Garden Teacher

Job Title: Garden Teacher

Supervisor: Youth Education Coordinator
Employee Status: Non-exempt, part-time
Hours: April – October, up to 30 hours/week, 200 – 400 hours/yr.
Starting pay: $11/hour

Position Description:

This position assists the Youth Education Coordinator to deliver the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Youth Education programs.

Areas of Responsibility

 Lead field trip tours program
 Set up and take down tour materials
 Prepare tour materials
 Work with Youth Education Coordinator to improve tour program

Possible responsibilities:

 Assist with June pre-school program
 Deliver off-site Garden On The Road program
 Teach winter Garden on the Road lessons and/or summer Botany Camp
 Teach for new youth programs as they are implemented

Other Tasks as Needed including, but not limited to:

 Attending trainings and meetings

Job Requirements

 Be able to work M – F, 9-2:30, April, May, September & October
Skills, Knowledge and Training

 Experience working with groups of children
 B.A. or B.S. in biology related field preferred
 Good working knowledge of horticulture helpful.
 A sense of humor
 Flexibility and the ability to make quick decisions
 Good interpersonal skills & ability to work with others as a team
 Self-motivation and creativity
 Tolerance of and patience with children.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Dickey: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise ID 83712 or fax: 208-343-3601 or to elizabeth@idahobotanicalgarden.org

Equipment & Facilities Coordinator

Department: Horticulture
Job Title: Equipment & Facilities Coordinator
Supervisor: Horticulture Director
Employee Status: Non-Exempt, Full Time, Permanent
Salary: $11-$15


Position Description:
This position has a lead role in support of all the functions that take place at the Garden. Working with the Director of Horticulture, this position’s primary responsibilities are to ensure our equipment stays running in good operating condition with minimal down time, and focuses their efforts on maintaining the garden’s aging facilities and infrastructure in the best functioning manner possible. This position also helps to ensure that staff and volunteers are properly trained for safe use of the Garden’s equipment and tools. Positive and productive interaction with other program directors, staff, volunteers, board members, and visitors will also be required daily.


Areas of Responsibility
• Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance
• Facilities Maintenance and repairs
• Safety Training
• Volunteer Coordination
• Coordination of the Garden’s operational spaces
• Other Duties as assigned

Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance
• Perform daily service checks on garden’s fleet of vehicles and equipment ensuring they are ready for daily use
• Perform Annual and periodic preventative/seasonal maintenance on all vehicles and equipment
• Monitor and Replenish garden fuel reserve that is used for equipment and vehicles
• Assist in maintaining vehicles in clean, operating conditions (coordinate weekly wash and vacuum)
• Assist in development of budgets for periodic maintenance of existing fleet and planning for future replacement.
• Track and maintain vehicles and equipment in the garden’s equipment database. Entering service records, costs, and time to complete maintenance and repairs.

Facilities Maintenance and Repairs
• Assist with oversight and maintenance of common areas throughout the garden’s grounds including: pathways, lighting, irrigation systems, bone yards, and slash pile
• Maintain the shop and areas around the shop and Chemical Storage Shed clean, orderly and free of accumulated items.
• Assist Irrigation and Landscape Lead with completing periodic inventories of Irrigation Parts and Chemicals
• Complete repair and maintenance of items throughout the gardens buildings as they arise
• Coordinate furniture / equipment moving and other physical tasks when needed
• Assist in development of budgets for assigned projects completing them on time, within established budget

Safety Training
• Coordinate and maintain documentation of appropriate training for the safe use of the garden’s vehicles and equipment
• Work with Horticulture Director to develop appropriate training and training calendar for staff and volunteers prior to using power equipment or vehicles

Volunteer Coordination
• Assist, interact with, and oversee volunteers as they are available, and as projects require
• Plan and prepare activities in alignment with pending projects, for assigned community service volunteers
• Support other staff by ensuring equipment and vehicles are ready for service when needed

Coordination of Operations Spaces
• Assist in completing facility improvement projects (both to physical structures as well as garden construction and infrastructure)
• Support Event’s team as needs arise
• Assist with infrastructure support to on-site events for education, fundraising, cultural, and entertainment programs
• Maintain Upper and lower boneyards in clean, orderly manner
• Maintain Slash Pile in clean, orderly, managed manner
• Maintain the landscaped beds surrounding the shop in clean, weed-free, appropriately irrigated manner

Other Duties as assigned
• Occasionally, there are needs that cannot be anticipated either during regular hours of operation, extended hours, on planned holidays or weekends that will need to be completed for the success of the organization.
• May include the delivery and pick-up of donated items within the valley

Job Requirements

• Displays clear, and professional communication style with all organization staff, volunteers, board of directors and visitors
• Successful execution of all areas of responsibility
• Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
• Ability to be on your feet for extended periods of time
• Ability to work in inclement weather, weekends and holidays when needed

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Training:
• Proven general Handyman skills across multiple disciplines including:

  • Small Engine repair and maintenance
  • Auto repair
  • Carpentry and building maintenance

• Experience with most Horticulture tools, carpentry, shop tools, and shop machinery and their safe operation
• Proven track record of working effectively in a team environment
• A valid Idaho Driver’s License, and clean driving record

Membership Sales Associate


Department: Visitor Services

Job Title: Membership Sales Associate

Supervisor: Visitor Services Coordinator

Employee Status: Non-exempt, Seasonal, F/T or P/T

Salary: $7.25-$10/hour DOE


Position Description:

The Membership Sales Associate serves as the first point of contact between the Idaho Botanical Garden and its patrons. As such, it is imperative that the ideal candidate be outgoing, warm, friendly, flexible, dependable, hardworking and display exceptional communication skills. The position is a seasonal position, running March 15th through November 15th with the opportunity for additional hours through the beginning of January. The position requires some holidays be worked with primary hours ranging from 9 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m. on specified evenings. The primary role of the Membership Sales Associate will be processing admissions into the Garden in the admission kiosk and at the admin office front desk while conveying the benefits of Garden membership to each patron. With each customer interaction there is an expectation that the associate will help to further educate Garden patrons on the many benefits of membership. The primary objective of the associate will focus around selling new memberships from the admission kiosk/front desk areas. Additional duties include checking in field trip and tour groups, answering a multi-line phone system and assisting in over the phone ticket sales, answering questions about the Garden and its programs and other miscellaneous office duties, as need arises. At the end of each day, the associate will be responsible for closing down the admission kiosk or front office till, following outlined closing procedures and ensuring balancing accuracy in each daily deposit. Shifts will be split between the admission kiosk and the front desk of the administration office. Additionally, although rare, the associate will have the skills and tools necessary to empower them to mitigate any guest concerns or issues, taking the initiative to make decisions that are in the Garden’s best interest.

Areas of Responsibility:

General Garden Responsibilities:

  • Engage each Garden patron, clearly and succinctly conveying the benefits of Garden membership
  • Process new memberships acquired from kiosk and front desk in membership database
  • An understanding of the workings and locations of the different areas within the Garden to be able to accurately answer customers’ questions, being able to give guidance and instruction
  • Maintain a customer service oriented approach at the kiosk area, ensuring a welcoming and inviting atmosphere
  • Keep a tidy, organized work area
  • Assist in general Garden office operations as needed (answering phones, taking new and renewing membership payments, help with large mailings, taking event ticket orders, etc.)
  • Monitor the Garden admission area and collect general admission dues to the Garden while being sure to show the multiple benefits of Garden membership to each patron
  • When necessary, assists the education staff by helping create proper signage for education classes, events, special events, weddings, etc.
  • Open and close cash drawer accurately, reconciling with the Altru sales system
  • Other duties, as assigned

Garden Event Responsibilities:

  • Quickly and accurately processing admission payments into the Garden
  • Follow event procedures and protocols, adopting a solution-oriented approach at all times
  • Work in tandem with Garden event staff to ensure a smooth and seamless patron experience
  • Maintain a welcoming, happy demeanor, even during peak times with large crowds and lines
  • Responsible for welcoming, training and assisting Garden volunteers
  • Ensure a positive interaction with all others in the admissions area
  • Other duties, as assigned

Required Skills, Knowledge and Training:

  • Previous cash handling experience
  • Ability to learn new programs/systems quickly
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to multitask
  • Accuracy in cash handling
  • Exceptional customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to adapt to challenges and opportunities with a solution-oriented perspective
  • Ability to work in all types of weather
  • Ability to train and supervise Garden volunteers
  • Valid Idaho Driver’s License and clean driving record

Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Previous customer service/cash handling experience preferred

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift at least 35 lbs.
  • Ability to work and be comfortable in all types of weather
  • Ability to walk across various types of terrain found throughout the Garden­

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to proficiently perform the essential functions of the position.

To apply: Send a copy of your resume to Warren Maxfield: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise ID 83712 or fax: 208-343-3601 or to warren@idahobotanicalgarden.org