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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.


History Department Internship

Internship Description

The Dawes Arboretum is offering a paid summer internship in our History Department. The ideal intern will assist with a variety of tasks including staffing the History Center, conducting Daweswood House Museum tours, archival organization and scanning.

The Dawes Arboretum’s History Archives houses numerous boxed and archived items including: photographs, tree dedicator items, books, paintings, letters, journals, manuscripts, booklets and catalogs, photograph albums, annual reports and ledgers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Sort materials in archives.
  • Inventory, relocate and/or photograph/scan historical objects.
  • Ensure accurate updates into the collection management software.
  • Lead weekend tours of the Daweswood House Museum.
  • Staff the History Center on selected weekends.

Our Requirements

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in History or minoring in History.
  • Understanding of archives and public history.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Past Perfect.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and interpersonal) for confident public speaking.
  • Ability to work forty (40) hours per week with some weekend work.
  • Must possess a current, valid driver’s license.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background check and drug screen.

Position Information

  • $10.00 per hour
  • Internship begins mid-May through mid-August 2018
  • Free housing may be available

To Apply

If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume no later than Friday, February 23. to smdrake@dawesarb.org.   In the subject line, please indicate “History Internship”.


Summer Day Camp Counselor

Come join The Dawes Arboretum summer day camp staff! Located on nearly 2,000 acres in southern Licking County, our camp has some of the most beautiful views in central Ohio. Share in the beauty and traditions that make Camp Dawes a special place for children to build memories.

Be a part of our dynamic team! We are currently interviewing for summer camp counselors for our 2018 summer program. If you are a positive and enthusiastic leader who is looking to make a difference in a child’s life, all while having fun, submit your resume today! The hours are for this position are Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct guidance and supervision to campers ranging in age from 6-14.
  • Create a safe, fun and positive camp atmosphere; engage campers in learning activities.
  • Facilitate program activities and lead campers in free time activities that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the campers, parents and caregivers.
  • Serve as a positive role model, and maintain the health, safety and welfare of all campers.
  • Promote and support the potential of all youth in programs and facilitate peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall camp experience.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrated experience working with children.
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).
  • Ability to provide fun and innovative programs to youth.

To Apply

E-mail your resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org.  In the subject line, include position title, Summer Day Camp Counselor. 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. Residential training is provided at no cost to participants.

Terms: (FALL/WINTER) October 23 – April 29 & (SPRING/SUMMER) May 6 – October 7.   

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

* 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  |  hr@dawesarb.org  |  7770 Jacksontown Rd. Newark, OH 43056