Jobs & Internships 

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

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

posted 7/20/2017

Butterfly Pavilion Manager

Full-time, Seasonal 

The primary function of the Butterfly Pavilion Manager is to supervise the day-to-day operations, including exhibit displays, staff and volunteers, of the Butterfly Pavilion for the seasonal butterfly exhibits.

Responsibilities include:

Exhibit Operations

  • Ensure compliance with USDA APHIS regulations related to animal security, proper disposal of all materials and maintenance of facility
  • Complete daily physical inspections of the exhibit and coordinate any resulting service or repair requests with the appropriate department
  • Ensure exhibit includes sufficient food for the butterflies including nectar plants and supplemental nourishment
  • Regular communicate with assigned Horticulture staff regarding nectar and host plant needs
  • Regularly communicate and collaborate with supervisor and Insect Ecologist and Exhibit Specialist to report any issues related to live animal components 

Staffing and Volunteer Management

  • Responsible for hiring, training and scheduling Butterfly Pavilion staff
  • Collaborate with Insect Ecologist and Exhibit Specialist and Assistant Director of Exhibits to complete training for staff and volunteers
  • Ensure staff and volunteers are present and secure replacements as needed
  • Monitoring performance of volunteers working in the pavilion, assigning or reassigning duties as necessary, reporting deficiencies or problems to Education Department liaison 

Visitor Services

  • Monitor staff management of visitors within the pavilion: ensuring rules outlined at the exhibit entrance are followed; paths are not obstructed; traffic flows smoothly throughout the exhibit; and plants, butterflies and other animals are not disturbed
  • Review daily tour schedules provided by Education Department and coordinate entrance of these groups with Butterfly Pavilion Associates
  • Facilitate special attendance sessions, as needed 

Position Requirements include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Previous supervisory or management experience
  • Ability to effectively work with volunteers 
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and stand for long periods 
  • Ability to work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and special events, as required

Production Designer

Full-time

This position is responsible for assisting the Senior Graphic Design Manager in the creative function and translating marketing objectives into strategies, designs and plans. This role assists with graphic design, collateral development, advertising and other brand designs and is expected to help bring the Garden brand to life while leading and developing multiple creative projects from start to finish.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate closely with Senior Graphic Design Manager and Director of Marketing Communications with print and digital design tasks
  • Manage multiple projects from conceptualization through completion
  • Collaborate with team on the creation and production of advertisements, brochures, social media content, e-mails, special-event materials, and other marketing and advertising collateral
  • Work with team by collaborating on creative projects and developing and maintaining brand guidelines/style guides
  • Attend creative meetings to develop strategies and implement all creative requirements
  • Perform other duties, as assigned

Position Requirements include:

  • 2+ years of proven experience as a professional graphic designer in both print and digital, with strong portfolio 
  • Bachelor’s degree in design or related field from an accredited art school or university, with significant course work in graphic design
  • Strong background in designing for print and digital, using best practices
  • Strong background in designing for and/or adapting designs for the digital environment
  • Strong understanding of the production process and a solid knowledge of graphic design principles
  • Expertise in the Adobe Creative Cloud, primarily Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign required
  • Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects creatively, efficiently, and thoroughly in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PPT, and some Excel; must be able to build presentations in PPT and Keynote, and create working documents in Word
  • Outstanding communication skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of design principles, including:  layout, typography, color, balance, and composition, with an eagle eye for details
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, track details of multiple projects, and interact with people at all levels
  • Good team player who works collaboratively with co-workers and brings a positive and passionate attitude
  • Previous work experience demonstrating the proven ability to turn an idea into a successful visual and marketing piece

Public Programs Instructor, Children’s Education

Part-time, Seasonal, approximately 8-10 hours per week. 

This position supports the daily operations of children and family education programming that promotes environmental literacy.  The Public Programs Instructor works collaboratively with the Informal Education Coordinator, members of the children’s education team, Garden volunteers and other members of the department to achieve the department’s annual and long-range goals within the mission of the Garden.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach Family Classes and Teens in the Garden programs on a monthly basis; substitute teach for additional programs when instructors are not available
  • Prepare and organize supplies for informal programs including Teens in the Garden, Family Classes and Garden Adventures Camp; assist with preparation days for additional programs when needed
  • Assist in the implementation of outreach strategies for informal programming including event tabling and email communications
  • Effectively communicate with Education staff and volunteers and work collaboratively with other Garden department staff members

Position Requirements include:

  • Experience in writing, developing, or teaching science and environmental curriculum in an informal educational environment
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task effectively
  • Enthusiasm and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to work well in a team environment
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Light bending and lifting (up to 25 lbs.) associated with routine job duties

Benefits

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


Internships 

Research, Conservation, and Collections Department 

The Research, Conservation, and Collections (RCC) Department at the Desert Botanical Garden plays a key role in fulfilling the Garden's multi-faceted mission to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. Research topics in the RCC Department span floristics, conservation genetics, plant systematics and evolution, ecology, ecophysiology, and ethnobotany. We achieve conservation outcomes through our “Garden to Global” conservation strategy, which includes convening the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance and active engagement in the International Union for Conservation of Nature. We maintain plant collections data in a GIS-augmented plant database called the Living Collections Management System, where each plant in the Garden’s collection is mapped and documented with original collection information and progressive plant assessments.

The RCC Department offers year-round internships for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates in three areas of interest:

  • Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics 
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Seeds of Success 

More information and individual requirements for each of the internship opportunities are available in the linked documents.

Internships are unpaid and require a commitment of 6-20 hours per week, depending on the area of interest. Internships have some flexibility to align with specific academic programs so that credit can be earned at the student’s home institution. For questions or additional information, please contact Shannon Fehlberg, conservation biologist at 480 481.8143 or sfehlberg@dbg.org.

To be considered for an internship, candidates should submit the following required information by the deadline noted above with one of the three areas of interest as the subject line:

  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications, desired learning objectives for the internship, and how these objectives relate to your course of study or future goals
  • A Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Names and contact information for two references

Geographic Information Systems Intern

Unpaid part-time position. 6-12 hours per week 
Apply by July 14, 2017

The GIS Intern will assist with diverse GIS tasks and carry out a special project. All interns will help maintain the Garden’s accurate plant map using mobile mapping technologies and ArcMap. The special project will be organized based on the current needs of the Garden and the intern’s area of interest and background.

The purpose of the internship experience is to provide the intern with the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real work experience, develop valuable contacts in the field by networking with professionals, evaluate his or her commitment to the field while it is still relatively easy to change, identify technical and/or theoretical competencies that need further development, develop motivation, independence, and self-confidence, observe and develop the values/ethics of professionals, and assume professional responsibilities and substantive tasks. Mid-term and end-of-term evaluation using the Garden’s performance evaluation system and any additional evaluation required by student’s academic program.

View full internship description.


Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics Intern

Unpaid part-time position. Minimum of nine (9) hours per week. 
Apply by July 14, 2017

The Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics Intern will work with members of the RCC team on projects concerned with evolutionary relationships or conservation/population genetics of plants. The research activities conducted as part of the internship should be integral to the intern’s course of study and future educational and career goals, as described in the intern’s self description of their learning objectives.

The purpose of the internship experience is to provide the intern with the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real work experience, develop valuable contacts in the field by networking with professionals, evaluate his or her commitment to the field while it is still relatively easy to change, identify technical and/or theoretical competencies that need further development, develop motivation, independence, and self-confidence, observe and develop the values/ethics of professionals, and assume professional responsibilities and substantive tasks.

View full internship description.


Seeds of Success Intern

Unpaid part-time position. Average of nine (9) hours per week. 
Apply by July 14, 2017

Seeds of Success is a national program, run by the Bureau of Land Management, to collect seeds from wild populations of plants for conservation, restoration, and research. The Seeds of Success Intern will work as part of the Seed collecting crew to collect and conserve seeds for the Seeds of Success Program. The activities conducted as part of the internship should be integral to the intern’s course of study and future educational and career goals, as described in the intern’s self-description of their learning objectives.

The purpose of the internship experience is to provide the intern with the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real work experience, develop valuable contacts in the field by networking with professionals, evaluate his or her commitment to the field while it is still relatively easy to change, identify technical and/or theoretical competencies that need further development, develop motivation, independence, and self-confidence, observe and develop the values/ethics of professionals, and assume professional responsibilities and substantive tasks.

View full internship description.