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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 Development

The Dawes Arboretum, a non-profit, public garden committed to enriching lives through the conservation of trees and nature, is seeking a Director of Development who will build upon our solid foundation of fundraising by creating and implementing strategies that further enhance our overall financial resources.

Job Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, plan, develop and implement all fundraising strategies of The Dawes Arboretum.
  • Develop clear expectations, processes, systems, metrics and performance measures to guide development goals and efforts.
  • Initiate new relationships and maintain existing donor relationships. Strengthen those relationships through regular, relevant communications and stewardship.
  • Conduct grant research, proposal writing and reporting.
  • Oversee our growing membership program as well as the day-to-day activities of the full-time Membership Coordinator.
  • Plan member and donor recognition events and oversee donor database to ensure timely communications.
  • Participate as a member of the Arboretum’s Leadership Team, attend board meetings and serve on community teams.
  • Work closely with the marketing team to develop fundraising support materials and promotional strategies.


  • Bachelor’s degree; environmental or natural resource experience a plus.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated, comprehensive and successful fundraising experience.
  • Successful track record of cultivating and soliciting financial gifts and building a successful development program.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, effective fundraising strategies.
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal) for effective interaction with internal and external customers.
  • Experience working with and training volunteers.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and database management / fundraising systems.
  • Ability to engage and motivate staff, members and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational and time management skills and the ability to balance multiple projects in an environment that requires flexibility.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Director of Development. For full consideration, please include your compensation requirements within the cover letter. This position will close on Friday, November 17, 2017.


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