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

Tyler Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

You’ll find any current open positions listed below.

Performs the following duties:

  1. Routine custodial services of restrooms, public spaces and offices.
  2. Basic repair and maintenance of heavy use areas.
  3. Assists with event preparation and cleanup.

Position Summary

The Site Services Associate is a full-time position with flexible hours totaling 150 hour per month. reporting to the Director of Site Services. The Site Services Associate is responsible for the general care and upkeep of Tyler Arboretum’s rental and public spaces. He/she supports the successful execution of events, a positive visitor experience and will perform work across all departments.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Regular custodial care of restrooms and offices in all areas.
  • Setup and cleanup of event spaces as directed. Will include chairs, tables, décor items, food service items, etc.
  • Open up spaces in advance of tours and events. Ensure spaces are locked after.
  • Supervising client, caterer and vendor arrivals and departures.
  • Will perform “odd job” repairs and other general maintenance tasks such as painting.
  • May perform seasonal lawn maintenance duties to fill in for vacationing horticultural staff such as mowing, leaf blowing, brush removal and snow removal.
  • With a flexible schedule, the Site Services Associate will coordinate with the Director of Site Services to ensure the property is maintained for all weddings, fundraising events, rentals, public and school programs.

Qualifications

  • Willing and physically able to clean restrooms and office spaces on a regular basis.
  • Possess strong operations skills and the ability to work unsupervised
  • Possess a pleasant and outgoing personality
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience with basic carpentry and painting.
  • Plumbing, electrical and masonry repair skills are a plus
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Requires frequent and prolonged 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, 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 send cover letter and resume to Brian Prato at: bprato@tylerarboretum.org

Part-time position

Temporary: April – June (exact dates TBD)

Position Summary

Tyler Arboretum is seeking an energetic staff member with strong customer service skills and excellent attention to detail to join our Development team. This person will handle many of the daily operational tasks of the Development department with promptness, accuracy, and enthusiasm.

The Development Assistant will help with processing, printing, and mailing for memberships, donations, and sponsorships for the Development department. This position will deliver excellent customer service to visitors, members, donors, and other Tyler community members. The Assistant will work with volunteers to complete departmental tasks. The Assistant may represent development at donor and members-only events, and fundraisers, and to sell memberships at arboretum events.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Membership data entry assistance – daily
  • Manage regular mailing production – with volunteer assistance
    • Weekly for membership cards and thank you letters
    • Weekly for donation thank you letters
    • Monthly for Membership renewal mailings
    • Quarterly for in-house Annual Giving and Bequest appeals, and stewardship mailings – each group is 300-400 with multiple personalized pieces and will happen once during the maternity leave
    • Library pass appeals
  • Assist with answering phone calls as needed
  • Donation requests – monthly
  • New Homeowner mailings – bi-monthly
  • Meter outgoing mail and handle all post office deliveries

Qualifications

  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work independently.
  • Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
  • Comfortable working with the general public, trustees, members and donors by phone, email and in person.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Microsoft Office skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience with database software a plus (i.e. Altru, Raiser’s Edge).

Schedule

  • 20 hours per week; generally 9:00am – 1:00pm weekdays
  • May include some evening or weekend events, still to be determined – weekday hours would be adjusted to compensate

Work Environment

  • Tyler Arboretum provides a welcoming team-based work environment.
  • General office environment (though not fully accessible) with occasional work on the Arboretum’s grounds
  • Significant computer and telephone work
  • Occasional local travel to complete Arboretum business
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, and climbing stairs with occasional lifting of light loads, up to 50 lbs.

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 send a cover letter, résumé and three references to:

Mary Beth Jackson, Director of Development
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
email: mjackson@tylerarboretum.org

Coordinates the Following Programs:

  1. Volunteer services both individuals and groups (corporate/college)
  2. Adult Group Tours through the Docent Program
  3. Lectures and outreaches

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

Position Summary

The Volunteer Coordinator is a part time position (not to exceed 12 hours per week and no benefits) reporting to the Director of Community Engagement. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, selection, training, scheduling, evaluation and recognition of the volunteers. He/she supports the successful delivery of the Volunteer E-news, group tours and outreach lectures to an adult audience.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, implement and oversee the Arboretum’s volunteer
  • Promote growth and excellence in volunteer programs and assure that all are consistent with the long-range plans of the
  • Oversees all administrative needs of the programs – documenting hours, creating schedules, completing sales and confirmations for tours and outreaches, managing database files. Assist in providing statistics to the Director of Community
  • Assist in writing, reviewing and updating Volunteer E-news, Tyler Website information and social media as
  • Meets regularly with Director of Community Engagement to review goals and assess progress of program
  • Mentor, coach and evaluate volunteers and
  • Create and give engaging and educational presentations to groups at education events and garden tours.
  • Work closely with Special Events Manager to ensure the proper volunteer staffing of all
  • Work some weekends and evenings. Travel for outreach as
  • Continue professional development and participate in appropriate public garden or volunteer focused organizations/groups.
  • Participate in interdepartmental committee meetings for planning, cooperation and integration of organizational

Qualifications

  • Successful track record in working with diverse adult audiences in particular to volunteer programs.
  • Possess strong operations
  • Possess strong oral and written skills. Able to deliver engaging presentations to
  • Able to learn and operate database management and
  • Must be able to lead by
  • Experience in tour management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; Constant Contact and other social media sites a
  • Driver’s license
  • Requires frequent and prolonged 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, 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 send cover letter and resume to Julia Lo Ehrhardt, jlo@tylerarboretum.org. No phone calls please.

Part-time Youth Program Educator

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

Position Summary

The Youth Program Educator position is for a dynamic and energetic individual, with proven experience in youth education. Educators are responsible for delivering environmental education based programming to children in pre-K through 5th grades in small group settings. Youth programming at Tyler includes school field trips, school and library outreach programs, scout badge programs, and children’s eco-birthday parties. There are also opportunities for teaching family/adult programs.

Availability

Position is part-time, per diem. Programs are offered year-round and hours vary seasonally. Programs are 1-3 hours in length and often fall between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Wednesday through Friday. Outreach programs sometimes fall outside of these hours. Heaviest concentration is in fall and spring. Educators are expected to work at least 3 days per week during this time, and availability for some evening and weekend programs is required (generally 3 weekend days per month). Educators are expected to attend training sessions and regular staff meetings. The occasional weekend event/festival is required.

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 manager 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.
  • Desire to learn and grow as an environmental educator.
  • 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 required (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.

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.