Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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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.

Educator - ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program

Summer 2018

The Morris Arboretum and ACLAMO Family Center are seeking educators to work in their summer enrichment program. Running Monday-Friday for 6 weeks (July 2-Aug 10, except July 4) from 9:00 to 2:00, ¡Explorar! educators will lead hands-on STEM activities, engaging crafts, games, and nature walks for English language learners ages 10-14.

These positions require creative thinking with an enthusiastic spirit, energy and strong leadership skills. Educators will be paired with a member of the ACLAMO staff and a counselor-in-training leading a group of 15 students.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Compensation: $17/hour. Additionally, educators will be paid for prep and reflection sessions, including 4 required evenings prior to the program (March, April, May, June), and weekly and daily sessions during the day after the program begins.

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

Valid PA child abuse history clearance, fingerprinting, and Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check is required.


Seasonal Gardener - Part Time

The Morris Arboretum is looking for industrious, part-time seasonal gardeners to assist with a broad range of garden maintenance tasks. 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 March 2018

Compensation: $11.75/hour

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


Visitor Experience Staff

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

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

VE Staff are the face of the Morris Arboretum and a vital part of the team, ensuring a memorable, positive experience for our guests. As such, VE Staff 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: $10.50-11.50/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: dormanc(at)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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Volunteers Needed:

Guest Garden Writers

Are you an avid gardener, nature enthusiast, or horticultural professional looking to share your expertise? We are currently seeking volunteer guest contributors to write for the Morris Arboretum Blog. Journalism/editorial writing experience a plus, but not required.

For more information please contact the Marketing Department at info@morrisarboretum.org


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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is closed today, February 7th, due to inclement weather.

Out on a Limb will be closed February 5th to February 9th for maintenance.

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

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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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