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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.


Seasonal/Temporary Security Officer

The seasonal 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 customer service opportunities. This is a seasonal/temporary, part-time (24 – 28 hours per week) position that requires the ideal candidate to be flexible in their scheduling (available for evening, weekend and holiday shifts). We expect this position to conclude by or before mid-December.

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 of 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 preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal) for effective interactions with staff, volunteers, visitors, guests, and local emergency agencies.
  • Sound conflict intervention and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience performing responsibilities with professionalism, diplomacy, and tact.
  • Ability to work alternating shifts with flexible hours.
  • Obtain and maintain CPR, First Aid and AED certification. Possess a valid Driver’s License.

To Apply:
If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume no later than Sunday, July 5, 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