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About The Arboretum

At The Dawes Arboretum we share the love and knowledge of trees, history and nature with our community in Licking County, just 30 miles east of Columbus, Ohio.  As a nearly 2,000 acre accredited Arboretum, or tree museum, we are unique locally.  We ensure access to memorable experiences in nature that create lifelong engagement with our supporters.

History Department Internship – 2017

The Dawes Arboretum is hiring a summer intern to assist with a variety of tasks including archival organization, scanning and Daweswood House Museum tours.

The Dawes Arboretum’s History Archives house numerous boxed and archived items including: photographs, tree dedicator items, books, paintings, letters, journals, manuscripts, booklets and catalogs, photograph albums, annual reports and ledgers.

• Sort through materials in archives
• Scan historical manuscripts
• Photograph artifact collection
• Update collection management software
• Lead weekend tours of Daweswood House Museum and serve as History Center attendant

• An understanding of archives and public history
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Past Perfect
• Major or minor in history
• Comfortable with public speaking
• Able to work a total of forty (40) hours per week, with some weekend work
• A current, valid driver’s license and submit to background check and drug test.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interview

Position Information:
$10 per hour
Free housing on-site may be available
Beginning mid-May through mid-August 2017

Deadline to apply is February 17, 2017

Send cover letter, resume and three references including phone numbers and addresses to:
The Dawes Arboretum
HR/History Internship
7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE
Newark, OH 43056
Fax: 740.323.4058
Email: jeromine@dawesarb.org


Summer Camp Counselor (Education Department, Seasonal Position)

The Dawes Arboretum is seeking high-energy Camp Counselors for our 2017 summer day camp serving youth age 6 – 14. Camp training will be provided.

The camp counselor assumes responsibility for leadership and guidance of campers in age-appropriate programming, games, crafts and other recreational activities. Program topics will focus on nature, art, plants, trees, plant-insect interactions, environmental awareness, water and more. The camp counselor evaluates existing camp curriculum and develops new activities.

Other responsibilities include:
• Co-teach with other camp counselors
• Interpret and enforce the rules of The Dawes Arboretum
• Serve as a role model, and maintain the health, safety and welfare of the children
• Organize and maintain all camp equipment, supplies and camp areas
• Contact campers prior to each camp session as well as prepare and distribute camp curriculum and schedule
• Document all accidents, injuries, incidents, complaints and problems

Applicants must be enthusiastic, creative, industrious, punctual, responsible and have a genuine love for children. Candidate must be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen. Be capable of accepting training, carrying out assigned tasks, communicating orally and in writing, communicating with emergency personnel and understanding instructions on prescription medication. Education or work experience in education, horticulture, natural resources, environmental education, interpretive education or early childhood development is preferred. Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and lift 50 lbs.

Position Information:
$10 per hour
Positions could start as early as May 1, but no later than May 31, 2017, and end on August 4, 2017; additional hours may be available. Occasional weekends possible.
Free housing on-site may be available

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2017

Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
The Dawes Arboretum
HR/Summer Camp Counselor
7770 Jacksontown Road, SE
Newark, OH 43056


Environmental Professionals Training Program

This advanced training program is specifically designed for recent graduates and emerging conservation professionals, seeking direct experience and practical skills to enhance credentials and assist in career advancement opportunities.  

The Environmental Professionals Program provides specialized knowledge in conservation of natural resources, landscape management and horticulture through training alongside Arboretum staff.  Participants gain the skills necessary for conducting ecosystem restoration, invasive species control, plant propagation, wildlife monitoring and presenting educational programs, while networking with fellow conservation professionals in the field.


  • Restore wetlands, woodlands, streams, farmland and prairie ecosystems
  • Learn adaptive management using GIS applications, photo point documentation and other field research methods
  • Advance skill development in greenhouse operation, botanical research, seed collection and cleaning, proper planting, pruning and aftercare, herbarium mounting, collections records and database management  
  • Learn plant identification and invasive species management techniques
  • Conduct biodiversity surveys and vegetation monitoring protocols
  • Monitor wildlife & assist with nesting structure maintenance
  • Present educational programs on project outcomes
  • Engage volunteers and organize events


  • Degree in Ecology, Horticulture, Botany, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management or related field
  • Good organizational skills and computer proficiency (Windows, Word, Excel, etc)
  • Self-motivated, willing to learn  and eager to apply newly acquired skills
  • Independent decision making and problem solving ability
  • Desire to work outside at any time of year
  • Adherence to all standard operating procedures and safety protocols
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Able to maintain professional, positive interactions and communicate effectively in person and in writing
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required
  • Successful completion of pre-start background check

Compensation: The Dawes Arboretum provides on-site housing, all utilities, off-site training registration fees and optional licensure as compensation to participants (equivalent $2,000).*

Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive an Arboretum issued certificate of completion and if applicable, letters of recommendation. Residential training is provided at no cost to participants.

Terms: (FALL/WINTER) October 23 – April 29 & (SPRING/SUMMER) May 6 – October 7.   

How to Apply: Positions are awarded on a competitive basis.  Cover letter, resume and 2 letters of reference can be sent to:  Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, The Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark, OH 43056, email sbyrd@dawesarb.org

* Professional Training Program Opportunities & Career Skills Offered:

  • Advanced botany and vegetation monitoring techniques
  • Herbarium vouchering and collections
  • Native plant propagation, collection, pruning and care
  • Sustainable landscaping and design
  • Invasive species management
  • Project design and reporting
  • Plot delineation and photo point documentation
  • Arc GIS software applications, plant accessioning and map making
  • Grant writing, project management and budgeting  
  • Reforestation techniques
  • Butterfly monitoring protocols
  • Monarch rearing and tagging methods
  • Forest management
  • Hiking trail mapping and maintenance
  • Stream conservation and stewardship
  • Pond and wetland management  
  • Sustainable agriculture practices, soil testing and erosion control methods
  • Wildlife nesting structure installation and maintenance
  • Prairie establishment
  • Prescribed fire management
  • Bird monitoring protocols
  • Research plot establishment and maintenance
  • Wildlife management and nuisance trapping
  • Professional Development: Licensure as Commercial Herbicide Applicator (Reynoldsburg, OH)*
  • Professional Development: Ohio Invasive Plant Council Workshop (Columbus, OH)*
  • Professional Development: Long-term Butterfly Monitoring (Newark, OH)*
  • Professional Development: Buckeye Trail Association – Trail Adopter Training (Southeastern Ohio)*
  • Professional Development: Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Programming (Southeast Ohio)*
  • Professional Development: Society for Ecological Restoration Recent Graduate Membership (Great Lakes Region)*
  • Professional Development: Ohio Wetland Association Event (Central, OH)*


 Send General Employment Inquiries to:

Contact:  Jan Romine  |  740.323.2355 or 800.44.DAWES  |  jeromine@dawesarb.org  |  7770 Jacksontown Rd. Newark, OH 43056