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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

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Chestnut Hill, is looking for Event/Wedding Supervisors to be the on-site manager during evening events (mostly weddings) during the 2020 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 2-4 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: dormanc@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: $11-12/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@upenn.edu


LEAD CAMP COUNSELOR

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 29th - August 7th during the hours of 8:30am to 3:30pm. Camp counselors may work for a part of the summer or for the entire summer camp. Adventure Camp Counselors have the option to 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. Many of our returning counselors are highly experienced teachers, who work in local school districts during the year.

Qualifications/Requirements:

*The University of Pennsylvania requires that all summer employees, regardless of age, agree to submit a fingerprinting, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record check, and Child Abuse clearance through the University’s Hire Right system.

Compensation: $17.00 per hour

HOW TO APPLY: Email resume, cover letter, and references to Ilana Grubin, igrubin@upenn.edu.


ASSISTANT CAMP COUNSELOR

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking Assistant Camp Counselors for our vibrant full-day Summer Adventure Camp program. Campers will spend the majority of their time outdoors in our beautiful arboretum setting, and counselors should have an interest in both teaching and environmental science. The assistant camp counselors will work with lead counselors and help with lessons, crafts, hikes, hands-on activities, and any other duties as assigned. All camp counselors must be dependable and must be comfortable working outdoors with children.

*We are looking for assistant counselors to commit to working 6 weeks from June 29th, 2020 through August 7th, 2020. Camp hours are from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Qualifications/Requirements:

*The University of Pennsylvania requires that all summer employees, regardless of age, agree to submit a fingerprinting, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record check, and Child Abuse clearance through the University’s Hire Right system.

Compensation: $14.00 per hour

HOW TO APPLY: Email resume, cover letter, and references to Ilana Grubin, igrubin@upenn.edu.


¡Explorar!
ACLAMO Summer Bridge Program at the Morris Arboretum

Summer 2020
The Morris Arboretum and ACLAMO Family Center are seeking educators to work in their summer enrichment program. Running Monday-Friday for 6 weeks (July 6-Aug 14) 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

Qualifications/Requirements:

Compensation: $17/hour. Additionally, educators will be paid for prep and reflection sessions, including 12 hours in late May, and weekly and daily sessions during the day after the program begins.

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


Seasonal Gardener - Part Time

Description: The Morris Arboretum is looking for industrious, part-time seasonal gardeners to assist with a broad range of garden maintenance tasks. Seasonal gardeners will have the opportunity to assist in a variety of horticultural landscapes from the Rose Garden to the Natural Lands. 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 April 2020

Compensation: $12.25/hour

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


Internship Openings — 9 Positions

Duration: One-year, Starts June 15, 2020
Position Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Compensation: $13.10 per hour plus benefits including vacation, health insurance and tuition benefits
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

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
jlm(at)upenn.edu

Click here for complete information on the Morris Arboretum Internship Program


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.


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