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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.

Job Postings as of: 05.26.16

The Garden currently has the following positions available for application:

  • Development Officer
  • Gardener (Full-Time)
  • Maintenance Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Digital Content Manager (Marketing)
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Facility Rental Set-Up Assistant
Please see the descriptions below for each opening. All resumes or employment applications submitted must clearly indicate the title of the position for which you are applying, recent salary history and range of compensation required. 
 
Development Officer  Dept: Advancement
  • Employment Type: Full Time, Non-exempt (hourly position)
  • Benefits: Available
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Schedule: Primary schedule of standard business hours with periodic evening and weekend availability required to attend community events and to support events and activities hosted by the Garden.
  • Job 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 the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, 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. 
  • Primary Duties Include: Develop, implement and execute solicitation strategies for Operating budget fundraising programs to include corporate and individual sponsorships and other revenue-generating events; Maintain processes to provide ongoing documentation of donor-related activities that will provide current and historical status of the donor's support to all parties involved in fundraising efforts; Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and prospective donors; Actively and effectively perform donor solicitation activities including prospect identification, prospect research, donor calls and timely follow-up and documentation, all in an efficient manner; Document all sponsorship and pledge commitments to ensure a current level of mutual understanding of the responsibilities of both parties; Provide regular reporting on the status of outstanding payments; Design, initiate and manage donor development events and relationship building practices that will ensure consistent, ongoing communication with both existing supporters and prospects; Coordinate with other departments to ensure sponsor commitments are executed properly; Develop and cultivate relationships with community leaders, associated organizations and members (both past and present) 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 5+ years of fundraising or consultative sales experience. Previous business management experience with an emphasis on sales or fundraising. Prior direct or in-direct (Board participation) experience in a non-profit environment participating in fund raising 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 Microsoft Office 2012 Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point. Prior experience with CRM's is highly desirable.
  • Skills: Has the ability, desire and confidence to interact effectively with varied constituencies, including cold-calling prospects. A self-motivated team player who is capable of providing leadership and direction with initiative and positive energy. Demonstrated ability in successfully establishing and building relationships resulting in closing sales or gifts. Creative skills and experience in producing innovative written materials to stimulate interest of funding sources who may be indifferent to or unfamiliar with organizational objectives and mission of the HBG. High degree of professionalism required. Dedication, flexibility to work nights and weekend 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, communication and responsiveness to Garden guests and volunteers. 
Gardener (Full-time)  Dept: Horticulture
  • Employment Type: Regular Full Time, Non-exempt
  • Benefits: Available
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Schedule: Generally 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM or 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; Subject to change based upon operating hours and needs of the organization; Weekend and some evening availability required.
  • Duties Include: Performing general maintenance of garden grounds. Provides gardening/landscaping support to Horticulture Specialists; Installation of seasonal botanical displays; Assists 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 ability 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 commonly used in landscaping trades.
  • Performance Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to adherence to garden standards, policies and procedures; Significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, communication and responsiveness to Garden guests and volunteers. 
Maintenance Assistant (Seasonal)  Dept: Buildings & Grounds
  • Employment Type: Temporary/Seasonal
  • Benefits: Not Available
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Schedule: Varies - flexibility in shifts needed; Evening & Weekend availability required.
  • Duties Include: Mowing, weed and pest control, irrigation and general facility. Performs event set-up procedures as needed. Performs light maintenance and repair functions. Some understanding of electronics/AV equipment desired. 
  • Experience: Equipment and basic irrigation system maintenance; Turf Care Certificate or equivalent preferred but not required.
  • Skills: Demonstrates good time-management, safety practices, problem solving ability and dependability.
  • Education: High school diploma or GED; Must possess a valid (Class C) AL Driver's License and a driving record meeting the requirements of the Garden's insurance provider. 
  • 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 commonly used in landscaping trades.
  • Performance Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to adherence to garden standards, policies and procedures; Significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, communication and responsiveness to Garden guests and volunteers. 
Digital Content Manager   Dept: Communications & Programming
  • Employment Type: Full Time, Non-exempt (hourly position)
  • Benefits: Available
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Schedule: 36 - 40 hours per week with mutual flexibility in schedule; Periodic evening and weekend availability required to support Garden events and activities.
  • Job Summary: The Huntsville Botanical Garden is seeking a Digital Content Manager to work directly with the Vice President of Communications & Programming for the purpose of ongoing development of the Garden's external voice and strategy in the digital medium with a goal to: attract guests; reach and retain existing members; generate new members; develop further engagement of the community with the Garden; and stir discussion and drive traffic to the Garden's website and social media platforms. Performs development, support, and oversite activities related to the Garden's social media profiles and presence, website, SEO initiatives, e-newsletter, digital marketing campaigns and other online initiatives. 
  • Duties Include: Create shareable content appropriate for specific networks to spread our brand, content and links; Listen and engage in relevant social discussion about the Garden, other attractions, and community from existing constituents and new audiences; Create and optimize website content and Search Engine Optimization opportunities; Design and implement the Garden's social media marketing plans in conjunction with the overall marketing plan, driving the strategy via testing and metrics; Coordinate the Garden's email marketing and communications, scheduling and executing the weekly e-newsletter while continuing to grow our email subscriber database and social media followers by providing regular, helpful content that is in-tune with their interests and needs; Develop and share analytical reporting tools on trends related to the usage of the website, social media and email communications with further development of email segmentation initiatives; Blog on an ongoing basis in support of projects, events, and topical messages to continue to increase engagement with new and existing followers; Explore ways to engage new social networks to both define and broaden our target market; Actively contribute to communications and marketing methodologies to insure achievement of organizational objectives; As a valued member of the Communications & Programming team, work closely with other Garden staff and volunteers; Represent the Garden in a professional manner at all times supporting the overall standards and objectives of the organization.
  • Experience: Prior experience in a professional environment building social media profiles and presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest as well as possible additional channels such as Google+, You Tube, etc.. Active and well-rounded personal presence on social media, with a command of each network and their best practices. Functional knowledge of search engine optimization methodologies including basic keyword research. Previous experience utilizing Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, email marketing platforms (i.e. Constant Contact), and WordPress highly desirable. 
  • Skills: Exceptional writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to adopt the tone, style, and voice of our organization's various types of content. Excellent communicator and creative thinker with the ability to use both data and intuition to inform decisions. Ability to apply an analytical approach with an interest in using data to optimize/scale blog marketing strategies and tactics. Excellent customer service skills and problem solving ability. Organized, detail-oriented, and proven ability to multi-task. Ability to maintain a positive and professional approach in unpredictable circumstances. 
  • Education: Bachelor level degree in a related field such as advertising, digital communications or marketing OR equivalent professional work experience directly applicable to the responsibilities of this position.
Vice President of Finance  Dept: Finance & Personnel
  • Employment Type: Full Time, Exempt
  • Benefits: Available
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Schedule: Salaried position. Primary schedule of standard business hours with additional periodic evening and weekend availability required to support Garden events and activities. 
  • Job Summary: Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the ongoing development and execution of the finance, accounting, compliance, human resources and other administrative/operational support functions to meet the needs of both current and future operations of the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Provide vision, direction and management to both direct and indirect staff to insure the effective performance of financial and personnel management responsibilities. Identify, develop and implement strategies to insure greater efficiency and service to our Board, staff, service partners, and other resources through the documentation of policies and procedures, training programs, and other initiatives to maintain an organization-wide continuous improvement approach, supporting the continued growth of Garden operations. Serve as an active member of senior leadership team, contributing to long-range planning and implementation of strategic initiatives to further Garden development.
  • Duties Include: Evaluate current policies, processes and procedures associated with a wide range of financial operations, human resources, and other administrative/operational support functions, regularly monitoring their effectiveness to define and implement opportunities for improvement. FINANCE: Partner with the COO and other members of executive management on strategic and operational issues, aligning financial management with short and long-term organizational goals; Prepare financial reports, developing enhanced trend and analysis tools to support the Board of Directors and Garden staff in both strategic and tactical operations planning; Develop and execute operating budget management strategies and tools, leading the process for budget development and implementation by working with the Garden management team to improve skillsets related to cost management and understanding best practices for maximizing ROI of financial and labor resources; Maintain relationships with financial service partners to optimize service and minimize costs; Develop and maintain tracking and reporting tools to manage capital and restricted funding. ACCOUNTING: Manage and develop accounting functions including processing of payroll, deposits, payment issuance, credit card and bank statement reconciliations, cash management, and support of financial statement and other audits; Perform review and approval process for payroll and payment issuance functions. COMPLIANCE: Insure timely and accurate reporting and remittance of various taxes, licenses, OSHA/safety documentation, and support of compliance audits. HUMAN RESOURCES: Manage and/or directly perform a wide variety of personnel functions including recruitment and screening; new hire processing; performance evaluation and documentation; staff counseling and support; personnel database and file management; benefits administration; termination/resignation activities; staff development including creation/maintenance of employee handbook, job descriptions, orientation/training tools and written policies and procedures; Insure high level of awareness for organization safety policies, procedures and training. ADMIN/OPERATIONAL SERVICES: Provide oversite, recommendations, and relationship building with service providers for insurance, IT/network support, office equipment, and communications; Coordinate various purchasing functions while identifying and implementing opportunities for improved efficiency and controls; Perform contract review for various operational services. FINANCE & PERSONNEL DEPT: Further develop both existing and future staff members providing supervision, direction, and performance feedback to reach departmental and organization goals; Insure development and maintenance of documented policies and procedures pertaining to financial, personnel and administrative department functions; Coordinate with immediate staff to insure collaboration on financial and HR issues with all members of the Garden's staff. 
  • Experience: A minimum of five years of broad finance and accounting managerial experience, ideally managing financial and human resources functions for a nonprofit with multiple funding sources and diverse program offerings. Experience as part of an organization's senior leadership team, partnering with executive staff and board members resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial and personnel management strategies. Previous personnel management experience to include direct supervision of departmental staff performing various levels of administrative and management responsibilities. 
  • Skills: Highly organized; Ability to analyze and plan at both strategic and tactical levels; Proficient at design and execution of financial and personnel management processes with an emphasis on operating budget development, cost management and analytical reporting. Superior verbal, written, and presentation communication skills. Excellent computer skills utilizing QuickBooks, Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Prior experience utilizing financial and constituent database program with emphasis on development of reporting and analysis tools. Demonstrates the ability, desire, and confidence to interact effectively with varied constituencies. A self-motivated team player who is capable of providing leadership and direction through initiative and by example. Demonstrated ability to set and achieve established goals. 
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Management or related field or equivalent related experience, preferably within the field of nonprofit financial and personnel management. Graduate degree or professional financial, HR, or non-profit management accreditation preferred. 
  • Performance Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to adherence to garden standards, policies and procedures; Significant emphasis on reliability, teamwork, communication and responsiveness to Garden guests and volunteers. 
 
Facility Rental Set-Up Assistant  Dept: Facility Rental
  • Employment Type: On Call/As Needed
  • Benefits: Not available
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Schedule: Varies; Evening and weekend availability required. (Some weekdays.) Number of hours available is subject to the event calendar. Mutual flexibility in work schedule.
  • Duties Include: Performs event set-up procedures including placing tables, chairs and other furniture/equipment as needed for events. Provides various types of customer service support to meet the needs of a successful event. May include garden/facility closing activities. Performs light maintenance and repair functions to maintain facility amenities. Some understanding of electronics/AV equipment desired.
  • Experience: Hospitality or event experience helpful but not required.
  • Skills: Ability to work well in a dynamic environment responding to the various needs associated with supporting Facility Rental and Garden events; Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds without assistance.
  • 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 and volunteers. 
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 Visitor’s Center desk).

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

 

 

To Apply:

By Mail:
Attn: H/R, Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.,
Huntsville, AL 35805

Via Fax: 256-830-5314

Via Email: hr@hsvbg.org. When submitting a resume or employment application, please specify the name of the position for which you are applying as well as your recent salary history and minimum salary requirements in a cover letter.

Thank you for your interest in the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

Current job postings are regularly posted in the lobby of our visitor center. Employment applications are available at the front desk of the Linda J. Smith Visitor Center.