Management and fertigation.
  • Use and maintenance of equipment and tools needed to perform daily tasks.
  • Hand watering and monitoring irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought.
  • How to be a good representative of a public garden.
  • Various other duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, and Traits

  • Attending a University
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Possess a strong commitment to horticulture and team work.
  • Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of business.

Work Experience

  • Previous horticulture experience preferred (may be volunteer).  Can include retail nursery, farming, gardening, or other horticulture related fields.

Skills and Abilities

  • Good communication skills are required as this person will be working on a small team.
  • Ability to work independently, with initiative and as a team player.
  • Strong ability to work under pressure and with time constraints.

Physical demands

  • This position requires sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, reaching and strenuous lifting/moving objects repeatedly up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions – extreme heat and cold.

This is an unpaid internship as we are a small non-profit. We will do our best to work around your schedule.

If you’re interested in applying, please send your resume directly to me at mlankford@bgozarks.org.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.