General Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Public Programs is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for administering, developing, promoting and evaluating the education programs for Tyler Arboretum.


  • Provide leadership, direction, management; develop immediate and long term plans to continue to develop a robust education program designed to meet the needs of various community constituencies.
  • Supervision of the full-time Youth Education Coordinator and part-time Educators. Youth programs include school field trips and outreach programs that serve approximately 7,000 students per year, 8-week summer camp, youth and family public programs, scouts, and eco-birthdays.
  • Supervision and oversight of Public Programs Assistant with responsibility for public programs for adults (part-time).
  • General oversight of Visitor Services, including supervision of Visitor Center Coordinator and Associates (5 part-time).
  • General oversight of the volunteer program and supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator (part-time).
  • Oversight of Vegetable Demonstration Garden and supervision of part-time seasonal Vegetable Gardener.
  • Oversight and coordination for the Butterfly House and volunteers.
  • Interpretation of Arboretum living collections, displays, and exhibits. Creation of informal visitor learning experiences for children and adults.
  • Work closely with other Arboretum staff to achieve organization growth. Assist with organizational planning, fundraising, special events, other interdepartmental projects and initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree, MS preferred in Education, Museum Studies, Horticulture or Public Garden Management.
  • This position requires thorough knowledge of the public garden field with particular emphasis on educational leadership, visitor services, and volunteer management.
  • At least seven years experience in public garden educational operations, including success in developing innovative educational programs, experience with interpretive signage and brochures, and experience working with volunteers.
  • Skill in supervising and managing diverse organizational and staff activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the organization.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency along with basic Microsoft Office products.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience; comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

Application: Applications will be accepted until September 4.  For full consideration, send a letter addressing pertinent qualifications and interest in the position.  Please send your resume and a writing sample with the name, address and phone number of three references to:

Rick Colbert
Executive Director
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063
Fax 610-891-1490