The Arboretum at Penn State


Thank you for your interest in employment at The Arboretum at Penn State. Occasional openings for positions on the Arboretum staff will be announced on this page and on the Penn State Careers website.

All applications are submitted electronically at Instructions for using the Penn State site are available at

Announcements for paid seasonal internships to work with the horticulture crew or with the children’s garden education staff are posted in November, December, and January on the Intern with Us page.


Director of The Arboretum at Penn State

The Arboretum seeks an individual with a strong record of effective leadership of a public garden, arboretum, or affiliated organization. The successful candidate must have experience with articulating an organizational vision and identifying and coalescing support for that vision. Experience in a research institution or an affinity and understanding of research activities and demonstrated success in working collaboratively across academic disciplines is preferred.  

The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of successful fundraising, as well as experience in working with a diverse range of supporters, including those within the local community and others with an interest in horticulture and education. Read more details at and in the position guide below:

Position Guide – Director of The Arboretum at Penn State

Part-Time Natural Lands Program Assistant
Position #: REQ_0000024356

The Natural Lands Program Assistant is a part-time position housed within The Arboretum at Penn State. The incumbent works under the leadership of the Arboretum’s Director of Operations to plan, document, and coordinate day-to-day natural lands restoration activities. Primary focuses are the Arboretum’s Hartley Wood parcel and its Gerhold Wildflower Trail; and the adjacent prairie restoration site. In addition, the incumbent may assist with the planning and implementation of other projects located in the Arboretum’s natural areas. This is a paid part-time, year-round position, with a typical commitment of 20 hours/week during the academic year and up to 40 hours/week during the summer. Starting wage rate is $16/hour. Exact start date is negotiable.

Read more details at Arboretum Natural Lands Program Assistant 2022.pdf.
A direct link to the posting is as follows:


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