The Quad City Botanical Center has openings for several opportunities.
Special Events and Marketing Manager
General Job description: The ideal candidate is an organized, outgoing results driven individual. This person must also be creative, detail oriented, fluent with Microsoft Office programs and able to fully utilize various social media, experience with design and editing software a plus. They must have a positive attitude, work well individually and on a team, be friendly and goal oriented. The Special Events and Marketing Manager will have the ability to work both independently and under the supervision of the Executive Director to effectively organize and plan special events, sell sponsorships and memberships, coordinate marketing efforts, and help with front line operations such as admissions, ticket sales, and general guest services when needed. The overall success of this employee will be determined by their ability to excel in the areas of expertise listed below.
• Love of plants and nature, mission-centric, creative, people person
• Desire to excel at marketing, event planning, membership retention and growth, and sponsorship sales
• Strong, effective communicator
• Retain and recruit members, manage joint membership partnership
• Adhere to marketing and branding objectives as determined by the marketing agency
• See the big picture and feel comfortable contributing ideas
• Demonstrate teamwork skills and the ability to coordinate the efforts with other employees
• Commitment to continuous learning
• Experience in internet and social media strategy
• Enjoyment of holding conversations with customers, customer care, and customer-focused service
• Desire to be working in a flexible, employee empowering work environment
• Familiarity and skill with the tools of the trade in marketing including PR, written communication, Microsoft software suite of products, visual communication software products, and creative services
• Willingness to work with external PR and communication consulting firms and contractors
• Able to create and adhere to budgets
• Engage with other organizations within the community for collaborative events
• Other duties as assigned
Physical Demands: The Marketing and Special Events Coordinator position requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, and do work requiring hand, finger and arm movements; the ability to reach; climb bend, talk and listen. The ideal candidate will also be able to lift, carry, or cart a minimum of 30 pounds for 300 feet or more. The candidate should be tolerant of hot, humid and uncontrolled climates, able to work in and out of doors and able to operate motorized vehicles, hand-carts, chair and table dollies and use other tools as required.
Availability: The Special Events and Marketing Manager must be willing to maintain a flexible schedule, including working weekends, evenings, and holiday hours as necessary. This job is a full time, exempt; starting salary $34,000 annually, with benefits.
The Quad City Botanical Center acknowledges that equal opportunity for all persons is a fundamental human value. Each employee will be considered on the basis of individual ability and merit, without regard to race, color, age, religion or sexual orientation.
Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Marketing Manager
Evening Guest Services Representative
The candidate will assist the event specialist to ensure the rules and regulations of the private rental contract are followed. Excellent customer service skills required while interacting with brides or event planners and vendors. Exceptional attention to detail and strong problem solving skills needed. Must be outgoing and remain professional and calm when unexpected situations arise. Must be able to set up/tear down for events including lifting and rolling tables and chairs and being able to stand for extended periods of time. Evenings and some weekends required with a variable schedule that is determined by booked events. This is a part time position. Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com subject: guest services rep.
Interns infuse energy and new ideas into our always budding Quad City Botanical Center. We are fortunate to have top pick of talented nature lovers from neighboring institutions like Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, Scott Community College, Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University.
Want to lead educational trainings about Zone 5 perennials and bushes or even develop a program from scratch? Or maybe you simply love the earthy scent of freshly dug soil and the accomplishment of pulling each and every pesky weed in the garden. We’ve got a place for you! Or pass on your love of the outdoors by helping children become passionate about conservation and proper care of our earth. The event calendar is always full at the Gardens and we can always use more hands in marketing and special events.
If you have a sincere interest in exploring how your skills may benefit the Quad City Botanical Center, we’d love to talk to you!
Help with general admin duties, write or proofread grants, help with membership drives.
Help with educational programs, lead classes, design lessons and help with family programming for seasonal months.
Interns in this department will have a more hands on experience with the garden and facilities, including weeding, planting, mowing and transplanting tropical plants in to and out of the greenhouse and Sun Garden.
Marketing and Events
Interns will be involved with planning and promoting special events and will assist with creating advertising collateral, social media marketing, graphics and general party decor.
Banquet Rental and Sales
Interact with vendors and renters as you help organize weddings, meetings and parties held at the Botanical Center. Find out how the details behind-the-scenes create memorable events.