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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.

Horticulture Manager, Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (Full Time) Click for More

Job summary

Responsible for overall landscape maintenance of specific garden area under the general direction of the Senior Director of Gardens. Oversee efficient productivity and timely completion of duties and staff in assigned areas. Physically perform garden labor, including operation of loud equipment and transport work materials/equipment as needed. Work in all weather conditions. Perform as Weekend Manager on Duty as assigned. Contribute to team effort.


Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee general landscape maintenance for specific garden area, including planting, mowing, weeding, spraying, irrigation, pruning, pest control, and trimming, according to written maintenance standards
  • Directly supervise landscape maintenance crew, volunteers, interns, etc. assigned to area for efficient productivity and successful garden maintenance.
  • Create, implement, and maintain project schedules on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to maintain expected level of maintenance.
  • Assist with plant record keeping and labeling for garden area.
  • Assure that all equipment is secured at the end of the day;
  • Submit supply requests with proper PO process.
  • Assist with educational and research projects as required, example: horticultural demonstrations during special events
  • Provide technical assistance when required.
  • Supervise RMCAG garden staff on rotating weekends.
  • Respond to informational requests by garden visitors as needed.
  • Evaluate and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner. Train and develop staff in garden area to increase their knowledge of plant materials and landscape maintenance.
  • Assist education staff related to educational programming.
  • Responsible for purchasing and management of RMCAG budget as directed
  • Assure that seasonal color display planting is timely and efficiently conducted, including edibles
  • Provide technical assistance and training on plant diseases and assure that staff complies with appropriate chemical application safety standards
  • Assure that all equipment is inventoried, accounted for and properly maintained.
  • Coordinate and conduct safety and procedural training for new hires.
  • Conduct required safety training and document staff participation; maintain all regulatory documentation.
  • Assure compliance with applicable City water restrictions.
  • Over site of water features, including proper records collection in regard to interactive features.
  • Coordinate with both Operations staff and Educational staff of any garden updates that can affect classes or the general public.


Qualifications:

  • Lifting of up to 50 pounds when necessary; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in all weather conditions and follow approved safety guidelines
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; basic computer skills (working knowledge of Excel, MS Office, Outlook, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to delegate and organize work flow.
  • Ability to apply pesticides and chemicals with training provided; obtain and maintain Texas pesticide license
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends as needed.
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems desirable.
  • AFO and/or CPO certification desirable.
  • Three years experience in landscape maintenance experience; supervisory experience
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture or related field (may accept Associate’s degree and four years related experience.)

Please submit resumes to ​jwegley@dallasarboretum.org​

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 ​Oestrada@dallasarboretum.org​

Science Education Specialist (Part Time) Click for More

Job summary

This position is responsible for creating, teaching, and demonstrating our Plant Labs related to educational topics in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden from March to December. The Lab Specialist is also responsible for maintaining Exploration Center exhibits as they relate to Public Programs. As part of the Public Programs department, the Science Education Specialist ensures a viable educational and an engaging guest experience. Great position for science/science education students and others to combine their science background with designing and presenting entertaining demonstrations. $15/hour. 


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

·Research and create fun, new labs at the beginning of each year, subject to approval of the Director of Public Events..

oChange labs periodically throughout the year with a new lab every 6-8 weeks.

oPrepare special labs for holidays.

oTeach plant labs at the pre-scheduled times for guests

oMeet educational goals and conduct scientific presentations relevant to all age groups.

·Coordinate and maintain multiple inventories including plant lab and public program supplies to assure sufficient and appropriate supplies are readily available.

·Collect, document, and communicate Plant Lab attendance.

·Maintain Exploration Center exhibits, including touch screens, soil boxes, decomposer bins, house plants to ensure a safe, educational experience for all guests.

·Create entertaining promotional and educational videos, specific to educational goals of the garden.

·Assist in galleries when additional facilitation is needed (operating discovery carts, exhibit activities)

·Efficiently communicate Plant Lab, exhibit, and supply needs with the Public Event Manager or appropriate operations staff.


SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

·Background in science or science education is necessary.

·Excellent communication skills and presentation experience is necessary.

·Experience with upper elementary and middle school teaching/ instruction is desirable.

·Strong computer skills, including video editing and computer programming is desirable.

·Ability to create entertaining, educational computer content desirable.

·Walk/stand frequently to engage and to instruct the public.

·Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed.


KEY COMPETENCIES:

·Strong in public interaction and engagement skills

·Successful ability to present topics/labs in a clear, entertaining and informative manner.

·Experience creating documents and videos using Adobe software.

·Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy

·Work with limited supervision


Submit resume to cmorrison@dallasarboretum.org


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. $17/hour.


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.


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 resumes to ​oestrada@dallasarboretum.org​

Teacher Facilitator (Gallery Facilitator) Click for More

Teacher Facilitator (Gallery Facilitator) $11/Hr Part time March - December

JOB SUMMARY:
Interact with the public within the galleries of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden CG) to ensure that a successful public experience and effective gallery interpretation/ engagement occurs.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

• Proactively engage the public in the specific gallery to which assigned.
• Assure that gallery exhibit is ready for public interaction and report any issues/broken exhibits to appropriate personnel in a timely manner.
• Respond to any public incident according to the relevant guidelines to ensure safety and a successful visitor experience.
• Monitor and encourage appropriate public behavior to promote a positive learning experience for all guests.


SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:
• Teaching certificates, or experience with early childhood teaching/ instruction, is desirable.
• Background in science or science education is desirable.
• Good verbal and written communication skills.


KEY COMPETENCIES:
• Manage assigned tasks competently.
• Frequently and repeatedly walk/stand in the garden to engage and monitor public to facilitate a successful experience.
• Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed.
• Strong public interaction skills.

Submit resume to cmorrison@dallasarboretum.org

Capital Campaign Director (Full Time) Click for More

Capital Campaign Director - Full Time

JOB SUMMARY: 

Position open to lead Dallas Arboretum’s calls on major donors for future capital needs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

​Part time secretarial support is available but individual must be a self starter that is well organized and can articulate the need in print and word, work with senior management and board members and make calls with others or individually. Experience in donor cultivation and major gift procurement necessary. Salary commensurate with experience.

Submit resume to cmorrison@dallasarboretum.org

Summer Education Internship Click for More

Summer Education Internship
June 1st - Aug 12th
35 hours per week at $11 per hour

JOB SUMMARY: 

If you are a college student and enjoy working with children, then this is the summer opportunity for you. Our Summer Education Interns will work in our fun and exciting children’s summer camps and participate in field trips, weekly meetings and presentations by experts from local not-for-profits. Eligible students are those who have completed at least one year of college. Experience working with children is a plus.

​Applications will be accepted between March 1 - April 10.

​ To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to mrodriguez@dallasarboretum.org or call 214 515 6542.