Employment with Powell Gardens
Powell Gardens welcomes those seeking careers or internships. Powell Gardens employs 30 people year-round and up to 70 during peak season. Powell Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Tram Driver will report to the Visitor Experience Manager and assume a supporting role in the organization. A key member of the Visitor Services team, this position is responsible for driving the trams which deliver visitors to different areas around the gardens. Occasionally, tram drivers are also needed as for wedding rentals. A valid driver’s license is needed.
The primary day to day functions of this position include daily inspection of the tram, cleaning as needed; adhering to the tram scheduled times; driving the route to all tram stops, stopping and helping visitors on and off as needed; maintaining a safe speed when driving; checking in with visitor services at the VEC for special events / instructions; providing information about the garden, events and membership opportunities to the visitors; reconciling tram fees at the end of the day and delivering to front desk; parking trolley, cleaning as necessary, in the appropriate storage area.
The Security Guard will report to the Visitor Services Manager and assume a supporting role in the organization. A key member of the Visitor Services team, this position is responsible for the security of Powell Gardens’ staff, guests, buildings and grounds during special events and after normal business hours or while on-duty. A background check is required for this job classification. The primary day-to-day functions of this position include securing entire property by sweeping the garden and securing buildings at close or after evening events. Ensure the safety of guests and staff by exercising good judgement regarding situations of an unusual nature and making determinations on need for additional assistance, if necessary. Complete a daily security log, report unusual activity, document maintenance issues and lock up procedures
Education, Interpretation and Outreach
This full-time position is responsible for overseeing all components of school and inter-generational programming (K-12, youth, and family) including the development, coordination, and implementation of on and offsite programs in relationship to K-12 curricular, teacher, youth, and family audiences. This position supervises K-12 and youth program volunteers and continually develops and assesses all related audience programs and events. This position works closely with the Director of Education to refine and improve curricular offerings and works with teachers on and offsite to develop, assess, and refine student programs. Additional priorities include developing teacher professional development opportunities and crafting pre and post visit lesson ideas for teachers that support Powell Gardens programs. The coordinator also works closely with new program partners for generating new audiences including organizations such as girl and boy scouts, the public library, and other cultural and botanical non-profit institutions.
This position under the supervision of the area horticulturist and is responsible for the overall horticultural management, installation, display and maintenance of the Heartland Harvest Garden. The highest quality and execution should be focused on design maintenance and development, installation and supervision of these various areas providing the visitor with impactful moments at Powell Gardens. This position is responsible for overall horticultural display and maintenance of the Garden’s seasonal vegetable beds, fruit-bearing shrubs and trees, and seasonal floral containers.
This position under the supervision of the area horticulturist works closely with the Horticulture Department and is responsible for meeting the needs of Powell Gardens. This position is responsible for the transportation of Powell CSA deliveries to various members at designated pickup location.
Under the supervision of the area horticulturist, this position is responsible for the overall horticultural management, installation, display and maintenance of the Heartland Harvest Garden. This position is responsible for overall horticultural display and maintenance of the Garden’s seasonal vegetable beds, fruit-bearing shrubs trees, and seasonal floral containers.
This position under the supervision of the area horticulturist works closely with the Production Horticulturist and is responsible for production of crops to meet the needs of Powell Gardens. The highest quality and execution should be focused on production of assigned crops.
Gain knowledge, experience and skills necessary to begin a career in horticulture, with a paid, joint internship program available through collaboration between Powell Gardens and Unity Village. Work with industry professionals in a variety of disciplines splitting time between these two iconic Kansas City organizations all featuring facilities known for excellence in horticulture management. Receive behind-the-scenes access and instruction in horticulture specialties including designing seasonal displays, maintaining widely diverse gardens and nationally-recognized plant collections, plant production, grounds/natural resource management, and golf course/turf management. There are five positions available. Four positions will split time between Powell Gardens and Unity Village and one position will split time between Kauffman Memorial Gardens and Unity Village.
Students interested in the internship must submit the following to Janet Heter at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2018.
- Cover Letter addressing the following:
- Why are you interested in the internship and what do you expect to gain from the experience?
- What are your career goals?
- What four areas of horticulture are you currently most interested? (Choose from: aquatic, edibles, turf/golf, natural resources, production, design/display, other)
- If you are seeking credit, how many hours do you need? Attach a course description to the application.
- Three references