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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

Seasonal Mower

Seasonal Mower
Reports to the Director of Horticulture 
This position is Non-Exempt

Tyler Arboretum’s Horticulture Department has an opening for a seasonal mower to work 37.5 hours a week from April through until November. This position will be responsible for all mowing operations at the Arboretum.


Candidates must be self-directed, organized, responsible, and possess good verbal communication skills. Grounds and mowing experience is desirable. This position requires operation of several different types of riding mowers, a push mower, and string trimmers. Equipment maintenance is required (oil, lube, cleaning machines, changing blades, etc.). This person must be willing and able to lift up to 50 lb. and work in all weather conditions. A valid, state-issued driver’s license is required.


This position is full-time, seasonal (April through November), approximately 37.5 hours per week. Flexibility in weekly hours worked is needed to perform these tasks.

To apply, please send a resume with a cover letter and references to:

Michael Karkowski,
Director of Horticulture,
Tyler Arboretum,
515 Painter Road,
Media PA 19063
Phone: 610-566-9134, ext. 222
Fax: 610-891-1490

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Reports to the Director of Horticulture
This position is Non-Exempt

The gardener assists in caring out the mission of Tyler Arboretum through all aspects of grounds maintenance, events, and building maintenance to the highest levels.

Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the horticultural collections, including perennial borders and groundcover plantings, gardens, trees and 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 the Arboretum Manager.
  • Supervise summer, part-time, interns, and volunteers as required.
  • Occasional weekend, evening and holiday work required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

Physical demands

  • Must regularly lift and /or move up to 75 pounds.
  • Our gardeners work outside in all weather conditions.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to:

Director of Horticulture
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063-4424
Fax: 610-891-1490

Summer Camp Staff

Summer Camp Positions

Camp Counselor: Tiny Trackers
The Tiny Trackers Camp Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing programs and experiences for children ages 4-5, in the half day camp. After campers leave, counselors will also be responsible for planning and implementing the weekly “All Camp” activities. Maximum 10 campers. Must be at least 18 years old. Tiny Trackers Job Description

Camp Counselor: Explorers
The Explorer Camp Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing programs and experiences for children ages 5-11, divided by ages. Must be at least 18 years old.  Explorers Job Description

Camp Counselor: Naturalists
The Naturalist Camp Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing programs and experiences for children ages 11-13. On Wednesdays campers will take a field trip to a local venue, which may include kayaking, climbing, hiking, or a museum visit. Counselors will drive the mini-van. On Thursdays campers will camp out in the Arboretum. Counselors will be responsible for campers during the overnight. Must be at least 25 years old. Naturalist Job Description

Camp Counselor: Naturalists/Adventurers
The Naturalists/Adventurer Camp Counselor will run four weeks of Naturalist groups (see above) and three weeks of Adventurer groups. The Adventurer counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing programs and experiences for children ages 13-15. On Thursdays campers will camp depart for a 2-day off-site field trip with overnight. These trips consist of hiking and camping. Counselors will be responsible for campers during the overnight. Counselors will drive the mini-van for all off-site excursion. Must be at least 25 years old. Naturalist/Adventurer Job Description

 Camp Counselor: Leadership Counselor
The Leadership Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing the Leaders In Training (LIT) program. This position will provide mentoring to LITs to develop their leadership skills and confidence, as well as teach outdoor and survival skills and facilitate appropriate group-building exercises and leadership lessons. LITs will take participate in on-site and offsite overnights, as well as field trips. Counselors will drive the mini-van for all off-site excursion. The Leadership Counselor will also run 2 weeks of Adventurer groups (see above for details). Must be at least 25 years old. Leadership Counselor Job Description

Nature Education Specialist
The Nature Education Specialist is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing a variety of environmentally based programs for children ages 4-15. This position will use environmental lessons as a catalyst to develop life skill sin you. Experience facilitating team building initiatives, experiential learning, and an understanding of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle desired. Must be at least 18 years old. Nature Education Specialist Job Description

Operations Leader
The Summer Camp Operations Leader completes a variety of tasks in a variety of different capacities to help make camp a success. Serve as camp counselor for 2 weeks during camp (refer to Counselor description for more information). Go on all field trips with the Leaders In Training (LIT) group including high ropes course, off-site overnight camping and primitive camping in the natural lands. Support counselors with the daily needs of camp, including assisting with camper behavior problems, logistics and program prep. Fill in for a counselor if someone is sick or absent. Mentor counselors and help them to grow as leaders.  Help to create a community environment to help youth and staff gain a sense of belonging. Drive the mini-van for any offsite outings which you participate in. Must be at least 25 years old. Operations Leader Job Description

Staff Application Instructions

Camp Staff Application Form 2017

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