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.
Under the direction of the Landscape Operations Director, the Landscape Horticulturist is responsible for landscape planning, installation and maintenance of beautiful landscapes and displays throughout the arboretum. This is a full-time position that will also have supervisory responsibility.
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Creation of landscape plans
- Installation and maintenance of landscape beds and gardens
- Tree and shrub developmental and rejuvenation pruning
- Annual plant propagation and landscape plant acquisition
- Presentation of gardening and landscape education programs
- Write content for garden interpretation
- Operation of standard landscape hand and power tools and equipment
- Supervision of seasonal staff and volunteers
- Assistance with snow and ice removal
- Plan, prioritize, organize and execute daily work plans
- Associate degree in Horticulture, Natural Sciences or related field.
- 3 years of demonstrated experience including some supervision.
- Strong communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal).
- Demonstrated knowledge of Zone 5 and 6 plants and their growth requirements.
- Solid understanding of garden soil maintenance.
- Must possess a valid State of Ohio Driver’s License.
- Must possess an Ohio Pesticide Certification or able to obtain it within the first six months of employment.
- Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours.
- Ability to stand, kneel, lift and walk for long periods of time.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
- Ability to work outdoors throughout the year in all types of weather.
- Consistent and regular attendance.
If interested, please forward a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references no later than Friday, September 29, 2017 to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 | email@example.com | 7770 Jacksontown Rd. Newark, OH 43056