The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is seeking a Program & Outreach Manager
Be a part of our small but very exciting and talented team! The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is seeking an energetic person to support its program services and outreach initiatives. This position is responsible for supporting the Executive and Assistant Directors with all aspects of managing the operations of the RSBG with other duties as assigned. The RSBG is a botanic garden with an international reputation and contains the greatest collection of Rhododendron species on the planet. We are located in the Puget Sound region just south of Seattle, one of the finest regions in the country for horticultural activities. Salary range $15.00 – $17.00 per hour. Schedule TBD. Occasional, scheduled weekend work may be required.
Find out more below or download the job description.
Reports to: Executive Director & Assistant Director Hours: 40 hours per week
Status: Permanent, full-time, non-exempt, hourly Benefits Eligible: Yes
Specific duties to include:
Assist Executive & Assistant Directors in all aspects of managing the operations of the RSBG
Membership Coordinator – manage the membership program & activities
Volunteer Coordinator (recruitment, recognition, tracking) – coordinate volunteer recognition events and work parties. Enlist additional volunteers for needed activities, as identified by the staff.
Advertising and marketing the RSBG (sales, gift shop, employment, etc.)
Organize & conduct Garden Events – encourage year-round garden attendance by planning events and publicity for late winter/spring flowers, new foliage, fall color and winter vireya blooming season, etc.
Plant Sales – organize, recruit vendors, management
Proactively increase the local, national and international visibility of the RSBG by establishing contacts with gardening and non-gardening groups, garden writers, charitable organizations etc. through personal contacts, the newsletter, articles in local media, presence in local tourist guides, contacts with local governments, etc.
Liaison with City of Federal Way, City Counsel, Chamber of Commerce, etc.
Coordinate recognition of donors to the endowment, general fund and specific projects.
Network and computer systems management (licensing, software, hardware)
Oversee all aspects of database management (electronic data, databases, input & output)
Website maintenance and content management
Coordinate production of printed and digital materials including newsletters, catalogues, tourist information, etc.
Required Qualifications: Ideal candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must have experience coordinating individuals and groups of volunteers of all ages. Must have prior events planning and implementation experience. Must have the ability to multi-task, pay attention to detail and the ability to prioritize for seasonal needs of the organization. Knowledge of Microsoft Office; Word, Access and Excel and graphics software are a plus.
Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is desired or 3 to 5 years of corresponding experience. Some knowledge of and interest in botany/horticulture is helpful. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.
The RSBG is a 22 acre garden featuring one of the largest collections of Rhododendron species in the world. At least 700 species are displayed in a natural woodland setting. Additional plant collections include ferns, maples, bamboo and alpines. Special features include the Rutherford Conservatory, Victorian Stumpery, the Alpine Garden, Pond Garden, Hardy Fern display garden and Meconopsis Meadow. The garden is located in Federal Way near I-5 and Highway 18. The garden is supported by the Rhododendron Species Foundation (RSF), an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the study, cultivation, display and distribution of Rhododendron species. The RSF is internationally recognized as a leader in Rhododendron conservation.
Please send your resume and cover letter along with your completed job application form to:
Attn: Steve Hootman
PO Box 3798
Federal Way, WA 98063-3798
Or you may submit your documents by email to Steve@RhodyGarden.org
If you have questions, you may call Steve at 253-838-4646 x. 101