To apply for an open position, please e-mail resume and letter of interest to Human Resources at:, fax to: 480 481.8173, or mail to:

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

posted 1/20/2017

Current Openings

Field Technician

Temporary (March 2017 – November 2017)

One of the world’s major botanical gardens specializing in desert plants seeks an individual to join our Seeds of Success field collection team.

As a member of the Seeds of Success field collection team, the Field Technician will assist in seed collection efforts throughout Arizona, as well as:

  • Identifying plant species 
  • Documenting populations with herbarium vouchers, pictures and detailed location information, and
  • Assisting in preparing the associated paperwork for the project

Position requirements include:

  • Field experience and ability to work outdoors in various types of terrain and under adverse (or pleasant) environmental conditions 
  • Ability to operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Familiarity with the use of topographic maps and GPS
  • Knowledge of native Arizona plants
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to work well as a team member in a collaborative environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Plant Biology, Conservation Biology or related discipline preferred, though not required; candidates working toward a degree in any of the above, with appropriate combination of applicable coursework and field experience, may also be considered
  • Experience collecting/processing herbarium specimens also desirable 

Application Review will begin March 1, 2017.

Event Operations Assistant

Seasonal (February 2017 – May 2017) 

The Event Operations Assistant helps to ensure the success of events, facility rentals, workshops, meetings, and classes offered at the Garden by providing equipment and support services to departments and guests.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that each 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.
  • Set up and break down tables, chairs, event equipment and structures in a timely and orderly manner, carefully handling equipment and adhering to safety standards and practices, as directed by weekly event schedule.
  • Set up and break down audio/visual equipment for events, programs and facility rentals, with ability to do minor troubleshooting with equipment.
  • Assist Beverage Department staff with bar set ups and breakdowns prior to and during events - to include any assistance needed throughout the event regarding trash, recycling, or assistance with ice and supplies.
  • Deliver beverages and ice to events when requested, and return at event’s conclusion; maintain an accurate inventory.
  • Assist the Exhibits Department with the installation, de-installation, and maintenance of temporary art exhibitions.
  • Transport, install, or assist with décor placement in venues for events as requested by the Event Coordinator or Event Operations Manager, including wrapping trees with string lights, running streamers of paper, installing string lights on roofs, piping and draping, placing and collecting linens, and other assorted tasks. 
  • Assist staff and guest deliveries of additional equipment and/or supplies to designated areas.
  • Operate motorized cart to move all necessary furniture, equipment, supplies and structures in a safe manner. 
  • Provide exemplary customer service to Garden staff, volunteers, clients, guests and vendors.
  • Ensure that the needs of staff, volunteers, clients, guests and vendors are met throughout the duration of those events. 
  • Keep venue staging areas organized and clean, with only required equipment and furniture staged – to include areas behind the Wildflower Pavilion, Dorrance Hall and Ullman Terrace.  
  • Perform basic groundskeeping tasks when necessary - sweeping, raking, and cleaning to keep venues at presentation quality.
  • Answer a variety of radio calls for assistance from Garden Staff and Volunteers, providing quick and polite service.
  • Perform related general tasks as requested by the Event Operations Manager and Event Services Staff.

Position requirements include:

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle, a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record
  • Exemplary customer service skills
  • Having reached 19 years of age in order to transport alcohol as part of job requirements
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds
  • Ability to stoop, bend, squat and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to climb ladders and work safely with heights, including work on rooftops
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme temperatures and inclement weather
  • Good communication skills and ability to manage time to complete tasks by time required
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and a variety of shifts, including shifts which may extend beyond 8 hour lengths when high volume necessitates

Ranger & Security Manager


The Ranger & Security Manager  is responsible for the administration and operation of a 24/7 Security department comprised of internal Ranger staff and contract Security Service Partners to ensure the safety, security and overall experience of Garden staff, volunteers and guests.  The Ranger & Security Manager is also responsible for the security of the plant collection, buildings, property, and overall site operation.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Recruit, supervise, train, motivate and evaluate the Ranger staff and Security Service partners
  • Work with Lead Ranger on the schedule of staff and ensure that all Garden needs are met
  • Oversee and manage the Security budget, including providing projections and recommendations to the Assistant Director of Operations/Director of Operations
  • Work closely with Guest Services Manager to ensure world class customer service and an excellent guest experience is provided by rangers and security service partners
  • Collaborate with other departments to plan and coordinate security/ranger needs for parking, alcohol compliance, general assistance and crowd management during events, exhibits, and special programs
  • Collaborate with Safety Coordinator and Assistant Director of Operations to develop, update, communicate and enforce appropriate safety/security, emergency management and disaster planning policies/procedures and strategic planning
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws pertaining to Title 4 alcohol sales
  • Work closely with Safety Coordinator to design, implement and conduct safety and security training and drills for all Staff and Volunteers
  • Ensure that all safety and security equipment is maintained and regularly inspected, including emergency response equipment, first aid kits, AED’s, fire extinguishers, security alarms, sprinkler and lighting systems
  • Work across all departments to establish strong communication intra-departmentally including full participation in the weekly Operations meeting, Luminaria planning meetings and other meetings that require input from the Security team
  • Cultivate and maintain close working relationship with local law enforcement and fire/rescue services, and other authorities as necessary for special events, during emergencies and for the prevention, control and investigation of risks
  • Coordinate the application, installation, integration, operation and monitoring of security systems, lock/key control and electronic access systems
  • Monitor Incident Report documentation to determine need for safety audits, security audits, inspections and process and procedure updates
  • Together with Safety Coordinator, evaluate and analyze trends, barriers to performance of safe work and root causes of accidents; develop action plans to control or eliminate hazards in the workplace
  • Perform risk, threat and vulnerability analysis and recommend solutions and measures to senior management for mitigation measures where necessary
  • Develop standard operating procedures and protocols for escalations and communications for emergency action plan and business continuity
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Assistant Director of Operations or Director of Operations 

Position requirements include:

  • Bachelor level degree in Security, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management or a related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in Security, Public Safety Management or a combination of experiences with at least 3 years in a management role
  • Demonstrated business communication with sensitivity to confidential matters and working with diverse populations and abilities; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and possess/exercise sound judgment when making decisions
  • Ability to work any shift, including weekends or holidays if needed
  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check annually, and maintenance of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in operation of Microsoft Office software
  • ASIS International board accreditation as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Physical Security Professional (PSP) preferred


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 that values diversity.   

*subject to eligibility requirements

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