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 cover letter, resume and salary history via email to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  No telephone calls, please.  Phipps is an equal opportunity employer.

Click on one of the sections below to access full-time, part-time or internship positions.

  • Full-Time

    Full-Time Positions:

    Full-time employees enjoy discounts in The Shop in the Park, The Shop at Phipps and Café Phipps, free tuition for Phipps education classes, and access to Wellness programs. After a 60-day waiting period, full-time employees are eligible for health care, vision, and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick 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.

     

    Assistant Curator of Horticulture

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Assistant Curator of Horticulture to continue to upgrade and maintain all aspects of the Conservatory’s collections program and develop our signature plant collections.  This will include the acquisition of plants for our permanent collections and changing exhibits, as well as the oversight of plant research and recordkeeping.  The Assistant Curator will work with the design team and other departments to present coordinated, exciting exhibits to the public and will have specific oversight of designated rooms and staff in the Conservatory.  The Assistant Curator will actively represent Phipps on a local and national level at horticultural-related events and on all plant-related topics.

    The qualified candidate must have a Master’s degree in botany, plant science, horticulture or related field and two years’ conservatory experience.  Knowledge of a vast plant palette, demonstrated expertise in general horticulture and the ability to research the needs of individual crops and suggest suitable plants to add to displays is required.  The qualified candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a desire to interact with the general public.  Travel, evening and weekend work may be required.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Director of Annual Giving

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Director of Annual Giving to develop and implement a successful fundraising and membership program, collaborating with the Director of the Capital Campaign and Major Gifts to ensure coordination.  The Director of Annual Giving will be responsible for the creation and execution of all fundraising activities pertaining to annual programs and membership and will oversee donor cultivation events.  This position will also oversee the writing of grant proposals for all Capital Campaign programs.

    A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred, along with five years of successful fund-raising experience in a charitable or non-profit organization at a senior level.  Experience with fundraising database software, specifically Raiser’s Edge, is preferred.  The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office products and have excellent written and verbal communications skills.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Display Horticulturist

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Display Horticulturist to be responsible for the design, installation, care and presentation of horticultural displays.  The Display Horticulturist will act as team leader for installation of shows, troubleshoot garden problems, evaluate crops for future display feasibility and work with the integrated pest management specialist to monitor and treat plant conditions.

    Knowledge of a vast plant palette, passion for native plants, and the ability to research the needs of individual crops and suggest suitable plants to add to displays are required.  The qualified candidate must have a minimum of a 4-year degree in an appropriate field with 1-2 years’ experience, or a 2-year degree with 5 or more years’ experience.  Design skills are a plus.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to interact graciously with the general public are required.  Evening and weekend work may be required.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and 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 responsibilities for the department are essential duties. 

    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.

     

    Gift Shop Coordinator

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Gift Shop Coordinator to provide an excellent level of guest service in The Shop at Phipps.  Essential duties and responsibilities will include training new employees, opening and closing the store and assisting patrons with their gift-buying needs.  The Gift Shop Coordinator will assist the Gift Shop Manager with various administrative responsibilities for the shop as well.

    The qualified candidate must have exceptional guest service skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Availability for all shifts, including evenings, holidays and weekends, is required.  Associate's degree and retail management experience preferred.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and a beautiful, unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Maintenance Laborer

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Laborer/Heavy Custodial worker to perform routine, heavy custodial and labor-related tasks.  Job duties will include cleaning and ensuring proper maintenance throughout facilities, securing the facility, setting up and tearing down classes and events, assisting with the installation for flower shows and special events and performing seasonal duties as needed.

    The successful candidate will have an excellent attendance record and a strong work ethic.  A valid PA driver’s license is required.  Must be available all shifts, including evenings and weekends.  Experience in a general laborer field is preferred.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Science Education Research Manager

    Application Deadline: 2/5/2016.  Phipps is seeking a full-time interdisciplinary scientist to serve as our Research Manager, responsible for coordinating all research activities for the Phipps Research Institute as well as conducting original research.  As part of a new and growing research department at Phipps, the Research Manager will assist the Director of Science Education and Research in strengthening and creating new and innovative local, national and international research partnerships in the research focus areas of Phipps, including:  science communication and outreach, ecology, human health and wellness, environmental education and social justice.  This role will also assist environmental educator staff in developing and researching innovative programs that connect youth and the public to scientists and allow them to participate in research.  The position consists of 50% research and program development and 50% management and coordination.

    Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. focused in an area related to Phipps’ interdisciplinary research interests (the focus areas listed above) and at least three years of relevant experience in research and evaluation.  The successful candidate must have a passion for interdisciplinary research with a demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team, as well as working with children and the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner.  Proficiency with computer software and data management, including SPSS, as well as experience with research, including successful publications, presentations, and grant applications, is required.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

    Application Deadline: 2/5/2016

     

    Senior Accountant

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Senior Accountant to prepare timely and accurate financial statements, oversee maintenance of Phipps’ accounting and financial records and administer financial policies and procedures, including the coordination of audits and compliance.  The Senior Accountant will prepare daily, monthly, quarterly and annual reports and will work with the chief financial officer to prepare Phipps’ annual budget and tax returns.  

    A bachelor’s degree in accounting and three years’ relevant experience is required.  Nonprofit experience and/or CPA certification is a plus.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Visitor Services Support Coordinator

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Visitor Services Support Coordinator to assist the Director of Guest Services in ensuring proper guest service operations and will serve as administrative support to the Director of Guest Service.  The Visitor Services Support Coordinator will coordinate with housekeeping and facilities to maintain adherence to cleanliness and safety standards in the Conservatory, ensuring spaces are prepared and set up properly for a magical guest experience.  Administrative support will include maintaining Guest Service calendars, financial procedures and data entry.

    The qualified candidate must have exceptional guest service and organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Weekend and evening availability is required.  Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred, with three years’ work experience and two years with supervisory responsibilities.  Experience in a museum environment preferred.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Volunteer Coordinator

    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.

  • Part-Time

    Part-Time Positions:

    Part-time employees receive discounts in The Shop in the Park, The Shop at Phipps and Café Phipps, and access to Wellness programs. 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.

     

    Event Assistants

    As one of the nation’s oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, Phipps provides the perfect location for any special event. Phipps is continuously seeking part-time Event Assistants 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. Enjoy gift shop and café discounts, tuition-free education classes and access to retirement plan after meeting qualifications. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Guest Service Associate

    Phipps is continuously seeking part-time Guest Service Associates with friendly smiles and extraordinary customer service skills to assist with general admissions and gift shop operations. Combine your love of people and plants to welcome guests to Phipps! The ideal candidate will enjoy greeting, engaging and interacting with our guests while assisting in day-to-day operations. Applicants must have flexible schedules (15–20 hours per week), including weekday, Friday evening, weekend and holiday availability. Phipps will be open extended evening hours the month of December. Enjoy gift shop and café discount, access to tuition-free education classes and retirement plan after meeting qualifications. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

  • Internships

    Internships:

    Interns receive discounts in The Shop in the Park, The Shop at Phipps and Café Phipps, and access to Wellness programs. By maintaining an average of 15 hours per week, Interns can enroll in Phipps education classes tuition-free.

     

    Discovery Education Intern

    Phipps Conservatory is offering a summer 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.

    The summer Discovery Education Internship runs from May through August, based on the student’s university schedule.  The Discovery Education Intern will work 40 hours/week for a maximum of 16 weeks.   Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at least halfway through course of study, or one year post-graduate from undergraduate program, or currently enrolled as a graduate student, majoring in environmental social sciences, environmental education, ecological or conservation-based biological sciences or 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.

    TO APPLY:  Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Application deadline:  February 20, 2016. 

     

    Horticulture Interns

    Phipps Conservatory is offering summer 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.

    The summer Horticulture Internship runs from May through August, based on the student’s university schedule.  Horticulture Interns will work 40 hours/week for a maximum of 16 weeks.  Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at least halfway through 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.

    TO APPLY:  Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Application deadline:  February 20, 2016. 

     

    Homegrown Intern

    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.

    A 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 paid internship is 40 hours per week, from May-August 2016.

    TO APPLY:  Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Application deadline:  February 29, 2016. 

     

    Homegrown Installation Specialist Interns

    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 needed.  The intern will work in Homewood frequently, completing 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 paid internship is 32 hours per week, from May-August 2016.

    TO APPLY:  Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position to hr@phipps.conservatory.org or Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Application deadline:  February 29, 2016. 

     

    Summer Internship for High School Students

    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer a paid summer internship for highly motivated Pittsburgh-area high school students who come from low-income communities. This year’s internship will run from June 20 – July 28. During these 6 weeks, interns will work Monday – Thursday from 9am to 4pm.

    The Learning for a Greener Future internship program offers a variety of work experiences, classes, community service projects, and field trips in the diverse fields of environmental and plant sciences.  Throughout the program, interns work with Phipps' skilled science education and horticulture staff, college interns and volunteers, as well as experts from Pittsburgh's environmental community.

    All applicants must be at least 16 years of age by June 20, have at least one year of school left to complete, and qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. Students with a strong interest in areas such as horticulture, sustainability, healthy living, and environmental science are encouraged to apply.

    For application and contact information, please visit the internship page: phipps.conservatory.org/hsinterns.

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