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Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and community that is free of all forms of discrimination. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont brings people of all ages and backgrounds together as a community to celebrate and nurture our native flora and fauna. The organization embraces inclusion by inviting everyone to participate in the Garden whether they be visitors, supporters, volunteers, or staff, to further our goal of being a place that promotes human and environmental well-being. In nature and in society, diversity matters—we welcome and celebrate it! For more information, visit https://piedmontgarden.org.

We’re seeking a Botanical Arts Festival Coordinator!

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is seeking proposals from experienced event organizers for the September 7-12, 2024 Botanical Arts Festival. Experience in arts, administration, and programming would be a plus. The Festival Coordinator must have a positive energy, be creative and flexible, and have fluency in technology.

The need for help with this event begins in July and concludes by October 15. Work responsibilities will peak the week of September 7-12, 2024.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee Arts Festival volunteers, directing and managing their work plan for the Festival.
  • Schedule and lead event committee meetings.
  • Organize and schedule spaces and timelines for Festival events.
  • Communicate with event vendors.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts, including corporate sponsorships.
  • Create and manage ticketing platform and program registration technology.
  • Serve as primary artist liaison, managing communications and schedules with artists.
  • Assist with administrative tasks throughout the Festival, including the gathering of data.
  • Other duties as assigned/required.

How to Apply:

Please submit a portfolio of your work and cover letter to Jill Trischman-Marks at info@piedmontgarden.org to discuss this opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary.

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont brings people of all ages and backgrounds together as a community to celebrate and nurture our native flora and fauna.  The organization embraces inclusion by inviting everyone to participate in the Garden whether they be visitors, supporters, volunteers, or staff, to further our goal of being a place that promotes human and environmental well-being. In nature and in society, diversity matters—we welcome and celebrate it! For more information, visit https://piedmontgarden.org

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and community that is free of all forms of discrimination.

Jill Trischman-Marks

Jill Trischman-Marks

Executive Director

Jill is a landscape architect with almost 30 years of experience in the Central Virginia area. After several years on the Garden’s Board of Directors, Jill retired her private practice and became the Executive Director and chief cheerleader for the Botanical Garden. She is actively working to make the Garden site more welcoming and accessible now and inviting public input into the features and programming of the future Garden to ensure it is the best it can be to serve the entire community.

Jill holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Projects she has worked on include the five original gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, the Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, and the Poplar Forest entrance road and trails in Forest Virginia.

Contact Jill: j.trischman.marks@piedmontgarden.org

Whitney Zhang

Whitney Zhang

Executive Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Whitney grew up in the Midwest tending potted plant gardens in the summer, but exploring the woods behind her house in all seasons. She loves wildlife, their natural habitats, and constant learning, including taking a found skull from the woods to her local zoo to learn its origin at seven years old (a red fox). A nonprofit professional in public libraries since 2015, Whitney worked in the Bay area before moving to Charlottesville, where she promptly fell in love with the local environment, community, and wildlife. Whitney once again lives among the trees and affectionately watches over her neighborhood’s band of “hoofigans” (deer.) Whitney began work at the Botanical Garden in late 2021 and enjoys bringing her experience in education, research, and outreach to the organization.

Contact Whitney: w.zhang@piedmontgarden.org

Bruce Gatling-Austin

Bruce Gatling-Austin

Educational Coordinator

Bruce is a former classroom teacher with a special affinity for fostering connections. In his work at the Ivy Creek Foundation and the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Bruce created and led programs to connect children to nature.  At Ivy Creek, he established training programs to educate volunteer guides to continue these interactive programs. Bruce’s interest in discovering more ways to connect with visitors inspired him to become a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer for the National Association of Interpretation as well as a Toastmaster.  Bruce’s innate passion for learning and the environment makes him a natural connector of young minds and the wonders that nature has to offer.

Contact Bruce: programs@piedmontgarden.org

Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson

Director of Advancement

Jay is a native Virginian and an Albemarle County resident since 1987. He was a classroom music teacher and choral director in his first career, then transitioned to development in 2000. He spent 12 years at the University of Virginia, 2 at James Madison University, and finished his career after 6 years at Washington & Lee. He retired in 2020 and comes out of retirement to serve the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont on an interim basis.

Jay has a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Education from the University of Virginia. He spends his spare time hiking, bicycling, reading, and volunteering as a classical music host on WTJU.

Contact Jay: j.jackson@piedmontgarden.org

Shannon Higginbotham

Shannon Higginbotham

Director of Annual Giving and Communications

Shannon relocated from Wisconsin to Virginia in 2005. Since that time, she has worked in service to the local community through volunteering, running youth programs, and teaching in the greater Charlottesville area. For the last 9 years, her focus has been supporting local non-profits with their fundraising efforts as a volunteer, community board member, and fundraising professional. With a love for the outdoors and the beautiful landscape that the Blue Ridge Mountains provide, Shannon enjoys walking and hiking in the area, practicing yoga, and teaching dance in her spare time.

Contact Shannon: s.higginbotham@piedmontgarden.org

Cathy Boyd

Cathy Boyd

Donor Relations Manager

Cathy holds a Master of Education in Environment-Based Learning from Mary Baldwin University and a Master of Teaching and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She has 25 years of experience and volunteer engagement in churches, non-profits, and schools. A native of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, Cathy is thrilled to work on a project that brings all members of the community together in a place of beauty and inspiration, right in the heart of her hometown. She loves the high learning curve that comes with being an advanced-beginner gardener.

Contact Cathy: c.boyd@piedmontgarden.org

Patrick Morrissey

Patrick Morrissey

Landscape Manager

Patrick started his love for gardening early, enjoying time in his mother’s rose garden while waiting for the school bus. Graduating head of his class in Horticulture at Virginia Beach Vo-Tech as a senior in High School, Patrick went on to gain an A.A.S in Horticulture from Tidewater Community College. Patrick held a Certified Horticulturist acknowledgement from the VLNA from 1998-2018 and graduated from the Virginia Master Naturalist training in 2022 while joining the volunteer staff here at the garden. Spending time working in Hampton Roads Patrick had the opportunity to start out as garden center manager moving on to managing the landscape division for a major developer. More recently Patrick has been the owner of his own Landscape Gardening business for the past 20 years in Charlottesville. While not doing what he loves for a living you can often find him, or not, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Contact Patrick: p.morrissey@piedmontgarden.org