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 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.


Visitor Experience Supervisor

Description: The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (in Chestnut Hill) has an opening for a Visitor Experience Supervisor. Acting as the on-site manager, the Visitor Experience Supervisor oversees the front-line operation of the Arboretum, ensuring an exceptional guest experience for all visitors.

The Supervisor has four main areas of responsibility:

Customer Service
The Supervisor ensures that every visitor (over 135,000 annually!) has a wonderful experience and, when they don’t, steps in quickly to resolve issues in a friendly, pro-active manner. The Arboretum serves a variety of constituents with diverse needs. As such, it is important for the Supervisor to be calm under pressure, comfortable interacting with diverse groups, and able to think on their feet.

Staff Oversight
The Supervisor directly manages 3-12 part time Visitor Services staff on a given day, ensuring that every staff member not only adheres to the Department’s policies and procedures but also rises to the Arboretum’s high standards of service and professionalism. The Supervisor models exceptional customer service and builds a strong working team through training, coaching, evaluation, and mentoring. As a team leader, the Supervisor must be self-confident, comfortable addressing issues directly, professional, and willing to jump in where needed.

Operations
The Visitor Experience Department oversees admissions, parking and the Shop/Visitor Center. Operationally, the Supervisor makes sure that these functions run smoothly. That involves everything from addressing problems that arise and responding in emergencies to handling cash and making sure brochures are stocked. This requires strong attention to detail.

Rental Program Coordination
Also under the Visitor Experience umbrella, the Arboretum has a robust rental business with which the Supervisor takes an active role – giving rental tours, answering initial inquires, following up with clients, and actively monitor rental event details. The Supervisor is a point person not only for those interested in renting the Arboretum but also for those in the midst of planning their events. This requires the Supervisor to be not only customer-focused but also able to pitch the Arboretum while keeping its needs and limitations in mind.

Qualifications:

This is a year-round, part-time, paid position working a variable 16-24 hours (2-3 days) per week, including weekends and some holidays and evenings.

Hourly Rate: $15-16/hour

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to: dormanc@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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Weather Alerts

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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