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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 Supervisor (Part-Time)

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (in Chestnut Hill) has an opening for a part-time Visitor Experience Supervisor. Acting as the on-site manager, the Visitor Experience Supervisor oversees the front-line operation of the Arboretum, ensuring an exceptional guest experience for all visitors.

The Supervisor has four main areas of responsibility:

Customer Service.
The Supervisor takes an active role in ensuring that every visitor (over 135,000 annually!) has a wonderful experience and, when they don’t, steps in quickly to resolve issues in a friendly, pro-active manner. It is important for the Supervisor to be calm under pressure, comfortable interacting with diverse groups, and able to think on their feet.

Staff Oversight.
The Supervisor directly manages 3-12 part time Visitor Experience staff on a given day, ensuring that every staff member not only adheres to the Department’s policies but also rises to the Arboretum’s high standards of service and professionalism. The Supervisor models exceptional customer service and builds a strong working team through training, coaching, and mentoring. As a team leader, the Supervisor must be self-confident, comfortable addressing issues directly, professional, and willing to jump in where needed.

The Visitor Experience Department oversees admissions, parking, and the Shop/Visitor Center. This involves everything from addressing problems that arise and responding in emergencies to handling cash and making sure brochures are stocked. This requires strong attention to detail.

Rental Program Coordination.
Also under the Visitor Experience umbrella, the Arboretum has a robust rental business with which the Supervisor takes an active role – giving rental tours, answering initial inquires, following up with clients, and actively monitor rental event details. This requires the Supervisor to be not only customer-focused but also able to pitch the Arboretum while keeping its needs and limitations in mind.

Additional Requirements:

This is a year-round, part-time, paid position working a variable 16-24 hours (2-3 days) per week, including weekends and some holidays and evenings.

Hourly Rate: $15.50-16.25/hour

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to:

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:


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

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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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