Work at Maymont
We are always looking for talented professionals to join our organization. Email your resume and cover letter. EOE.
Plants and maintains the various gardens, shrubs, and Arboretum at Maymont. Works with staff members and garden volunteers in the daily maintenance of the grounds. Reports to the Manager of Horticulture and Grounds.
- Planting and maintaining the various gardens, beds, plantings, shrubbery and trees throughout Maymont.
- Assists with all the maintenance tasks the gardens require year round.
- Works closely with the garden volunteers.
- Assists with set up and presentation of Maymont special events.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Background and understanding of Horticulture, preferably with a degree in Horticulture.
- Preferably a Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Horticulturist.
- Previous horticulture experience desired.
- Must have, or be able to qualify for within 6 months, a Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commercial Pesticide License.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to follow and give directions.
- Basic computer literacy.
- Ability to perform the required manual work including carrying, climbing, bending, and lifting up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to perform physical tasks in all weather and temperature conditions.
- Valid Driver’s License and subject to DMV background check.
The Environmental Educator will work to prepare and implement a variety of environmental education programs by providing formal and informal guest experiences throughout Maymont’s grounds and Robin’s Nature and Visitor Center. The Environmental Education team facilitates programming that reaches roughly 38,000 students, teachers and families in the Richmond and surrounding communities annually.
As part of the Programming and Community Engagement Department, the Environmental Educator works as a team and individually under the direction of the Manager of Environmental and Outdoor Education. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Assist in the development and implementation of an extensive annual schedule of environmental education programs (SOL-based programs, public programs for families, public and private events, outreach in schools, Summer Discovery Camps, birthday parties, etc.)
- Use zoological and aquarium industry standard language to interpret exhibits, habits, and Nature Center facilities
- Plan and implement various citizen science projects to engage the community
- Work with community partners for specialized grant projects and events
- Professionally interact with students, teachers, and administrators at various levels
Animal Handling and Training:
- Learn and follow species-specific animal handling protocols, ensuring the safety of animals and visitors at all times
Work under the direction of the Manager of Animal Training to learn and practice Positive Reinforcement methods for education animal training
- Maintain the Environmental Education programming schedule
- Field program-related questions via phone, email, and customer-facing with visitors
- Work seamlessly with other Maymont staff and departments as needed
- Work with organizational and community partners to carry-out program planning as needed
- May supervise interns and volunteers as they assist programming
- May represent the education department at various meetings and events as requested
- A degree in environmental education or related field
- At least one year experience in environmental education, natural history interpretation or closely related discipline
- Experience working with children (toddlers to high school ages) and familiarity with school systems
- A well-rounded basic knowledge of Virginia wildlife, habitats and other environmental topics
- Strong speaking, writing and organizational skills
- Strong sense of professionalism in representing Maymont Foundation’s values and community standing
- Experience or a willingness to learn handling tame domestic or exotic animals including reptiles. Extensive animal care and handling experience is preferred.
- Ability to supervise
- Positive customer service oriented attitude
- Entrepreneurial spirit to seek and maintain fee-based programs
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to stand, sit, walk, talk for long periods of time
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
The successful candidate will be extremely flexible with the ability to work weekend, holiday and occasional evening hours. The candidate should expect to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings throughout all seasonal weather conditions.
Part-Time Special Events Assistant
Coordinates and oversees onsite event rentals. Works with clients, caterers and other vendors for successful implementation of day of event services. May include meeting with potential clients regarding future rentals.
- Must be conscientious and outgoing with a high level of customer service
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently are necessary
- Must be able to troubleshoot and positively represent Maymont
- Must pass a pre-employment background check and have valid driver’s license
- Must be able to work weekends and evening
- Ability to perform manual work including lifting and carrying
- Ability to lift at least 25 pounds or more
- Ability to sustain long periods of standing and walking
- Ability to work in all weather conditions including but not limited to heat, rain, and snow
The custodian under the general supervision of the Lead Custodian has the primary responsibility for cleaning internal and external areas of Maymont which promotes overall health and safety for the staff and general public.
- Clean and refill, and stock paper products in both public and staff restrooms before daily opening
- Empty trash and recycling containers in both interior and exterior public areas and offices
- Setup for meetings, rentals, and special events including providing additional cleaning attention before, during and after site rentals; moving and setting up chairs, tents, and tables; and setting up refreshments for meetings and events
- Clean and provide floor care for administrative offices and public spaces (classrooms, rental space, etc.)
- Reports the following to the Lead Custodian: presence of animals, vermin or insects, the need for cleaning supplies in advance, water leaks or other maintenance needs, and any/all health or safety hazards
- Minor plumbing repairs such as urinal and toilet repairs, unclogging drains, and stocking supplies
- Clean glass entrance doors, and clean building windows as needed
- Inspect for light bulb outages throughout public spaces (interior and exterior) and replace light bulbs as needed
- Other duties as assigned
- One (1) or more years of experience in custodial services and/or building maintenance
- High school diploma
- Ability to understand and carry out routine oral and written instructions
- Ability to work both independently and with others
- Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and holidays
- Must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and be subject to a DMV background check
Part-Time Animal Keeper
This position cares for a variety of animals primarily at the Farm and for other animals in the collection. Maintains the health and appearance of animals, maintains exhibits and support areas, provides great guest experiences including participating in public programs on animal care/management / natural history. Shifts are from 7:30 am to 12 pm or 8 am to 4 pm. Hours average from 9 to 15 hours a week.
- Work will primarily be centered at the Children’s Farm but other duties within the animal care department may be requested.
- Animal husbandry, guest interaction and maintenance projects are a few of the tasks required to fill the position.
- High School Diploma and/or GED required.
- Applicant must be available to work weekends and holidays.
- Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds.
- Experience working with animals is preferred.