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.


The Dallas Arboretum is seeking an experienced IT professional from the Dallas Metroplex for its Information Technology Department, with the position to start in January.

The Senior Director Information Technology is responsible for the creation and implementation of the IT strategy that supports the Arboretum’s strategic initiatives and delivery of daily IT operations with assistance from an expert volunteer group of local IT experts. The Senior Director will manage a team (including third-party vendors) that consists of a Director of Infrastructure, IT Network Administrator, and Database and Software Administration staff. Collectively, the Senior Director and his/her team will ensure the Arboretum’s overall technology components are properly maintained and evaluated for improvement opportunities. The overall technology components include the internal business applications used to support the Arboretum, the external customer facing applications (mobile, web, etc.), and the required infrastructure (servers, network equipment, telephone equipment, audio and visual equipment, etc.).

It is also critical that the Senior Director maintain and support the functionality and availability of the following primary systems while working with Arboretum stakeholders to continue to evaluate new and changing business requirements:

  • Property security systems, parking controls, and variable messaging signs
  • Technology within the exhibits in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
  • Technology within the Exploration Center
  • Technology and connectivity with the offsite Greenhouse
  • Audio and Visual production equipment in A Tasteful Place
  • Audio and Visual equipment located throughout the property for corporate rentals and use by staff
  • Online purchasing technology

The overarching responsibilities require the Senior Director to be a player-coach by directing the day-today operations and maintenance of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society technology solutions and identifying, planning, and implementing technology projects in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner by using collaboration, prioritization, delegation, and time management skills.


  • Deliver IT solutions and services that meet the ongoing technology needs of the Arboretum.
  • Ensure compliance of all internal policies and procedures as well as all legal regulations and guidelines as they pertain to the use of technology within the Arboretum
  • Conduct frequent risk assessments including penetration testing and PCI compliance / certification as required.
  • Work with third-party vendors and internal staff to maintain efficient operations to reduce/eliminate processing delays and ensure accuracy and timeliness of product needs.
  • Actively manage assignments / projects requiring a high level of expertise or experience and effectively delegate and manage activities for continuity of services.
  • Work with other Arboretum business units to ensure corporate IT disaster recovery plans/services and business continuity plans/services are in place, meet current demands, and are tested on a routine basis.
  • Ensure that service level agreements (SLAs) and operating level agreements (OLAs) are in place, properly managed, and in alignment with organization objectives and customer needs
  • Develop and manage the annual Information Technology operating and capital budgets
  • Develop and implement a 5 year strategic plan for IT that includes an asset inventory for replacement of end of life / end of support / patching of assets within budgetary constraints
  • Manage personnel to include determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, ensuring prompt response to on-call requirements, and initiating corrective/disciplinary actions as necessary
  • Establish, monitor and report on standardized processes and key operational metrics based upon ITIL to effectively manage the performance of the IT Operations organization. This includes availability and performance of applications and servers, service desk ticket management, hardware, life cycle management, etc.
  • Maintain knowledge of changes in technologies and make recommendations on new technologies, applications, hardware, etc. that will add value to the Arboretum.
  • Ensure help desk support is on call during weekends and on-site during festival weekends through dynamic scheduling modeling
  • Oversee and/or train, evaluate, and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in computer science or business information systems, and 10+ years of responsible IT experience
  • Demonstrated experience transforming IT teams and moving an organization toward a mature service delivery model
  • Proven IT management experience in a complex customer-facing eCommerce environment
  • Experience in public cloud environments as well as SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) environments.
  • Possess a working knowledge of architecture, application development, systems administration, network administration and storage administration
  • Leadership experience directing, leading and mentoring IT professionals
  • Demonstrated delivery orientation
  • Solid project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Extensive experience with enterprise monitoring and reporting tools
  • Strong knowledge of change management systems and methodologies
  • Demonstrates the business and financial acumen necessary to develop and present data-based ideas and solutions in a clear, concise, organized manner
  • Experience managing IP based networks, WAN technologies, virtual server technologies, cloud, DHCP/DNS, MS Office platforms, Storage Platforms
  • Knowledge of cellular delivery and wi-fi capabilities relevant to an indoor/outdoor large acreage property
  • Knowledge of point of sale systems, variable message signage systems, and automated parking control systems
  • Strong analytical capability and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with credit card processing and PCI compliance
  • Ability to partner with vendor, external contacts and industry standards organizations to deliver value-add technical and business solutions to the organization
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed and to sit for extended periods and to bend/lift/stoop and walk across the property repeatedly as needed.
  • Driver’s license to drive golf carts on property


  • Ability to work independently using competent judgement and decision making skills
  • Successful interface with staff, vendors and volunteers to achieve IT goals
  • Flexible, diplomatic, responsive and self-motivated.
  • Ability to motivate and to engage staff.
  • Organized with ability to multitask successfully; professional work ethic.

Relocation services are not available.

SUBMIT RESUMES WITH COVER LETTERS TO: rbillings@dallasarboretum.org

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The Dallas Arboretum is currently looking experience cashiers and ticket sales staff. Pay is $10/hour.

This is a great way to earn extra holiday income. The hours are either 5:00-8:30pm or 2:30-8:30pm Wednesday–Sunday through December 30. Accuracy and courtesy are essential. Criminal and credit checks will be conducted.

APPLY NOW for consideration. Submit resumes to mgomez@dallasarboretum.org

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JOB SUMMARY $11/hr Full Time

Perform various general landscape maintenance and labor duties in the gardens under the supervision of a Senior 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.


·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.


·High school education or equivalent desired.

·One year related experience desirable.

·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

·Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

·Driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles if necessary.



·Ability to follow instructions successfully


Submit resume to svasquez@dallasarboretum.org

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Plant Lab Educator

Plant Lab Educator | Part-time $15/hr

This individual is responsible for creating, teaching, and demonstrating Plant Labs related to educational topics in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (CG) at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monitors public program exhibits to assure the exhibits are ready the public usage. As part of the Public Programs department, the Lab Educator ensures a viable educational and an engaging guest experience. Contribute to team effort.


  • Research and create fun, new labs, subject for approval of the Public Programs Manager, Children’s Garden.
    • Change labs periodically throughout the year with a new lab every 6-8 weeks.
    • Prepare special labs for holidays and demonstration lab presentations for galleries.
    • Teach plant labs at the pre-scheduled times for guests.
    • Meet educational goals and conduct scientific presentations relevant to all age groups.
    • Maintain, document, and report Plant Lab attendance.
    • Coordinate and maintain multiple inventories including plant lab and public program supplies to assure sufficient and appropriate supplies are readily available; request needed supplies in a timely manner.

  • Create entertaining promotional and educational videos, specific to educational goals of the garden.
  • Maintain Public Program exhibits, including discovery carts, touch screens, soil boxes, decomposer bins, house plants, to ensure they are stocked and to assure a safe, educational experience for all guests.
  • Assist in galleries when additional facilitation is needed (operating discovery carts, exhibit activities)
  • Respond to any public incident according to the relevant guidelines to ensure safety and a successful visitor experience.


  • Background in science or science education is necessary.
  • Teaching certificates, or experience with upper elementary and middle school teaching/ instruction, is desirable.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; strong computer skills, including video editing and computer programming are desirable (including Adobe). W
  • alk/stand/bend and move about garden frequently to engage and to instruct the public.
  • Work flexible hours, including nights as needed. Saturdays and Sundays are required.


  • Strong in public interaction and engagement skills
  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to create and present educational topics/labs in a clear, entertaining and informative manner.
  • Work with limited supervision
  • Committed to excellent and engaging customer service

Submit resumes to kcarter@dallasarboretum.org.

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Public Programs Manager, Children’s Garden

The Arboretum is seeking a dynamic, energetic and creative individual for the direct oversight and execution of public programming in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (CG) to create a successful and educational visitor experience. Will be responsible for the creation of education content in the galleries and the Exploration Center Labs, Discovery Carts, etc. Will be expected to use approved methods for educational interpretation in order to make the garden exciting and to assure that every key area is staffed with a trained individual. Contribute to team effort.


  • Directly oversee the daily operations of the public programming in the Children’s garden to include program content development, activities, budget, expenses, planning and coordination of staff.
  • Review and update current programs and daily activities, as well as seasonal activities; suggest and create new programs as appropriate; interact with the Education Department for relevant content and application input.
    • Assure successful implementation of the daily and seasonal public educational activities, exhibits, Labs, carts, etc. to ensure public interest, enjoyment and engagement.
    • Teach/coach/train/supervise facilitators and other CG program staff and/or volunteers in the approved children’s program instructional methods/activities.
    • Appropriately place and oversee Gallery Facilitators in galleries, assuring every key area is staffed with a trained individual.
    • Maintain up-to-date training materials and assure that staff/volunteers are trained in the latest materials/practices.
    • Oversee Butterfly Gate Attendant for effective performance and engagement.

  • Prepare annual budget for approval and monitor expenses
    • Timely code and submit invoices for processing

  • Respond to public issues/inquiries in a professional manner and train public program staff for appropriate responses.
  • Evaluate and effectively manage/schedule personnel; complete required personnel documentation in a timely manner.


  • Degree in Children’s Education desirable and 2-3 years related experience in life and earth science; one year
  • supervisory experience desired
  • Excellent communication and training skills; good written communication skills.
  • Good computer skills – proficient in Microsoft Office products helpful
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to physically and repeatedly walk the garden for execution oversight in all weather conditions.


  • Manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy; professional work ethic.
  • Creativity and skill in developing educational programing for successful visitor engagement.
  • Successfully apply training/coaching method
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills; good independent judgment skills
  • Proactive versus reactive skills with positive problem solution skills
  • Positive guest relations/experiences driven

Submit resumes to: sjackson@dallasarboretum.org

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The Dallas Arboretum has an amazing Gift Store with unique and beautiful items and we are seeking a part time sales associate to be responsible for opening and closing gift store, running cash register and assisting customers. Sundays from 8:30am to 5:30pm and occasional Saturday’s. $12/hr


  • Tag inventory and assist volunteers with tagging.
  • Greet, interact with, and assist customers on the sales floor. Run all floor operations on days when Manager and Coordinator are off.
  • Run POS register as needed. Assist volunteers with register procedures and ensure a smooth flow of customers at the checkout areas.
  • Restock merchandise on the store floor as needed. Notify manager when stock is depleted.
  • Assist with taking of inventories through the year.
  • Oversee cleaning of the store by volunteers on a rotating basis.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Two years retail sales and Point of Sale system experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and good written communication skills; ability to interact with public and with volunteers in a prompt, courteous and clear manner.
  • Basic computer skills (working knowledge of MS platform) and ability to learn Point of Sale system.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods; bend, lift, stoop to retrieve stock and stock floor.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.


  • Dependable; work independently.
  • Ability to oversee sales floor and volunteer support staff successfully,
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks through use of effective communication skills and time- management skills; professional work ethic.

Criminal and credit checks will be conducted.

Submit resume to mgomez@dallasarboretum.org

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Assistant Security Manager- Full Time

Assistant Security Manager- Full Time

Reporting to the Security Services Manager, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society’s (DABS) Assistant Security Manager will manage and monitor security needs of the Arboretum during evenings and weekends with key staff to provide for the Arboretum’s unique security needs as a positive interface with the public. Interact with and support Public and Private Event staff related to operational needs. Basic schedule is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 2p to 10pm and Saturday/Sunday 10a-6p, but must be available to be flexible as needed.


  • Assist with overall public and staff security for the garden, to include other properties (such as across Garland Road from the Arboretum) managed by DABS:
    • Assure enforcement of rules and regulations according to established garden and safety guidelines, and garden etiquette for staff, clients, and the public.
    • Perform routine garden/property/parking lot patrol to identify problem areas or potential issues
    • as well as to observe successful security personnel performance.
    • Monitor and respond to incident reports concerning damage or safety concerns to person or
    • property; prepare daily reports identifying issues and corrective actions taken.
    • Assist with maintenance of a database of security/safety issues.

  • Act as a liaison to all departments during public and private events and nighttime garden activities which could include but not be limited to working with facilities and event staff to assist with operational needs:
    • Monitor property during public events for cleanliness of restrooms, property (trash receptacles), and take appropriate action.
    • Respond according to guidelines related to serious weather conditions.
    • Address or assist with any emergency repair issues that occur during evening public or private events; prepare daily reports identifying problems and corrective actions taken

  • Act as “Manager on Duty” to oversee and/or manage security personnel (staff and/or contractual) as well as Dallas Police Officers during evening events and on weekends with high focus on maintaining positive relations with assigned Dallas Police Department
  • Monitor the activity of all security systems [evenings and weekends], including cameras, gate and building accesses. Promptly report any issues or concerns.
  • Work closely with Security Services Manager in establishing, monitoring and enforcing DABS’ security and safety guidelines and compliance with related city or state codes.


  • Bachelor's degree in an area of study relevant to this position and at least 3 - 5 years of general experience in the field or in a related area desired.
  • Minimum three years’ policy or high level security experience or police officer experience; minimum one year successful organizational and supervisory experience; basic computer skills
  • Proven ability to deal effectively with the public in emergency situations and to apply these practices to a private organization; strategic orientation with ability to act tactically as required.
  • State Security Officer Certification, Certified Protection Professional [CCP] or Police Officer designation preferred.
  • Able to interact at all levels of the organization and sensitive to divisional organizational management issues.
  • Ability to physically patrol (walk, run, climb) property in all weather conditions as necessary in regard to security and general operational oversight and to respond to situations in a timely, professional and appropriate manner as required
  • Ability to work nights and weekends, including during major festival weekends as requested
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles


  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and sensitivity.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Flexible, responsive.

Submit resume to: Jarmstrong@dallasarboretum.org and mdavis@dallasarboretum.org

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