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.
Director of Science Education and Research
Phipps is seeking a Director of Science Education and Research to develop and oversee all science education, science communication and research efforts at Phipps. The Director of Science Education and Research will incorporate research into science education, conduct original research and participate and/or oversee collaborative research with universities and other organizations. He or she will be responsible for building cutting-edge programming focused on using the botanic garden and other informal learning venues at platforms for imparting knowledge and inspiring behavior change. Emphasis will be placed on the continuation of research collaborations now underway with local universities and organizations, including the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University and others.
• Incorporate science education into all interpretation and programming.
• Build cutting-edge programming in science and environmental education focused on using the botanic garden and other informal learning venues as platforms for imparting knowledge and inspiring behavior change.
• Incorporate social science research practices into science education programming in order to evaluate its impact on learning and behavior. Based on this evaluation, further improve, expand and develop these programs and share results in the field.
• Position Phipps as one of the premier organizations in the United States for children, connecting them to nature and fostering an appreciation of science and the environment. An example of some of our current programs:
- The Fairchild Challenge
- High School Internship for Under-Resourced Youth
- Green and Growing
- Youth Seasonal Camps
• Conduct and publish on original research in environmental psychology or in a related area relevant to Phipps.
• Increase the number of relationships and collaborative efforts with research scientists in sustainability, conservation, education, public health and psychology.
• Position Botany in Action as a national model for research and science communication.
• Explore and enhance opportunities for collaborative activities and partnerships with local academic and medical communities.
• Foster associations with professional and amateur botanical communities on regional, national and international levels.
• Lead and promote research to bring the science of nature to individuals of all education levels, with a strong emphasis on children.
• Advise and facilitate development of research programs at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.
• Assist and collaborate with all departments at Phipps in all areas of Phipps’ activities, with a particular emphasis on education, evaluation, interpretation, messaging and research.
• Develop and oversee programs designed to teach scientists on how to communicate to the public.
• Help write grants and solicit funding to support Phipps’ research and discovery-based education.
• Serve as spokesperson and advocate of science education programs and research on regional, national and international levels.
• Assist with the development and growth of the Biophilia Network.
Education and Qualifications:
• Ph.D. preferred in environmental education, eco or environmental psychology, the ecological or conservation-focused biological sciences or environmental social sciences.
• Relevant experience in the field of science education in an informal learning environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work with children and adults in a pleasant and courteous manner to convey a positive message of activism and responsibility for the conservation of plants and ecosystem integrity.
• Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking.
• Proficiency with computer software packages including Microsoft Office.
• Excellent organization skills.
• Experience managing multiple simultaneous projects and supervising staff in a team environment.
Contact Information: Applicants should send cover letter, curriculum vitae and three professional references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include salary history in your cover letter. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
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. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Promptly responding to Event Sales emails and telephone inquiries.
• Taking prospective clients on Conservatory tours.
• Preparing event estimates and contracts for clients; managing payments for rental events; maintaining pertinent information in spreadsheets.
• Placing and picking up alcohol orders; keeping alcohol organized on site and pulling alcohol for events; preparing final consumption totals.
• Administrative duties for the department, e.g., recording minutes, preparing purchase orders, scheduling meetings, etc.
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. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Receptionist--Center for Sustainable Landscapes
Phipps’ new Center for Sustainable Landscapes—a facility for education, research and administration—opened in 2012 and is poised to be the first building in the world to achieve the highest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge™, LEED® Platinum and SITES™ certification.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Receptionist for the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Greeting and directing all visitors to the building.
• Answering incoming calls and directing calls to appropriate staff members.
• Receiving, sorting and processing incoming mail; coordinating express mail services.
• Assisting in the ordering, receiving, stocking and distribution of office supplies.
• Scheduling and completing meeting room and conference arrangements.
• Providing administrative assistance as needed.
The qualified candidate must have excellent telephone, verbal and written communication skills, present a professional appearance and possess exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills. Business school or high school diploma or equivalent required, with one year’s relevant work experience. 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.
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! Applicants must have flexible schedules, including weekday, Friday evening and weekend availability. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding.
Homegrown is Phipps' edible garden outreach program, dedicated to increasing access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices and improving the overall health of families and children. Visit here for more program information. Phipps is seeking a Homegrown Intern to be involved in all aspects of this unique program, from community outreach and education to helping shovel soil and plant tomatoes. In 2014, Homegrown is entering its second year, and the intern will be involved in helping to establish and expand the program and to work with new initiatives. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Representing Phipps and Homegrown at various events, helping with outreach and recruitment.
• Assisting with site visits and garden check-ins with families and day care centers throughout the summer.
• Helping with raised bed installations, including at times directing small groups of students or volunteers with installation tasks.
• Preparing materials for monthly garden classes and aiding in outdoor class demonstrations.
• Helping with seed starting and seedling care.
• Working with youth outreach education initiatives.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or current enrollment in environmental science, environmental education, food studies or related degree program, or equivalent experience. One season’s experience in growing and maintaining a vegetable garden is required, as is a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding.
Integrated Pest Management Intern
Phipps is seeking an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Intern to assist in developing and coordinating Phipps’ IPM program in the Conservatory, production houses and outdoor gardens, including the newly installed Center for Sustainable Landscapes, with the goal of minimizing pesticide use while maintaining the health and beauty of all plants throughout the Phipps campus. Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Working closely with the IPM Specialist to monitor and diagnose all plant health problems, biotic and abiotic.
• Aiding in implementing the IPM program for structural pest control.
• Keeping the IPM database current and maintaining records of control measures implemented and the associated monetary costs.
• Aiding in designing, implementing, collecting and analyzing data for a research project on a relevant topic.
• Keeping abreast of current best practices regarding IPM recommendations and practices.
• Recommending the least toxic course of action for treating pests and diseases, being prepared to think outside the box.
Applicants should have a strong interest in entomology, plant pathology or a related field and must be at the junior year of college or above, majoring in a relevant field. Requirements also include a minimum of one year’s experience (academic or applied) with IPM, as well as experience with research, experimental design or statistical analysis. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding.