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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.


Part Time Security Officer

Position Description

The part-time Security Officer provides the foundation of great visitor service by performing protective and enforcement functions in a professional and courteous manner. This position responds to emergency situations, undesired conduct, and disturbances in order to maintain a safe, secure and enjoyable environment. This position also performs functions of a routine nature to maintain a visual presence and be available for guest inquiries and service opportunities. This is a year-round, part-time (24 hours per week) position with rotating shifts, 7 days a week that alternates days, evenings and weekends as needed.

Job Responsibilities

  • Secure premises by patrolling property; inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points.
  • Conduct foot patrol and mobile patrol of Arboretum property.
  • Monitor alarm systems and respond to any alerts.
  • Provide first responder duties to all incidents on Arboretum property.
  • Train and assist staff and volunteers on emergency and safety procedures.
  • Partner with local emergency agencies when situations deem it necessary.
  • Ensure timely and thorough completion of reports.


  • High school diploma, or general education degree (GED) or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior Fire/EMT, law enforcement officer, or military police/security experience is a plus. Current or prior Ohio Peace Officer Basic training a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal) for effective interactions with staff, visitors and local emergency agencies.
  • Sound conflict/crisis intervention and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience performing responsibilities with professionalism, diplomacy, and objectivity.
  • Ability to work alternating shifts with flexible hours for weekends and rotating days off.
  • Possess or be able to obtain CPR, First Aid and AED certification.
  • Possess a current and valid Driver’s License.
  • As a condition of employment, candidate must be able to satisfy all pre-employment screenings; such as criminal background checks, drug screening and personal/ professional references.

To Apply

If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume no later than Friday, March 16, 2018 to smdrake@dawesarb.org.


Summer Day Camp Counselor

Come join The Dawes Arboretum summer day camp staff! Located on nearly 2,000 acres in southern Licking County, our camp has some of the most beautiful views in central Ohio. Share in the beauty and traditions that make Camp Dawes a special place for children to build memories.

Be a part of our dynamic team! We are currently interviewing for summer camp counselors for our 2018 summer program. If you are a positive and enthusiastic leader who is looking to make a difference in a child’s life, all while having fun, submit your resume today! The hours are for this position are Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct guidance and supervision to campers ranging in age from 6-14.
  • Create a safe, fun and positive camp atmosphere; engage campers in learning activities.
  • Facilitate program activities and lead campers in free time activities that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the campers, parents and caregivers.
  • Serve as a positive role model, and maintain the health, safety and welfare of all campers.
  • Promote and support the potential of all youth in programs and facilitate peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall camp experience.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children.
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
  • Ability to provide fun and innovative programs to youth.

To Apply

E-mail your resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org.  In the subject line, include position title, Summer Day Camp Counselor. This posting will remain active until all positions are filled.


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