Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation

Tram Driver

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is looking for an experienced driver to drive a 38-passenger tram on the grounds of the Arboretum. The ideal candidate is friendly, safety conscious and a good communicator.

Typical duties and responsibilities will include driving tram with guests, conducting daily safety and pre-trip inspections, pre-trip cleaning and light maintenance, taking tickets, managing tram loading, providing tour narration, assisting guests with strollers and wheel chairs and answering basic questions about the Arboretum. Driver must be able to deal professionally and effectively with all types of people.

Work includes Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for 4 hours each day with occasional evenings for weddings and weekdays and for special tours. The working environment includes exposure to noise, odors, drafts, variable outside temperatures and occasional inclement weather.

Must be 18 years of age with a Class B driver’s license with a Passenger endorsement and possess a clean driving record. Driver must pass a Department of Transportation physical exam and pre-employment alcohol/drug screening. Six months of experience driving a tram is preferred.
Salary DOE

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Robin Sease, Manager of Visitor Education Services at robin.sease@arboretum.org

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager uses platforms ranging from social media to print publications to YouTube to enhance services, participation and support for the large regional community served by the L.A. County Arboretum.  Duties include managing website, monthly e-newsletter and e-blasts; timely social media postings of activities, events and upcoming classes using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other platforms;  publishing bi-annual members magazine including stories and calendar; creates and implements an annual engagement plan supporting the larger organizational goals and strategic plan.  The Communications Manager is an employee of the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation.

Required Skills:

Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use social media practices in a non-profit, preferably with experience in museums or cultural/educational institutions; demonstrated editing, writing, copy-editing and WordPress skills; strong personal computer skills including desktop publishing and word processing; working knowledge of print layout, pre and post production; effective oral and written communication skills.  Strong detail orientation and commitment to accuracy; ability to work independently within a flexible team environment.

Required Education and Experience:

BA in marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, social media/marketing or related field with at least three years’ experience; a minimum of five years managing a website and local media; three years’ experience producing a print publication.  Museum, education or similar experience is preferred.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

The Arboretum is a 127-acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. Located east of Los Angeles in the city of Arcadia, the Arboretum is home to plant collections from around the world, as well as 19th century architectural landmarks representative of important chapters of California history.  The Arboretum hosts over 350,000 annual visitors, in addition to serving 20,000 students a year through school programs and adult education.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  No calls or faxes please.

Please email letter of interest and cv to:  Jennifer.vs@arboretum.org

Or mail directly to:

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

ATTN: Jennifer Van Stralen

301 North Baldwin Ave.

Arcadia, CA  91007

Summer Nature Camp Science Educator

The Arboretum Summer Nature Camp is an extraordinary program that offers nature adventure, the science behind gardening, cooking from the garden and arts and crafts focused on nature and the outdoors. The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is currently seeking a qualified, enthusiastic, creative educator that can bring the highest quality of commitment and caring to our campers. Instructors must enjoy teaching, being outdoors, and creating innovative, hands-on experiences for active and curious young minds. Below are the three areas that applicants must have a working knowledge of to be a possible fit.  Listed below are also necessary requirements that all applicants must fit to be considered.

Science – A strong science background is a must! The instructor must be able to design and implement a nature science program teaching campers ages 5-11 about ecology, the environment, and the animals and plants found here at The Arboretum. The instructor must also be able to lesson plan and teach these concepts through hands on, creative projects, games, scientific experiments, demonstrations, and nature hikes.

Gardening– Knowledge of seeds and plants a must! This will introduce campers to the world of gardening such as using sustainable materials and teaching how to be environmentally sustainable. Project-based learning is encouraged with daily, weekly, and camp-long projects. This instructor will keep inventory and use supplies creatively to prevent waste and to stay within budget.

Outdoor Activity – Experience creating and implementing games and activities for young children.  The instructor must be able to create fun activities, suitable for 5-11 year olds, which foster an appreciation of nature and the environment.  Games can be facilitated with age appropriate debriefing at the end to enhance the educational value.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Approach education with passion and excitement!
  • Responsible for leading groups of 10-20 kids throughout the day’s science and recreation activities with the help of 5-8 counselors and the Camp Director.
  • Lead class and recreation group rotation
  • Build positive group dynamics among our camp team
  • Interact with parents in a professional and energetic manner
  • Give positive reinforcement to campers
  • Help cultivate confidence and self-esteem, as well as a natural love for learning.


  • Love working with kids!
  • College Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Geology or related field or equivalent science teaching experience
  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Experience working with K-5th grade children
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Three or more years’ experience facilitating youth education in informal education or in the classroom
  • Responsible and dependable
  • A good role model with strong academic standing
  • Previous camp experience required
  • Contagious enthusiasm and charisma
  • Team player

Educators must be available for the entire 9 week program and for up to 20 hours prior to camp starting for lesson planning.  Actual camp sessions are Monday – Friday, June 6 – August 12th.  There will also be an instructor planning and orientation meeting prior to the beginning of camp; date TBD. Salary is: DOE.  40 hours per week are, 8:00-4:30 which includes a 30 minute mandatory lunch break.  Instructors are expected to create lesson plans and supply lists for each session and have them submitted by the required date.  Instructors are also required to submit updates to the camp blog twice a week.  All supplies are provided.  Prior to employment, all candidates will go through a background check including fingerprinting by LA County.

Please send your resume to: Chris Orosz, School Programs Coordinator, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007, or e-mail: chris.orosz@arboretum.org

No faxes please.

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