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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 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 full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position with an hourly rate of $12.00.

Job Responsibilities

  • 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.

To Apply

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


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 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


  • 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.


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.


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