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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 Guest Services Representative

The Dawes Arboretum has an immediate need for a part-time (10-20 hours per week) Guest Services Representative. Scheduled shifts will vary to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Your purpose is to provide high-quality impactful customer service, whether by phone or in person. You will champion our mission by sharing accurate information/directions, promoting upcoming events, and providing assistance with gift shop transactions, memberships and program registrations. Attention to detail, ability to resolve issues and multi-tasking are just a few of the key skills essential for success in this role.

Some of the specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Warmly greet guests upon their arrival and ensure they feel welcomed by providing cheerful and courteous customer service, whether at the Gatehouse or in the Gift Shop.
  • Promote The Arboretum, its programs, classes and events.
  • Assist guests with admission into the Arboretum by verifying membership or accepting payment from non-members at the Gatehouse.
  • Operate the point of sale system and utilize various computer and internet programs.

We strive to provide a fulfilling work environment. Below are just a few of the reasons that you will want to join our team. We offer:

  • A safe and clean working environment
  • Competitive base pay
  • An environment where you can expect to be treated with dignity and respect

If you are inspired by what you have read so far, please submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating the following:

  • Previous demonstrated customer service and/or cash handling experience (1-3 months preferred)
  • 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.

E-mail your cover letter and resume to smdrake@dawesarb.org with the subject line: Part-time Guest Services Representative before Friday, November 6, 2020 to be considered for this opportunity.


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