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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.

Special Event Manager (Full Time) Click for More

SUMMARY

The Dallas Arboretum is one of the most beautiful venues for wedding/ceremonies, flower shows, garden club meetings, receptions, and corporate events. Use your exceptional skills and expertise to work closely with clients to assure successful event execution and excellent client service. $40k/year.

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.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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
  • Physically tour clients on property via walking or golf cart and to positively engage client, staff and vendors for successful and safe event execution
  • Physically oversee event from set up to conclusion of event
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles


KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment
  • Engaging and able to work with client and vendors for successful execution of event
  • Ability to meet customer satisfaction with appropriate compliance with Arboretum rules and regulations


Submit resume to jobs@dallasarboretum.org

Program Teacher (Part Time) Click for More

JOB SUMMARY

A staff educator will teach, coordinate and assist in the refinement of existing educational programming and the development of new programming for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden under the direction and approval of the Director of Children’s Programs. The educator will successfully coordinate and conduct classes with school groups and contribute to team effort. $16/hour.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • As assigned, develop, modify and teach education programs both at the Arboretum and at partner sites
  • Assist in the development of new programming as needed
  • Promote and facilitate Arboretum field trips, outreach programs and after school programs, to include check-ins and bus parking
  • Assist Program Specialist in the selection and development of materials and supplies related to programs assigned to teach and/or manage
  • Assist Program Specialist in writing curriculum as requested
  • Maintain attendance, ethnicity and testing records for programs taught and/or managed. Report numbers and results in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Train and supervise volunteers assisting with educational programs for which he/she is responsible as needed
  • Distribute and process program evaluations for all applicable programs; review and discuss with supervisor modifications for improvement
  • Maintain expenses within the budget throughout the year, obtaining necessary approvals for any purchases
  • Assist in developing and implementing educational activities for major events at the Arboretum as needed
  • Develop, modify, supervise and teach spring and summer camps as assigned


SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences
  • Two years teaching experience in formal classroom and/or informal science institution
  • Proficiency in use of computer software
  • Clear written and oral communication of science literacy
  • Work flexible hours, including nights/weekends and school holidays as needed
  • Punctually and physically coordinate, set up, train and/or conduct workshops/classes on Dallas Arboretum property or at offsite locations


KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment
  • Enthusiasm, energy and practical knowledge of best teaching practices


Submit resume to cmorrison@dallasarboretum.org

Teacher Facilitator (Gallery Facilitator) Click for More

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. $11/Hr Part time March - December.


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

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

Capital Campaign Director (Full Time) Click for More

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.

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

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.