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.

Custodian Click for More


Great full time opportunity at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum. Clean and stock public and staff restrooms, food service areas, and collect trash from offices.

Good benefits, vacation/sick pay, holidays, insurance and uniforms provided.

Must be able to walk repeatedly across work zone area and bend/reach and lift up to 30 lbs.

Apply NOW at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, between 9am to 4pm.

Trials Supervisor Click for More


Responsible for day to day maintenance of research/trials gardens under the direction of the Trials Manager. Contribute to team effort.


  • Physically perform general landscape maintenance including layout, planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, spraying, doing minor irrigation repairs, pruning, pest control, and trimming, according to written maintenance and safety standards.
  • Supervise garden crew, volunteers, and interns assigned to area. Contribute to team effort.
  • Perform data collection including: rating, mapping, labeling, and photographs
  • Under the direction of the Trials Manager implement fertilization schedules and prepare documentation.
  • Train, evaluate, and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for securing all equipment at the end of the day and notifying supervisor of any supply needs
  • Handle weekly maintenance of interior plants; reports status to the Trials Manager
  • Responsible for unloading trucks, inventory, upkeep, and watering of garden material
  • Work on special projects for large garden displays
  • Assist Greenhouse Manager with specific propagation tasks at the greenhouse location
  • Ability to drive to multiple locations for work duties
  • Ability to install, maintain, and repair drip irrigation


  • Good verbal and written communication skills; basic computer skills (working knowledge of Excel, MS Word, Outlook, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Ability to apply pesticides and chemicals with training provided
  • Prior research or trialing experience and good photography skills preferred.
  • Texas driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles.

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture or related field (may accept Associate’s Degree and three years related experience).

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.


  • 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 ​

    Weekend Operations Supervisor Click for More

    Work Schedule is Thursday to Monday: Salary is $42,000 Annual


    Responsible for oversight of the daily care and maintenance of the physical property (main garden) under limited direction of the Facility Services Manager-Main Garden. Oversee custodial staff as assigned and assure that custodial/general maintenance needs are monitorial and maintained property. Monitor budgetary expenses for appropriate supply needs and invoice payment authorizations.


    • Directly oversee weekend main garden operations and custodial staff, as well as during weekdays as assigned.
    • Daily walk through buildings and property: morning, afternoon and at close:
      • Unlock buildings and houses, turn off alarms.
      • Make note of areas that need attention or restocking.
      • Maintain great attention to cleanliness, signage, structural damage or needed repairs
      • Promptly report any safety concerns or repairs that may need immediate attention.
      • Monitor and maintain Facility Service equipment in proper working order
      • Report and schedule significant repairs after approval from Manager; make minor repairs as needed
    • Oversee and monitor custodial staff for timely cleaning and project assignment completion on weekends and during weekdays as assigned.
      • Assure janitorial supplies are always available and restock as necessary
      • Oversee special projects, such as window cleaning, banquet chair cleaning/repair, carpet cleaning, painting, etc. to maximize productivity and minimize disruption to the public/DABS’ daily operations as directed.
    • Respond to emergency situations, i.e. weather, power outages, plumbing or electrical issues in an appropriate and timely manner; repair/resolve minor problems..
      • Enforce public rules and regulations according to established guidelines and garden etiquette for both staff and the public. Promptly and appropriately address public needs/emergencies.
      • Prepare a weekend report of significant activity for review and appropriate follow up.
    • Oversee Set Up Crew activity on weekends and trouble shoot as necessary.
    • Conduct weekly safety meetings
      • Assure that Facility staff are trained upon hire and periodically as needed
      • Document training and retrain as needed
    • Train, evaluate and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner.


    • Some College desirable
    • Good written and oral communications; basic computer skills
    • 3-5 years transferable custodial/general repair experience; 1 year supervisory experience preferred.
    • Proficient in workplace safety measures
    • Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including weekends and evenings.
    • Ability to lift 30# and to physically and repeatedly walk the property for janitorial/equipment oversight and support in all weather conditions.
    • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles.
    • Background experience in basic mechanical, plumbing, and electrical repair preferred.

    Key Competencies:

    • Good eye for detail
    • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy; professional work ethic.
    • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment skills.
    • Effective and positive leadership skills; work with limited supervision.
    • Proactive versus reactive skills with positive problem solutions.
    • Tenacious, organized, and customer service driven.

    Submit Resume NOW to ​

    Gardener Click for More

    Gardener - $10.00 /hr


    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.


    • 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.


    • 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

    Friends Manager Click for More

    Friends Manager - Salary: $55,00/yr


    The primary responsibility is to raise funds through individual contributions for the Dallas Arboretum. Identify and cultivate prospective individuals for Friends and Caroline Rose Hunt memberships. In addition, identify and cultivate current members for renewals and upgrades. Build and maintain relationships with donors and donor prospects, and provide stewardship to current donors. Meet or exceed financial revenue and call goals. Contributes to team effort.


    • Meet or exceed weekly contact goals as set by the Director of Development, including personal calls and in-person meetings with donors and donor prospects; meet monthly goal, and meet or exceed annual Friends fundraising goal.
    • Organize and promote the cultivation of donors/prospects to the Friends donor level; build donor relationships and provide service and information to donors
    • Upon receiving a gift or commitment, manage all aspects of the donor’s relationship and stewardship including serving as the donor’s liaison to the Arboretum and gift follow-up and acknowledgement.
    • Manage additional donor/prospect relationships and work additional leads as assigned by the Director of Development.
    • Generate leads by researching individual prospects and through referrals.
    • Recruit Friends Committee members, plan and facilitate meetings for the Friends Committee; manage committee’s efforts to identify, cultivate and solicit Friends prospects.
    • Track all donor/prospect contact and information in the donor database
    • Update a plan to meet goals on a weekly basis.
    • Work in a team setting with fund raising staff and coordinate contacts with other Sales team members.
    • Plan, implement and assist with special donor events as deemed necessary.


    • Three years prior fundraising, successful marketing or non-profit donor relation experience.
    • College degree or related experience.
    • Ability to sit for extended periods and to conduct property tours and attend relevant offsite functions/events.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills using correct grammatical and professional writing techniques; relationship building skills
    • Good computer skills (proficient in Excel, MS Office, Outlook etc.)
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective communication skills and time- management skills; professional work ethic and attire.
    • Ability to work independently as well as with a team
    • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends/evenings as needed.

    Submit application or resume to ​