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.

Education Office Assistant

Begins August 5, 2019

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia seeks an Education Office Assistant. This person will work in the Continuing Education department which offers over 150 fee-based classes, lectures, workshops and trips each year to the local community as well as professional classes and conferences for arborists and landscape architects.



The successful candidate will work in a team environment, be able to work independently, and be accountable, creative, organized and a good written and verbal communicator. Demonstrated experience with formal or informal education programing is required. Able to quickly learn online payment and tracking systems. This position will work two days a week year-round. A background check is required of the successful candidate.

To Apply: Submit the completed application along with your resume and cover letter to

ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program at the Morris Arboretum
Summer 2019

The Morris Arboretum and ACLAMO Family Center are seeking educators to work in their summer enrichment program. Running Monday-Friday for 6 weeks (July 1-Aug 9, except July 4) from 8:00 to 2:00, ¡Explorar! educators will lead hands-on STEM activities, engaging crafts, games, and nature walks for English language learners ages 10-14.

This position requires 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.


Compensation: $17/hour. Additionally, educators will be paid for prep and reflection sessions, including 4 required evenings prior to the program 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, using subject line: ACLAMO educator

Seasonal Gardener - Part Time

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.

Description: 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


Date Available: Beginning March 2019

Compensation: $12/hour

How to Apply: Please complete the University of Pennsylvania’s Application for Temporary Employment and email to

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)

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

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