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Thank you for your interest in working at The Garden. We currently have the following staff position available: Facilities Assistant.  After reviewing the job description below, drop off a resume with the staff in the Gift Shoppe or contact the Facilities Manager for more information.

We also have opportunities for Internships and volunteering at The Garden. Some details are listed below the staff opening. If you have any questions, please call us for information on getting started: (619)660-0614 x10.

Staff Job Opening

Facilities Assistant


Part-time, hourly (approximately 17 hrs/week); non-exempt


The Facilities Assistant will perform a wide variety of manual or semi-skilled duties related to garden operations and events. This entry-level position is predominately scheduled for weekend shifts but occasionally requires some weekdays, evening and holiday shifts. The Facilities Assistant will work both supervised and independently.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Facilities maintenance tasks that may include light construction, exhibit installation and repair, painting, woodworking, small power tools, etc.
  • Landscape maintenance projects may include but not limited to; pruning, hand-watering plants, clipping and debris clean-up, and assist with other miscellaneous projects
  • Events set-up, breakdown, and oversight such as weddings, meetings and special events
  • Cleaning and maintaining rest rooms facilities, garden structures, and exhibits
  • May help lead and supervise volunteers/docent teams in assigned work projects
  • Responsible for opening and closing of the Garden facility
  • Ability to lead groups on educational tours of the Garden
  • Responsible to follow safe work practices
  • Other relevant duties as assigned

Education & Experience Required

Senior high school or GED equivalent required; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred. Preference may be given for additional job-specific education including trade schools and specialty programs. Minimum three years of professional or technical experience in building management, landscaping, and maintenance work involving responsibility for building and equipment maintenance, and operational safety and security. Valid California driver’s license required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

  • Work in cooperative manner with others and contribute to a successful team effort
  • Use and properly operate assigned tools and equipment
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Read, write and understand English to follow safety precautions and procedures
  • Good personal and customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multi-faceted and sometimes, demanding work environment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Preferred

  • General horticultural experience
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word for reporting and information access
  • First Aid and CPR certification a plus

Working Conditions

Work to be performed mostly in an outdoor environment. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to exert physical operations requiring but not limited to sitting, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, and hearing; lifting and carrying of tools and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Workplace is non-smoking and drug-free. Weekend and evening hours required.

Received: Horticulturist & Facilities Manager / Given: None

About The Water Conservation Garden

The mission of The Water Conservation Garden is to inspire positive change in the living environment through the conservation of water and other natural resources.

The Water Conservation Garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden also features a native butterfly pavilion that is open spring and summer each year. Please visit our Exhibits page for more information.

Employment at The Water Conservation Garden

It is the policy of Water Conservation Garden to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the Water Conservation Garden to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon the employee’s reporting for the first day of work, an individual will be expected to present proper documentation establishing employability.


The Garden offers internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in education or horticulture. Interns will learn skills from The Garden’s expert professional staff and will gain a strong practical background to support their area of study.

Education Internships

Nature Tour Guide

Share your love for the outdoors and teach kids in nature! We are seeking talented  individuals to conduct fieldtrip tours as part of Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Fieldtrips at The Water Conservation Garden and assist in classroom related responsibilities. Completion or current enrollment in college-level classes required, or prior experience as an educator.  Please see the links below for description of the internship and the application.

Internship Description

Application – Nature Tour Guide


Tuesday Habitat Crew (High School Internship)

Get involved in citizen-science by collecting data from the Habitat Garden and prepare education materials for the Ms. Smarty-Plants™ youth education program. The Habitat Crew meets every Tuesday during the school semester from 3-4pm at The Water Conservation Garden.  Please see below for link to application.

Application – Tuesday Habitat Crew

For more information, please contact Jillian Quint at 619-660-0614 x21.