Career Opportunities

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Garden Assistant

Under the direction of the Garden and Arboretum Manager the Garden Assistant helps to maintain Yew Dell’s diverse array of nationally recognized display gardens and plant collections. The Garden Assistant will work and interact with other staff, volunteers and the public in support of the institution’s guiding mission of sparking a passion for plants and gardening through accessible science and inspiring beauty.

  • Assist in the care and maintenance of Yew Dell’s display gardens and plant collections
  • In collaboration with the Garden and Arboretum Manager, plan, install and maintain seasonal garden displays and permanent plant collections
  • Train, supervise and work with volunteers and lead occasional volunteer workdays
  • Provide occasional garden tours lectures, classes and workshops
  • Assist in updating plant records, maps, and display signage
  • Assist in the implementation of sustainable pest control measures
  • Field horticulture questions and inquiries from the public
  • Assist with Yew Dell community programs and events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Garden and Arboretum Manager
  • At least three years of experience in horticulture and/or garden maintenance or other related fields
  • A passion for gardening, new plants and sharing that passion with the public
  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of power equipment such as rotary tillers, backpack blowers, tractors, golf carts, manual transmission vehicles etc.
  • Ability to be on foot for long periods of time and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Efficient and productive work style to allow maximum efficient use of limited resources
  • Openness to and enthusiasm for learning new techniques, products and approaches
  • Ability to work well with other Yew Dell staff, board, committee members and volunteers
  • Ability to effectively lead volunteers, interns and seasonal gardeners
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Kentucky pesticide applicator license
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours as needed
  • Must have transportation to attend meetings and various functions as required 

Event Staff

Under the direction of the Guest Services and Rental Coordinator the Event Staff is responsible for  assisting with the implementation of scheduled events at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Working with the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens team the Event Staff  will follow up and coordinate with wedding parties, event rentals and Yew Dell programs and events. The Event Staff is part of a team providing an outstanding experience to our guests.

  • Act as the primary contact during an event rental and Yew Dell sponsored events through the event set up and break down,  coordinating with other staff as needed
  • Open and close buildings and gates for event set up and break down
  • Oversee event set up, deliveries, vendor management and break down
  • Check facilities prior to the event to assure correct set up and cleanliness
  • Check facilities during and after the event to assure cleanliness and completion of the storage of event materials
  • Adjust set ups in buildings and on the grounds as needed
  • Keep grounds and facilities clean and stocked
  • Make suggestions to increase customer satisfaction while maintaining Yew Dell’s policies
  • Be present during rental set up when needed and at Yew Dell events when appropriate
  • Guest services including café and bar service
  • Ensure that all event policies are followed
  • Recommend improvements and changes to events
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Associates Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Event Coordination and or Bar experience a plus
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and the willingness to “roll up sleeves” to get the job done
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in an organized and efficient manner
  • Detail oriented with commitment to accuracy
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel
  • Commitment to furthering the goals of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens through creative and energetic support of the institution
  • A positive attitude with staff, volunteers, and visitors
  • Weekend and evening hours required

Event Coordinator

The Event Coordinator, under the direction of the Guest Services Manager,  is responsible for scheduling and managing facility rentals and will be the primary contact for  guests to rent facilities at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Working with the Guest Services Manager  the Event Coordinator will schedule and coordinate with wedding parties and event rentals. The Event Coordinator is part of a team providing an outstanding experience to our guests.

  • Manage external rental inquiries and available rental dates 
  • Record rental contracts and summaries including financial information and provide to the  Guest Services and Rental Manager 
  • Manage all aspects of wedding rentals after the 30 day walk-through 
  • Act as the primary contact during a facility rental through the event set up and break down,  coordinating with other staff as needed 
  • Check facilities prior, during and after events to assure correct set up, cleanliness and  completion of the storage of event materials 
  • Work with and give guidance to event staff 
  • Assist with Guest services including café and bar service 
  • Be present during rental set up and rentals when needed and at Yew Dell events when  appropriate 
  • Assist Guest Services and Rental Manager with rental and Yew Dell events Make recommendations to increase customer satisfaction and event improvements while  maintaining Yew Dell’s policies 
  • Ensure that all event policies are followed 
  • Associates Degree or equivalent work experience 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and the willingness to “roll up sleeves” to get the job done Exceptional guest relations and customer service skills 
  • Ability to work in an organized and efficient manner 
  • Detail oriented with commitment to accuracy 
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel Commitment to furthering the goals of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens through creative and  energetic support of the institution 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • A positive attitude with staff, volunteers and visitors 
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours including weekend and evening hours 

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