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.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Display Horticulturist to be responsible for the design, installation, care and presentation of horticultural displays. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Horticultural duties within multiple Conservatory display rooms, including watering, deadheading, planting, mulching, pruning, fertilizing and integrated pest management.
• Acting as the team leader for installation of seasonal flower shows and exhibits that occur in designated Conservatory rooms.
• Evaluation of crops to determine future feasibility for displays.
• Monitoring, diagnosing and treating insect, disease, physiological and cultural conditions.
• Working with other departments to provide plant material needed for classes, camps and Conservatory activities.
• Responding to inquiries from the public regarding plants and care, as well as writing articles, giving tours and teaching classes.
A bachelor's degree in horticulture or plant-related field is required, along with knowledge and practice of highest industry standards for planting, pruning and maintenance. A Pennsylvania pesticide applicator license must be acquired within six months of hire. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Grower-Production to provide care and propagation of plants from seeds and cuttings, as well as stock plants. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Producing and growing plants for permanent collections, outdoor plantings and exhibits, including all flower shows, with a focus on Phipps’ specialty crops (e.g., Fall Show chrysanthemums).
• Propagating plants (seeds, cuttings, divisions) and caring for stock plants and production crops, including watering, fertilizing, pinching, pruning, repotting, pest scouting and pesticide application.
• Working with Greenhouse Foreman to determine and meet propagation and production schedules.
• Maintaining conditions of production houses, including controlling weeds, ventilation, temperature and sweeping floors.
• Assisting with installation, maintenance and tear down of flower shows, special exhibits, display rooms, outdoor gardens and special projects as required.
• Responding to inquiries from the public regarding plants and care.
A bachelor's degree in horticulture or plant-related field is required, along with knowledge and practice of highest industry standards of plant production. Must be able to work independently and must acquire a Pennsylvania pesticide applicator license within six months of hire. 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.
Discovery Education Internship 2014
Phipps is offering a summer Discovery Program Education internship to students interested in gaining practical experience in all aspects of a botanical garden education program focusing on informal learning experiences. The intern will work alongside the Discovery Education staff and volunteers in various capacities in the Discovery Program, including assisting in developing and presenting Discovery and Discovery Garden Day activities, preparing supplies for activities in the Discovery Garden and 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 2014 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 January 31, 2014 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference DISCOVERY INTERNSHIP in the subject line.
As one of the nation’s oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, Phipps provides the perfect location for any special event. Phipps is seeking a part-time Event Assistant to assist at weddings, receptions, showers, holiday parties, corporate meetings and other events throughout the year. Candidates must have a flexible schedule, including the ability to work weekday evenings and weekends. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding.
Guest Service Associate
Phipps is seeking a part-time (15-20 hours per week) Guest Service Associate with a friendly smile and extraordinary customer service skills to assist with general admissions and gift shops. Combine your love of plants and people to welcome guests to Phipps! The applicant must have a flexible schedule, including Friday evening and weekend availability. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding.
Science Education Internship 2014
Phipps is offering a Science Education internship to students interested in gaining experience in youth-focused education and outreach initiatives in the areas of environmental conservation and sustainability, art and science, and healthy living, with the core of building a positive relationship between humanity and the environment.
The intern will work closely with Science Education and Research staff and volunteers to a) develop and teach cross-disciplinary, participatory programs including summer camps, out-of-school and weekend programs for youth and families, on-site and off-site school programs, scouts and brownies badge programs, programs for homeschool groups, and outreach for under-resourced youth, b) assist in developing programs that connect youth to environment-focused scientists and provide educational enrichment for formal and informal educators, and c) represent Phipps at community events, online as applicable, present on Phipps’ innovative green initiatives, and other potential duties as needed.
This paid internship spans 12 months, starting January 2014, with up to 40 hours/week during the summer months and 15-20 hours/week during the school year. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Free parking and free tuition for many of Phipps’ classes (except applicable material fees) are available.
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. The degree focus must be in an area related to Phipps’ Science Education and Research department, e.g., environmental education, environmental social sciences, environmental communications, ecological or conservation-based biological sciences, or nutrition and dietetics. A valid driver’s license and a car to use for transport for off-site programs (mileage reimbursed) are preferred. The student must be willing and able to engage public of all ages, have excellent team member and multi-tasking skills, be creative and willing to adapt to changing scenarios, be punctual, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about and committed to helping connect youth and youth-related adults with nature and nature-based sciences. Experience working with youth is a plus.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume by December 31, 2013 via email to email@example.com. Please reference SCIENCE EDUCATION INTERNSHIP in the subject line.