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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.

Membership Coordinator

Under the direction of the Development Director, the Membership Coordinator implements The Arboretum’s membership program, which includes database management, membership recruitment, retention, and engagement efforts.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain The Arboretum’s member and donor database, manage all membership data input/output, and ensure accurate recordkeeping.
  • Enter membership gifts and data. Generate reports and other processes to effectively manage the membership program, events and communication efforts.
  • Partner with the Director of Development to identify prospective members; take steps to increase membership growth; attend key functions and event and find opportunities to network and/or make presentations on the benefits of membership; and develop systems to track effectiveness of recruitment strategies.
  • Implement the membership renewal process. Compose and edit membership letters and e-mails for renewing members. Coordinate membership renewal mailings, promotions and e-mails. Track membership and engage staff in member recruitment and retention.
  • Collaborate across departments to create member-only experiences.


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communication, public relations or related field, and/or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • At least two (2) years of demonstrated professional experience in member or donor services.
  • Experience with database management and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal).
  • Critical thinker with a strong work ethic, high level of attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in handling confidential information and interacting with members and donors.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, including the ability to analyze data and create engagement plans.
  • Ability to work well on your own, troubleshoot and resolve issues independently.
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours.

To Apply

If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume no later than Monday, January 20, 2020 to smdrake@dawesarb.org.


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.


  • Degree in Ecology, Horticulture, Botany, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management 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
  • Attentiveness to all standard operating procedures and safety protocols
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Ability 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


  • Learn restoration techniques appropriate for Ohio landscapes, such as wetlands, woodlands, streams, and prairie ecosystems
  • Learn adaptive management using GIS applications, photo point documentation and other field research methods
  • Advance skill development in greenhouse operation, 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

Specific Training & Career Skills Offered*:

  • Advanced botany and vegetation monitoring techniques
  • Herbarium vouchering and collections
  • Native plant propagation, collection, documentation, pruning and care
  • Sustainable landscaping and design
  • Invasive species identification and management
  • Project design and reporting
  • Plot delineation and photo point documentation
  • ArcGIS software applications and map making
  • Grant writing, project management and budgeting
  • Reforestation planning and forest management
  • Native butterfly monitoring
  • Monarch rearing and tagging
  • Hiking trail mapping and maintenance
  • Stream, pond, and wetland conservation and management
  • Sustainable agriculture practices, soil testing and erosion control methods
  • Wildlife nesting structure installation, monitoring and maintenance
  • Prairie establishment
  • Prescribed fire
  • Vegetative and wildlife research methods
  • Wildlife management and nuisance trapping
  • Environmental education and public engagement
  • Licensure as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator
  • Licensure as a Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator
  • Local conferences, workshops and professional development events, as available

*Please note that not every training opportunity is available for every cohort.

Compensation:  The Dawes Arboretum provides on-site housing, all utilities, off-site training registration fees and optional licensures 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.  Training is provided at no cost to participants.

Terms: WINTER / SPRING: mid-January to early June
SUMMER / FALL: mid-June to early November

The deadlines for applications are January 5, 2020 (for Winter/Spring term) and May 15, 2020 (for Summer/Fall term).

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


 Send General Employment Inquiries to:

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