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.

     

    Director of Research and Science Education

    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a historic glasshouse and public garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been inviting visitors to discover and enjoy the natural world since 1893. In recent years, Phipps has transformed into one of the world’s greenest public gardens, serving as a model of sustainability for the next century and expanding its campus to include the first LEED certified visitor’s center in a public garden; the first LEED certified greenhouse (LEED Platinum EBOM); a revolutionary, energy efficient Tropical Forest Conservatory; and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a net-zero energy and water building that is the first in the world to meet four of the highest green building standards:  the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, Four Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), and Platinum WELL Building certifications. Through a dynamic slate of science education programs and outreach initiatives targeted to all ages and demographics, Phipps inspires and engages people to recognize the beauty, wonder and irreplaceable value of the natural world.  In all its services to the public, Phipps upholds a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

    Phipps seeks a Director of Research and Science Education to advance and oversee all research, science education and science communication programs at Phipps.  The Director of Research and Science Education will lead in the development of the Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement.

    Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement will focus on the following areas:

    Research

    • Conduct and publish original research on in environmental psychology with an emphasis on biophilia and human and ecological wellness, particularly at the intersection of the built environment and nature.
    • Increase the number of relationships and collaborative efforts with academic and medical professionals focused on sustainability, conservation, education, public health and psychology, including publications, presentations, on-site research projects, and advisory activities.
    • Oversee all research at Phipps through the Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement. Advise and facilitate development of research programs at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.
    • Emphasis will be placed on the continuation of research collaborations now underway with local universities and organizations.

    ​Science Education

    • 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.
    • Supervise a staff to create original research-based sustainability and environmental education programs for children, families and communities, connecting them to nature, promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles, and increasing knowledge and awareness of science and the environment.
    • Incorporate social science research practices into science education programming, in order to evaluate program impact on learning and behavior, and, based on this evaluation, further improve and expand these programs and share results in the field.
    • Position Botany in Action as a national model for research and science communication.
    • Incorporate science education into all interpretation and programming.
    • 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

    Other

    • Pursue funding from governmental agencies and national and local foundations which support innovative and creatively integrated research and science and community engagement programming.
    • 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.
    • 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. in environmental social sciences, eco or environmental psychology, environmental education, or the ecological or conservation-focused biological sciences. A plant focus is preferred, along with PhDs with an emphasis on interdisciplinary science.
    • Relevant experience 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.
    • Experience managing multiple simultaneous projects and supervising staff in a team environment.

    Phipps offers a competitive compensation package and a beautiful, unique atmosphere.  Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history and three professional references when responding.

     

    Event Sales Manager

    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 Manager to promote, schedule and oversee all aspects of rentals at Phipps. This events professional will be responsible for developing strategy and achieving sales objectives while representing Phipps’ brand to clients. Duties will include managing client relationships and coordinating all event details, ensuring a magical guest experience. The Event Sales Manager will be responsible for maintaining appropriate accounting of rental expenses and income, focusing on yielding revenue for the company. Leading the Event Sales team, the Event Sales Manager will develop and implement policies, train and supervise Event Sales staff members and research best practices to uphold the highest quality and industry trends.

    The qualified candidate must have exceptional guest service and organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. A Bachelor's degree and minimum of two years' experience in events management required, experience in a museum setting is preferred. Evening and weekend hours required. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Guest Service Associates

    Phipps Conservatory seeks full-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 fulfilling key roles in day-to-day operations. Full-time Guest Service Associates will train new hires and help set the standard for team performance, while displaying exemplary communication skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks at once.

    Applicants must have flexible schedules, including weekday, evening, weekend and holiday availability. Phipps will be open extended evening hours during the months of December and January.  Previous guest service experience is required. Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history when responding.

     

    Homegrown Garden Installation Coordinator

    Homegrown is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ edible garden outreach program, dedicated to increasing access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children.  Homegrown fulfills these goals through vegetable gardening, by installing raised bed gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods, and providing mentorship and educational resources.  At this time, Homegrown is working in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. 

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Homegrown Garden Installation Coordinator to ensure that all aspects of the raised bed installation program are implemented effectively. The Garden Installation Coordinator will work in Homewood frequently, doing both physical installation and garden visits.  With supervisory responsibility over two Installation Specialist Interns, the Installation Coordinator will plan seasonal workdays, coordinate the seed starting program, maintain all tools and equipment and assist with other organizational duties as needed.

    The qualified candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or a related field and at least 3 years of experience with hands-on landscaping or vegetable gardening, proficiency with Microsoft office suite and the ability to interact with a variety of people around gardening and healthy eating issues.  Knowledge of organic vegetable gardening practices is strongly preferred.  Experience supervising outdoor work crews, a PA driver’s license and the ability to operate a pick-up truck are also required.  This position is physically demanding and will require working outside in all weather conditions, including evening and weekend work.  Phipps offers a competitive compensation package 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.

     

    Marketing Assistant

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Marketing Assistant to ­­­­­assist with daily operations of the Marketing department. Duties will include administrative support for the department, as well as assisting with public relations, advertising and social media. Responsibilities will include writing web content, press releases and e-newsletter copy, assisting with media tours and events and administrative reporting. The Marketing Assistant will also research marketing trends for the department and participate in strategic planning initiatives.   

    The qualified candidate must be able to work independently and be detail-oriented with excellent written, verbal and visual communications skills, including expertise in spelling, grammar, proofreading and creative writing. Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or related field is required for this entry-level position. 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.

     

    Wellness and Sustainability Specialist

    Phipps is seeking a full-time Wellness and Sustainability Specialist to act as a change agent, connecting human and environmental health within Phipps and other organizations. The Wellness and Sustainability Specialist will serve as an advocate, inspiring others by sharing the knowledge Phipps has gathered about sustainability and connecting human and environmental health in our design projects and operations. This will be done by serving as a consultant in Studio Phipps in areas related to wellness and sustainability. Studio Phipps offers its clients a unique perspective in identifying opportunities to connect humans to nature through biophilic and ecological design. The Wellness and Sustainability Specialist will offer expertise on developing and implementing targeted sustainable and wellness practice standards to both operations and the built environment.

    Principal responsibilities will be to serve as a consultant within Studio Phipps, leading a sustainable design and operations workshop series to educate outside organizations on specialty topics related to the Living Building Challenge, WELL, SITES and LEED. Additional topics include: biophilia, worksite wellness, integrative and green design, etc., as well as to network with local, regional, and national companies and organizations to expose them to the offerings of Studio Phipps related to wellness and sustainability. The Wellness and Sustainability Specialist will also work internally at Phipps, overseeing initiatives related to the WELL Building Program in design and implementation and providing resources to encourage staff to adopt healthier lifestyle choices at Phipps and at home.     

    The ideal candidate understands the interconnection between human and ecological health and wellness and has a passion for finding workable solutions to wellness and sustainability challenges. A bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness, or a related field, along with an understanding of sustainability and biophilia principles is required. Candidates with a design, environmental, construction or related degree will be considered if they have demonstrated knowledge of human health. LEED project experience required. LEED, WELL and SITES AP preferred. The selected candidate must be able to become WELL AP certified if not already. 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 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.

     

    Guest Service Supervisor

    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is seeking a part-time Guest Service Supervisor to assist the Admissions and Gift Shop Managers with the organization and day-to-day operations of the guest service area.  Duties include opening and closing Admissions and the Gift Shop, greeting the public and assisting guests at the Conservatory, training, and supervising Guest Service Associates.  The qualified candidate must have exceptional customer service skills, a minimum of two years' increasingly responsible retail/customer service experience and excellent computer skills.  Weekend, evening and holiday availability is required; museum/nonprofit experience 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.

  • 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.

    Summer 2017 Internships

     

    Discovery Education Internship

    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 activities, preparing supplies for activities in the Discovery Garden and Rooftop Edible Garden.  This internship will focus on engaging in conversation and interacting with children and adults while encouraging children to participate in activities. The intern will gain experience in evaluating programs and guest interaction on an ongoing basis, and assisting in outreach activities.

    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; this is a paid internship.   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, 2017. 

     

    Homegrown Internship

    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.

    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 2017.

    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, 2017.  

     

    Homegrown Installation Specialist Internships

    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, assembling and setting up beds, removing sod, unloading and moving soil, and clean-up.  The intern will also help to implement 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 2017.

    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, 2017.  

     

    Horticulture Internships

    Phipps Conservatory is offering a summer Horticulture Internship to students interested in gaining practical experience in a botanical garden setting. Horticulture interns work with Phipps’ staff in various capacities to plant and maintain the public gardens and conservatory plantings. 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. Phipps’ innovative “green” features and plans for the future are part of the educational component. This internship provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in horticulture, public gardening or landscape design to gain practical, hands-on experience in a renowned horticultural institution. 

    The summer Horticulture Internship runs from May through August, based on the student’s university schedule.  The Horticulture Intern will work 40 hours/week for a maximum of 16 weeks; this is a paid internship. 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 sciences, botany or related field. Previous experience with gardening or landscaping work is preferred.  Interns must enjoy doing physical work outside in the Pittsburgh climate which is often hot and humid and be willing to work both independently and in groups.

    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, 2017.

     

    Outdoor Garden Internship

    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, ideally beginning in April.  This paid 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.  Application deadline:  February 20, 2017.

     

    Phipps also offers paid High Shool Internships in June and July.  More information about high school internships can be found on the internship page: https://phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs/for-educators/high-school-internships/

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