Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


Guest Services Lead

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG) is seeking a part-time Guest Services Lead who will oversee the success of our guest relations and our unique retail gift shop (The Garden Store). The ideal candidate must have at least one year of retail experience and the desire to work in a collaborative environment. The Staff Lead will work collaboratively with the Guest Services Manager who is primarily responsible for all guest services including the retail store, admissions, staff, and creating a welcoming and informative environment for guests, members, program attendees, and volunteers

Guest Services Lead

REPORTS TO: Guest Services Manager

POSITION: Part-time; non-exempt

HOURS: The position is part-time (up to 29 hours/week) non-exempt, hourly. Open availability, weekends required and the schedule may change to meet the needs of the organization, i.e.; may be required to work special events and/or evenings on occasion.



Primary Duties

  • Greets members/guests in a sincere and friendly manner
  • Assists in merchandise sales from The Garden Store, Nursery, admissions, and memberships
  • Efficiently and consistently open and close Garden Store (including opening and closing registers)
  • Accurately process sales in Vend and ticket transactions in ACME
  • Maintains a neat and orderly work environment
  • Address guest's needs via phone, email, or in person
  • Ability to provide the highest quality service to all guests and in every transaction
  • Uphold all MCBG’s policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards
  • Maintain flexibility and perform a variety of duties as assigned
  • Able to lift up to 20 lbs when receiving shipments or restocking promotional materials
  • Attendance and punctuality are essential to work and all work-related functions

General Responsibilities

  • Processes all admission entries swiftly and efficiently using ACME reservation software
  • Provides orientation to the Gardens and answers questions regarding the Gardens
  • Assist guests shopping at the Nursery whenever possible or contact Nursery personnel as needed
  • Educates visitors on current public health mandates, location of public restrooms, and entrance/exit protocols 
  • Responds to requests from people desiring more information on the Gardens. For example, educational events and workshops, collections, history, and so on
  • Assists with inventory, pricing, shipping/receiving as needed
  • Maintains a flexible schedule and attends required special events as sponsored by the Gardens
  • Cultivate donors in everyday interaction with guests, members, and volunteers
  • Works collaboratively with co-workers, gardens, nursery, and administrative staff


  • Under the direction of the Guest Services Manager, supports approx. 3 PT assistants and volunteers
  • Report any issues regarding store staff, scheduling, POS or Ticketing system, inventory, electric carts, etc. to the Guest Services Manager
  • Work collaboratively to achieve store objectives (stocking, labeling, merchandising, etc.)
  • Lead the Garden Store in absence of the Guest Services Manager as a store lead, monitoring emails, providing exceptional customer service, adapting to staff schedule changes, utilizing problem-solving skills, and providing leadership to the store staff



  • Individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed and any additional responsibilities as directed as well as satisfy the educational core competencies and skill requirements listed as follows:
      • High School Diploma or equivalent GED Core Competencies
      • Minimum of 1-3 years of direct retail experience using a point-of-sale cash register
  • Effective teamwork skills and cross-functional collaborative capacity. Ability to take direction and works well independently as the situation requires
  • Leadership experience in a retail environment a plus
  • Bilingual is a plus (English/Spanish) 
  • Experience with inventory cycle counts, receiving, and merchandising a plus
  • Team player, ability and desire to work in a collaborative environment



The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a nonprofit botanical garden with a unique mixture of manicured gardens and wild habitats located along the Pacific Ocean. Each year, more than 100,000 people experience the wonder of nature in all its seasons at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. This nonprofit botanical destination is a place for guests to be inspired and experience the simple joy of a natural setting. The Gardens' work environment is built on teamwork and making certain our guests have an inspiring experience.


TO APPLY, please submit a cover letter along with a resume to the MCBG Guest Services Manager, Liz Catinna at