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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

The Dawes Arboretum has an immediate need for a part-time (24-28 hours per week) Security Officer. Scheduled shifts will vary to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Your purpose is to provide courteous protective and enforcement functions by being a visual presence on Arboretum property. You will champion our mission by leveraging your interpersonal skills to enhance the member and visitor experience and create long-term engagement. Problem solving, diplomacy, and customer service are just a few of the key skills essential for success in this role.

Some of the specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Provide for a great visitor experience by performing protective and enforcement functions in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Secure premises by patrolling property; inspect buildings, equipment and access points.
  • Serve as the first responder for all incidents on Arboretum grounds.
  • Complete reports efficiently and thoroughly.

We strive to provide a fulfilling work environment. Below are just a few of the reasons that you will want to join our team. We offer:

  • A safe and clean working environment
  • Competitive base pay
  • An environment where you can expect to be treated with dignity and respect

If you are inspired by what you have read so far, please submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating the following:

  • 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 preferred. Current or previous Ohio Peace Officer Basic training a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal).
  • Sound conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible, rotating schedule to include weekends, holidays and evenings.

E-mail your cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Part-time Security Officer before Sunday, January 24, 2021 to be considered for this opportunity.

 

Part Time Guest Services Representative

The Dawes Arboretum has an immediate need for a part-time (10-20 hours per week) Guest Services Representative. Scheduled shifts will vary to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Your purpose is to provide high-quality impactful customer service, whether by phone or in person. You will champion our mission by sharing accurate information/directions, promoting upcoming events, and providing assistance with gift shop transactions, memberships and program registrations. Attention to detail, ability to resolve issues and multi-tasking are just a few of the key skills essential for success in this role.

Some of the specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Warmly greet guests upon their arrival and ensure they feel welcomed by providing cheerful and courteous customer service, whether at the Gatehouse or in the Gift Shop.
  • Promote The Arboretum, its programs, classes and events.
  • Assist guests with admission into the Arboretum by verifying membership or accepting payment from non-members at the Gatehouse.
  • Operate the point of sale system and utilize various computer and internet programs.

We strive to provide a fulfilling work environment. Below are just a few of the reasons that you will want to join our team. We offer:

  • A safe and clean working environment
  • Competitive base pay
  • An environment where you can expect to be treated with dignity and respect

If you are inspired by what you have read so far, please submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating the following:

  • Previous demonstrated customer service and/or cash handling experience (1-3 months preferred)
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal)
  • Computer and Point of Sale proficiency
  • Ability to work a flexible, rotating schedule to include weekends, holidays and evenings.

E-mail your cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Part-time Guest Services Representative before Friday, November 6, 2020 to be considered for this opportunity.

 

Environmental Professionals Training Program

The Environmental Professionals Training Program is an advanced training program specifically designed for recent graduates and emerging conservation professionals, seeking direct experience and practical skills to enhance credentials and assist in career advancement opportunities.  This program provides specialized knowledge in conservation of natural resources and landscape management through training alongside Arboretum staff.  Participants gain the skills necessary to conduct ecosystem restoration, invasive species control, plant propagation, wildlife monitoring and presenting educational programs, while networking with fellow conservation professionals in the field.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Ecology, Horticulture, Botany, Natural Resources or related field
  • Good organizational skills and computer proficiency (Windows, Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and eagerness to apply newly acquired skills
  • Independent decision making and problem solving ability
  • Desire to work outside at any time of year
  • Ability to maintain professional, positive communication in person and in writing
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required
  • Successful completion of pre-start background check

Opportunities:

  • Learn hands-on ecosystem restoration techniques and natural resource management within wetlands, woodlands, streams, and prairie habitats
  • Apply adaptive management through a variety of field research methods
  • Utilize GIS applications, photo point documentation, and report writing
  • Develop skill in greenhouse operation, seed collection, and native plant propagation
  • Practice herbarium mounting, specimen accessioning and managing collections records
  • Learn native plant identification and invasive species management techniques
  • Conduct biodiversity surveys and vegetation monitoring protocols
  • Participate in wildlife monitoring projects and nesting structure maintenance
  • Present educational programs on project outcomes*
  • Engage volunteers and organize events*

*Some opportunities may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific Training & Career Skills Offered*:

  • Advanced botany and comprehensive vegetation monitoring techniques
  • Herbarium vouchering and collections
  • Native plant propagation and greenhouse care
  • Sustainable landscaping and habitat design
  • Invasive species identification and management
  • Project design and reporting
  • Research plot delineation and photo point documentation
  • ArcGIS software applications and map making
  • Grant writing, project management and budgeting
  • Reforestation planning and forest management
  • Long-term native butterfly population monitoring*
  • Citizen science monitoring, including monarch butterfly rearing and tagging*
  • Trail mapping, maintenance and wayfinding strategies
  • Stream, pond, and wetland conservation and management
  • Sustainable agriculture practices, soil testing and erosion control methods
  • Wildlife nesting structure installation, monitoring and maintenance
  • Prairie habitat establishment and maintenance
  • Prescribed fire management techniques*
  • Field methods for monitoring vegetation and wildlife populations
  • Wildlife management and nuisance trapping
  • Environmental education, public speaking and visitor engagement**
  • Licensure as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator (optional)
  • Licensure as a Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator (optional)
  • Local conferences, workshops and professional development events, as available**

*Please note certain training opportunities are seasonally dependent and may not be offered to every cohort.

**Some trainings (including conferences and educational workshops) may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compensation:

This program and the included trainings and licensures (see above) are provided at no cost to participants. The Dawes Arboretum also provides on-site housing and all utilities 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.

Please note that housing availability is currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terms:

WINTER / SPRING: mid-January to early June (Applications due January 5, 2021)
SUMMER / FALL: mid-June to early November (Applications due May 15, 2021)

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and one (1) letter of recommendation to Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, at  sbyrd@dawesarb.org.


 Send General Employment Inquiries to:

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