Butchart Gardens in Central Saanich has hosted a variety of outdoor concerts in its history, including Bruce Cockburn in 2014. (Steven Heywood/News Staff File)

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

The Butchart Gardens is hiring, and they are hoping that a higher starting wage will lead to more applications.

On Feb. 20, there will be a job fair at the Butchart Gardens coffee shop (800 Benvenuto Ave.) from 6-8 p.m. Wages will now start at $15 an hour, up from $12.18 two years ago.

Jeannie Christison, director of human resources, said there are openings in the gift store, visitor services and food services (front-line and kitchen positions). They have a few gardening positions open, but Christison said that some prior experience would be required for those.

Many high school students come to job fairs, and they are still welcome, but Christison said that she hoping people of all ages would consider applying.

“More mature workers certainly fit in well here,” said Christison.

Christison said that because visitors arrive as early and as late as they do, university students are finishing or starting school which makes hiring a challenge.

“Our season is extending longer and longer, well into the shoulder season, so we’re needing people in March that can work right through sometimes until October.”

In terms of qualifications, Christison said that attitude was most important.

“We need an outgoing attitude, certainly willing to meet and greet the public with the fresh-faced approach that we hope they all have.”

The total number of hires will depend on who wants to return. Last year, they hired 140 new people for front-line seasonal positions. They have around 300 staff members now, but in the peak period it balloons to around 600.

“We expect a lot from our staff, we train them well and we think they need to be rewarded for the good job that they do,” said Christison.

Applicants are asked to bring a cover letter and resume with them, or they can apply online at butchartgardens.com/employment.

Just Posted

Esquimalt man faces four charges of sexual assault, investigators suspect more victims

71-year old Kit Wong practiced acupuncture from his home during the time of the assaults

Heat and smoke raises health risks

Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror Health risks arising from heat and… Continue reading

Pet-A-Palooza a good reason to ‘pawse’ this weekend in Victoria

Puppies, goats, wiener dog races and more on the grounds of St. Ann’s Academy Aug. 18-19

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Victoria Lavender owner set to retire

Sidney storefront to remain open, future of goat yoga undecided

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Altidore nets 3 as Toronto drubs Whitecaps 5-2

Vancouver falls 7-4 on aggregate in Canadian Championship final

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

B.C. company patents Sasquatch, the country’s first homegrown hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, Sasquatch hops are being grown commercially for the first time in B.C.

Farmers ponder impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

The nicotine-based pesticides scientists have linked to a rising number of honey bee deaths will be phased out of use in Canada over a three year period starting in 2021.

Most Read