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Employment at Morris Arboretum

Employment Opportunites

Employment Application

Please download a PDF of the Official Penn Employment Application here.
Complete the form and submit along with any other required materials, as per the individual job listings below.

Assistant Camp Counselor

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking Assistant Camp Counselors for our vibrant full-day Summer Adventure Camp. Our campers are between the ages of 4-11 years old and will be divided into groups of 15 based on age. Campers will spend the majority of their time outdoors in our beautiful arboretum setting, and counselors should have an interest in both teaching and environmental science. The assistant camp counselors will work with lead counselors and help with lessons, crafts, hikes, hands-on activities, and any other duties as assigned. All camp counselors must be dependable and must be comfortable working outdoors with children.

*We are looking for assistant counselors to commit to working 6 weeks from July 5th, 2021 through August 13th, 2021. Camp hours are from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Qualifications/Requirements:

*The University of Pennsylvania requires that all summer employees, regardless of age, agree to submit a fingerprinting, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record check, and Child Abuse clearance through the University’s Hire Right system.

Compensation:

$10.00 per hour

How to apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and references to Ilana Grubin, igrubin@upenn.edu.


Lead Camp Counselor

The Morris Arboretum of The University of Pennsylvania is seeking Lead Camp Counselors for our vibrant full-day Summer Adventure Camp. Our campers are between the ages of 4-11 years old and will be divided into groups of 15 based on age. Counselors will work collaboratively with a team of education professionals at the Arboretum. Adventure Camp Counselors engage with youth in hands-on activities, hiking expeditions, science lessons, crafts, and games. This position requires a highly dependable and creative nature lover with strong leadership skills, who enjoys being outside.

Our camp runs for six weeks from July 5th - August 13th, 2021 from 9am-3pm, with counselors expected to be present from 8:30am-3:30pm each day. Lead counselors will be paid for 38 hours a week (35 hours at camp, plus 3 hours each week for prep time). Many of our returning counselors are experienced teachers who work in local school districts during the year.

Qualifications/Requirements:

*The University of Pennsylvania requires that all summer employees, regardless of age, agree to submit a fingerprinting, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record check, and Child Abuse clearance through the University’s Hire Right system.

Compensation:

$15.00 per hour

How to apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and references to Ilana Grubin, igrubin@upenn.edu.


The Associate Director of Outreach Arboriculture

The Associate Director of Outreach Arboriculture is responsible for providing technical assistance and education services in arboriculture, urban forestry, horticulture and land management to organizations, institutions, municipalities and their partners within the state and region. Meets or exceeds annual benchmarks for education and earned revenue outcomes. Frequently works in collaboration with other specialists in landscape architecture, architecture, land planning, land management and engineering. May supervise others as assigned on a project basis. Provides/coordinates delivery of professional and popular classes and workshops in arboricultural theory and practice. Publishes professional and popular arboriculture articles/social media. Reports to the Associate Director of Urban Forestry. Position continuation contingent on funding through earned revenue.

A Bachelor’s Degree is required and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Three years professional arboricultural experience is required. Demonstrated project team performance and commitment to stewardship. Demonstrated proficiency in PC software such as CAD, GIS and Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Power point). ISA certification required, Board Certified Master Arborist certification desired. Demonstrated excellence in written verbal communication, technology transfer, customer service and business skills. Supervisory and consulting experience desired. Must have valid driver’s license and use their own vehicle for consulting and other assignments (will be reimbursed for travel expenses).

Apply through jobs@penn.


Urban Forestry Consultant

The Urban Forestry Consultant is a a part-time staff position working up to 1250 hours per year under direction of the Morris Arboretum Associate Director of Urban Forestry. The Urban Forestry Consultant supports Morris Arboretum Urban Forestry program consulting and education activities and key assignments with Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services.

Learn more and apply through jobs@penn.


Seasonal Gardener - Part Time

Description: The Morris Arboretum is looking for industrious, part-time seasonal gardeners to assist with a broad range of garden maintenance tasks. Seasonal gardeners will have the opportunity to assist in a variety of horticultural landscapes from the Rose Garden to the Natural Lands. This position frequently requires the expenditure of physical labor and the use of motorized equipment and other tools. Duties/Responsibilities include trimming, mowing, weeding, watering, planting, pruning, and weed control. This is a 20-29 hour per week position that operates within the standard workweek (Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:00PM). The exact schedule can be somewhat flexible. Seasonal Gardeners are not eligible for Penn benefits, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Duties and Responsibilities

Qualifications/Requirements

Date Available: Beginning April 2020

Compensation: $12.25/hour

How to Apply: Please complete the University of Pennsylvania’s Application for Temporary Employment and email to vincen20@upenn.edu


Part-time Maintenance Helper

Description: The Morris Arboretum, located in the northwest corner of Philadelphia, just outside of Chestnut Hill, is in need of part-time help in our facilities department. The assignment includes general maintenance work. The incumbent will be mechanically inclined and have familiarity with HVAC, plumbing, and carpentry systems. For this position you must be physically able lift 60 pounds on a consistent basis, climb small ladders and be able to dig holes. This position also is the main helper to our maintenance mechanic.

Hours: This opening is Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 11:30am. Only responsible, mature, self-starting individuals should apply. Under no circumstances will this position work more than 1,000 hours in a given year, and no more than 28 hours in a given week.

To Apply: Interested parties should send resume to Tom Wilson, Morris Arboretum 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118 or email to wilsonth(at)upenn.edu.


Part-time Custodial and Event Support Staff

Description: The Morris Arboretum, located in the northwest corner of Philadelphia, just outside of Chestnut Hill, is in need of part-time help in our facilities department. The assignment includes custodial work, events support, cleaning of water features throughout the garden, customer service to our visitors and members, and responsibilities for security and safety.

Hours: This opening is primarily for weekends and some weeknights. Only responsible, mature, self-starting individuals who can work up to nine hours on Saturdays and Sundays should apply. Under no circumstances will this position work more than 1,000 hours in a given year, and no more than 28 hours in a given week.

To Apply: Interested parties should send resume to Tom Wilson, Morris Arboretum 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118 or email to wilsonth(at)upenn.edu.

Thank you for your interest in Employment at Morris Arboretum. We currently do not have any openings.


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Alerts & Updates

Due to the inclement weather today, Thursday, December 31st, the Holiday Garden Railway trains are not running.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to be open! We have instituted new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Café are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Library passes are not accepted at this time.
Reserve Tickets Now

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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