Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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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.

Digital Education and Interpretation Project Coordinator

This is a full-time, 24-month term-appointment (January 2015-December 2016) with the University of Pennsylvania connecting people, plants and place. This term-appointment is funded through the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (PCAH) Exhibitions & Public Interpretation grant program. Proven ability in project management and content familiarity are critical factors.

The Education Project Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination of the project and will contribute creativity, planning, content and technical proficiency as part of a team including staff collaborators and other consultants. The manager reports to the Director of Public Programs, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

The project - Awakening the Senses: New Interpretive Approaches at the Morris Arboretum - will advance the Arboretum's current interpretive practices by developing a digital strategy along with the creative content to pilot and evaluate immersive visitor experiences using mobile devices, and will enhance access to collection information. We are interested in experimenting with the evolving cultural uses of distributed-networks. The project is not limited to digital interpretation. The resultant programs will be operationally sustainable.

The project will encompass evaluation of visitor needs and interests, assessment of best practices in comparable conditions, development of content, and coordination of delivery methods. It will include developing metrics for evaluation of results. We anticipate using a combination of a mobile app and/or wireless hot spots and cellular access in the 92-acre public garden.

Skills and Experience
Experience in collaborative project planning, management and completion. Excellent communication skills. Creativity and passion regarding interpretation and immersive audience engagement. Knowledge of plants and their significance. Proficiency with current mobile communication technologies uses with museum audiences, including web apps, mobile websites and interface with social media. Demonstrated experience with program evaluation. Public garden and/or museum experience is desired. Familiarity with outdoor interpretation and collection-based institutions is desirable.

Degree in Communications, Plant Sciences, Museum Studies, Public Horticulture or related field. Advanced Degree preferred. 2 years’ professional experience in related project leadership. Valid driver’s license. Able to work some evenings and weekends.

To Apply
Applications will be received only through the University of Pennsylvania online:

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

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 or call 215.247.5777 ext.188.

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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual.
Please note that winter 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.