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.

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 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 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 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.


Natural Lands Horticulturist

Description: The McCausland Natural Lands Horticulturist is a professional level horticulturist and garden management position. This position is responsible for all garden-related tasks in the Natural Areas and associated areas. He/She is responsible for maintaining specified standards of presentation that meet established institutional priorities. The successful applicant is required to become familiar with the plant collections, history and other pertinent characteristics of the section and be able to communicate that information to others in oral and written forms. He/She must be able to perform physically demanding tasks. This position recruits, trains and supervises interns and seasonal workers and also coordinates the horticulture volunteers. He/She is also expected to interact with donors and professional societies. This position reports directly to the Chief Horticulturist and Director, Horticulture and Curator respectively.

Duties: Maintaining health of plant collections, focusing on the living collections and displays throughout the section. Duties include, planting, formative pruning, staking, fertilizing, irrigating, frequent inspection of plants for any cultural or pest-related problems using accepted IPM strategies and subsequent treatments (pesticide application and/or cultural treatments). Other duties include: trail and wetland management, weed control, debris removal, and other practices which enhance presentation. Consult with the Director of Horticulture concerning the accessioning and deaccessioning of plants.

Participate in the Arboretum’s special events, spring plant sale, department project days, and snow removal in winter.

Teach courses in the Arboretum's Education Department for amateurs and professionals. Participate as an instructor in training programs for interns. Publish articles and lecture on horticultural topics to both the general public and professional audiences.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications : A Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture or a related plant science field plus 2 years to 3 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A valid PA driver’s license is required, with experience operating gasoline powered machinery. The final candidate will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license within the introductory period. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff/volunteers. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven teaching skills. Previous writing experience highly desirable.

Please submit your application through the University of Pennsylvania’s online system. Information for submitting an application can be found by clicking this link.

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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Weather Alerts

Due to weather concerns, all activities for Cherry Blossom Festival on April 9 are canceled. We will keep our fingers crossed for a great event next Saturday, April 16.

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.

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