Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

Notice: The garden will open late April 10 at 1:00pm

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.


Assistant Director for Visitor Services and Hospitality

Reports to the Director of Public Programs. Direct the daily admission, shop and rental operations and coordinate with other departments to ensure excellent customer relations and appropriate use of the Arboretum’s facilities. Supervise approximately 25 part-time staff. Develop and manage annual business plans and budgets. Prepare monthly performance reports. Establish goals, standards of performance and standard operating procedures which promote consistently top-notch experiences to visitors, groups, rental clients and all constituencies. Provide secure cash management, and compliance with University policies. Help to promote volunteerism within Visitor Services.

Duties for this position breakdown as follows:

Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) is required, preferably in business, hospitality, public horticulture, museum administration, or a related field; Minimum 3-5 years of managerial experience with visitor services and/or hospitality in a comparable organization of similar complexity. Experience working in cultural institutions, museum or public garden is preferred. Broad knowledge of information technology and business network software applications; specific experience using Microsoft Office Suite, POS and data bases. Outlook or Raiser’s Edge proficiency is a plus. Ability to manage time, people, and resources to meet program goals and standards of excellence with the highest degree of customer service, resource stewardship, and in accordance with University policies and procedures. Available to schedule workdays as needed, including weekend special events and occasional evenings.

Adept at planning, assigning, directing, motivating, and reviewing the work of others, including volunteers. Ability to promote effective teamwork to achieve goals. Effective marketing and communications skills including writing and business reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Skilled at using evaluation and analysis to improve customer and program outcomes. Values innovation and adaptability. Valid driver’s license.

Apply with resume and cover letter: http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/3135


Summer Adventure Camp Counselor

Morris Arboretum is seeking a Camp Counselor and Educator to work collaboratively in the Arboretum’s full-day summer camp program during the weeks of June 23rd-June 27, and July 7th to July 11th during the hours of 8:45 to 4:00. Adventure Camp Counselors lead hands-on activities, engaging crafts, games, and nature walks for children ages 6-10. This position requires a creative thinker with an enthusiastic spirit and strong leadership skills.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and three references to Tiffany Stahl at tifstahl@upenn.edu

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


Director of Development

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum and the Director of Development for Arts and Culture, in the School and Center Program, responsible for the overall fundraising activities on behalf of the Morris Arboretum. Working closely with the Executive Director of the Arboretum, responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing a coordinated program of fundraising including major gifts, planned giving, corporate, foundation and government support, membership and annual giving. Work closely with the University’s central development organization, drawing on its support services, and integrating Arboretum initiatives within the University’s overall fundraising design. Play an integral role in programmatic, financial, and physical planning at the Arboretum and will develop appropriate fundraising strategies to support the priorities that emerge from this process. He or she will work closely with the Arboretum Executive Director in mobilizing effective fundraising team to advance the Arboretum’s quest for gift support. Prescribe appropriate courses of action for pursuing major gift opportunities and will actively engage the Arboretum Executive Director, other staff, board and volunteers in executing the required cultivation and solicitation initiatives. Guide the growth and development of the Directors’ Guild as part of the overall stewardship efforts. This position manages 8-9 permanent and 5 seasonal staff members dedicated to development and membership activities as well as volunteers at every level.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree and 5-7 years successful direct fundraising experience, including demonstrated major gifts closures in the six figure range or greater or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in working in a university or other large multi-faceted institution is a plus. Solid administrative skills and demonstrated ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a development support staff to achieve fundraising goals. Basic grasp of communications principles and the use of promotional tools and techniques (publications, special events, etc.) to build allegiance and support among key constituencies. Demonstrated experience in managing a professional development team including volunteers. Knowledge and appreciation of the Morris Arboretum and/or comparable institutions in terms of mission and financing, as well as interest in horticulture, botany, conservation and environmental issues. Creativity and an inquiring mind. Strong communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to persuade others to see the merits of a recommended course of action. High motivation and a capacity for hard work within the context of an intensely goal-oriented environment. Ability to function independently, yet relate comfortably to a centralized framework for fundraising, participating in and contributing to a team effort. Firm grasp of computer technology and its uses relating to fundraising and membership management. Good understanding of and ability to supervise the planning and execution of special events. Position will also require work during evening hours; on weekends and occasional overnight travel. Background check and valid driver’s license is required.

Apply: http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu:80/postings/1474

Thank you for your interest in Employment at Morris Arboretum. We currently do not have any openings.


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Volunteers Needed:

Physical Facilities

Are you handy with a hammer? Do you love to paint? Did you miss your calling as a carpenter? Want to learn the ins-and-outs of fountain maintenance? The Physical Facilities Department at Morris Arboretum is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of maintenance tasks throughout the year.

Please contact Tom Wilson at 215-247-5777 ext.108 or wilsonth@upenn.edu.


School of Arboriculture

The School of Arboriculture in the Education Department needs assistance for entering names and data onto an Excel spreadsheet so that they can be used for mailing purposes. This would involve 3-4 hours per week at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield. Experience with Microsoft Excel is required.

Please contact Robert Wells at wellsrob@upenn.edu.

Horticulture Volunteer Opportunities!

Do you like gardening and getting your hands dirty? Would you like to learn more about the gardens of the Morris Arboretum? Then being a horticulture volunteer just might be the task for you! Each week our dedicated volunteers rotate throughout the entire Arboretum working in a variety of terrains. Together they tackle a number of physical garden tasks such as weeding, mulching, pruning or invasive plant removal under the supervision of the Arboretum horticulture staff. Our current program runs one weekday morning a week, but we are hoping to expand to include other weekdays as well. Previous gardening experience is helpful, but not required.

For more information please contact Pam Morris Olshefski, Curatorial Assistant, at pamela@upenn.edu or call 215.247.5777 ext.188.


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