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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.

Part-time Marketing Assistant

Position Description

Under the direction of the Marketing Manager, the part-time Marketing Assistant supports the marketing department by completing a variety of tasks that allow for the successful completion of planned marketing initiatives and events.

Job Responsibilities

  • Write and edit marketing pieces to enhance The Arboretum’s brand.
  • Assist with the design and creation of marketing materials such as newsletters, signs, postcards and advertisements by writing copy and formatting content and graphics.
  • Load program information into the online event calendar.
  • Design, write and distribute e-newsletter.
  • Inventory and manage distribution of Arboretum collateral.
  • Photograph Arboretum events and landscapes.
  • Manage writing requests for blog posts; edit/write blog posts and load onto website.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or related field; or a combination of education and applicable experience.
  • 1+ year of applicable experience in marketing, communications or graphic design preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal).
  • Strong problem solving, organizational and time management skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite and Adobe InDesign (experience with Adobe Creative Cloud a plus) and demonstrated experience with various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).

 To Apply

If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume no later than Friday, February 21, 2020 to smdrake@dawesarb.org.


Summer Day Camp Counselor

Come join The Dawes Arboretum summer day camp staff! Located on nearly 2,000 acres in 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 2020 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!

This is a non-exempt, 40 hours a week position with an hourly pay rate of $11.00. Camp counselor training will begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Camp Dawes sessions will run from June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct guidance and supervision to campers ranging in age from 6-11.
  • Serve as a positive role model, and maintain the health, safety and welfare of campers.
  • Plan and implement fun and age appropriate camp activities based around weekly nature, art, or environmental themes.
  • Manage camp program supplies and clean up after camp activities daily.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the campers, parents, and caregivers; provide excellent customer service to all visitors encountered at The Arboretum.
  • Promote and support the potential of all campers and facilitate peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall camp experience.
  • Provide excellent behavioral management for campers as needed.
  • Share camp administrative duties with fellow counselors including but not limited to organizing essential paperwork, making parent phone calls and occasionally ordering camp supplies.


  • 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

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