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Accounting Assistant

This is a part time position starting at approximately 20- 24 hours per week with some flexibility.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process time cards, maintain benefit records and submit to Payroll Company
  • Assist in recordkeeping for human resources
  • Process accounts payables
  • Process accounts receivables
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Credit card reconciliation
  • Audit bank deposits
  • Filing
  • Daily and weekly input of revenues from the Welcome Center and Gift Shop
  • Report printing from Quickbooks
  • Inventory accounting
  • Support the Welcome Center/Gift Shop customer service
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3 to 5 years QuickBooks Pro experience
  • Strong knowledge of Excel
  • QuickBooks POS and Inventory
  • Non profit experience preferred


Candidate must be approachable, supportive, and flexible. Must be a team player, be able to organize and prioritize work and to manage time accordingly, pay attention to detail and possess strong organizational skills in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrate ability to work well with other staff and volunteers, work with minimum supervision and in an area with frequent interruptions, and be flexible enough to deal with changing priorities. Confidentiality is a must. Must possess excellent customer service skills. Employee must be skilled in the use of Microsoft Office and Windows and complete projects accurately and completely within deadlines. Must have a valid California drivers’ license and be able and willing to run local errands for the office and/or events. Salary $16.00 to $17.00 per hour

A resume, cover letter, salary history and references are required.

Please send resume, cover letter, and references to
Attn: Pat Hammer
San Diego Botanic Garden
PO Box 230005
Encinitas, CA 92023-0005


Part-time Gardener

Compensation: 10-12 BOE

A part-time position that reports to the Director of Horticulture, and Horticulturist. Responsible for performing activities related to landscape maintenance of the gardens, plant recording, mapping, miscellaneous assigned projects, and events.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
Performs all needed horticultural activities, including those directed by supervisors. Activities include regular landscape maintenance, planting, pruning, fertilizing, collections management, watering, weeding, mulching, garden cleanup, and may include pesticide applications, pest control, and custodial tasks.

Assists with plant recording, mapping, and accessioning.

Operates and maintains hand tools, power tools (chain saw, blower, lawnmower, string trimmer), electric carts, tractors, and other equipment.

Assist with the maintenance and installation of irrigation systems when needed.

Assist with the care and maintenance of plants in the nursery when needed.

Assist in the setup and take down of tables, chairs, and other equipment for classes, workshops, meetings, and other special events.

Assist with other SDBG activities and tasks when needed.

Skills and requirements:
Must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is recommended. Must be a team player and work well with other staff and volunteers. Must be courteous and helpful to all garden visitors. Must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. a distance of 25 feet often. Must have a valid driver's license.

Special Note:
This position is an entry-level gardener position. Persons in this position are expected to continually increase their knowledge of the Garden's collections, horticultural and maintenance procedures, and the field of ornamental horticulture.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter highlighting your past experience and your interest in working at the Garden to No phone calls or walk-ins please!


Volunteer Horticulture Internship

Located north of San Diego ½ mile from the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens) has thirty -five virtually frost free acres with diverse plant collections and gardens. Major botanical collections include palms, bamboo, aloes, agaves, and other subtropical and Mediterranean climate species. Notable gardens include desert gardens, tropical gardens, Mediterranean climate gardens, and the new Hamilton Children’s Garden.

The internship is a non-paid training position intended for applicants interested in pursuing a career in
horticulture. Interns are trained in horticultural activities including tropical and subtropical plant identification, care and maintenance, planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, mulching, and pest control. Other public garden activities may include plant records, mapping, landscape design, and labeling. Activities may include operation and maintenance of irrigation systems, hand tools, power tools, electric carts, and other equipment.

Applicants must have a general knowledge of plants and their culture. College level course work in horticulture and allied fields is strongly recommended. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 25 lbs.

A resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation are required.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation to:
San Diego Botanic Garden
PO Box 230005
Encinitas, CA 92023-0005