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Employment2019-12-06T17:32:48-05:00

Employment

Are you looking to work for an amazing, people-focused, world famous company with a small, tight knit team, the members of which are all focused on the stewardship of natural lands? 

Then Tyler Arboretum might be the place for you.

We’re always open to hearing from talented, creative, passionate people with a love of nature, horticulture, and the outdoors. If you like people, wildlife, trees, native plants, meadows, and woodlands, and if you’d like to work for a company that makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year, we’d like to hear from you.

To be considered for any vacancies, please reach out to Kathryn Ombam, Office Manager at 610-566-9134, or via email at kombam@tylerarboretum.org

You’ll find any current open positions listed below.

Part-time Weekend Youth Programs Educator/Naturalist
Part-time, per diem position.
Reporting to the School Programs Coordinator and Youth Programs Manager.

Position Summary
The Weekend Youth Programs Educator/Naturalist position is for a dynamic and energetic individual, with proven experience in nature based youth education. Weekend educators are responsible for delivering environmental education based programming to children and adults in small group settings. Weekend programming at Tyler includes scout badge programs, children’s eco-birthday parties, family/adult programs, and seasonal mini-events.

Availability
Position is part-time, per diem. Programs are offered year-round and hours vary seasonally. Heaviest concentration in fall and spring. During this period a commitment to teach at least 4 weekend days per month is required (including some evenings). Programs are 1-3 hours in length. Weekend educators are expected to attend training sessions and regular staff meetings.

compensation
$11.00 – $13.00/hour, commensurate with experience.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Share Tyler’s rich heritage, collections and landscape to inspire and engage stewards of the natural world.
  • Lead a variety of environmental based programming to youth of varied ages (topics include interpretive walks/hikes, invertebrates, birds, aquatic habitats, soils, etc.).
  • Learn Tyler’s environmental education curriculum and implement the purpose, goals, and objectives of each program (training is provided).
  • Set up and prepare for group arrival; clean up and put away equipment and supplies used for programs.
  • Care for Tyler’s education supplies and communicating with program coordinator when supplies are low or need to be replaced.
  • Know and understand emergency procedures associated with the organization.

Essential Requirements

  • Ability to teach and lead environmental based programming.
  • Willingness to be flexible in scheduling and work additional hours during the busy season.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to receive and implement constructive feedback.
  • At least 1 year of work/volunteer experience in education/youth development related to one or more of the following topics: outdoor activities, environmental studies, youth development, or other related topic.
  • Demonstrated success at teaching outdoor activities to children; teaching experience in an outdoor setting is preferred.
  • Excellent character, integrity, and adaptability.
  • Ability to communicate and work with a variety of age and skill levels.
  • Enthusiasm for the natural world, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Once offered a position, you must satisfactorily complete the required background checks.
  • First aid and CPR certification preferred (or willing to train).

(Note: Tyler has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.)

Work Environment

  • General work on the Arboretum’s grounds.
  • Requires frequent and prolonged standing, walking, bending, kneeling, pulling, twisting and climbing.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

 About Tyler
Tyler Arboretum, a public garden in the Philadelphia suburbs, covers 650 acres of renowned plant collections, champion trees, and historic buildings, with 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Tyler offers workshops, classes, and tours for adults and children throughout the year.

To Apply
Please e-mail your cover letter and résumé to Liz Hornbach, Youth Programs Manager LHornbach@tylerarboretum.org.  Applications will be accepted with a rolling deadline until position is filled.

Edible Gardener
Exempt, Full-Time

At Tyler Arboretum our mission is to preserve, enhance, and share our heritage, collections, and landscapes, to create and inspire stewards of the natural world. We want visitors and members to come to Tyler to not only “unplug” and enjoy nature, but to leave with the inspiration and hands-on experience they need to become better stewards of the natural world as they apply their newfound knowledge at home.

Position Description:
As the Edible Gardener, your primary responsibilities will be:

Horticulture
• Designing, scheduling, and planting the crops for the Edible Garden on a year-round basis.
• Growing and/or procuring materials required for the crops, including but not limited to seeds, plants, and soils.
• Watering, pruning and harvesting the garden each season.
• Managing the garden perimeter and 1.5-acre landscape.
• Servicing all Edible Garden equipment and machinery.
• Other duties, as assigned.

Community Engagement
• Collaborating with the Outreach and Education departments to determine which crops are needed for educational programming and/or assist with facilitating an educational program for members and visitors.
• Interacting with visitors on a daily basis ranging from informal Q&A sessions to blogs, videos and social media posts.
• Other duties, as assigned.

Volunteer Management
• Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for staff, volunteers and visitors by coordinating building maintenance requests (e.g. facility cleaning, re-stocking of supplies, safety inspections, etc.).
• Supervising and coordinating weekly schedules for up to 12-15 garden volunteers.
• Ensuring produce donations to local food banks occur on a timely basis.
• Other duties, as assigned.

Hours:
• The standard work schedule will be Monday – Friday from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.
• Applicants must have the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, particularly during Tyler’s peak event season (May – October).

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree or Certification in horticulture, environmental science or related field is preferred (or at least two years of proven experience in a similar role).
• In-depth knowledge of edible plants as well as horticulture, growing and sustainable practices is a plus.
• Ability to handle a range of horticultural machinery and hand tools.
• Friendly personality with excellent interpersonal skills.
• A desire to work with the general public.
• Valid state-issued motor vehicle operator’s license and insurability.
• Valid PA Pesticide Applicator’s license or ability to obtain one.
• A working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Well organized, creative and able to effectively communicate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
• Have a passion for nature and people as well as a creative eye and attention to detail.
• Have effective time management skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Work Environment:
• Requires frequent and prolonged equipment use, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, pulling, twisting and climbing.
• Must be able to frequently lift up to 50 pounds.
• Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

About Tyler:
Tyler Arboretum, a public garden in the Philadelphia suburbs, covers 650 acres of renowned plant collections, champion trees, historic buildings, with 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Tyler offers workshops, classes, and tours for adults and children throughout the year.

To Apply:
References will be requested following initial interview. Please send cover letter and resume to: Mike Karkowski, Director of Horticulture, Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063 or mkarkowski@tylerarboretum.org.