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Tyler Arboretum is a 650 acre public garden located in Media, Pennsylvania, only 40 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. One of the oldest arboreta in the northeastern United States, Tyler Arboretum encompasses renowned plant collections, champion trees, historic buildings, and 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. The Arboretum offers workshops, classes, and tours for adults and children throughout the year.

Current Opportunities

Visitor Center Manager

VISITOR CENTER MANAGER
Full-time position with benefits
Reports to the Director of Public Programs

Responsibilities:

  • Manages Visitor Center daily operations including personnel and merchandise.
  • Assists in tracking Visitor Center budget and evaluating earned income potential.
  • Contributes merchandise sales data and admissions numbers to Board Reports.
  • Coordinates the acquisition and sale of merchandise and maintains inventory records.
  • Works with point of sale software/database system for daily sales activities at registers.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive, strategic merchandising plan.
  • Creates merchandise displays that appeal to visitors seasonally.
  • Hires, trains, manages and evaluates part-time Visitor Center Associates staff.
  • Coordinates staff work shifts for daily operations, as well as coverage for special events and evening public programs.
  • Participates in planning meetings for organizational special events.
  • Coordinates and oversees Visitor Center staff and Tyler volunteers during special events.
  • Greets and orients visitors and sells admissions, memberships and registrations for events and public programs.
  • Maintains a high level of customer service and creates a positive visitor experience.
  • Participates in professional organizations, conferences and trade shows.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in retail operations, management, and merchandise selection.
  • Accuracy with figures and money.
  • Experience managing personnel with strong customer service background.
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills,
    with the ability to work independently.
  • Proficient computer skills, including point of sale software. Experience with database software desirable.
  • Comfortable working with the general public, trustees, members and donors by phone, email and in person.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
  • Weekday and weekend availability.

Work Environment:

  • Tyler Arboretum provides a welcoming team-based work environment.
  • General office environment with fast-paced seasons and frequent work on the Arboretum’s grounds.
  • Evening and weekend work throughout the year, including Weekend Duty rotations shared with other full-time staff.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, and climbing stairs with frequent lifting of light to medium loads, up to 50lbs.

Application: Please send a cover letter and résumé to Amy Mawby, Director of Public Programs, amawby@tylerarboretum.org
References may be requested following initial interview.

Visitor Center Associate

VISITOR CENTER ASSOCIATE

Part-time position
Reports to the Director of Public Programs

POSITION SUMMARY

Tyler Arboretum is seeking an energetic, organized individual with great customer service skills to join our Visitor Center team. Our Visitor Center Associates project a positive & professional image of Tyler Arboretum to the public, while enhancing visitor experience through a sincere customer-driven approach.

Availability:

  • Hours are part-time and flexible; daily shifts typically run between 5-8 hours.
  • Weekend availability is essential; some evening work throughout the year.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Greet and assist visitors.
  • Process admissions fees, memberships and merchandise sales.
  • Maintain merchandise displays and inventory.
  • Provide excellent customer service by phone, email and in person.
  • Interact daily with the public, including children, volunteers and staff from all levels of the organization.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Tyler’s trail system, plant collections and our rich history in order to be the best ambassador to our guests as possible.

Qualifications:

  • Strong customer service experience.
  • Retail and cash handling experience; emphasis on merchandising is a plus.
  • Solid computer and database skills (main software: Altru and Microsoft Office).
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work independently.
  • Passion for the natural world is desirable.
  • Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.

Work Environment:

  • Tyler Arboretum provides a welcoming team-based work environment.
  • General office environment; often fast paced during our busy seasons.
  • Requires frequent and prolonged standing, walking, bending, kneeling, pulling, twisting and climbing.
  • Must be able to lift light to medium loads, up to 50lbs.
  • 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. The Arboretum offers workshops, classes, and tours for adults and children throughout the year.

Application: Please send a cover letter and résumé to Amy Mawby, Director of Public Programs, amawby@tylerarboretum.org
References may be requested following initial interview.

Development Administrator

Development Administrator
Full-time with benefits,
reporting to Director of Development

Position summary:
The goal of the Development Administrator is to handle the day-to-day operations of the Development department with promptness, accuracy, and enthusiasm.

The Development Administrator is responsible for the processing, printing, mailing, and data management for the Development department, as well as delivering excellent customer service to members, donors, and other Tyler community members. The Administrator manages volunteers and interns to complete departmental tasks, serves as one of Tyler’s database administrators, carries out donor and member communications as planned, and provides administrative support for other projects, as needed. The Administrator also represents Development at donor events, fundraisers, members-only programs, and sells memberships at Arboretum events.

Essential requirements:
 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
 Can demonstrate strong Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, Outlook)
 Can learn and fully master a constituent database (currently Altru)
 Can complete tasks quickly, accurately, and independently and adjust daily tasks to meet departmental priorities
 Comfortable with computers, printers, and technology in general, with ability to troubleshoot issues with equipment and systems
 Handles confidential information with discretion
 Comfortable working with members, donors, trustees, staff, and the public by phone, email, and in person
 Ability to work evening and weekend events as needed, in addition to Weekend Duty rotations shared with other full-time staff

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 to medium loads, up to 50lbs

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

To apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Caitlin Anello, Membership and Annual Giving Manager, canello@tylerarboretum.org.
References may be requested following initial interview.

Summer Camp Positions

Summer Camp Positions

Tyler Arboretum is a nature-based day camp where kids can be kids. Days are filled with STEAM activities designed to engage their curiosity and to help them develop a love for nature. Counselors help youth to develop life skills such as conflict resolution, decision making and confidence. Campers will embark on a new adventure each day as they explore the stream, roam in the meadow, hike in the woods, find frogs, turtles and aquatic bugs, and play in the tree houses. Older campers embark on off-site field trips and weekly campouts.

 

Adventure Trips Counselor
The Adventure Trips Camp Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing adventure experiences for campers of a variety of ages. Middle school and high school programs include off-site field trips, and overnights. Adventure Trips Counselor will deliver programs and experiences for children ages 5-10, 11-13 and 14-17, depending on the week.

Adventure Trips Counselor Job Description

Naturalist & Explorer Camp Counselor
The Naturalist & Explorer Camp Counselor is a dynamic and energetic individual responsible for planning, leading, and implementing nature-based programs and camp experiences for children in elementary or middle school, depending on the week.This position leads off-site field trips as well as on-site overnights for middle school campers.

Naturalist & Explorer Counselor Job Description

Explorers Camp Counselor
The Explorers Camp Counselor is a dynamic and energetic individual responsible for planning, leading, and implementing programs and camp experiences for children in grades 1-5, depending on specific group, in a nature-based environment.

Explorer Counselor Job Description

 

To Apply
Please complete the Summer Camp Staff Application and e-mail along with your résumé or work history to Liz Hornbach, Camp Director/Youth Programs Manager at lhornbach@tylerarboretum.org.  Applications will be accepted with a rolling deadline until position is filled.

Camp Staff Application Form for New Staff

Camp Staff Application Form for Returning Staff

Seasonal Mower, part time

Seasonal Mower: Seasonal. Part-time.  Reports to Director of Horticulture.          

Position Description:

Assist in carrying out the mission of Tyler Arboretum through all aspects of grounds maintenance, events, and building maintenance to the highest levels.

Reporting to the Arboretum Manager, the Seasonal Mower will be responsible for the maintenance of the turf areas through out the collections and in the natural areas, including trails.  Additional responsibilities include equipment cleaning and maintenance.  Must be comfortable using several types of mowers for long periods of time, string-trimming, and other horticultural tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

-Maintain turf, trails and natural areas in excellent horticultural and aesthetic condition.

-Responsible for the maintenance of all grounds maintenance equipment and support tools.

-Other duties as assigned.

-1-3 years working experience

Requirements:

Valid State issued motor vehicle operator’s license and insurability

Work Environment

-General work on the Arboretum’s grounds

-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

Please send cover letter and resume to Mike Karkowski, mkarkowski@tylerarboretum.org  References will be requested following initial interview.  Tyler Arboretum~ 515 Painter Road ~ Media, PA 19063

Rhododendron Gardener, part time

Rhododendron Gardener: Non-Exempt, Part time.  Reports to the Director of Horticulture.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the Wister Rhododendron collection, including perennial borders and groundcover plantings, gardens, trees and historic collections.  Additional responsibilities include equipment maintenance, building maintenance and working with volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

-Maintain turf, woody and herbaceous plant materials, signage and labeling in excellent horticultural and aesthetic condition.

-Provide design support and plant selection to the Arboretum garden elements and master plan.

-Assist in the maintenance of all grounds maintenance equipment and support tools.

-Assist in maintaining all interpretive signage, both temporary and permanent, throughout this collection.

-Assist the Education Department with setup, materials and teaching at the direction of the Director of Horticulture.

-Supervise summer, part-time, interns and volunteers as required.

-Occasional Weekend, Evening and Holiday work required.

-Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

-Minimum of a BS or equivalent training in horticulture or a related field

– 3-5 years working experience

-Valid State issued motor vehicle operator’s license and insurability

-PA Pesticide Applicator’s License

Work Environment

-General work on the Arboretum’s grounds

-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

Please send cover letter and resume to Mike Karkowski, mkarkowski@tylerarboretum.org  References will be requested following initial interview.  Tyler Arboretum~ 515 Painter Road ~ Media, PA 19063

Gardener, part time

Gardener: Non-Exempt, Temporary Part time.  Reports to the Director of Horticulture.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the horticulture collections, including perennial borders and groundcover plantings, gardens, trees and historic collections.  Additional responsibilities include equipment maintenance, building maintenance and working with volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

– Maintain turf, woody and herbaceous plant materials, trails and natural areas in excellent horticultural and aesthetic condition.

-Provide design support and plant selection to the Arboretum garden elements and master plan.

-Assist in the maintenance of all grounds maintenance equipment and support tools.

-Assist in maintaining all interpretive signage, both temporary and permanent, throughout the arboretum.

-Assist the Education Department with setup, materials and teaching at the direction of the Director of Horticulture.

-Maintain all structural elements in the landscape, including fence repairs, directional signs, ponds and water courses, road and walk surfaces and snow removal.

-Building Maintenance tasks as assigned.

-Assist with Special Events at the direction of the Director of Horticulture and Arboretum Manager.

-Supervise volunteers as required.

-Occasional Weekend, Evening and Holiday work required.

-Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

-Minimum of a BS or equivalent training in horticulture or a related field

– 3-5 years working experience

-Valid State issued motor vehicle operator’s license and insurability

Work Environment

-General work on the Arboretum’s grounds

-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

Please send cover letter and resume to Mike Karkowski, mkarkowski@tylerarboretum.org  References will be requested following initial interview.  Tyler Arboretum~ 515 Painter Road ~ Media, PA 19063

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