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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 $11.00.

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, 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