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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.


Feel free to download our general Application for Employment, print and fill it out, and bring it with you to apply in person.

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING Click for More

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

JOB SUMMARY

Apply the principles of accounting for appropriate controls and accounting processes. Work closely with the various Directors for departmental financial reconciliation and general ledger needs. Oversee the payroll function for timely and accurate processing. Cross trains with the Controller for effective Accounting Department coverage. This position supervises some accounting staff and a large data entry/customer service staff.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO

  • Manage the cash and treasury management cycle.
  • Oversee the daily deposit for the various cashiering functions and miscellaneous deposits. Investigate over/shorts. Ensure accurate recording of sales activity by the staff accountant.
  • Reconcile and track accounts receivables. Coordinate with sales personnel (rental and development) regarding collection of accounts.
  • Manage and oversee payroll, including the time and attendance system and ADP processing. Oversee retirement plan processing (401k) and all payroll related general ledger accounts.
  • Perform monthly analysis of the financial results for individual departments as assigned.
  • Meet with the department heads to discuss variances, forecasts, and budgets.
  • Participates in the audit process and assists the Controller or VP of Finance as needed.
  • On a regular and continuous basis, exercise administrative judgment and effective decision making skills for controls and quality of service within the functional area of responsibility. Elevate issues to VP of Finance as needed, in a timely manner.
  • Train, evaluate and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to team effort and the mission of the Arboretum.
  • Other duties as assigned.

OTHER ASPECTS OF POSITION

  • Extensive walking may be required during special events, to include nights and/or weekends.
  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods.
  • Ability to collect/handle large quantities of cash and to make change accurately.
  • Ability to operate/troubleshoot POS systems as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or related field.
  • Four years progressively responsible related experience in industry.
  • Three to five years supervisory experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, and the use of financial software applications.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • High level of integrity, detailed oriented and committed to accuracy; good oral and written communication skills.
  • Neat appearance and courteous conduct; professional work ethic.
  • bility to work nights and weekends as needed.

Preferred

  • Three plus years in a non-profit environment.
  • CPA is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Financial Edge, Raiser’s Edge and/or Counterpoint a plus.

Submit resume to: rhutton@dallasarboretum.org

Security Manager Click for More

Security Manager

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 efficiency and relevancy. Monitor security practices and incidents for appropriate recommendations 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.
  • Effectively train, manage, schedule and evaluate DABS’ security staff, and assure that relevant contract staff understand DABS’ security practices and guest relations practices.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 to jobs@dallasarboretum.org

Teacher Facilitators Click for More

Teacher Facilitators

Part time - $11/hour

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum is exciting, educational, and a MUST SEE outdoor learning garden at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden located on the shores of White Rock Lake in East Dallas.

Our Teacher Facilitators excite and assist children and families in the various activities and exhibits in our eight-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 is a part-time, on-going position.

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Work hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m with flexible week-day work days; however, you MUST be able to work Saturday and Sunday.

  • This garden is open from late February through December.

    Great for college students, high school seniors, retired-semi retired, or those with a love of nature and kids!

    Submit resume to jobs@dallasarboretum.org

    Horticulture Supervisor Click for More

    Horticulture Supervisor $17.00/hr full time, limited weekends

    JOB SUMMARY

    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.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE 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 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.
    • Act as Manager on Duty in weekend rotation to supervise weekend horticulture activity.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • 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 resume to oestrada@dallasarboretum.org.

    Gardener Click for More

    Gardener - $10.00 /hr

    JOB SUMMARY

    Perform various general landscape maintenance and labor duties in the gardens under the supervision of a Sr. Gardener or Horticulture Supervisor. Physically perform garden labor, including operation of loud equipment and transporting work materials/equipment in all weather conditions. Contribute to team effort.


    This position is for 40 hours a week, 6:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, with rotating weekend shifts. Uniforms are provided.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    • Perform routine maintenance with limited supervision of garden area according to set standards, including mowing, weeding, trimming, planting, raking, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, etc.
    • Safely operate and be responsible for routine maintenance of landscape maintenance equipment i.e. push mowers, backpack blowers, rototiller, tractor, edgers, gas hedge shears, utility truck, etc.
    • Assist supervisor with monitoring irrigation system and pump systems (where applicable) and report malfunctions.
    • Assist with special projects as required.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Basic communication skills, bilingual a plus.
    • Ability 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 if necessary.
    • One year experience desirable.
    • High school diploma or equivalent.


    Submit resumes to oestrada@dallasarboretum.org

    Water Feature Technician Assistant $10.00 Click for More

    Water Feature Technician Assistant

    $10.00/hour Full Time

    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.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT 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 Toad Corners fountains 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.
    • Contribute to team effort.
    • Assist with Horticulture maintenance projects, special event set-ups, and other related departmental activities as needed.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Lifting of up to 50 pounds; ability to repetitively bend/stoop, move across property, work in all weather conditions, 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.
    • Ability to read an electrical diagram.
    • Ability to reroute plumbing lines
    • Basic electrical problem solving skills involving suction pumps.
    • 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.


    To apply, email resume to oestrada@dallasarboretum.org.

    Irrigation Assistant $10.00 Click for More

    Irrigation Assistant

    $10.00/hr Full Time

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Responsible for assisting Irrigation Technician in maintaining existing irrigation systems to established standards under limited supervision. Physically operate loud equipment and transport work materials/equipment in all weather conditions. Contribute to team effort.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    • Perform scheduled maintenance and make repairs to irrigation system and pump system and report malfunctions under supervision of Irrigation Technician.
    • Repair irrigation systems, pipes and irrigation heads as needed under supervision of Irrigation Technician.
    • Assist in maintaining daily log of tasks and regularly update paperwork for monitoring project status.
    • Assist in overseeing contractors for irrigation and pump repairs as directed.
    • Safely operate and secure equipment at the end of each day and notify supervisor of any supply needs.
    • Submit supply needs to supervisor in a timely manner
    • Assist in group and special projects as required.
    • Meet garden project completion schedules on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Good verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in all weather conditions and follow approved safety guidelines.
    • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
    • Working knowledge of basic electricity and hydraulics related to an irrigation system, including automatic valves and controllers, and working knowledge of various types of pumps and pumping systems.
    • Knowledge of tools, methods and materials used in grounds and landscape area maintenance work.
    • Driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles.
    • One year related irrigation maintenance and installation experience preferred; knowledge of pump systems and other water features desirable.
    • High school diploma or equivalent.

    To apply, email resume to oestrada@dallasarboretum.org.

    Horticulture Project Coordinator Click for More

    Horticulture Project Coordinator

    Full Time

    JOB SUMMARY

    Assist the Senior Project Manager in designing, bidding, coordinating and scheduling horticulture design, special events and development as directed. Contributes to team effort.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    • Oversee all signage inventory, engraving and budget.
    • Manage Signage Technician who is responsible for Engrave & Position all signs in the garden and their condition.
    • Oversee and document dedication signage and monitor status
    • Keeping an updated inventory of engraving materials and upholding weekly maintenance with Laser Engraver
    • Inventory, organize and maintain where all signage material is stored
    • Walk garden on weekly basis to review dedication signs and unlabeled materials
    • Aid in the maintenance, scanning and organization of historic landscape plans
    • Keep an updated site inventory of container maps and bed dimensions
    • Resource for staff as librarian of landscape plans and CAD drawings
    • Aid in the maintenance and updates of irrigation maps and garden bed plans
    • Aid in the creation of landscape “As-Built’s”
    • Aid in the mapping and monitoring of landscape lighting
    • Aid in the management of new project development
    • Aid in the planning, tracking and ordering of all garden design transitions.
    • Aid in creating bids, handling PO requests and preparing numbers for budget
    • Create and maintain inventory of trees on property and other significant collections
    • Assist with plant vendor and contractor relations, questions and scheduling

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Fluent with Microsoft Excel and CorelDraw
    • Ability to multi-task and be strongly self motivated and organized
    • Ability to delegate and organize work flow
    • Ability to work weekdays, 8am to 5pm
    • Willing and able to work outside in all types of weather
    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability 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 if necessary.
    • Preferred experience with AutoCAD and photoshop

    To apply, email resume to oestrada@dallasarboretum.org.

    Weekend Supervisor – Children’s Garden $40,000 Click for More

    Weekend Supervisor – Children’s Garden $40,000

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Assist Facility Manager in coordination/oversight of Children’s Garden (CG) daily functions related to public activities by following protocol and staffing guides; perform as weekend supervisory oversight for successful operations and public enjoyment. Contributes to team effort. Schedule is Wednesday through Sunday (includes weekends).

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

    • Under general direction, assure that CG is ready for opening and all relevant areas are operational as well as appropriately close and secure the CG at day’s end.
    • Troubleshoot any issues, i.e. cleanliness, operational exhibits/computers, safety issues, volunteer needs, etc. for appropriate resolution following established guidelines.
    • Appropriately respond to issues within CG, Lost Child, Emergencies, etc. according to established protocol.
    • Assist with volunteer training as needed and monitor volunteer engagement for successful interaction with the public; work with Public Event-CG Manager to assure appropriate coverage in sensitive gallery areas.
    • Respond to public issues/concerns/inquiries in a professional manner.
    • Personally interact with visitors at the CG and in other approved events when requested.
    • During weekends act as the primary point person for oversight of the Children’s Garden general operations.

    SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Some college desirable
    • Two+ years in responsible positions; educational or public related experience helpful
    • Good verbal skills and written communication skills; good computer skills.

    KEY COMPETENCIES:

    • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
    • Frequently and repeatedly walk garden to monitor and engage/monitor public and volunteers in a successful manner.
    • Problem analysis and problem solving skills
    • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
    • Engaging with strong public interaction skills


    Submit resume to Jobs@dallasarboretum.org