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.

Event Supervisor

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 2017 season.

The Supervisor has three main areas of responsibility: customer service, operations, and vendor/client supervision.

Customer Service: The Event/Wedding 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/Wedding 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 and operates the register in the Shop, as needed. 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

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@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@upenn.edu.

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 info@morrisarboretum.org


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Alerts & Updates

The Holiday Garden Railway is not running today due to the rain.

The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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