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.

Water Feature Technician Assistant $10.00

Water Feature Technician Assistant

$10.00/hour Full Time


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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Horticulture Supervisor $17.00/hr

Horticulture Supervisor |$17.00/hr


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.


  • 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.


  • 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).

Send resume to: oestrada@dallasarboretum.org

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Gardener $10.00/hr

Gardener |$10.00/hr

Seeking experienced gardeners to perform general landscape maintenance and laboring duties in the gardens under the supervision of a crew leader or horticulturist. The gardener needs to be able to physically lift, bend and stoop repetitively to plant, weed, move plant material and use light duty power equipment. Some irrigation knowledge is helpful. Must be able to communicate effectively in English, work in a weekend rotation, interact with garden guests as appropriate and be able to work in extreme weather conditions. A minimum 3 years relevant experience is required.

Send resume to: oestrada@dallasarboretum.org

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Spring & Summer PR Internship

Public Relation Internships

The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public garden that promotes the art, enjoyment, and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Public Relations and Marketing team is looking for two part-time interns to help us achieve a number of goals this season and secure excellence in media relations and corporate communications as we promote our spring and summer programming.

Preferably, one intern will focus on PR outreach and marketing, while the other will focus on digital marketing and communications. Because we expect both interns to be flexible and help as needs arise, these positions are ideal opportunities for undergraduate students who want “on-the-ground” marketing and communications experience across a variety of media in a fast-paced, fun work environment.


  • Research/create media lists for travel writers & food/foodie writers, including from Cision
  • Organize and maintain press coverage archive
  • Serve as media liaison during Cool Thursdays Concerts (assist with radio station appearances, social photographers, tv crews, etc.)
  • Attend press/donor parties, and assist with media and photographer
  • Respond to information requests from media & community organizations
  • Proofread ads, newsletters and other collateral material
  • Help draft email, press release, and social media copy
  • Collect and analyze digital advertising analytics, including tracking mentions
  • Help upload and schedule web & social media content
  • Create and edit basic image macros and graphics
  • Serve alongside VP as a public representative for the Arboretum


  • Interest in publicity and promotions
  • Organized, detail-oriented, able to take an assignment and carry it through to completion
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office including PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Experience posting and tracking content on any/all of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest
  • Ability to work professionally with colleagues, reporters, leadership, senior donors, etc.
  • Mature and responsible
  • Able to take direction and complete assignments efficiently
  • Energetic

Time Frame & Compensation

The ideal candidate would be able to commit for the spring semester for a minimum of 15 hours a week. This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available if offered by your college or university.

Submit resume with a brief note explaining your qualifications and interest in the position to Jobs@dallasarboretum.org.

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Summer Education Internship

Summer Education Internship
May 30 – Aug 11, 2017

35 hours per week at $11 per hour.

If you are currently a college student and enjoy working with children, then this is the summer opportunity you have been waiting for. Our Summer Education Interns will work in our fun and exciting children’s summer camps. They will participate in field trips, weekly meetings and presentations by experts from local non-profit organizations. Eligible Students must have completed at least one year of college. Experience working with children is a plus. Applications accepted from March 1st- April 14th. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Marisol Rodriguez at mrodriguez@dallasarboretum.org or call 214- 515- 6542.

Indicate availability for onsite interview on cover letter.

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