Employment at Phipps
Phipps is looking for dedicated people with a passion for the green world. New opportunities are posted frequently so please check back often. Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter via email to email@example.com or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, 1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Phipps is an equal opportunity employer.
Or, request an application by filling out our contact form.
Full-time employees enjoy discounts in The Shop in the Park, The Shop at Phipps and Café Phipps, as well as free tuition for Phipps education classes. After a 60-day waiting period, full-time employees are eligible for health care, vision, and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave, paid holidays, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance. After one year and 1,000 hours, full-time employees qualify for the retirement program.
Studio Phipps Manager
Established in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate our historic glasshouse.
Phipps seeks a full-time Manager to lead and grow a fee/mission-based landscape design studio rooted in sustainable design and Phipps’ mission to demonstrate the important connections between the natural and built environments. The studio works with internal clients including research and education and collaborates with local universities as well as external clients with an emphasis on healthcare facilities, businesses, community groups and design firms in the Pittsburgh region. Studio Phipps offers its clients a unique perspective in identifying opportunities to connect humans to nature through biophilic and ecological design.
Principal responsibilities include managing a sustainable design and consulting group; working to develop, review and report on business development strategy, project leads and proposals to generate revenue for Studio Phipps; networking with local, regional and national companies and organizations to introduce them to Studio Phipps offerings/services; and providing original landscape designs to internal and external clients while managing other consultant’s services and deliverables.
The ideal candidate understands the interconnection between human and ecological health and wellness and has a passion for finding workable solutions to sustainability challenges. A Registered Landscape Architect is preferred; knowledge of, and the ability to work within, the frameworks of SITES, LEED, the Living Building Challenge and WELL Building is required; bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, civil engineering, environmental science or related field is required.
Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Volunteer Coordinator to organize the use of volunteer service in all areas of the Conservatory. The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, interview, place, evaluate and supervise all volunteers. This role will also plan and conduct regular orientation and continuing education, as well as track statistics and develop department strategies.
The successful candidate must be a caring “people person” with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, be detail-oriented and have excellent writing and communications skills. Computer skills will include Internet and Microsoft Office proficiency and a willingness to learn Volgistics volunteer management software. Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in coordinating volunteers is required for this position. The candidate must have Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) or must obtain certification within 12 months of hire. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Homegrown Garden Installation Coordinator
Homegrown is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ edible garden outreach program, dedicated to increasing access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. Homegrown fulfills these goals through vegetable gardening- by installing raised bed gardens at households and day care centers in underserved neighborhoods, and providing mentorship and resources. At this time, Homegrown is working in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Homegrown Garden Installation Coordinator to ensure that all aspects of the raised bed installation program are implemented effectively. The Garden Installation Coordinator will work in Homewood frequently, doing both physical installation and garden visits. With supervisory responsibility over two Installation Specialist Interns, the Installation Coordinator will plan seasonal workdays, coordinate the seed starting program, maintain all tools and equipment and assist with other organizational duties as needed.
The qualified candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or a related field and at least 3 years of experience with hands-on landscaping or vegetable gardening, proficiency with Microsoft office suite and the ability to interact with a variety of people around gardening and healthy eating issues. Knowledge of organic vegetable gardening practices is strongly preferred. Experience supervising outdoor work crews, a PA driver’s license and the ability to operate a pick-up truck are also required. This position is physically demanding and will require working outside in all weather conditions, including evening and weekend work. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package and a beautiful, unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Science Education Facilitator
Phipps is seeking a full-time Science Education Facilitator to assist with developing, implementing, and evaluating new and innovative youth-focused science education and teacher professional development initiatives in the areas of sustainability, conservation, art and science, mindfulness, scientific communication, citizen science, healthy living, horticultural therapy, and related topics. The Science Education Facilitator is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of youth programs administered on- and off-site for school, homeschool, after-school, scout, camp, formal and informal educator, and family groups. This role will assist the Director of Science Education and High School Programs Coordinator to develop, implement and evaluate middle and high school programs, including the FairChild Challenge program and summer internship programs.The successful candidate must have a passion for teaching and the environment, with experience leading engaging educational programming for youth and adults, preferably in an informal learning environment. Proficiency with internet, email software and Microsoft Office is required. Experience with basic image editing software is a plus. The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree focused in an area related to Phipps’ science education (environmental education, environmental social sciences, or the ecological or conservation-based biological sciences) with at least two years of relevant experience in the field of science education. Availability to work occasional weekends and holidays, a valid driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation for work-related travel is required (mileage reimbursed). Phipps offers a competitive compensation package and a beautiful, unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Science Education Research Manager
Phipps is seeking a full-time Science Education Research Manager to strengthen and create new and innovative research partnerships in the areas of communication and outreach, ecological health and wellness, human health and wellness, and education and social justice. The Science Education Research Manager is responsible for assisting in research related to those focus areas as well as coordinating all research activities for the department. This role will assist in developing and researching innovative programs that connect youth and the public to scientists and allow them to participate in research.
The successful candidate must have a passion for teaching, research and the environment, with a demonstrated ability to interact with children and the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner. Proficiency with computer software and data management, as well as experience with research including successful publications, presentations, and/or grant applications, is required. The candidate must have a Master’s degree or higher focused in an area related to Phipps’ science education (e.g., environmental education, the ecological or conservation-focused biological sciences, or environmental social sciences) and at least three years of relevant and responsible experience in the field of research/evaluation of science education in an informal learning environment. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package and a beautiful, unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Event Sales Administrator
As one of the nation’s oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, Phipps provides the perfect location for any special event. Phipps is seeking a full-time Event Sales Administrator in the Event Sales department to provide administrative support of Conservatory rentals. The Event Sales Administrator will promptly respond to Event Sales emails and telephone inquiries and take prospective clients on Conservatory tours. Preparing event estimates and contracts for clients, in addition to administrative duties for the department are essential duties. This role will also place and pick up alcohol orders, keep alcohol organized on site, pull alcohol for events and prepare final consumption totals.
The qualified candidate must have exceptional guest service, administrative and organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, including weekend and evening hours. Associate’s degree in related field and previous experience in events preferred; a valid driver’s license is required. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Part-time employees receive free parking and discounts in The Shop in the Park, The Shop at Phipps and Café Phipps. By maintaining an average of 15 hours per week, part-time employees can enroll in Phipps education classes tuition-free. After one year and 1,000 hours, part-time employees are eligible for the retirement program.
Science Education and Research Administrative Assistant
Phipps is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the Science Education and Research Department. The Administrative Assistant will answer and direct phone calls, manage event scheduling, maintain and file department paperwork/databases, update department web pages and participate in department activities as needed. Strong Microsoft Office and Internet skills are required. Two-year business school degree with office experience is preferred, along with a sincere interest in sustainability, science education and working around children and youth. Enjoy gift shop and café discounts, access to retirement plan and tuition-free education classes after meeting qualifications. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Guest Service Associates--Gift Shop
Phipps is seeking part-time Guest Service Associates with friendly smiles and outstanding customer service skills for The Shop at Phipps, our new and expanded museum store. The Shop at Phipps features botanical treasures including hand-crafted jewelry, books, gardening supplies, housewares and children’s accessories, with an emphasis on local, organic, sustainable and fair trade items. The ideal candidate will enjoy greeting, engaging and interacting with our guests while assisting in day-to-day gift shop operations! Applicants must have flexible schedules (15-20 hours per week), including weekday, Friday evening and weekend availability. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding.
Homegrown Intern - Summer 2015
Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. We fulfill our goals by installing raised bed vegetable gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods, and by providing mentorship and resources. The Homegrown Intern will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of this program, focusing on outreach and education. He/she will represent Homegrown at various community events, assist with site visits prior to installation and follow-up garden check-ins, prepare materials for monthly garden classes, help with seed starting and seedling care, and assist with other program duties as needed.
Bachelor's degree or current enrollment in an environmental science or education, food studies or related degree program, or equivalent experience required. Candidates must have at least one season’s experience in growing and maintaining a vegetable garden. This internship is 40 hours per week, from May-August 2015.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference HOMEGROWN INTERNSHIP in the subject line.
Homegrown Installation Specialist Intern--Summer 2015
Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. We fulfill our goals by installing raised bed vegetable gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods, and by providing mentorship and resources. The Homegrown Installation Specialist Intern works under the Garden Installation Coordinator to assist with all aspects of the raised bed installation program: preparing supplies, loading the truck, assembling and setting up beds, removing sod, unloading and moving soil, and clean-up. The intern will also help to implement two neighborhood beautification work days and assist with other program duties as need. The intern will work in Homewood frequently, doing physical installation and projects.
Candidates must have previous experience with hands-on landscaping or vegetable gardening, as well as familiarity and proficiency with the use of common landscaping tools. This internship is 32 hours per week, from May-August 2015.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please reference HOMEGROWN INSTALLATION SPECIALIST INTERN in the subject line.
Horticulture Internships--Summer 2015
Phipps is offering summer 2015 Horticulture internships to students interested in gaining practical, hands-on experience in horticulture. Interns will work with Horticulture staff and volunteers in an interactive environment to provide daily maintenance of the outdoor gardens at the Conservatory and Phipps Garden Center. Training will be provided in such skills as watering, planting, weeding, pruning, deadheading, mulching, propagation, IPM and plant identification, as well as other aspects of maintaining the gardens in exceptional condition. Work in the indoor gardens and Rooftop Edible Garden may also be included.
This 16-week paid internship takes place May through August 2015 and is flexible based on the intern’s academic schedule. Some weekend work will be required. Interns may participate in many of Phipps’ classes at no cost (except applicable material fees).
The student should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at least halfway through the course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student, majoring in horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental science, botany or a related field. Previous experience with gardening and landscaping work is preferred, and the student should enjoy physical, outdoor work in the Pittsburgh climate.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume by February 15, 2015 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference HORTICULTURE INTERNSHIP in the subject line.
Discovery Education Internship--Summer 2015
Phipps is offering a summer 2015 Discovery education internship to students interested in gaining practical experience in all aspects of a botanical garden education program focusing on informal, participatory learning experiences. The intern will work alongside the Discovery education staff and volunteers, assisting in developing and presenting Discovery and Discovery Garden Day activities, preparing supplies for activities in the Discovery Garden and Rooftop Edible Garden, engaging in conversation and interacting with children and adults while encouraging children to participate in activities, evaluating programs and guest interaction on an ongoing basis, and assisting in outreach activities at community events.
This 16-week paid internship takes place May through August 2015 and is flexible based on the intern’s academic schedule. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Interns may participate in many of Phipps’ classes at no cost (except applicable material fees).
The student should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at least halfway through the course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student, majoring in environmental studies, environmental education, biology or a related field. Previous experience working with children is a plus, and applicants must be willing to engage with children of different ages and transmit different levels of knowledge.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume by February 15, 2015 via email to email@example.com. Please reference DISCOVERY EDUCATION INTERNSHIP in the subject line.