Current Openings

Marketing & Membership Manager

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden seeks a strategic communicator to design outreach efforts to build awareness and appreciation of, and investment in the Garden's mission. The Marketing & Membership Manager (MMM) will lead the Garden's marketing strategy to advance the Garden's mission and to grow visitation, membership, donations, class participation, nursery/shop sales, and volunteer engagement. The MMM will also lead the membership program, developing plans for membership acquisition and retention. With the guidance of the Director of Development & Communications, the MMM is responsible for designing and executing an annual strategic communications plan to favorably position the Garden to different constituents and to achieve measurable growth in new and existing audiences by: increasing awareness of the Garden as an essential local, regional, and national resource for beauty, education, conservation and scientific research, and as a destination for visitors. This is an exempt full-time (40 hours per week) position that reports to the Director of Development & Communications. The MMM will supervise a part-time Multimedia Coordinator as well as interns and volunteers. 

In 2016, we celebrated the Garden's 90th anniversary with the completion of a major comprehensive fundraising campaign, the opening of a new conservation center, and the planting of five new and refreshed gardens. It is a great time to join the Garden team to build on this momentum and our conservation mission has never been more critical. For more information about the Garden visit:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing example to [email protected]

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Gardener 1

The Gardener I position is responsible for routine garden maintenance under the direction of the Head Gardener and Horticulturist.  Critical components of this position include weeding (by hand, hoe, rototiller), removal of sod, application and removal of solarizing plastic, planting, seed collecting, watering, pruning, mulching, seed sowing and plug planting. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), temporary, non-exempt position that reports to the Head Gardener.

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Visitor Services Representative

Our Visitor Services Representatives (VSR) present a pleasant, helpful, and welcoming demeanor at all times to everyone entering or leaving the Garden grounds.   VSRs collect admission fees using a cash register and provide information to visitors about the Garden's grounds, visitor rules, events, classes and membership.  This position is also responsible for collecting and recording visitor, membership and CUP (Conditional Use Permit) data. Assist with special projects assigned by the VSR Manager.  This is a part-time, (19 hours per week), non-exempt position.  Work schedule is variable and includes weekends and holidays. Management experience a plus.

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Resumes or CVs must be accompanied by the Garden’s Employment Application

Complete the Employment Application and submit via email to [email protected]

Download SBBG Employment Application


The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Tax ID number is 95-1644628.