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.

Paid Internships (Multiple Openings)


Now seeking applications for the 2015-16 Internship Program at Morris Arboretum. The internship program provides hands on experience and education that prepares interns for careers in public gardens and related fields.

Full-time internships are available in the following areas (click each for detailed information):

Payment and Benefits
Interns are full-time staff members of the University of Pennsylvania. Interns are required to work a 40-hour week at an hourly rate of approximately $11.25. Interns must commit themselves for the full year term, beginning June 15, 2015.

Interns receive health, dental, and vision benefits through the University of Pennsylvania. Additional benefits include paid vacation time, sick days, and several paid holidays plus an administrative vacation for all staff and interns is provided between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Click here for a complete list of benefits.

To Apply
Application deadline is February 15, 2015.
Click here for detailed application requirements.

Assistant Director for Continuing Education

Morris Arboretum offers over 150 continuing education classes to learners of all ages. The Assistant Director for Continuing Education is a full-time position. Co-lead the Continuing Education program with individual accountability in several areas including: Program Management (lead Growing Minds youth programs, support professional seminars and Continuing Education); Technology Management (Administer and use Raiser's Edge and Spark/NetCommunities, Train registration staff, support departmental IT planning) . Supervise on-line and phone course registration. Market continuing education programs with marketing team. Provide monthly reports for budget and program goals. Manage Penn Student Outreach program, engaging students with the Arboretum. The Assistant Director for Continuing Education reports to the Director of Public Programs.

BS in related discipline. MS preferred. Three to five years relevant education program experience. Public horticulture experience preferred. Driver’s license required. Administrative or equivalent experience with Raiser's Edge and Spark/Net Communities is required.

To Apply
Submit your application and letter of interest through the University of Pennsylvania’s online system. Information for submitting an application can be found at:


Full-time position of Horticulturist is available at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. This is a professional level horticulturist and garden management position. This person is responsible for the Compton portion of the Arboretum. He/she is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of presentation along the entrance drive, surrounding the visitor center and parking lots, and in the Orange Balustrade and Pennock Garden areas. He/she helps to supervise the Horticulture intern and seasonal employees, oversees volunteers, teaches and lectures, publishes articles, and interacts with donors and professional societies.

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: developing and planting annual flowering displays, lawn care, weed control, debris removal, mulching, and other practices which enhance presentation.

Participate in garden development, plant selection, and planting of his/her section in consultation with supervisors.

Consult with the Director of Horticulture concerning the accessioning and deaccessioning of plants. Monitor large trees in the Compton section. Duties include: reporting and coordinating pruning of large trees with the arborists and provide assistance when necessary to accomplish pruning or removals.

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

Associate's Degree and 1 to 3 years of experience as a professional level horticulturist and garden management position or equivalent combination of education and experience; Bachelor's Degree is strongly preferred. Teaching skills and writing skills highly desirable.  Experience operating machinery preferred and a valid driver's license required.   Pesticide applicators' license expected upon employment. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits.

To Apply
Please submit your application through the University of Pennsylvania’s online system. Information for submitting an application can be found at

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, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Please use extra caution on pathways, as some ice may persist.

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.