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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.

Guest Services Representative (Part-Time)

The part-time Guest Services Representative is the first point of contact for guests to the Arboretum. Under the direction of the Guest Services Manager, the Guest Services Representative warmly greets and welcomes visitors; provides information, directions and assistance; processes gift shop transactions; assists with program registrations; and processes memberships. This position will also provide telephone reception and perform clerical duties.  This is a 10-20 hour per week, non-exempt position.

Job Responsibilities

  • Welcome guests upon their arrival and ensure they feel welcomed at both the gate house and the Gift Shop by providing cheerful and courteous customer service.
  • Promote The Arboretum, its programs, classes and events.
  • Assist guests with admission into the Arboretum by checking membership or taking payment for non-members at the gate house.
  • Operate the point of sale system and utilize various computer and internet programs.
  • From the gate house, direct guests to Visitor Center, parking areas and/or areas of interest, as needed.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • One to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous demonstrated customer service and/or cash handling experience.
  • 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.

To Apply

E-mail your cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Part-time Guest Services Representative.

Administrative Assistant

The Dawes Arboretum is seeking a dynamic Administrative Assistant for our Grounds & Maintenance departments. The ideal candidate will be a successful multi-tasker with impeccable customer service and organization skills as well as possess a positive, can-do attitude and be detail-oriented. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) year-round non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Landscape Operations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Handle office tasks, such as filing, copying, generating reports, setting up meetings, and maintaining various records.
  • Schedule and organize activities such as meetings, travel and department events for all staff of the department. Provide real-time scheduling support by booking appointments and preventing conflicts.
  • Screen phone calls and route callers to appropriate staff member. Respond to routine inquiries from staff and public. Maintain polite and professional communication.
  • Type and design general correspondence, meeting minutes, forms, letters, charts, tables, etc. Proofread copy for spelling, grammar and layout, making appropriate changes. Responsible for accuracy and clarity of final copy.
  • Prepare and reconcile various financial paperwork such as expense reports, invoices, receipts, etc.
  • Maintain supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; evaluating new office products; placing and expediting orders for supplies; and verifying receipt of supplies.


  • High School diploma or General Education Degree (GED) or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience. Associates degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ demonstrated experience in an administrative or clerical role.
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite with the ability to type 45 wpm. Smartsheet experience a plus.
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings when needed.

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Administrative Assistant. This position will close on Monday, January 21, 2019.

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 sbyrd@dawesarb.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  |  smdrake@dawesarb.org  |  7770 Jacksontown Rd. Newark, OH 43056