Current Opportunities

Executive Director

The Tyler Arboretum is a nonprofit public garden in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, serving the Greater Philadelphia region.  One of the oldest arboreta in the northeastern United States, it encompasses 100 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, and historic buildings enclosed by a deer fence and  550 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and stream valleys connected by 17 miles of hiking trails.

The Board of Trustees adopted Tyler’s current master site plan in 2008.  Numerous specific projects are designed and/or in process to date.  To tie the various exhibits together and create a site that is diverse yet accessible, the plan calls for the completion of a pervious macadam Scenic Loop that enables  visitors of all physical abilities to enjoy an array of natural experiences.  Additionally, a thematic reorganization of the historic buildings is planned that will allow visitors to interpret and experience the historic landscape as a whole.  These ambitious but achievable goals will require expanded fundraising capacity led by the Executive Director, Board of Trustees and staff.

We seek a proven leader who can demonstrate a successful career of consistently moving nonprofit organizations forward in pursuit of their vision.  This individual would bring leadership characterized by an ability to garner broad constituent support, develop and empower staff, increase visibility of the organization and carry forward major projects and programs.  We seek a leader who is an exceptional relationship builder whose passion is evident by his or her ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulate the organization’s vision to members, donors, elected officials and other stakeholders.  An affinity for the mission of horticultural and historical properties as represented by public gardens and museums must be evident, as well as knowledge of best practices and new trends in the management of cultural resources.  Of critical importance is the candidate’s ability to transform ideas into specific, goal-driven project outcomes.  Solid, demonstrated skills in operations and business management are expected.  Strategic decision making in project prioritization, from basic infrastructure improvements to large-scale programmatic initiatives, is essential to successfully carrying out the job.

Given the capital and annual fundraising requirements to implement the master site plan, we seek a candidate who has a proven track record in obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation grant support and government contracts.  Such skills will also be required in assisting the Trustees to develop a high-powered Board devoting its time, talent and treasure. Prior experience in overseeing design, construction and management of large scale public projects would be a plus.  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s degree is preferred.

To download full position summary and qualifications, click here.

To apply, please send a letter of introduction and a current resume to

Tyler Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Summer Camp Counselor

Department:  Public Programs – Youth Education

General Summary: Tyler Arboretum seeks energetic individuals to join our team of camp counselors for our full and half-day children’s summer camps. Individuals will supervise camp participants and facilitate hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and discovery hikes. Counselors are required to lead groups of various ages (4-11) during the season. Counselors will also be working with and supervising volunteers throughout the summer.

Qualifications: Applicants must enjoy teaching children in an outdoor setting, have knowledge of the natural environment and skills in teaching and motivating students. Educators should be enthusiastic, responsible and willing and able to take charge.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Flexible, constructive, and courteous approach to parents, children and summer science camp staff.

Duration: Must be able to work from June 15 through August 14:

  • Pre-camp training: June 15 – 19
  • Camp weeks: June 22 – August 14 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm (no camp July 3)
  • Counselors rotate pre- and post- camp childcare (3:00 – 5:00 pm) 

Camp Information: See description on the Tyler Arboretum website

Position Category: Temporary, seasonal. Compensation – commensurate with experience

Application: Send a resume with cover letter and names of 3 references with contact information to:

Martha L. Moore
Youth Education Coordinator
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

 Tyler Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Visitor Center Associate

Department:  Public Programs – Visitor Center

Job Duties: Project a positive and professional image of Tyler Arboretum to the public, while enhancing visitor experience through excellent customer service. Assist visitors with Arboretum orientation, admissions fees, memberships and merchandise sales. Daily interactions with the public, children, volunteers, and staff from all levels of the organization. Clerical and administrative duties are required, including cash-handling, as well as working with our team to help maintain operational standards and achieve goals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be an outgoing person with excellent communication and people skills, who is comfortable working with a diverse group of individuals. Applicants must be self-motivated with the ability to multi-task as the business demands. A positive, customer-driven approach is essential to this position, and some retail experience is preferred. Occasional light lifting is required for this position and scheduling flexibility is a plus. A passion for the natural world is highly desirable. 

Position Category: Part-time. Hours vary seasonally and may include weekdays, weekends and/or evenings.

Application: Applications will be accepted until position is filled

Please send a cover letter, résumé and three references with contact information to:

Chris Lawler
Visitor Center Coordinator
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

Tyler Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Seasonal Gardener: Vegetable Demonstration Garden

Department:  Public Programs

Background: The Vegetable Demonstration Garden is a ¼ acre teaching garden demonstrating environmental stewardship and focusing on vegetable and food plants. The garden serves as both a destination exhibit for Tyler’s visitors as well as an outdoor classroom for adult and youth gardening classes and summer camp programs. Educational themes include environmentally sustainable food production, nutrition, growing techniques, extended season gardening, composting and soil management. The produce grown in the Vegetable Demonstration Garden is donated to a local food bank.

Job Duties: The Vegetable Gardener is responsible for planning and maintaining Tyler Arboretum’s Vegetable Demonstration Garden. He/She will develop a seasonal planting schedule for crops from spring through October with extended season plantings for late fall and winter. Working with Arboretum volunteers, the Gardener will plant, grow, maintain and harvest crops, address pest issues and keep accurate records. The Gardener will direct and manage volunteers and interact with staff and the public. The Gardener will also oversee the weekly coordination of Tyler’s produce donation to the food bank.

Qualifications: Candidate must possess excellent organizational, communication, and people skills and be self-directed and able to work as part of a team. Supervisory ability and experience working with volunteers is desirable. Professional training and/or experience in gardening with a focus on vegetable production and sustainable gardening practices is desirable. Basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft based programs helpful. Position requires a valid driver’s license and ability to lift items up to 40 pounds. Ability to operate small equipment is preferred.

Position Category: Seasonal part-time. Approximately 15 hours per week March through early October. Schedule is flexible throughout the season as work demands warrant.

Application: Applications will be accepted until position is filled -

Please send a cover letter, résumé and three references with contact information to:

Amy Mawby
Director of Public Programs
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

 Tyler Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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