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.
Education, Interpretation and Outreach
This part-time seasonal position assists in the transformation of Powell Gardens produce and herbs into saleable and educational food products that can be sold at Powell Gardens, sold off site, and included weekly or bi-weekly in the CSA. This position also assists with the Powell Gardens CSA as directed—packing produce, episodic harvesting, conceptualization of products, product packaging, and recipe development. This position will also assist the culinary programs contractor, marketing manager, and education department director in developing and locating new markets/resources on-site, off-site, and online (using a platform such as Etsy) for selling Powell Gardens edible, culinary and other use-able products created with Powell Gardens produce to generate revenue. This position may also assist with other culinary programming as assigned under the direction of the education department director. Episodic program duties may take place on weekends or after hours and may include dinners, classes, workshops etc.
Interested applicants should complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.
This full-time position is responsible for all volunteer recruitment, scheduling, communication, supervision and assists with the training of Powell Gardens volunteer staff. The primary role of this position is to manage the volunteer program to ensure that volunteers have appropriate training and are fully supported in their needs as volunteers (training, encouragement, instruction, clarification of role, assessment, basic needs for their shift, and gratitude/appreciation). The Coordinator, Volunteer and Tour Programs also ensures all volunteers are well-suited for any volunteer positions Powell Gardens needs and are professionally able to represent Powell Gardens in the public eye. This position works closely with all Powell Gardens staff to assess staff needs and to help refine and organize potential volunteer projects and jobs in order to best match a volunteer job with a volunteer. This position is also the point of contact for booking all group tours for any audience, entering them into the Altru database, adding group tour information to the Altru and Google calendars, and communicating tour information to any volunteer docents, teachers, education and visitor services staff, and any group tour organization.
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.
This position supports the Coordinator, K-12 & Family Programs by assisting in the planting, harvesting, and maintaining of all education garden beds and related landscape surrounding the education building or used by the education department in the Heartland Harvest Garden. The Education Garden Seasonal Gardener will primarily assist in the spring and summer planting and all aspects of the education garden. Other garden projects will be as directed but may be related to learning about, researching, and or drafting informational text or collection material for future interpretive use. This position requires flexibility, enthusiasm, hardiness, and often requires adapting to a sometimes quick pace and/or rapidly changing situations dictated by any situation Powell Gardens’ needs. This position requires working alongside various staff members and volunteers outdoors sometimes in extreme weather conditions.
Interested candidates should complete the online application.
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 email@example.com by March 15, 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
The Visitor Services Representative will report to the Visitor Services Manager and assume a supporting role in the organization. A key member of the Visitor Services team, the Representative is responsible for accurately processing admissions; following proper opening/closing procedures pertaining to POS and cash reporting procedures; communicating with and engaging visitors by taking initiative to promote the garden and memberships; communicating directions, garden wide events and activities; supporting the Visitor Services Manager in training new seasonal personnel; and executing supporting projects that will increase attendance and generate revenue.
Call for Artists
Powell Gardens is currently accepting exhibition proposals from professional artists for the gallery spaces in the gardens’ Visitor Education Center. We are seeking a large body of an artists’ work that can be either displayed building-wide as a solo artist exhibition or curated into and displayed as a small group thematic exhibition. Submissions are welcome from any artist working in two-dimensions and in any media for works that can be installed on a wall and that are framed under glass (all works must be professionally displayed).