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.
Seasonal Landscape Technician
Under the direct supervision of the Landscape Operations Director, the seasonal Landscape Technician performs routine, non-skilled grounds maintenance and general labor functions such as mowing, mulching, string trimming, and application of herbicides/pesticides. This is a non-exempt, 40+ hours a week position with an hourly rate of $11.00.
- Mow, string trim, prune, and mulch.
- Plant and water grass, trees, shrubs and flower beds.
- Apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
- Removes leaves and litter from grounds.
- Operate various motorized equipment.
- Assist in the daily maintenance of grounds keeping equipment.
- Assist with special projects as needed.
- High school diploma/general education degree (GED), or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be able and willing to work outside in all types of weather conditions.
- Ability to follow directions and work well with others.
- Ability to independently perform job requirements in a reasonable amount of time.
- Must be able to lift in excess of 50 pounds, walk frequently, bend, climb a ladder, stoop, dig, and raise arms above head.
- Must have a current valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
- Regular and timely attendance is essential.
E-mail your resume to email@example.com. In the subject line, include position title, Seasonal Landscape Technician. 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. Resident training is provided at no cost to participants.
Terms: (WINTER/SPRING) late January to late May or (SUMMER/FALL) early June to early November, 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadlines for applications are December 1, 2018 (for Winter/Spring term) and May 1, 2019 (for Summer/Fall term)
* 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 | email@example.com | 7770 Jacksontown Rd. Newark, OH 43056