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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.

Visitor Experience Associates

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (located near Chestnut Hill) is hiring Visitor Experience Associates to assist the many guests (over 130,000 a year!) who visit the garden.

Visitor Experience Associates greet visitors, handle admissions and parking, run the gift shop, answer questions, sell memberships, and assist guests wherever possible.

VE Associates are the face of Morris Arboretum and a vital part of the team, ensuring a memorable, positive experience for our guests. As such, VE Associates must be professional, reliable, friendly, and have exceptional customer service skills. They must also be comfortable working with computers, handling money, working outside, and standing for extended periods of time. Flexibility, working well under pressure, a sense of humor, and a strong sense of teamwork are also beneficial skills to have for this role.

This is a wonderful opportunity to support a world-renowned Arboretum, enjoy a flexible schedule, and work with amazing people.

This is a year-round, part-time (approximately 8-16 hour/week), paid position with variable hours, including weekdays, weekends and some holidays. Having your own transportation is helpful, as the Arboretum is not near public transportation.

Pay Rate: $11.25-12.25/hour

To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest or brief summary about why you are interested in and qualified for the position to: bdepaola@upenn.edu


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.


¡Explorar!
ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program at the Morris Arboretum

Summer 2021
The Morris Arboretum and ACLAMO Family Center are seeking educators to work in their summer enrichment program. Running Monday-Friday for 6 weeks (July 6 -Aug 13) from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, ¡Explorar! educators will lead hands-on STEM activities, nature walks and games, for English language learners ages 10-14.

This position requires creative thinking with an enthusiastic spirit, energy and strong leadership skills. This position requires being on your feet for up to 6 hours, with accommodation. Educators will be paired with a member of the ACLAMO staff and a counselor-in-training, leading a group of about 10 students.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Compensation: $18/hour. Additionally, educators will be paid for prep and reflection sessions, including 12 hours in late May, and weekly and daily sessions during the day after the program begins.

Application: Email your resume, cover letter, and three work related references to Liza Hawley, efhawley@upenn.edu using subject line: ACLAMO educator


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

The Arboretum’s paths are clear but due to icy conditions some features may be closed.

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.
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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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