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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.

Event Supervisor (Part-Time)

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is looking for Event/Wedding Supervisors to be the on-site manager during evening events (mostly weddings) during the 2019 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. Generally, new Supervisors can expect to work 3-5 events per month.

Hourly Rate: $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:

Summer Camp Counselor 2019

The Morris Arboretum is seeking Summer Camp Counselors to work collaboratively with a team of education professionals in the Arboretum’s full-day summer camp program. Our camp runs from June 24th-August 2nd during the hours of 8:30am to 3:30pm. Adventure Camp Counselors develop their own curriculum, lead hands-on activities and hiking expeditions, develop science lessons, crafts, and games for children ages 4 to 11. This position requires a highly dependable creative nature lover with strong leadership skills, who enjoys being outside


Compensation: $17.00 per hour

Once hired for the position, a valid PA child abuse history clearance, fingerprinting, and Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check is required through the University of Pennsylvania.

How to Apply: Email resume, cover, and references to Tiffany Stahl,

Internship Openings — 9 Positions

Duration: One-year, Starts June 17, 2019
Position Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Compensation: $12.70 per hour plus benefits including vacation, health insurance and tuition benefits
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Description: The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 166-acre public garden in Philadelphia, has nine year-long, full-time internship positions available. The positions are open in education, urban forestry, plant protection, plant propagation, arboriculture, botany, horticulture, natural lands and the rose and flower garden. Interns work alongside experts in the public horticulture field, and take two University of Pennsylvania courses, "Understanding Plants" and "Evaluating Public Gardens." This course is offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Interns receive academic credit for successfully completing the class.

Qualifications: Background in horticulture, biology, botany, landscape design, land management, or education. For a complete position descriptions and specific qualifications for each position: Click here

To Apply: Send or e-mail letter of intent, resume, transcripts, and three letters of reference (these can be sent directly to Jan McFarlan from the person writing them) to:
Jan McFarlan, Internship Coordinator
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Click here for complete information on the Morris Arboretum Internship Program

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.

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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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