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.

Maintenance Helper, Custodial and Event Support Staff

Description: 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. This position also may be a maintenance technician’s helper. Only responsible, mature, self-starting individuals who can wrok various shifts 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

Visitor Service Staff/Representative

Description: The Morris Arboretum is hiring Visitor Services Staff to assist the many guests (over 130,000 a year!) who visit the gardens.

Visitor Services Staff greet visitors, handle admissions and parking, run the gift shop, answer questions, sell memberships, and assist guests wherever possible.

Visitor Services 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, VS 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.

Employment type: This is a part-time (approximately 8-16 hour/week), paid position with variable hours, primarily on weekends.

Compensation: $10.00/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 Christopher Dorman at

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 activities for the ongoing care of the woody and herbaceous plant collections and turf areas. This is a 20-29 hour per week seasonal position, and flexible hours are available Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to 4:00pm; no weekend hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Date Available:  March 2015

Compensation:  $10.50/hour

To Apply:   Please complete the University of Pennsylvania’s Application for Temporary Employment found here: and email to Lucy Dinsmore,

Or, drop off at the Visitor Center at Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.

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

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Volunteers Needed:

Plant Sale

Volunteers are needed to work the Plant Sale. Volunteers receive a 20% coupon for use at the Plant Sale.

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Web Savvy Volunteer needed in Marketing

Volunteer needed to post Morris Arboretum events on various websites. Each site is formatted differently, so volunteer must be patient, persistent, and comfortable navigating websites. Volunteer needs to work at the Arboretum’s offices on Fridays, and will be supervised by the Marketing Coordinator. Email: Marie Ingegneri at

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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

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.