Employment Opportunities

Open Positions

Visitor Services Associate (P/T and F/T seasonal positions running November 5, 2014 through June 7, 2015)

Job duties will vary by position and may include:

  • Cash handling and customer service in admissions, membership, The Shop at Fairchild, or a retail art gallery setting.
  • Selling memberships, tickets, merchandise, and coffee/snacks
  • Assisting Visitor Services volunteers at guest services posts
  • Assisting with tram tours and shuttle service
  • Guest services
  • Other duties as set by your supervisor

Job Qualifications: 

  • A commitment to superior customer service
  • Retail or customer service experience preferred for some positions
  • Art knowledge or background preferred for some positions
  • Ability to work an extremely flexible schedule, including evenings, early mornings, days, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
  • Excellent communication skills and inter-personal skills
  • Some positions require strong computer skills
  • Some positions require working outdoors in varying conditions and driving garden vehicles
  • Some positions require standing for the entire shift

To apply for this position, please email a resume to shop@fairchildgarden.org or fax it to 305.663.4944. No phone calls or walk-ins please.  Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Conservation Research Assistant

The South Florida Conservation Team of the Kushlan Tropical Science Institute at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden seeks a part-time Conservation Research Assistant.  The Conservation Research Assistant will help meet grant obligations related to endangered species and habitat recovery.  Specific duties include: collecting seed and conducting germination trials of endangered plant species; assessing current status, quantifying habitat characteristics, and mapping several South Florida endangered plant populations using GPS and GIS technologies assisting with ongoing endangered species ecological research; collecting and entering data, analyzing results, updating and maintaining the South Florida and Caribbean Rare Plant Database; representing Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Conservation Program to lay, government, and scientific groups through oral presentations, lay, and scientific publications; tracking budget expenditures, and writing annual reports. The Conservation Research Assistant reports to the Conservation Ecologist/ Team leader. 

Qualifications:  BS or MS degree in conservation biology, ecology, botany, biology, or forestry; excellent written and oral communication; experience in biological surveys and monitoring, mapping with GPS unit, data collection, entry and analysis; knowledge of endangered plant species issues and familiarity with South Florida and Puerto Rican native plants and ecosystems; ability to work cooperatively with land managers and FTBG colleagues and independently; knowledge of horticulture, plant identification; computer literacy of MS Word, Excel, Access, statistical software, and ArcGIS; ability to perform demanding outdoor physical labor in hot and humid conditions, lift and carry 30 lbs, and hike in uneven terrain for 2 miles; willingness to travel outside of Miami-Dade County, and must have a valid Florida operator’s license, own vehicle and be willing to make field visits; mileage will be reimbursed. 

Application Instructions: Send letter of interest, resume, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Joyce Maschinski, Kushlan Tropical Science Institute, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, FL  33156 or jmaschinski@fairchildgarden.org.  See our website for further details about our program: http://www.fairchildgarden.org/centerfortropicalplantconservation/speciesandhabitatconservation/. Salary commensurate with experience; FTBG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  This position is grant-funded for 6 months; extensions are possible as funding becomes available. Closing date for applications:  August 30, 2014 or until position is filled.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is A Florida Nonprofit Corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with ADA/Drug-free Workplace.