Sales Host

Part time, Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Reports to: Event Coordinator
Classification: Non-exempt
Date of posting: May, 2018

Job Function
The Ruth Bancroft Dry Garden is a nationally significant collection and display of drought tolerant plants from arid regions of the world which Ruth Bancroft found can thrive in the inland coastal region of California. The Garden is a public, non-profit organization, open for tours with a thriving retail plant nursery 6 days a week. The Garden has over 1,600 members, and will have over 15,000 visitors in 2016. The Sales Host’s main responsibility is to partner with another kiosk host in the visitor kiosk focusing on membership sales and improving the customer’s experience. Kiosk host may also need to assist the Nursery in plant sales and other nursery task.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Greet guests as they arrive, collect admission fees, and orient them to the Garden and Nursery. Provide Self-guided Tour Booklets and any other information needed.
• Focus on selling memberships to non-members by informing them of the benefits.
• Provide good customer service to visitors and members to help ensure their experience is a positive one.
• Assist nursery staff in selling plants and Garden merchandise.
• Keep records of all memberships sold and income collected using provided forms and point of sale system.
• Assist managers and other employees on opening and closing the Garden. The Garden is open to the public from 10-4.
• Responsible for cash management and balancing the register at the close of each shift.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Excellent sales and customer service skills. Willingness to learn about the Garden and answer basic questions from the public.
• Ability to process payments and follow office paperwork procedures.
• Knowledge of succulent plants and/or gardening is a plus.

Rate of Compensation:
$14.00 per hour

To Apply:
Email cover letter and resume to Event Coordinator: Tracy Fletcher

Internship Opportunities

The Garden offers internships to college students in the areas of horticulture, garden maintenance, nursery management, scientific illustration, marketing, development and education. Interns will receive hands-on training and experience in the areas of choice. Interns are needed at all times of the year!

We will work with your college or university so you can earn credit for your internship. To find out which internships are currently available, please contact our Program Coordinator. To apply for a specific position, please send your resume and cover letter OR our Internship Application.

With much appreciation, we recognize the Frances Whyte Horticultural Grants Program and the Bonita Garden Club for their support of our internship program. Their support has made it possible to offer real-world education to promising young adults in the areas of horticulture and non-profit education and management.

Audit Committee

We are looking for a board member or volunteer to join our newly forming Audit Committee. The Ruth Bancroft Garden is expected to have its first audit for the year 2018. We would like someone with an accounting background and experience to join our committee. Our tasks include selecting an audit firm and then receiving their report at the end of the audit.

This is not expected to be a large time commitment. Over the next few months, we would anticipate a few committee meetings, primarily by telephone or in the evening to discuss potential audit firms and a couple of lunches in the Walnut Creek area to meet with prospective auditors. After that, we would expect to meet in late 2018 to understand the audit plan and sometime in mid-2019 to receive the auditor’s report.

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WordPress Volunteer

Now that our new website is up, we need assistance with uploading archived plant highlights. Garden Curator, Brian Kemble, is an expert in drought-tolerant plants and has featured plants from the Garden monthly since 2005. As a WordPress volunteer, you will assist us in posting past plant highlights to our new site. Must have experience in WordPress and knowledge of html preferred.

Click here to apply.

Become a Docent

Do you have a passion for plants that you’d like to share with others? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of dry-adapted plants, water-wise gardening, and the cultural connections between people and plants? Then our Docent Program is where you belong!

Docent Training happens every Saturday from 9am-12pm from November – April.

For more information, or to enroll email