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.

Summer Camp Supervisor

Begins October, 2020
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia seeks a Summer Camp Supervisor. This person will report to the Assistant Director of Continuing Education and work within the Education Department that offers programming for 6,000 youth participants a year including our Summer Adventure Camp for ages 4 to 11. This person will have direct oversight of our 6 week long summer camp season that includes the “Little Lightning Bugs” (ages 4-6) and “Bloomfield Buddies” (ages 7-11). These camps attract 45 children per week and the two camps are in separate locations within the Arboretum. This is a part-time position with a maximum of 1,000 work hours per year.


The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. They must be highly organized, able to work independently, accountable and be a good written and verbal communicator. This person should have experience directly supervising a camp (or similar educational program), have administrative experience with registrations and working with customers over the phone, email and in person. This person should also have an interest in the natural world and the mission of the Arboretum. The successful candidate must pass a state and federal background check, child abuse clearances and FBI fingerprinting. This person will also need a valid driver’s license, be comfortable in a variety of working conditions including, but not limited to, sitting at a desk or table, occasional lifting of 25 lbs. or less, typically standing or walking and alternative work schedules through the course of each year.

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to

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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