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Full-Time Positions:   

JOB TITLE: Director of Membership and Development Operations
JOB TYPE: Full time, non-exempt, 40 hours/week, year-round
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
POSTED: March 10, 2022 

SUMMARY 

Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing over 24 acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Its mission is “to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our local environment.” Its Membership and Development Department supports this mission through its management of our community of approximately 1,200 members (and growing), by supporting our annual appeals and gift processing, and by assisting the Executive Director and the Board in fundraising and outreach. This year, 2022, marks BBG’s 88th season. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

BBG’s Director of Membership and Development Operations will be a member of the staff leadership team and will oversee the membership program and development operations, including working with our Communications team to promote the value of membership and the importance of giving. They will be instrumental in enhancing and implementing processes for the sales and fulfillment of memberships and will serve as a chief point of contact for membership inquiries and outreach. In addition, the Director will support the fundraising operations of the Garden by overseeing the annual appeal, providing assistance to the Executive Director in the development of grants and fundraising materials, and by overseeing the gift processing and gift acknowledgement process. The Director will support development events, such as our annual gala and auction and will have the opportunity to collaborate with and support members of the Board of Trustees and other volunteers who are involved in development outreach and other activities of BBG. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

● Intuitive, creative approach to membership and development. 3-5 years of experience is preferred. 

● Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. 

● Strong writing and editing abilities, preferably with experience in annual appeals and/or grant writing.

● An interest in or knowledge of horticulture or public gardens, parks, or arboreta. (Experience with public gardens, cultural, and/or educational non-profit organizations is preferred.) 

● Comfort and aptitude with the use of client database software (ie. Salesforce preferred) for contact, donor, and gift management, and with record keeping and reporting. 

● Energetic team player who collaborates effectively with staff, board, volunteers, and the general public. 

● Strong organizational skills, comfort with managing deadlines, and attention to detail. ● Attendance at occasional after-hours and weekend events is required throughout the year. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

BBG provides a beautiful and stimulating work environment, with each season highlighting its signature character and charm. The staff of 12-20 (depending on the season) works in various shared office spaces as well as on the grounds and shares a common interest in the environment and the visitor/student experience. BBG is in the early stages of an ambitious master plan that ultimately will include a new visitor center and expanded formal and natural gardens. 

SALARY AND BENEFITS 

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package, including a health care reimbursement plan and paid time off. BBG encourages professional development and will help defray costs for staff to attend conferences and workshops throughout the year. Free enrollment in BBG adult community classes and workshops is offered for programs when space is available. 

TO APPLY 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to tthompson@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

JOB TITLE: ​Buildings and Grounds Assistant
JOB TYPE: Full time, flexible, 40 hours/week, year-round
SUPERVISOR: Director of Operations and Facilities
POSTED: July 22, 2021

SUMMARY

Berkshire Botanical Garden is seeking a motivated and reliable new member for its Buildings and Grounds team. This is a full-time, year-round position. Flexible 40-hour work week will include some required evening and weekend work. The position is overtime eligible and provides benefits including paid health insurance and generous paid time off.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES 

  •  The successful candidate will join BBG’s growing Buildings and Grounds department and report to the Director of Operations and Facilities.
     
  •  Assist in the maintenance of 24 acres of botanical garden grounds, including turf care, natural lands (woodlands, meadows) establishment and care, pathway repairs and maintenance, snow removal
     
  •  Responsible for cleaning, maintenance and repairs of several buildings and greenhouses
     
  •  Assist other BBG staff with all on-site education, art exhibit, fundraising, and rental events throughout the year, including set up of furniture, tents, signage, sculpture, and temporary structures

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  •  Minimum 2 years of experience in grounds or building maintenance and good references required
     
  •  Ability to safely and effectively operate vehicles, mowers, small motorized equipment required
     
  •  Carpentry and light plumbing/electrical skills preferred
     
  •  Must be self-motivated, punctual, reliable, and willing to learn from others
     
  •  Must be professional and courteous towards all BBG staff, volunteers, and members of the public, at all times
     
  •  Must follow all BBG employee rules and regulations. BBG provides a smoke- and drug-free work environment for all employees
     
  •  Position requires physical work indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions

To apply, send resume to Thaddeus Thompson: tthompson@berkshirebotanical.org
 


Seasonal Positions 

Counselor/Educator at Farm in the Garden Camp

JOB TITLE: Farm Camp Educator
JOB TYPE: Seasonal/Summer
SUPERVISOR: Camp Director
POSTED: March 16, 2022

SUMMARY:

Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) is seeking Counselors/Educators for Farm in the Garden Camp, a summer day camp for children ages 6-14 held on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden in historic Stockbridge, MA. Campers at Farm in the Garden Camp care for farm animals, harvest food they grow themselves, and participate in a wide range of activities. The camp is small by design, and runs for eight weeks, following a week-long staff training. Berkshire Botanical Garden will comply with all state and federal COVID guidelines, including social distancing, mask-wearing, and increased cleaning procedures. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for co-leading a group of children ages 6-7, 8-10, or 11-14.
     
  • Responsible for all aspects of camp life: participating in morning circle; running animal, craft, and gardening activities.
     
  • Overseeing snack and lunch time.
     
  • Communicate with the Camp Director regarding behavior or medical issues.
     
  • Serve as an adult role model for the campers. 
     
  • Lead farm and garden-based curriculum in addition to activities designed by the educators. 
     
  • Enforce and regulate COVID safety precautions within your group, including mask wearing, proper hand-washing, social distancing, and monitoring participants’ health.  Maintain a clean space and adhere to any additional safety and cleaning procedures. 
     
  • Farm Camp Educators support and are supported by the Farm Specialist, Assistant Camp Director, Camp Director, and Director of Education.  

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for youth development. 
     
  • Previous experience working with children *required.
     
  • Experience with crafts, gardening, and farming experience is preferred.
     
  • Must be highly responsible, self-motivated, flexible, and capable of working outside all day.
  • An abundance of patience for working with children as well as a good sense of humor and strong work ethic.
     
  • Must acquire CPR/First Aid certification before the first day of camp. Certification will be available through BBG prior to staff training.
     
  • Be able to successfully pass a background check (CORI/SORI).
     
  • To comply with state regulations, the candidate must be 18 years of age or older and have graduated high school by June 2022.

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT, REQUIRED HOURS AND SALARY 

Dates of Employment (7 weeks of camp plus 1 week of camp training): Monday, June 20, 2022 through Friday, August 12th, 2022.

Week 8 of camp will run at a limited capacity and will end on Friday, August 19th, 2021. If interested in working that week, please list that in your application. 

Hours/Salary: Monday- Friday, 8:30AM- 4:00 PM. $13.75- $15.00 per hour, 35-38 hours per week.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Rachel Durgin, Camp Director at rdurgin@berkshirebotanical.org. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

 


 

Berkshire Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 826 Stockbridge, MA 413.298.3926 
ww.berkshirebotanical.org

 

Berkshire Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a work environment which is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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