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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.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

(Up to 24 hours per week, determined by workload and seasonality)

Resumes should be sent to info@morrisarboretum.org with the subject line: Digital Marketing Position


Seasonal Greenhouse Waterer and Worker

Part-time including some weekends and holidays

The Morris Arboretum is looking for industrious, part-time seasonal workers to assist watering the Greenhous, Fernery, and helping with related tasks. When Greenhouse work is not needed, this position will also have the opportunity to assist in a variety of horticultural tasks in various areas in the Arboretum, 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.

This is a 20-29 hour per week position. Weekend work hours are dependent on season and weather. This position is not eligible for Penn benefits, except to the extent required by applicable law. This position requires training followed by independent work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Qualifications/Requirements

Date Available: Beginning May-June 2021
Compensation: $12.25/hour
How to Apply: Please complete the University of Pennsylvania’s Application for Temporary Employment and email to Shelley Dillard rdillard@upenn.edu


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


Event Supervisor

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Chestnut Hill, is looking for an Event/Wedding Supervisor to be the on-site manager during evening events (mostly weddings) during the 2021 season.

The Supervisor has three main areas of responsibility: customer service, operations, and vendor/client supervision.

Customer Service

The Event Supervisor ensures that the rental client’s needs are met throughout the evening and, whenever possible, goes above and beyond to ensure that they have a wonderful experience at the Arboretum. From time to time, weddings can be stress-inducing for those involved. That’s why it is important for our Supervisors to be calm under pressure, professional, able to think on their feet, and maintain a sense of humor.

Operations

Operationally, the Event Supervisor is on-site to make sure that the lights stay on and paper products are fully stocked. The Supervisor handles any and all issues with the facility that may arise during the event. At the end of the night, the Supervisor locks up and ensures that the Arboretum is closed. Because the Supervisor is the only Arboretum staffer on-site during evening events, he/she must be reliable, independent, and have a strong attention to detail.

Vendor/Client Supervision

As the manager on-site, the Event/Wedding Supervisor ensures that the rental client and all third party vendors adhere to the Arboretum’s policies and procedures at all times, including clean-up and noise level requirements. As such, Supervisors must be self-confident and comfortable addressing issues directly.

This is a part-time, paid position with hours from 3:00PM-12:00AM (sometimes earlier or later end time, depending on event clean-up) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays April through October. Supervisors can expect to work 3-5 events per month, so should have good weekend availability (available 7-10 weekend days per month). As the pandemic unfolds, the number of events will likely be less April through June.

Compensation:

$25 per hour

How 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: dormanc@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


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 Erin Conley: econley1@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.


Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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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.

  • Guests are to wear face coverings outdoors when in a more crowded/densely populated area where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Face coverings must always be worn indoors.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, Fernery, Log Cabin and The Shop are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
Reserve Tickets

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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