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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.

Director of Education

The Dawes Arboretum, a non-profit, public garden committed to enriching lives through the conservation of trees and nature, is seeking an inspiring Director of Education to provide overall leadership, management direction, program development and strategic planning for the Arboretum’s educational programs. The ideal candidate will be an experienced visionary leader and creative thinker who embraces and exemplifies the Arboretum’s mission, vision and values. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) year round exempt level position that reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the leadership/management team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead staff in the design, development and implementation of education programs and services including on/off-site programs; pre-school and early childhood programs; middle and high school age programs; adult and senior programs; workshops; outreach programs; camps; and recreational programs and informal education experiences.
  • Oversee the planning and development of educational outreach activities including but not limited to scout programs, homeschool programs and strategic community partnerships. Oversee an annual calendar of special exhibitions and programs that attracts visitors and members.
  • Identify and prioritize department needs in alignment with the Arboretum’s strategic plan. Develop a comprehensive education strategic plan and ensure its integration. Strategically position education programs and services to generate earned revenue.
  • Implement and maintain a quantitative and qualitative program evaluation process that enables The Dawes Arboretum to measure and demonstrate program impact.
  • Lead or lend programming support and direction to Arboretum special events such as Maple Syrup Days, Arbor Day, Ohio Sustainable Landscape Symposium and Fall Festival.
  • Perform routine administrative tasks including but not limited to generating annual educational program calendar, registration forms, creating program agreements and contracts, completing purchase orders, invoices and content for promotional pieces.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, natural resources or other related major with experience in environmental education, science, environmental studies or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ demonstrated experience in education required, with additional experience in environmental or science education, outdoor learning, interpretation or school administration preferred or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ demonstrated experience in staff management, program planning and program development or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required sills, knowledge and abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic plans for sustainable success, and the ability to develop and implement tactical plans to advance overall strategy.
  • Proficiency and comfort using technology to maximize programming, outreach, and communications. Strong experience with data-driven analysis to guide strategy and decision making.
  • Impeccable communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal) for effective interactions with the public and community groups. Demonstrated experience with public speaking and providing presentations.
  • Comfortable interacting with the general public and providing extemporaneous educational experiences.
  • Superior organization and time management skills with a strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment that requires quick turn around and flexibility.
  • Ability to work outdoors, weekends and evenings when needed.

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Director of Education. For full consideration, please include your compensation requirements within the cover letter. This position will close on Sunday, June 3, 2018.


Guest Experience Administrator

Under the direction of the Guest Services Manager, the Guest Experience Administrator is primarily responsible for the planning, coordination, and/or execution of programs, rentals and special events at The Dawes Arboretum. This is a full-time (40 hour per week) non-exempt position. Evening and weekend hours are required to support our programs and events.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the assigned aspects of programs, rentals and events by handling bookings, logistics and meetings within budgetary guidelines including reservations, scheduling, permits, contracts, confirmations and setup/cleanup.
  • Responsible for budget related to rentals and events including but not limited to invoicing, receipt acceptance, and purchase orders.
  • Research, schedule and oversee vendors and catering during programs, rentals and events. Manage communications, process invoices and track receipt of payment.
  • Collaborate with internal customers on management of building space and use to accommodate the diverse set of needs across departments.
  • Assist with administrative aspects of programs and events, including but not limited to registration, confirmation and evaluation. Provide post-event/program reports, analysis and recommendations for future programs and events.
  • Plan and conduct program and event committee meetings collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Perform administrative and customer service related tasks, such as answering telephone, handling or referring calls/e-mails as appropriate. Perform general clerical duties including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, faxing, filing, and ordering supplies.
  • Assist Development department in donor and community events as well as with administrative tasks.


  • High School diploma or equivalent. Associate’s degree preferred.
  • Two (2) years’ guest experience in event coordination and execution; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal).
  • Demonstrated exceptional customer service skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications as well as web-based programs. Prefer solid working knowledge of Excel
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks while maintaining a high-level of attention to detail and professional quality of work under pressure.
  • Strong sense of urgency and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions.

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Guest Experience Administrator. For full consideration, please include your compensation requirements within the cover letter. This position will close on Sunday, May 20, 2018.


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:  Shirley Drake  |  740.323.2355 or 800.44.DAWES  |  hr@dawesarb.org  |  7770 Jacksontown Rd. Newark, OH 43056