Employment Opportunities

Our dedicated employees and generous volunteers have helped the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden become one of the most outstanding display gardens in the United States.

Below is a list of all current job openings at the Dallas Arboretum. Full-time positions offer benefit options including health, dental and disability coverage as well as vacation, holiday and sick pay. We also have excellent opportunities in various departments for those desiring a hands-on internship experience. Unless otherwise noted, you may apply for a listed position by faxing your resume and cover letter to 866-341-6878. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter. The Arboretum conducts criminal checks, as well as physicals/drug screens and credit checks for certain positions.

The Dallas Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Water Features Technician (Full Time) Click for More

Job summary

Responsible for physically performing general and specialized maintenance and minor repairs to Arboretum water features, including fountains, pumps, ponds with fish and aquatic plants, and other related systems. Conduct water testing as needed and apply chemical treatments in accordance with industry standards and departmental policies. Maintain and properly store related equipment and supplies. Work in all weather conditions. $10/hour, plus uniform and tools.

Duties and responsibilities include by are not limited to:

  • Perform routine maintenance, inspections, and repairs to water features, according to written guidelines. This includes vacuuming pools, checking and cleaning filters, backwashing sand filters, monitoring pumps, skimming pools, applying chemical treatments, changing UV light bulbs as recommended, removing debris such as leaves, money, and other objects from water features, etc.
  • Maintain interactive features to Arboretum, city, and state standards, including daily water testing with a chemical kit, adjusting recommended water chemical balance by adding chemicals as needed, keeping track of daily written log for water testing, checking filters and pumps on a consistent basis, etc.
  • Apply chemical treatments using appropriate safety procedures and according to departmental policies and procedures. Update written records after application.
  • Feed fish according to industry standards. Maintain pH, chlorine, nitrate, and other necessary levels to sustain aquatic life and apply chemicals as needed.
  • Troubleshoot water feature system maintenance needs, including potential safety hazards, and notify supervisor of urgent and long-term needs. Fix minor issues or assist with coordinating vendors on maintenance and repairs to water features.
  • Complete and keep track of written records for monitoring maintenance and supply needs.
  • Submit maintenance request forms in a timely manner and follow up on requests as necessary.
  • Assist with ordering maintenance supplies as necessary, including researching and pricing supplies, working with vendors to find suitable supplies, filling out purchase request forms and submitting to appropriate supervisor, etc.
  • Secure equipment and supplies, especially chemicals, throughout the work shift and at the end of the workday, according to departmental policies and procedures.
  • Follow safety procedures in completion of job duties, according to departmental policies and procedures.
  • Work with garden supervisors to maintain cleanliness, safety, and security of pump vaults, mechanical rooms, and storage facilities.
  • Provide technical assistance as needed and assist with training of personnel to conduct minor maintenance and repairs of water features.
  • Assist with Horticulture maintenance projects, special event set-ups, and other related departmental activities as needed.


  • Lifting of up to 50 pounds; ability to repetitively bend/stoop, move across property, work in all weather conditions, climb ladders in and out of vaults, and follow approved safety guidelines.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; basic computer skills (working knowledge of MS Office, etc.) preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and efficiently complete assigned tasks in a timely manner, according to written maintenance standards.
  • Ability to work with garden supervisors and senior manager to effectively complete work flow within a schedule and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to read and understand maintenance user manuals, blueprints, and other written related documents.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • One year experience in pool and/or water feature maintenance.
  • City of Dallas Manager of Pool Operations certificate, or ability to successfully obtain and maintain certificate, according to city standards.
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles.

Please submit resume to ​​

Facility Services Manager (Full Time) Click for More

Job Summary

Responsible for the prompt care and maintenance of the physical property (non-horticultural areas) including both homes, VEP, parking lots, restrooms (public and private) and all storage facilities. Directs and supervises work activity of janitorial staff and addresses routine repair and maintenance and preventative maintenance for the main garden. Primary focus is providing clean, neat, safe facilities/services to staff and the public. Perform basic maintenance functions. $40,000 starting salary.


  • High school education or equivalent; some college desired
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Three+ years in facility services preferred. Facilities supervisory experience preferred.
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Lift up to 30 pounds, climb ladders and stairs, walk, bend and stand for continuous periods of time in all weather conditions.
  • Drivers license.

Key Components

  • Good problem analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to independently assess and address janitorial and other facility needs to assure a safe and clean environment for guests and staff.
  • Self motivated; able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with staff throughout property to meet janitorial/basic repair and maintenance needs of physical property.
  • Ability to support Facility Managers throughout garden as need arises, and act as Manager on Duty (MOD) in absence of Facility Manager in a positive, professional manner.

Please submit resumes to ​​

Horticulture Supervisor (Full Time) Click for More

Under limited supervision, responsible for overall landscape maintenance and supervision of staff for specific garden area. Oversee efficient productivity and timely completion of duties in assigned areas. Physically perform garden labor. Work in all weather conditions. Contribute to team effort. 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays with rotating weekends.

Job Summary

  • Duties and Responsibilities included but are not limited to:
  • Physically perform general landscape maintenance for specific garden area, including planting, mowing, weeding, watering, fertilizing, spraying, doing minor irrigation repairs, pruning, pest control, trash removal, and trimming, according to written maintenance and safety standards.
  • Supervise garden crew, volunteers, and interns assigned to area. Contribute to team effort.
  • Establish and meet garden project completion schedules on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis under the guidance of the Senior Horticulture Manager.
  • Train and develop gardeners and landscape assistants in garden area to increase their knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance.
  • Train, evaluate, and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner.
  • Assist with plant record keeping and labeling for assigned garden area.
  • Provide technical assistance when required.
  • Responsible for securing all equipment at the end of the day and notifying supervisor of any supply needs.
  • Apply pesticides (when trained) using appropriate safety procedures as provided and according to departmental policies and procedures; supervision provided.
  • Monitor irrigation system and pump systems (where applicable), repair minor problems, and report malfunctions.
  • Assist in group and special projects as required.
  • Assist with educational and research projects as required, example: horticultural demonstrations during special events.


  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including nights, weekends and Holidays.
  • Ability to effectively organize work flow for timely completion and develop staff to work as a team; maintain professional work ethic.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in all weather conditions and follow approved safety guidelines.
  • Texas driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles.
  • One year related garden/landscaping experience and experience with or knowledge of Texas perennials preferred; knowledge of irrigation systems and other water features desirable. Supervisory experience desirable. Texas Certified Pesticide Applicators license preferred.
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture or related field (may accept Associate’s Degree and three years related experience).

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Gardener (Full Time) Click for More

GARDENER | $9.50/hour

We are currently seeking experienced gardeners to perform general landscape maintenance and laboring duties in the gardens under the supervision of a crew leader or horticulturist. 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays with rotating weekends.


  • Ability to physically lift, bend and stoop repetitively to plant, weed and move plant material.
  • Capable of operating light duty power equipment.
  • Some irrigation knowledge is helpful.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English.
  • Availability to work in a weekend rotation.
  • Ability to interact with garden guests as appropriate.
  • Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions.
  • A minimum 6 months relevant experience is desirable. 

Please submit a resume to ​

Weekend Volunteer Coordinator (Part Time) Click for More

Job Summary

Support the weekend volunteer activity by coordinating and overseeing the volunteer needs in the various volunteer functions in the main garden. Assure that volunteer positions are staffed; promptly and courteously assist volunteers with any issues. $12/hour. (Sundays only: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or to 7 p.m. during night festivals)

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Check in volunteers at the beginning of each shift; assure that volunteer positions are adequately staffed.
  • Monitor volunteers to answer any questions and provide breaks when needed.
  • Provide assistance when necessary if a volunteer brings an issue to attention and contact the proper department; document action taken.
  • Periodically visit each volunteer staff area to develop rapport with volunteers as well as to assure areas are functioning successfully.
  • Train and manage new or one-time volunteers; restock and maintain up to date volunteer training materials as well as public information materials.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on the Dallas Arboretum and current programs/activities.
  • Assist with updating volunteer computer database profiles.


  • High school education or equivalent
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; basic office and computer skills
  • Work flexible hours, including nights, if needed
  • Ability to sit and also to walk across property for extended periods as needed.
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles.

Key Competencies:

  • Good decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Good customer service and coaching skills.
  • Handle multiple issues positively, professionally and quickly.

Please submit resumes to ​​

Gallery Facilitators – Teachers Aides (Part Time) Click for More

Excite and assist children and families in the various activities and exhibits in the new 8-acre Children’s Adventure Garden. Gallery Facilitators are encouraged to bring creative ideas to the team along with a love of teaching/encouraging others. Help us create an enjoyable learning experience for our guests. This position is a part-time, on-going position. $11/hour


  • Teaching certificates, or experience with early childhood teaching/ instruction, desirable.
  • Background in science or science education is helpful, but not necessary.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time outside in the garden.
  • Flexible work days between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; must be able to work Saturday and Sunday.

Please submit resumes to ​​

Temporary Positions Click for More

Talented individuals are needed to fill temporary positions during the fall and holiday festivals, from mid-September to potentially the end of the year.

Janitors/Housekeepers ($9/hour)

Clean restrooms and public areas; empty trash - must be able to bend/stoop and lift up to 50 lbs.

Ticket Booth Sales ($10/hour)

Smile while interacting with our guests; sell admission tickets; accurately handle sales; sit for extended periods of time, (ever day of the week, including weekends, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., with some night time hours).

Please apply in person Monday-Friday between 12 and 4 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road.

Criminal background checks will be conducted as well as credit checks for cash-handling positions.