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 email@example.com 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 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.
Guest Service Administrator
Phipps is seeking a full-time Guest Service Administrator to answer and direct incoming calls to Phipps Conservatory’s main telephone, manage administrative duties and assist in the organization of Guest Service areas, relay information and maintain smooth operations, and respond to guest complaints and emergencies as needed. The Guest Service Administrator is essential to the success of Conservatory operations.
The successful candidate will have exceptional guest service and organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. A bachelor's degree and prior receptionist experience are preferred. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
High School Program Coordinator
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is seeking a full-time High School Program Coordinator to oversee the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps and the high school internship program. Information about these programs can be found at: https://phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs/for-educators/fairchild-challenge/ and https://phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs/for-educators/high-school-internships/.
Responsibilities include developing relationships with appropriate schools and community partners, implementing programs throughout the school year and coordinating our high school internship program to expose high school students to exciting aspects of science and horticulture. The qualified candidate must have a passion for teaching and the environment and 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). Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
Internal Events Manager
Phipps is seeking a full-time Internal Events Manager to coordinate special events, assuring all details are provided for before, during and after an event. The Internal Events Manager will establish goals and develop proposals to maximize revenues and minimize expenses for special events, adhering to monthly and yearly event budgets. The Internal Events Manager will coordinate with other departments, vendors and volunteers to ensure events are run successfully, directing assistants and Facilities crews during events, for a magical guest experience.
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 prior event planning and supervisory experience. 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 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.
Outdoor Display Foreman
Phipps is seeking a full-time Outdoor Display Foreman to manage the daily details of specific outdoor gardens, assuring exceptional horticulture and immaculate maintenance at all times. Essential duties and responsibilities will include planting and maintaining outdoor gardens, diagnosing plant health concerns (both physiological and stress related), and soil management while incorporating best sustainable practices into daily routines. The Outdoor Display Foreman will assist with the garden design for upcoming seasons, prepare gardens prior to events, and supervise staff, interns and volunteers. Putting a friendly Phipps face on horticulture, the Outdoor Display Foreman will lead tours, write articles, and respond to general garden inquiries from the public and the press.
A bachelor's degree in horticulture or related field is required, as well as a minimum of five years’ work experience in a botanical garden. Must be able to operate a bobcat, forklift and other equipment as needed and acquire a Pennsylvania pesticide applicator license within six 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.
Phipps is seeking a full-time Research Scientist to join a 1.5 year grant-funded, limited appointment research project focused on better understanding our connection with nature. This project is part of a collaboration with colleagues at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL and will involve using eye-tracking technology. The Research Scientist will join the Phipps Research Institute and will assist the Director of Science Education and Research in formalizing the research protocol including: submission to the human subjects review, finalizing instruments, securing research equipment, recruiting participants, leading data collection, analyzing data, and assisting in presentation of data. The Phipps Research Institute is a new and growing research department at Phipps focused on interdisciplinary research in the fields of: science communication and outreach, ecology, human health and wellness, environmental education and social justice.
Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Biology, Psychology, or another relevant field. The successful candidate will have demonstrated information and project management skills, excellent communication skills through a record of publication and public presentations, previous experience with analyzing eye tracking data (or similar experience). Proficiency with computer software and data management, including SPSS, as well as experience working with human subjects and preparing Institutional Review Board documentation. Please include a cover letter, resume, salary history and list of 3 references when responding.
Application deadline: 5/27/16
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 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.
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.
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.
Phipps offers paid summer internships in Horticulture, Discovery Education and Homegrown, running from May to August. These 2016 summer internships have been filled at this time. Information on summer 2017 internships will be released in January 2017.
Integrated Pest Management Internship
Phipps is seeking an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Intern to assist in carrying out Phipps’ IPM program in the Conservatory, production houses and outdoor gardens, with the goal of minimizing pesticide use while maintaining the health and beauty of all plants throughout the Phipps campus. The IPM Intern will work with the IPM Specialist to monitor and diagnose all plant health problems, recommend the least toxic course of action for treating pests and diseases, and maintain the IPM database.
The IPM Internship is a paid internship that runs for 5 months beginning in summer 2016. The successful candidate will 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, or a college graduate. Requirements also include a minimum of one year’s experience (academic or applied) with IPM, including training in common horticultural pests and diseases. Experience with research, experimental design or statistical analysis is preferred. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.
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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