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Join the Team!

Employment

ABOUT

Join our team at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix for a workplace that values work-life balance, inclusivity, and education surrounded by the tranquil beauty of our garden. We believe that blending professional fulfillment and personal well-being is essential for a thriving work environment. Our employees benefit from the garden's serene ambiance, which nurtures creativity and productivity. We also offer remote and hybrid work options to accommodate diverse lifestyles.

Working with us also provides an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Our regular cultural events, workshops, and exhibitions allow you to deepen your understanding and appreciation of Japanese traditions. From tea ceremonies to Ikebana flower arrangement classes, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Japanese arts and culture.

At the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, we firmly believe that work should be both rewarding and enjoyable. Our team fosters a warm and inclusive atmosphere where every individual feels valued and supported. Collaboration and teamwork are at the heart of our work, creating an environment that forges lasting friendships.

 

Join us in this extraordinary place where work-life balance, cultural enrichment, natural beauty, and a vibrant work environment converge, offering exceptional opportunities for personal and professional growth.

 

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The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors. The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden is to maintain a beautiful, serene Japanese garden in the heart of Phoenix and provide educational and artistic programs and events that continue to deepen relationships and celebrate the rich history and culture of Japan.

Available Positions

In Our Offices:

The Japanese Friendship Garden offices, adjacent to the Garden on the 2nd floor of Winship House, are where our staff spend their time planning, creating and communicating the mission of RoHoEn together. Want to promote Japanese art, culture and the Phoenix-Himeji sister city relationship with us? Look below for open positions.

Development Manager: Click here to view job description

In the Garden:

The Japanese Friendship Garden is supported by a multitude of roles from our artistic gardeners to our friendly gift shop staff to our energetic event and rental staff. They each uniquely make the mission of JFG possible and are appreciated for their contribution when working for JFG. Want to join our team and promote Japanese culture with us? Look below for open positions. 

Niwashi I: Click here to view job description

Internships:

​We are pleased to be partners with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the ArtCorps Student Worker Program. Each student works 400 hours over the course of the semester for $16/hour (around 20 to 25 hours each week). Click the link below to learn more and apply.

There are currently no open positions in the Garden at this time.

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Team Benefits

Here are a few of the ways JFG is dedicated to giving back to our greatly appreciated team members.

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Membership:

You will receive a Garden membership for yourself and a family member/friend every year you work with us. Garden membership includes reciprocal admission to more than 300 gardens though the American Horticultural Society. See our other excellent Membership benefits here

Gift Shop Discount:

Get a 20% employee discount on all the amazing, imported Japanese snacks, beverages and goods at the Garden Gift Shop.

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Annual Employee Appreciation and End of Year Party (Bonenkai):

Join us for our annual employee appreciation event where we show our team members gratitude.

Health and Wellness:

All full-time, regular status Garden employees have access to excellent healthcare choices. Health, vision and dental coverage are all offered.

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Paid Time Off:

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix values our team members' time. The Garden offers vacation, sick leave and paid holidays.

Tranquility and Culture:

Employees at the Japanese Friendship Garden get the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Japanese culture and a front row seat to enjoy the serenity of RoHoEn, the most tranquil place in Phoenix. 

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What is Your Favorite Thing About JFG?

Here is what our team says:

"The opportunity to see authentic, Japanese art and culture richly shared with the people of Arizona. The beautiful Japanese aesthetics of wabi sabi, mono no awari, yugen and others are made concrete and visible through the shapes, textures and intricately planned design of this traditional stroll Garden. There is nothing more relaxing and enjoyble in Phoenix than spending time at RoHoEn and working here is a real passion project for me!"

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"The understanding and consideration we all give each other- it’s hard work but we are omotenashi —- yes I Adjectived it! I think it’s because we all love and are proud of the Garden and the Garden in turn gives us good energy."

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"That it was built by the strong bond between sister cities - Himeji & Phoenix, with so much effort made by people from Japan & Arizona for years. Because of that, it has come to be the hidden Jewel of Phoenix that provides peace & harmony for the community to relax and meditate in."

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"My favorite thing about JFG is that I get to work in our tranquil, authentic Japanese garden every day to remind me of my home country.  Being able to share the history of RoHoEn and the Japanese culture with visitors, volunteers, and the community gives me joy and gratitude. I feel very fortunate to work for JFG - the best job I've ever had in my life. "

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