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Garden Club of Jacksonville
1005 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204



Denise M. Reagan

Executive Director

Denise spent 25 years in journalism as a writer, editor, designer, and manager of newspapers and websites across the country. She returned to Jacksonville to work at The Florida Times-Union, where she led the news, design, copy editing, graphics, photo, and video departments. As editor of Folio Weekly, she wrote regularly about politics, culture, and Downtown Jacksonville. As director of communications for the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, she oversaw all public relations, marketing, and social media. She later joined Brunet-García Advertising, where she communicated the agency’s messages externally and internally across all platforms. For five years, Denise served as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications where she taught a news design class. She is an experienced public speaker who has led seminars all over the United States and in Mexico, Canada, and China.

Jill Szaroleta

Marketing & Membership Manager

Alex Romero

Facilities Maintenance Manager

Ernest Bigelow

Event Ambassador

DeWitt Cooper

Event Ambassador

Michael Hawkins

Event Ambassador

Arianna Morrison

Event Ambassador

Christie Osuna

Event Ambassador


Tiffany Davis

Board of Trustees

Bonnie Pope

First Vice President,
Board of Trustees

Debbie Byrd

Second Vice President,
Board of Trustees

Lynda Erwin

Vice President of Programs, Board of Trustees

Jennifer Newman

Board of Trustees

Cathe Gray

Recording Secretary,
Board of Trustees

Julie Howard

Corresponding Secretary,
Board of Trustees

Lauren Baxter

Board of Trustees

Arthur Bides

Board of Trustees

John Burr

Board of Trustees

Susan Caton

Board of Trustees

Susan Caven

Board of Trustees

Martha Collins Davis

Board of Trustees

Victor Hughes

Board of Trustees

Chanel Lee

Board of Trustees

Karen McCombs

Board of Trustees

Cyndy Reynolds

Board of Trustees

Becky Rood

Board of Trustees

Sam Runyon

Board of Trustees

Marianne Salas

Board of Trustees

Ann Sauer

Board of Trustees

Nathaniel Sellers

Board of Trustees

Jan Sillik

Board of Trustees

Shari Thanner

Board of Trustees

Irene Woodworth

Board of Trustees


The Garden Club often seeks people to assist in executing successful events while creating an exceptional experience for all guests. If you are interested in joining the Garden Club team, please contact us.

Available Positions

The Garden Club of Jacksonville seeks a full-time Operations Manager to oversee its campus, maintenance, and event management. This Operations Manager ensures operations achieve customer excellence, optimize costs, increase revenues, and improve profitability. This position reports to the Executive Director.


Operations: Manages and develops resources to ensure the physical health and cleanliness of the building.

  • With the Executive Director, develops an annual budget for facility management, which as accurately as possible, reflects the physical condition of the campus.
  • Develops and implements a facility maintenance plan for the buildings and grounds.
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, coordinates, supervises, and directs facility maintenance and event ambassador staff.
  • Oversees all aspects of maintenance, such as maintaining current inventories and requesting necessary purchases.
  • Ensures campus cleanliness with regularly scheduled maintenance.
  • Maintains safety standards throughout the campus and ensures training is provided to staff as needed in compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Responsible for reporting all needed repairs and damage to the building and campus.
  • Manages vendor and contractor relationships, maintains required documentation for each of them, and processes invoices.
  • Obtains multiple quotes for repairs and improvements to the campus.
  • Ensures environmental procedures are being maintained in accordance with local, state, federal, and Garden Club requirements.
  • Responsible for identifying, developing, documenting, and communicating standard operating procedures for all areas of operations.
  • Eagerly takes on other projects and initiatives to improve the Garden Club’s operations.
  • Champions and models the Garden Club’s mission, vision, and values.

Rentals: Manages all aspects of Garden Club event rentals. 

  • Provides unparalleled customer service to prospective rental contacts and rental clients.
  • Provides excellent tours of the campus, pointing out features that cater to each customer’s needs.
  • Develops communication strategy for rental inquiries.
  • Maintains and updates Rental Dashboard information.
  • Ensures the Garden Club Events calendar is continually updated.
  • Develops rental agreements with clients and maintains payment schedules for each.
  • Works with rental clients to finalize set-up plans for events.
  • Ensures proper staffing for set-up, event management, and cleaning.
  • Ensures event checklists are followed by rental clients and event ambassadors.

Garden Club Events: Manages set-up for all Garden Club events. 

  • Provides unparalleled customer service to Garden Club members and the general public.
  • Works with volunteers to assure proper set-up for Garden Club events.
  • Ensures proper staffing for set-up, event management, and cleaning.


  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff, preferably in building operation and maintenance.
  • Solid, hands-on, event management skills, including preparation, set-up, audio/visual technology knowledge, and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and task facilitation.
  • Ability to communicate in a friendly manner with staff, board, volunteers, members, and rental clients.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects.
  • Advanced Google Suite skills, including Gmail and Google Drive.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrates tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal and external customers and with handling proprietary information.
  • Ability to build and manage budgets.
  • Ability to handle the pressures of deadlines and client and member demands.
  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
  • Required to stand, stoop, crouch, walk, climb stairs, and reach with hands and able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Bachelor’s degree and at least two years operations experience preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: $44,000-47,000. This position receives 40 hours of paid time off after completing a 90-day evaluation, an additional 40 hours after six months, and 120 hours after one year of employment. The Garden Club observes six paid holidays each year, plus three paid floating holidays. Because of the small size of the organization, the Garden Club does not offer health benefits.


Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and résumé with three professional references to

The Garden Club of Jacksonville seeks a part-time event ambassador to assist in executing successful events while creating an exceptional experience for all guests.


  • Support the Garden Club’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellent customer service, collaboration, innovation, respect, and accountability.
  • Set-up and breakdown tables and chairs before and after events.
  • Welcome guests in an engaging manner as they arrive and depart.
  • Respond to guest needs in a cordial, efficient, and professional manner.
  • Ensure all event spaces are properly maintained, clean, and free of safety hazards. Maintain constant awareness of safety issues, (i.e. broken glass, spills, and leaks).
  • Maintain a professional appearance.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and skills

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • One year of customer service experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with diplomacy when interacting with vendors, staff, members, volunteers, and the public.
  • Ability to accurately follow instructions, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to solve problems in a quick and efficient manner.
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift, reach, push, pull, twist, walk, crouch, and squat.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that will include nights, weekends, and holidays.


Qualified applicants should call 904-355-4224 or email


The Garden Club offers internships all year long to college students who want to earn credit hours and get valuable hands-on experience. We have an opportunity for you, whether you’re pursuing a degree in communications, marketing, history, computer science, education, nonprofit management, sustainability, landscape architecture, or other areas.



The Garden Club provides many opportunities for members and the public to volunteer at events throughout the year, make improvements to our historic riverfront campus, and partner with other organizations on garden projects or clean-ups.


Community Service

The Garden Club provides a rewarding environment for high school students who want to volunteer. Your community service hours will satisfy the eligibility requirements for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and enhance your résumé for college applications and other scholarships. Please contact us for volunteer opportunities, such as beautification projects, sustainability projects, event management assistance, social media marketing, historic archiving, and more.