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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.

​Weekend Operations Supervisor (Full Time) Click for More

Weekend Operations Supervisor - $42,000 Annual

Schedule is Thurs - Monday


JOB SUMMARY:

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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • 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.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 jglasscock@dallasarboretum.org

Horticulture Supervisor (Full Time) Click for More

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. 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays with rotating weekends. $17/hour.


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 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.


SKILLS/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​

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.

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 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.
  • Contribute to team effort.
  • Assist with Horticulture maintenance projects, special event set-ups, and other related departmental activities as needed.

SKILLS/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 a resume to oestrada@dallasarboretum.org

Irrigation Assistant Click for More

Irrigation Assistant

The Dallas Arboretum is seeking an Irrigation Assistant responsible for assisting the Irrigation Technician in irrigation system maintenance. The Irrigation Assistant will perform scheduled maintenance and make repairs to irrigation systems, pipes and irrigation heads as needed, report any malfunctions, assist in maintaining daily log of tasks, update paperwork for monitoring project status, and assist in overseeing contractors for irrigation and pump repairs as directed. Working knowledge of basic electricity and hydraulics related to an irrigation system, including 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 are necessary. 


The assistant needs to be able to lift up to 50 lbs, repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in all weather conditions Must be able to communicate effectively and work flexible hours and interact with garden guests as appropriate. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions. One year related irrigation maintenance and installation experience; knowledge of pump systems and other water features desirable. Starting pay $10.00 an hour plus uniforms and benefits.

Capital Campaign Director (Full Time) Click for More

Capital Campaign Director (Full Time)

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

Sales Click for More

The beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, located on the shores of White Rock Lake in east Dallas, is seeking an experienced sales professional with personality ++ and relationship building skills to contact a prequalified list of donors to ask for greater involvement in the Arboretum.

Must be articulate with good computer and database skills and be able to schedule and meet individually with prospects, conduct tours of the property, and compellingly present opportunities for increasing their commitment to the Arboretum.

Demonstrated successful outside sale experience is required. The position can be full time or part time at twenty five hours a week.

Pay is commensurate with experience.

Submit resume NOW to jobs@dallasarboretum.org

Gardener Click for More

GARDENER | $10.00/hour 


JOB SUMMARY

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.


SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 oestrada@dallasarboretum.org

Greenhouse Supervisor Click for More

GREENHOUSE SUPERVISOR

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for performing all day-to-day greenhouse operations as directed by Greenhouse Manager and as adjunct member of Plant Research area staff. Contribute to team effort.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Under the management of the Greenhouse Manager, physically perform all aspects of propagation and growing, including seed and vegetative, as well as documentation of all plant material propagated and accurate labeling
  • Under the management of the Greenhouse Manager implement the fertilization schedules and prepare documentation
  • Record keeping and inventory of all garden material
  • Assist Research Manager with laying out plants and planting in the trial garden
  • Perform various maintenance duties at the greenhouse per the weekly list
  • Provide assistance and manage greenhouse volunteers
  • Secure all equipment at the end of the day and notifying supervisor of any supply needs
  • Pull and load material to be delivered to DABS
  • Work on special projects for large garden displays
  • Ability to drive a box truck to multiple locations for work duties
  • Ability to install, maintain, and repair drip irrigation
  • Application and record keeping of pesticides

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to apply pesticides and chemicals with training provided; obtain and maintain Texas pesticide license.
  • Lifting of up to 50 pounds and 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 work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Driver’s license to operate garden vehicles
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture or equivalent greenhouse experience preferred

Custodian Click for More

CUSTODIAN $9/HR 

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.