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.

Staff Educators (Full Time, Part Time and Temporary) Click for More

The Education Department of the Dallas Arboretum has been recognized locally and nationally for outstanding programming in nature and life sciences. In 2013, we opened the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an 8-acre garden with numerous interactive educational outdoor exhibits for public and private learning experiences for children of all ages, plus an indoor facility with a lab demonstration area, computer learning stations and the amazing OmniGlobe Theater.

We are seeking talented and dedicated educators for full time and part-time openings, as well as a Temporary need from August to October.

The Temporary and Full Time educators are 40 hours/week and conduct classes at the Arboretum and in after-school programs. The Part Time educator primarily works at the Arboretum, averaging 20-30 hours/week.

Full Time pay ranges from $45,000 to $50,000 and Part Time and Temporary pay is $16/hour.

Applicants are encouraged to apply at ​​


A staff educator will teach, coordinate and assist in the refinement of existing educational programming and the development of new programming for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden under the direction and approval of the Vice President of Education, Children’s Program Manager, and Science Enrichment Manager. The educator will successfully coordinate and conduct classes with school groups and contribute to team effort.


  • Develop, modify and teach education programs both at the Arboretum and at partner sites
  • Assist in the development of new programming as needed
  • Promote and facilitate Arboretum field trips, outreach programs and after school programs
  • Select and develop materials and supplies related to programs assigned to teach and/or manage
  • Maintain attendance, ethnicity and testing records for programs taught and/or managed. Report numbers and results in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Train and supervise volunteers assisting with educational programs for which he/she is responsible as needed
  • Distribute and process program evaluations for all programs; review and discuss with supervisor modifications for improvement
  • Maintain expenses within the budget throughout the year, obtaining necessary approvals for purchases
  • Assist in developing and implementing educational activities for major events at the Arboretum as needed Assist in writing curriculum as requested.
  • Develop, modify, supervise and teach summer camps as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural or environmental science
  • Two years teaching experience in formal classroom and/or informal science institution
  • Proficiency in use of computer software and technology to include: APP usage, presentation skills, Probeware
  • Experience with writing curriculum helpful.
  • Clear written and oral communication of science literacy


  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment
  • Punctually and physically coordinate, set up, train and/or conduct workshops/classes on Dallas Arboretum property or at offsite locations
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Familiarity with current STEM and science inquiry teaching practices
  • Enthusiasm, energy and practical knowledge of best teaching practices 

Donor Relations Manager (Full Time) Click for More

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is seeking a talented individual to work directly with the President. Primary responsibilities include assisting the President with donor contacts for future gifts for endowment and estate planning. The candidate will actively and successfully present funding opportunities to identified individuals to achieve targeted fundraising goals. .


  • Under the direction of the President, solicit and secure donations through efficient and compelling written, verbal and in-person prospect contacts:

    • Initiate contact by phone and/or by handwritten notes with current donors or other identified individuals to create interest in supporting the Arboretum funding needs via endowment or estate planning.
    • Actively solicit and schedule appointments with donor prospects to present specific contribution avenues of opportunity.
    • Coordinate the meetings to be conducted personally or by the President as appropriate.
    • Prepare for all appointments by collecting or developing relevant materials to create the most positive and informative presentation possible.
    • Follow up timely with correspondence by hand-written notes or typed correspondence.
  • Maintain detailed call logs and appointment schedules.
  • Timely enter and update donor records and contact notes in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Assist with other follow up appointments, garden tours, or activities to foster a continued on-going donor relationship for future or other solicitation efforts.
  • Assist other key staff as directed in various donor solicitation and data preparation.


  • College degree highly preferred.
  • Two years experience with fundraising drives desirable.
  • Familiarity with using a database for prospect research and reporting; Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; good handwriting and computer skills
  • Driver’s license to drive golf carts


  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy; good listening skills to quickly identify donor areas of interest
  • Professional appearance and phone voice; upbeat demeanor
  • Sit for extended periods with extensive phone solicitation and data entry/writing duties
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Tenacious; self-motivated

The position may be full time or 30 hours/week. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter with desired salary and resume to

Special Event Manager (Full Time) Click for More

The beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden located on the shores of White Rock Lake in east Dallas is one of the premium and popular sites for weddings, corporate meetings, and social events. The Special Event Manager will manage Arboretum rentals, including small wedding/ceremonies, small internal events, flower shows, garden club meetings, and small corporate events and assist with larger events as directed under overall supervision of Director of Sales and Special Events. Assure satisfactory execution of rental, including overseeing all aspects related to event coordinating and monitoring use and care of Arboretum property. Assure successful guest relations. Contribute to team effort.


  • Promptly and courteously respond to incoming phone calls and return calls in a timely manner.
  • Work directly with client from inception of contract to event inceptions (and conclusion as needed) and courteously and promptly handle all aspects of rental coordination to assure customer satisfaction.
  • Responsible for independent rental management duties, i.e. prepare and execute contracts/event paperwork; clearly detail physical logistics with Facility department, entertainment, contact equipment rental vendors, caterers, florists, etc. for effective and smooth operations.
  • Supervise DABS’ staff as needed for event set-up/tear-down, assuring that the physical arrangement and equipment needs are according to plan and DABS’ property (tables, chairs, tablecloths, etc.) is in good and clean condition.
  • Provide instructions for security/parking staff as needed to assure appropriate access to property and appropriate vehicular access to the gardens; schedule volunteers as needed.
  • Professionally interact with guests/vendors/entertainers as needed and maintain unobtrusive availability to respond to any needs/problems that may occur during event.
  • Ensure that DABS' rules and regulations are followed throughout each event.
  • Respond timely and appropriately to any incidents and maintain appropriate documentation, such as first aid action, property damage, etc
  • Assure that Facilitator, when scheduled, has all needed information/documentation to successfully facilitate event with or without assistance; physically attend all major functions and remain during function if significant problems occur. Timely and accurately process paperwork and billings during and at conclusion of event.
  • Assist Director of Sales and Special Events with special request projects, such as end of month vendor contacts for timely receipt of relevant invoices, assisting with cold calling for corporate bookings, annual inventory of DABS’ linens, compliance requirements for tents, heaters, signage, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree desired
  • Three+ years hotel/event planning/execution experience highly desired
  • Good office skills; CAD experience helpful.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles


  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Physically tour clients on property via walking or golf cart and to positively engage client, staff and vendors for successful and safe event execution
  • Physically oversee event from set up to conclusion of event

Salary: $35,000 to $39,000, plus benefits

Please submit resume to ​​

Security Services Manager (Full Time) Click for More

Job Summary

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.

Key Competencies

  • 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

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).

Submit resumes to ​​

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 ​

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 ​​

Reservationist (Part Time) Click for More

Schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday - Friday

Pay: $12/hour


  • Promptly respond to phone, fax and email in a positive manner.
  • Promote classes and schedules programs, adhering to maximum daily limitations.
  • Accurately maintains paperwork related to scheduling and confirmation of groups. Accurately prepares reports of class attendance, ethnicity, revenue, etc.
  • Contact groups in advance for groups that have not paid according to schedule.
  • Accurately processes payments for scheduled classes and assures collection of monies according to established procedures.
  • Cordially greet school groups; monitor group attendance and records ethnicity; collect additional fees, when necessary.
  • Assist with other clerical duties, when directed.
  • Assist with major events and adult education classes.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1-2 years clerical/customer service experience desirable
  • Good written and verbal communication skills; good office skills.


  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Sit for extended periods and perform data entry/telephone or office functions
  • Physically meet and coordinate school groups
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Personable; responsive

Submit resume to ​​

Telemarketer (Temporary) Click for More

Temporary need for phone solicitation to contact members whose memberships have lapsed and encourage renewals. Great phone personality and good data entry skills required. Potentially, the need will continue to the end of the year. $10/hour


10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday

Please submit resumes to ​​

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