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Human Resources
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Current Openings

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Full-time. Posted 4/26/15.

The Facilities Maintenance Technician is responsible for the overall care, preventative and corrective maintenance of all facilities, equipment and infrastructure (excluding plant bed areas/systems) throughout the Desert Botanical Garden.

Responsibilities include: General Maintenance: Keeping the Garden’s buildings, roads, parking lots, utilities, fences, gates and fleet vehicles in good operating condition; servicing electrical, plumbing, mechanical and refrigeration systems and following the schedule of planned preventative maintenance activities prepared by the Facilities Manager. Safety: Supporting DBG Safety Coordinator to ensure that safe conditions exist in the Garden at all times by monitoring the condition of public paths, patios, buildings, and equipment and reviewing work practices to ensure maximum safety for all; safely operating all equipment, hand and power tools. Special Projects: Executing and successfully completing maintenance related work orders, performing minor construction duties with limited supervision, and working collectively with outside contractors, vendors, service partners and internal DBG staff; effectively performing preventive and corrective maintenance tasks, including painting, on the Garden’s buildings and structures. Schedule: May be required to work shifts, odd hours and weekends, as necessary.

Requirements include completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Building or Construction Trades, or a minimum of 2 years Building trades; ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid driver’s license; ability to maintain OSHA Safety certifications and/or training levels as required; ability to lift up to 90 pounds; experience at the Journey level; or an equivalent combination of training and experience; good communication skills and ability to manage time to complete tasks properly and within the time allotted; exemplary Guest Service skills; ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions. Must be willing and able to work varied and long shifts, including holidays and weekends, and work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, and walking.

Education Publication Coordinator

Part-time. Posted 4/26/15.

The Adult Education team has an exciting, part-time opportunity for an Education Publication Coordinator to assist in the development and coordination of the class catalog - a major publication piece for the Garden’s educational programs.  The successful candidate will be a key member of a team with a passion for educating our community!

Primary responsibilities include taking charge of the development, coordination, publication and distribution of the department’s class catalog in print and electronic formats; leading the editorial process, to include coordination of editing and layout, quality assurance and control, and proofreading; working closely with interdepartmental stakeholders and ensuring that edits are updated in a timely manner; writing program descriptions that match class objectives; importing, updating and maintaining accurate and current educational programs on the Garden’s website; adhering to marketing style guidelines using the Garden’s custom dashboard, HTML, Adobe Photoshop, and other technologies; creating and analyzing annual customer service reports; providing Garden and Department support by participating in staff meetings, teams, and events; and assisting with reports and proposals, as needed.

Requirements include a Bachelor level degree in Communications, Marketing, English or a related field; three years of combined applicable experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong organizational ability; familiarity with HTML, Adobe Photoshop, content management systems, Excel and CSV files; knowledge of design standards; ability to troubleshoot technical issues; excellent customer service and interpersonal skills; the ability to solve problems using discretion and good judgment, and high levels of personal motivation.

For this position, please provide writing sample(s) in addition to resume and letter of interest. Application deadline: April 3, 2015. 

Summer Camp Instructor

Posted 3/19/15. Part-time, Temporary.

This position provides fun and engaging environmental education experiences for Summer Camp program participants!

Responsibilities include:

Camp Planning - Participate in team curriculum training sessions; prepare and organize daily camp supplies and instructional materials for your classroom. Communicate with Camp Operations Assistant about supply needs both before and during camp.

Teaching - Serve as lead teacher and primary supervisor for all aspects of at least one onsite Summer Camp class; prepare classroom and initiate all activities and outings while camp is in session; maintain a safe, tidy, and well organized learning environment; work as a team member with volunteers and staff to communicate daily with parents and produce excellent experiences for Summer Camp participants. 

Volunteer Coordination - Coordinate team teaching and support responsibilities with Volunteer Teaching Assistants and Junior Camp Counselors.

Requirements include a B.A. or B.S. in Education, Environmental Education, Life Sciences or related field or degree in progress; demonstrated curriculum planning, teaching, and group management capabilities; demonstrated classroom and outdoor teaching experience; knowledge of desert ecology; participation in camp training in May; ability to work up to 40 hours while camp is in session (arriving 45 minutes before camp starts and staying 45 minutes after camp ends); a valid Driver’s License, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a fifteen passenger van on field trips; ability to pass extended background check; flexibility to work well in a team environment; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills; ability to traverse Garden trails in all weather elements; and ability to perform light bending and lifting (up to 25 lbs.) associated with routine job duties.

Application deadline: April 3, 2015.

Donor Events Coordinator

Posted 3/19/15. Full time.

The Donor Events Coordinator assists the development department with planning, management & execution of meaningful special events for donors and members. These include donor cultivation programs, stewardship/recognition events and member fulfillment events for Patrons Circle, Garden Fund, Monarch Society, Sonoran Circle, volunteer Envoys and General Members.  The purpose of donor and member events is to heighten understanding, appreciation, loyalty and connections to the Garden’s mission and its positive impact on the community.    

Primary responsibilities include: compiling and refining donor event systems and procedures for the department, including checklists, timeline guides, operational plan and post event report templates; in coordination with the Development Coordinator, developing, planning and executing events related to The Saguaro Initiative, including tours highlighting the initiatives as well as dedication and opening programs; producing and managing budgets for same; in conjunction with the Individual and Institutional Giving team members, developing, planning and executing annual member and sponsor events, including Patrons Circle programs, Garden Fund programs, Monarch Society and General Member openings and special sponsor and membership events; managing internal space scheduling, catering, entertainment, rentals and other vendor selections and negotiating contracts and coordinating payments to support donor and member events; coordinating interdepartmental planning meetings involving staff and volunteer chairs, communications and support needed to execute events and manage event set up; scouting event resources and new talent in order to keep programs and events fresh and keep the Desert Botanical Garden at the forefront of innovative donor programming; assessing donor and member audiences and recommend appealing program elements; assisting when needed with other duties within the Development Department, such as Dinner on the Desert, printed and electronic invitations confirmations for guests, and event documentation in The Raiser’s Edge Event module; assisting in the development of new events and rejuvenation of annual events; building a positive and collaborative relationship with the Garden’s Event Services, Guest Services, Site Operations and other departments, utilizing their expertise to help ensure smooth interdepartmental operations related to member and donor events; sharing all collateral related to donor and member events with marketing and other appropriate departments prior to printing; collaborating with Volunteer Managers to recruit and train volunteers as needed to support member and donor events; evaluating and documenting the success of each special event in terms of attendance, impact and feedback; and conducting selected post event surveys and report results.

Requirements include a college degree at the Bachelor level in related field, such as Tourism Development / management, Museum or Nonprofit Management; minimum of one year of experience in event coordination or related field; demonstrated ability to be an organized, detail oriented, flexible, resourceful and motivated self-starter; excellent communication skills and willingness to work as part of a team; ability to work evenings and weekends as required; proficiency with Microsoft Office software; experience with Salesforce Marketing Cloud (formerly known as ExactTarget) and Raiser’s Edge event module software provides a competitive advantage; hospitality, customer service, marketing and volunteer management experience also helpful.

Event Setup Assistant

Seasonal, through May 2015.

The primary goal of this position is to help ensure the success of events, facility rentals, workshops, meetings and classes offered at the Garden by providing set and support services to departments and guests. 

Responsibilities include: Ensuring that event space is clean prior to, during and after each event, to include floors, counter/table tops, fixtures, restrooms, and the removal of debris, recycling material and trash; setting up and breaking down tables, chairs, event equipment and structures; setting up and breaking down audio/visual equipment and providing minor troubleshooting; assisting the Beverage staff with bar set ups and breakdowns; delivering beverages and ice to events and maintaining accurate inventory; assisting the Exhibits Department with the installation and de-installation of temporary art exhibitions; prepping the outside area of the Butterfly Pavilion in advance of opening, and providing daily maintenance to same; assisting with staff and guest deliveries of additional equipment or supplies; operating a motorized cart to safely move furniture, equipment, supplies and structures; providing exemplary customer service to Garden staff, volunteers, clients, guests and vendors; keeping venue staging areas organized and clean; and performing basic groundskeeping of venues, when necessary.

Requirements include: Ability to operate a motor vehicle, a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record; ability to lift up to 75 lbs.; ability to stoop, bend, squat and stand for long periods of time; ability to work outdoors in extreme temperatures and inclement weather; exemplary customer service skills; good communication skills and ability to manage time to complete tasks by time required. Must be able to work evenings, weekends, and a variety of shifts, including shifts that may extend beyond 8 hours in length when high volume necessitates.



The benefits of regular employment at the Desert Botanical Garden include a competitive benefits package*, complimentary family membership, employee admissions exchange, wellness initiatives and discounts. 

Reasonable accommodation may be made, where necessary, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions. Honored as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal, the Desert Botanical Garden is an equal-opportunity employer.   

*subject to eligibility requirements

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