Graduate Fellowship

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida is seeking prospective Ph.D. students to join our Graduate Fellowship program. Qualified candidates would be interested in joining one of our partner graduate programs at the University of Miami or Florida International University to study biology, agriculture, environmental science, or STEM education.

Our program offers up to three years of support. During those years, students serve as part-time teaching assistants with Fairchild’s award-winning educational outreach programs. These include our Growing Beyond Earth partnership with NASA, the Million Orchid Project, and other major citizen science initiatives. For the right kind of student, our program can provide fantastic opportunities for developing skills in science education and public outreach.

Graduate Fellows are encouraged to use Fairchild’s world-class plant collections and facilities. Our greenhouses and DNA, microscopy, and micropropagation labs are stocked with basic supplies to get students up and running. On a competitive basis, supported students can apply for travel and research funds from Fairchild.

Please submit a letter of interest, official undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, and CV to Amy Padolf, Director of Education at apadolf@fairchildgarden.org. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2018, for the 2019-20 academic year.

Seasonal Positions

Admissions & Visitor Services Associate
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Sell memberships, tickets, store merchandise, and coffee/snacks.  The candidate will be required to meet minimum sales goals as a condition of employment.
• Provide outstanding customer service to Garden guests, including but not limited to greeting, encouraging membership, assisting with purchases, and providing Garden information.
• Merchandising and stocking.
• Drive Garden shuttles, manage evening volunteers, and ensure all Visitor Services equipment is working.
• All other duties as set by your supervisor

Requirements: must have the ability to work nights, weekends and some holidays, stand for long periods of time, work outdoors and lift and carry up to 30 pounds.  Must have a valid driver’s license.

Membership Associate
• Greet members and the public while offering excellent customer service to all Fairchild visitors and members
• Promote and encourage individuals to purchase Fairchild memberships
• Understand the different Membership categories and related
• Assist with office duties in the Membership and Database departments

Guest services
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Selling memberships and donations
• Work closely with corporate sponsorship, membership, admission and special events
• Assist with evening member and donor events
• Assist with data entry and record maintenance
• Assist with phone campaign sales and renewing members
• Cash handling and customer service in membership
• Lead Member Services volunteers
• Other duties as set by your supervisor

Requirements: must have the ability to work nights, weekends and some holidays, stand for long periods of time, work outdoors and lift and carry up to 30 pounds.

Custodial & Facilities Associate
• Actively monitor and maintain the Garden on a daily and nightly basis
• Perform rounds of all buildings and outdoor facilities to ensure garbage is disposed of, all floors and surfaces are clean, all restrooms are clean throughout the day
• Ensure all buildings are properly closed and ready for business the following day
• Clean all windows, as needed
• Report any damages
• Work with the Night Manage to secure all buildings at the end of the shift
• Other duties as set by your supervisor

Requirements: must have the ability to work nights, weekends and some holidays, stand for long periods of time, work outdoors and lift and carry up to 30 pounds.  Must have a valid driver’s license.

Parking Attendant
• Assist in coordination of vehicle parking within the Garden parking areas
• Work closely with the Night Manager to ensure all cars exit the Garden at the end of the shift
• Requirements: must have the ability to work nights, weekends and some holidays, stand for long periods of time, work outdoors and lift and carry up to 30 pounds.  Must have a valid driver’s license.

Please send applications to specialevents@fairchildgarden.org.

PLEASE NOTE: These are temporary positions running for approximately eight weeks, mid-November through mid-January.  The work schedule will primarily be evening shifts, generally from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  All salaries are $10.00 per hour.

Fairchild is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  The organization does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, or employment because of any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Internship Opportunities—Undergraduate

This position will assist in delivering environmental science-based educational programming to elementary and/or secondary students at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Programs run weekly during the school year from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm; must be able to commit to at least one day per week (during program hours) for fall and/or spring semester. Preference will be given to those who are available September – May.

Note: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Candidates must submit a resume, brief cover letter, and application to Amy Padolf, Director of Education.