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The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9am-5pm.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The Dallas Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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, driving checks, as well as physicals/drug screens and credit checks for certain positions.

Please visit DABSJOBSAPPLY for more information about any position and to apply.

Printable Application:

Feel free to download our general Application for Employment, print and fill it out, and bring it with you to apply in person.

Electronic Application:

Horticulture Supervisor – Full Time, $17/hr

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.

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 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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 desired.  May accept Associate’s Degree and/or three years related experience.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; basic computer skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including nights, weekends and Holidays.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and work in all weather conditions
  • Texas driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to effectively organize work flow for timely completion and efficiency and use of effective organizational and time-management skills.
  • Effectively oversee crew for task completion and to manage multiple tasks successfully.
  • Work independently following accepted horticulture and Arboretum practices for plant care and maintenance while maintaining budget controls.
  • Great eye for detail to assure manicured displays and seasonal plantings.
  • Positive cooperation with staff in group projects; maintain professional work ethic.

Submit resume to: mproska@dallasarboretum.org

Gardener / Landscaping Staff – Full Time, $11/hr

Perform various general landscape maintenance and labor duties in the gardens under supervision. Physically perform garden labor, including operation of loud equipment and transporting work materials/equipment in all weather conditions. Contribute to team effort.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Perform routine maintenance of assigned garden area according to set standards and safety guidelines in the areas of:
    • Mowing
    • Weeding
    • Trimming
    • Planting
    • Raking
    • Fertilizing
    • Pruning
    • Mulching
  • Safely operate and be accountable for routine maintenance of landscape maintenance equipment i.e. push mowers, backpack blowers, rototiller, tractor, edgers, gas hedge shears, utility truck, etc.
    • Assure all equipment, tools, etc. are not left out in the garden when not in use and are cleaned and properly stored at the end of the work day.
  • Assist supervisor with monitoring irrigation system and pump systems (where applicable) and report malfunctions.
  • Assist with special projects as required.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Six months to one year related experience desirable.
  • Basic communication skills, bilingual a plus.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs; walk/stand/stoop/bend frequently and repeatedly in the garden in all weather conditions.
  • Driver’s license required to operate garden vehicles if necessary.

Submit resume to: mproska@dallasarboretum.org or call 214.515.6585 for more information

Water Features Technician – Full Time, $16/hr

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.   

ESSENTIAL 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 following 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Feed fish according to industry standards. Maintain pH, chlorine, nitrate, and other necessary levels to sustain aquatic life and apply chemicals as needed.
  • 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. 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.
  • Assist with Horticulture maintenance projects, special event set-ups, and other related departmental activities as needed.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • City of Dallas Manager of Pool Operations certificate, or ability to successfully obtain and maintain certificate, according to city standards in a timely manner.
  • One year experience in pool and/or water feature maintenance; ability to read and understand maintenance user manuals, blueprints, and other written related documents
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; basic computer skills (working knowledge of MS Office, etc.) preferred.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, with minimal supervision, and efficiently complete assigned tasks in a timely manner following written maintenance standards. .
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Commitment to safety and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations
  • Work cooperatively and cohesively with garden supervisors to meet deadlines

Submit resume to: mproska@dallasarboretum.org 

Corporate Sales Associate – Full Time, Great Benefits $22/hr

JOB SUMMARY

Timely responds to inquiries and secures rental bookings via telephone, on site tours or at businesses, for corporate, social and convention business.  Actively participate in developing a yearly corporate sales plan with the Senior Director to achieve the corporate revenue sales goal. Coordinate and conduct tours of property and to solicit business and meet revenue goals.   Super position for someone with a great communication skills and phone personality, goal driven.

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.
  • Secure corporate, convention and social rental bookings; accurately complete initial contract paperwork and collect deposits
  • Secure Site Inspections weekly for tours of the venue.
  • Refer booking to appropriate Sales and Special events staff person for follow up and execution of event.
  • Maintain desired level of successful phone contacts per day
  • Assure established call logs are completed and maintained for future referrals.
  • Actively solicit new business, as well as repeat business, with time lines for target marketing of cold calls via phone and email.
  • Research, solicit and develop relationships with corporate and other social contacts to promote the Arboretum for banquets, conferences, employee group events, receptions, etc.
  • Develop attractive meeting venues/packages for approval to promote to corporate clients.
  • Maintain current, updated supply of brochures for departmental use.
  • Frequently interact with Convention Bureau for upcoming conventions and actively solicit convention contacts to promote the Arboretum for spousal tours, participant excursions/dinners/receptions, etc.  
  • Prepare and execute corporate sales plan to increase corporate revenue.
  • Distribute materials in a timely manner to appropriate corporation/convention contact and follow up to secure rental.
  • Maintain active database of corporate and convention contacts, future interest, etc. and diligently work the database to secure current or future rentals.
  • Accurately maintain and monitor Master Calendar with Rental Office Coordinator on a daily basis to avoid double booking or inappropriate booking of facilities/grounds.
  • Assist Special Event Managers as needed.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Marketing, and Public Relations preferred.
  • One + years successful sales experience highly desired; hotel/restaurant/catering industry desired.
  • Experience writing proposals, contracts, and building presentations in PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal skills and good written/grammatical communication skills. 
  • Good computer skills (great proficiency in MS platform and specific computer software as needed).
  • Ability to sit for extended periods and perform data entry/telephone or office functions, physically tour clients on property, physically drive to corporations or other locations as needed.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights/weekends as needed.
  • Driver’s license to drive garden vehicles and to drive off site.

Submit resume to: mgutierrez@dallasarboretum.org

Public Relations & Digital Marketing Intern – Part time, unpaid

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 a part-time intern to help us achieve a number of goals this season and secure excellence in media relations and digital marketing as we promote our Spring Dallas Blooms Festival.

Depending on skills and interests, interns may assist with PR outreach and marketing, inbound digital marketing and communications campaigns (email, social media), analytics, and/or writing. This makes the position an ideal opportunity for undergraduate students who want hands-on marketing and communications experience.

Projects

  • Organize and maintain press coverage archive
  • Serve as media liaison during Cool Thursdays Concerts (assist with radio station appearances, social photographers, tv crews, etc.)
  • Respond to information requests from media & community organizations
  • Proofread ads, newsletters and other collateral material
  • Help draft email, press releases, and social media copy
  • Help upload and schedule web & social media content
  • Create basic graphics for social media
  • Pull together analytics data and assist in the creation of reports

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Basic Adobe Creative Suite knowledge is a plus
  • Ability to work professionally with colleagues, reporters, leadership, senior donors, etc.
  • Able to take direction and complete assignments efficiently, and meet deadlines

Time Frame & Compensation

The ideal candidate would be able to commit for the spring semester (February 10 through April 27) 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 aleo@dallasarboretum.org.

Interested in Applying?

Please download this application for employment form and include it in your email to apply to any of the jobs above.