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.

     

    Community Outreach Coordinator

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Community Outreach Coordinator to develop, manage and coordinate outreach programs for Adult Education.  This will include the coordination of Homegrown, a community based garden installation program that helps families in underserved neighborhoods grow and prepare vegetables in raised bed gardens at their homes (more information about Homegrown can be found here: https://phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs/for-communities/homegrown/. The Community Outreach Coordinator will work in Homewood frequently, performing family and youth educational programming for community based initiatives, recruiting participants, scheduling garden installations and providing on-going garden support.

    The qualified candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Environmental Science, Education or a related field and experience with organic vegetable gardening.  Experience working in underserved communities, as well as with diverse ages, is preferred.  The ideal candidate has a willingness to interact with the general public, co-workers and volunteers in a pleasant and courteous manner, a valid driver’s license and consistent access to a personal vehicle.  Evening and weekend work may be required.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package and a beautiful, unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Data Services Manager

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Data Services Manager to participate in all day-to-day and long-term data management, member and gift processing, and stewardship activities.  The Data Services Manager will supervise the staff/volunteers that perform these services, directing staff in support of information and records management systems, including the maintenance and enhancement of those systems.  This position will serve as the liaison between Development, Membership, Visitor Services and IT in effective management of all systems needed to perform the work of these teams. 

    The candidate must be a professional, highly motivated and reliable individual with comprehensive knowledge of development and membership activities, with particular emphasis on information systems, constituent data management, membership annual programs, development annual and campaign, prospect management programs, constituent stewardship, and office operations.  A bachelor’s degree or 3 or more years of direct experience is required; museum/nonprofit experience is a plus.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package and a beautiful, 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.

     

    Let's Move Pittsburgh Program Assistant

    Let’s Move Pittsburgh is a program that is focused on reducing childhood obesity through healthy eating, increasing physical activity and decreasing screen time to lead children toward a healthier future.  Phipps is seeking a full-time Let’s Move Pittsburgh Program Assistant to support the Let’s Move Pittsburgh team with program implementation.  The Let’s Move Pittsburgh Program Assistant will participate in managing the LMP Champions Program, including management of a grant/award program and interaction with grantees.  The Program Assistant will assist with the planning of health education events and activities held onsite and offsite in schools and community settings, as well as provide research and administrative support.

    The qualified candidate must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail. Bachelor’s degree in related field and previous experience in all or one of the following is preferred: nutrition, working in or with schools, community development, public health. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and 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.

     

    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.

  • 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.

     

    Discovery Education Specialist

    Phipps is seeking a part-time Discovery Education Specialist to implement and staff interactive educational programs and demonstrations to be offered to visitors at Discovery carts throughout the Conservatory.  The Education Specialist will assist in developing activities, games and crafts and help with planning family-friendly events. The qualified candidate should be enthusiastic, outgoing and enjoy working with children. Strong Microsoft Office and Internet skills are required. Interest in botany, plant biology or science education is preferred, along with a sincere interest and knowledge in horticulture, sustainability and green living.  This position includes working on weekdays and weekends, 15-20 hours per week.  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.

     

    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 Associates

    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.  

     

    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. 

     

    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.  

     

    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.  

     

    Outdoor Garden Intern

    Phipps is seeking an outdoor garden intern to work with horticulture staff, other interns and volunteers to plant and maintain the outdoor gardens at Phipps.  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.

    The Outdoor Garden Intern will work 15-20 hours/week for a total of 250 hours over the summer months.  This internship is open to anyone with previous gardening experience and a genuine interest in working at a botanical garden! Previous experience with gardening and landscaping work is preferred, and the intern 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.  EOE.

     

    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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