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.
The Dallas Arboretum, one of the leading botanical gardens in the world, has an opening for a seasoned leader to chair its Education Department and take it to the next level of impact and importance.
Education as an Important Part of Mission
Education is one of the three aspects of the mission of Arboretum and one in which considerable resources have been placed. Children’s education, teaching the state and national curriculum standards for life and earth science grades K-6, is the primary area of concentration. Adult Education also reports to this department chairman with more than 100 different classes each year mainly on our property. It also oversees an art festival and food and wine festival.
$63 million Seven-Acre Science-Based Outdoor Classrooms
A year and a half ago, the Dallas Arboretum opened the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Using 11 of its 66 total acres, a 7-acre interactive science garden for children was created. Organized as a series of garden rooms, each gallery, truly a classroom without walls, is dedicated to an area of life and earth science that is difficult for children to understand. From its own wetland, to a treetop walk, energy-island showing examples of solar, wind and water power – it also has an exploration center with the magnificent OmniGlobe with over 162 programs, a plant lab and so much more. Over 120 industrial grade computers for use outdoors in all-weather conditions have had three levels of programs and three games each created and installed throughout this acreage in the different areas of study. This gives those visiting - which are children of all ages, including adults, over 900 different games in which to play. From Earth Cycles and Living Cycles galleries, to the Incredible Edible Garden and the Kaleidoscope gallery dedicated to the math learned from nature – this added experience of the Children’s Adventure Garden has helped considerably with the retained learning of students participating. This has been confirmed by our outside evaluation team, CORE at the Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU with whom the Arboretum has a memorandum of understanding to do this evaluation.
Teaching takes place in the galleries every day but also in the classrooms of those participating with us for pre- and post-visitation. Summer camps, after school classes and special programming for scout troops, United Way grant schools and programming for Hispanic students rounds out the department’s current activities.
Taking the Experience To The Next Level
Plans for the future include the development of distance learning with a firm in Dallas; the development of cutting edge home-schooling materials; and developing curriculum for those children of high aptitude in area schools who are studying our subject matter but more challenging and robust programming. This individual will need to work collaboratively with other educators to develop additional, modern education programs that align with state and national standards (TEKS, NGSS, etc.)
The staffing of the department includes nine full-time employees and 15 part-time teachers, the latter of which are hired as the need and demand arise. An organizational chart will be given to candidates selected for interviews before the first meeting.
The individual chosen will report directly to the President and CEO and be a part of a seven member senior management team for the garden. The ability to work well as a team member is critical to success in this role. Responsibilities for developing and managing a budget of $1.3 million is key to the position. There is a standing committee of the Board and four subcommittees with whom this individual will be the liason.
Financial Position and Stability of the Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum is one of the most stable of the city of Dallas’ non-profits, having operated in the black for over 20 years and working this year with a $20 million budget. The person being replaced has been with the garden for 16 years. The President/CEO has been in her role for 18 years. The total staff is over 160 individuals and additional contract employees.
Salary and Time Frame for Hiring
As this position is so critical to the mission and growth of The Dallas Arboretum, the salary is very competitive. A search is taking place now for someone who can join us as soon as their current school year employment is complete if not sooner. The job is full time with 23 PTO (personal time off) days; eight observed holidays and excellent benefits.
Applying for This Position
All information will be held confidentially and should be sent directly to:
President and CEO
The Dallas Arboretum
8617 Garland Road
Dallas, Texas 75218
A resume and salary history should be sent as well as accomplishments and results that are noteworthy.
VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION
Responsible for the oversight of educational opportunities for adults and children through the daily planning and operations of the Dallas Arboretum's expanded Education Department. Yearly tasks include budget preparation and staff development. Direct reports include the managers of adult programs, children’s programs and science enrichment. Having an understanding of The Next Generation of Science Standards, the national and state curriculum standards K-6 for life and earth science and ways STEM and STEAM programs function well will be an advantage. Contributes to team effort.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To
- Responsible for the daily operations of the department
including budget, programs, meetings, planning and coordination of staff, both
paid and volunteer.
- Support the Children’s Education Manager in recruiting,
hiring, training, and development of education staff including full time, part
time, contract instructors, interns, and volunteers.
- Develop and manage departmental operating and capital
budgets for each fiscal year.
- Act as a technical spokesperson for appropriate local and
- Promote Arboretum education programs in the region, state
- Carry out the educational goals of other departments; assist
in the planning of seasonal festivals.
- Develop home school natural science education programs using
best of breed comparisons; conferring with home school leaders in the city.
- Serve as staff liaison to the Education Committee of the
Board of Directors; participate in Capital Planning, Master Plan, and Project
Committees as needed.
- Assist development staff in raising funds through assistance
with grant application and donor presentations.
- Review and update current programs and with Adult and
Children’s Program managers.
- Evaluate curriculum for all divisions to make sure it is
award-worthy for teaching and retention.
- Oversee and/or train, evaluate, and effectively
manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a
- Degree in Education, Horticulture, Natural Science or
related field; advanced degrees preferable.
- Minimum of three years experience in managing educational
programs, including budgetary, supervisory and staff development experience; leadership
experience and measurable results an advantage
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, computer
literate; ability to write and evaluate educational curriculum.
- TSELA affiliation and experience in STAT, NSTA, NAIS (if an
independent school) an advantage.
- Experience working with the general public highly desired
- Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
- Problem analysis and problem solving skills
- Create and maintain a team oriented work environment and
develop professional staff by enhancing their skills and knowledge.
- Physically coordinate and conduct tours/workshops/training
on the property as well as remote sites as necessary and set up educational
- Successfully lead staff in a positive and productive manner
- Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
- Tenacious; goal attainment driven; committed to excellence
in children’s programming
SECURITY SERVICES MANAGER
To develop and manage the overall security needs of the Arboretum. Work with key staff to create policies/guidelines related to the Arboretum’s unique security needs and positive public interface. Recommend security staffing schedules, keeping in mind appropriate cost efficiently and relevancy. Monitor security practices and incidents for appropriate reommendations and follow up. Contribute to team effort.
Duties Include but Are Not Limited To
- Develop and recommend overall public security procedures and regulations for the garden, to include other properties (such as across Garland Road from the Arboretum) managed by DABS.
- Act as a liaison to all departments on overall security measures and procedures, and to make recommendations for specific security needs as appropriate, i.e. public and private events and nighttime garden activities.
- Oversee scheduling of DABS’ security personnel as well as external security guard personnel for effective staffing of security positions (both with security guard agencies as well as Dallas Police Officers).
- Monitor and respond to incident reports concerning damage to person or property; maintain a database of security/safety issues and any corresponding follow up and timely comply with external reporting requirements.
- Monitor the activity of all security systems monthly, including cameras, gate and building accesses. Identify and recommend surveillance and related security equipment, fixtures and facilities.
- Develop and maintain positive relations with assigned Dallas Police Department
- Conduct Security meetings with appropriate staff. Participate in Safety meetings.
- Perform weekly routine garden/property patrol to identify problem areas or potential issues as well as to observe successful security personnel performance.
- Bachelor's degree in an area of study relevant to this position and at least 5+ years of general experience in the field or in a related area; 10 years preferred.
- Minimum three years policy or high level security experience or police officer experience; minimum one year successful organizational and supervisory experience.
- Proven ability to deal effectively with the public in emergency situations and to apply these practices to a private organization.
- State Security Officer certification, Certified Protection Professional [CCP] or Police Officer designation preferred.
- Strategic orientation with ability to act tactically as required.
- Able to interact at all levels of the organization and sensitive to divisional organizational management issues.
- Ability to physically patrol property and to respond to situations in a timely and appropriate manner as required; ability to work nights and weekends, including during major festival weekends as requested.
- Attention to detail, accuracy, and sensitivity.
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Problem analysis and problem solving skills.
Submit resume with salary requirements to Charlotte Morrison at email@example.com
CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Support the overall rental effort through timely response to inquiries and securing bookings via telephone for corporate, social and convention business, spending a minimum of 25% of each week in identifying new prospects and active cold calling. Actively develop a yearly corporate sales plan with the Director of Sales and Special Events to achieve the corporate revenue sales goal. Provide tours of property. Meet goal attainment. Contribute to team effort.
Duties and Responsibilities Include but are Not Limited To:
- Prepare and execute corporate sales plan to increase corporate revenue:
- Develop attractive meeting venues/packages for promotion to corporate clients.
- Distribute materials in a timely manner to appropriate corporation/convention contact and follow up to secure rental.
- Refer secured client to appropriate Sales and Special Events staff person for event logistics and execution
- Promptly and courteously respond to incoming phone calls and return calls in a timely manner; assure established call logs are completed and maintained for future referrals.*
- Actively research, solicit and develop relationships with corporate and other social contacts to promote the Arboretum for banquets, conferences, employee group events, receptions, etc. for new business as well as repeat business with time lines for target marketing of cold calls.
- Frequently interact with Convention Bureau for upcoming conventions and actively solicit convention contacts to promote the Arboretum for spousal tours, participant excursions/dinners/receptions, etc.
- Accurately maintain and monitor Master Calendar with SSE Coordinator on a daily basis to avoid double booking or inappropriate booking of facilities/grounds.
- Maintain active database of corporate and convention contacts, future interest, etc. and diligently work the database to secure current or future rentals. Support Department by managing and coordinating corporate rentals from contract to beginning of event during busy periods; provide facilitating support for large events or to assist Special Events Managers.
- Bachelor’s degree desired
- Four+ years sales experience highly desired
- Hospitality/convention sales preferred
- Good verbal and written communication skills; good office skills
- Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles.
- Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
- Physically tour clients on property via walking or golf cart; ability to engage client in client offices
- Tenacious; goal attainment driven
Submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
and Responsibilities included but are not limited to:
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.
garden crew, volunteers, and interns assigned to area. Contribute to team
and meet garden project completion schedules on a daily, weekly, and monthly
basis under the guidance of the Senior Horticulture Manager.
and develop gardeners and landscape assistants in garden area to increase their
knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance.
evaluate, and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required
personnel documentation in a timely manner.
with plant record keeping and labeling for assigned garden area.
technical assistance when required.
for securing all equipment at the end of the day and notifying supervisor of
any supply needs.
pesticides (when trained) using appropriate safety procedures as provided and
according to departmental policies and procedures; supervision provided.
irrigation system and pump systems (where applicable), repair minor problems,
and report malfunctions.
in group and special projects as required.
with educational and research projects as required, example: horticultural
demonstrations during special events.
verbal and written communication skills.
to manage multiple tasks through use of effective organizational and
to work flexible hours as needed, including nights, weekends and Holidays.
to effectively organize work flow for timely completion and develop staff to
work as a team; maintain professional work ethic.
to lift up to 50 lbs; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in
all weather conditions and follow approved safety guidelines.
driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles.
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.
of Science in Horticulture or related field (may accept Associate’s Degree and
three years related experience).
Submit resumes to email@example.com
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GALLERY FACILITATORS - Teacher Aides ($11/hr)
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! Part Time, on-going position.
- Teaching certificates, or experience with early childhood teaching/ instruction, is 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.
Submit resumes to email@example.com.