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.

Special Event Manager (Full Time) Click for More

The beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden located on the shores of White Rock Lake in east Dallas is one of the premium and popular sites for weddings, corporate meetings, and social events. The Special Event Manager will manage Arboretum rentals, including small wedding/ceremonies, small internal events, flower shows, garden club meetings, and small corporate events and assist with larger events as directed under overall supervision of Director of Sales and Special Events. Assure satisfactory execution of rental, including overseeing all aspects related to event coordinating and monitoring use and care of Arboretum property. Assure successful guest relations. Contribute to team effort.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include but are Not Limited to:

  • Promptly and courteously respond to incoming phone calls and return calls in a timely manner.
  • Work directly with client from inception of contract to event inceptions (and conclusion as needed) and courteously and promptly handle all aspects of rental coordination to assure customer satisfaction.
  • Responsible for independent rental management duties, i.e. prepare and execute contracts/event paperwork; clearly detail physical logistics with Facility department, entertainment, contact equipment rental vendors, caterers, florists, etc. for effective and smooth operations.
  • Supervise DABS’ staff as needed for event set-up/tear-down, assuring that the physical arrangement and equipment needs are according to plan and DABS’ property (tables, chairs, tablecloths, etc.) is in good and clean condition.
  • Provide instructions for security/parking staff as needed to assure appropriate access to property and appropriate vehicular access to the gardens; schedule volunteers as needed.
  • Professionally interact with guests/vendors/entertainers as needed and maintain unobtrusive availability to respond to any needs/problems that may occur during event.
  • Ensure that DABS' rules and regulations are followed throughout each event.
  • Respond timely and appropriately to any incidents and maintain appropriate documentation, such as first aid action, property damage, etc
  • Assure that Facilitator, when scheduled, has all needed information/documentation to successfully facilitate event with or without assistance; physically attend all major functions and remain during function if significant problems occur. Timely and accurately process paperwork and billings during and at conclusion of event.
  • Assist Director of Sales and Special Events with special request projects, such as end of month vendor contacts for timely receipt of relevant invoices, assisting with cold calling for corporate bookings, annual inventory of DABS’ linens, compliance requirements for tents, heaters, signage, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree desired
  • Three+ years hotel/event planning/execution experience highly desired
  • Good office skills; CAD experience helpful.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Physically tour clients on property via walking or golf cart and to positively engage client, staff and vendors for successful and safe event execution

Key Competencies:

  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment
  • Successfully oversee event from set up to conclusion of event

Salary: $35,000 to $39,000, plus great benefits

Please submit your resume to ​​

Facility Services Manager (Full Time) Click for More

Job Summary

Responsible for the prompt care and maintenance of the physical property (non-horticultural areas) including both homes, VEP, parking lots, restrooms (public and private) and all storage facilities. Directs and supervises work activity of janitorial staff and addresses routine repair and maintenance and preventative maintenance for the main garden. Primary focus is providing clean, neat, safe facilities/services to staff and the public. Perform basic maintenance functions. $40,000 starting salary.


  • High school education or equivalent; some college desired
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Three+ years in facility services preferred. Facilities supervisory experience preferred.
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Lift up to 30 pounds, climb ladders and stairs, walk, bend and stand for continuous periods of time in all weather conditions.
  • Drivers license.

Key Components

  • Good problem analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to independently assess and address janitorial and other facility needs to assure a safe and clean environment for guests and staff.
  • Self motivated; able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with staff throughout property to meet janitorial/basic repair and maintenance needs of physical property.
  • Ability to support Facility Managers throughout garden as need arises, and act as Manager on Duty (MOD) in absence of Facility Manager in a positive, professional manner.

Please submit resumes to ​​

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.

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.


  • 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).

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Gardener (Full Time) Click for More

GARDENER | $9.50/hour

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.


  • 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 ​

Gallery Facilitators – Teachers Aides (Part Time) Click for More

Excite and assist children and families in the various activities and exhibits in the new 8-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 position is a part-time, on-going position. $11/hour


  • 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.
  • Flexible work days between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; must be able to work Saturday and Sunday.

Please submit resumes to ​​

Temporary Positions Click for More

Talented individuals are needed to fill temporary positions during the fall and holiday festivals, from mid-September to potentially the end of the year.

Janitors/Housekeepers ($9/hour)

Clean restrooms and public areas; empty trash - must be able to bend/stoop and lift up to 50 lbs.

Ticket Booth Sales ($10/hour)

Smile while interacting with our guests; sell admission tickets; accurately handle sales; sit for extended periods of time, (ever day of the week, including weekends, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., with some night time hours).

Please apply in person Monday-Friday between 12 and 4 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road.

Criminal background checks will be conducted as well as credit checks for cash-handling positions.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm