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Employment at Awbury

Awbury Arboretum is a 56-acre historic public green space located in Northwest Philadelphia, with a mission to preserve and interpret Awbury’s historic house and landscape, thereby connecting an urban community with nature and history.

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Interested in getting to know the Arboretum and growing your skills?  Click here to learn more about volunteering at Awbury.

After-School Instructor for Teen Training Program

About the “OWLS” Teen Training Program:

The Outdoor and Wilderness Leadership Skills (OWLS) Program is an 8-week, once a week after-school program designed to train young people from our neighborhood in outdoor recreation job skills (whittling, fire building, shelter construction, foraging, water collection, wide games), conflict resolution, emergency first aid, and skills managing preadolescent children. The program will be open to youth from the ages of 15-17 who are interested in working with children in an outdoor setting. Since this is our pilot year, we plan to enroll 12 students; in future, if this is successful, we may enroll up to 24 students. The program will conclude with job interviews for all students, and we will choose 2-6 students to become stipend-paid counselors-in-training (CITs) at our Awbury Adventures Summer Day Camp this summer.

 About the position:

The two instructors who will lead the course will be responsible for lesson planning, guidance, mentoring, teaching and demonstrating skills, and evaluating student progress. A basic course curriculum has been developed, but there will be a need for fine-tuning depending on the students.

Title: After-School Instructor

Hours: Part-time, 3-4 hrs. per week)

Reports to: After-school Coordinator

Time frame:   The program is 8 weeks long, and takes place for 2 hours one day a week (day TBD) from April 5-May 28. Classes will run from 5pm-7pm, but instructors will be expected to be present for the half hour before and after for set-up and clean-up (4:30-7:30pm)

Pay: $18-$20 per hour, based on experience

Location: Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Classes will take place outdoors


  • Education:  Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Education preferred
  • Experience:  A minimum of three years of experience working with young people or in a school setting or in community-based programming for youth. Experience working in urban communities and Black communities and/or communities of color highly recommended. While experience in wilderness skills is not required, a strong interest and willingness to learn are optimal
  • Skills:  Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to use word processing programs to create course materials and resumés; ability to build strong relationships with teens; ability both to lead and to take direction; must be collaborative and team oriented
  • Abilities:  Must be able to walk and stand for up to 2 hours, kneel, teach outdoors in varying weather conditions (cold, wind, rain, etc.)
  • Other: Must have commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; demonstrate a passion for working with youth

Requirements:  Must be able to pass all background checks as required by the organization; must agree to wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions while teaching this class.

The Awbury Arboretum Association is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your resume and a compelling cover letter to hsecrest@awbury.org for consideration.

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Lead Co-Teacher of Awbury Nature Days

Employment type: Part-time, 21 hours/week

Reports to: Rachel Schwartzman, Director of Awbury Nature Days

Regular hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 – 1:30 (plus 1 hr weekly afterschool meeting)

Location: Awbury Arboretum

About Awbury Nature Days:

Awbury Nature Days is a nature-based fully outdoor half day program for children ages 3-5 located in Awbury’s magical AdventureWoods.  We learn through exploration and play in the ever changing landscape of the woods.  A deep connection to nature, mindfulness and community are at the heart of this joyful Reggio-inspired program.  This is the pilot year of the program, and our aim is to expand our numbers and impact in the years ahead.  We are committed to growing the culture of outdoor nature based education in Philadelphia, and seek to serve diverse families from the local community.   Click here for more info about Awbury Nature Days.

We are 100% outdoors in the forest, with one cohort of 10-12 students plus two teachers.   School runs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9- 12:30.  In addition to keeping our cohort smaller and working/playing 100% outdoors, we will be following PA child-care guidelines for Covid-19 prevention and response. If closure is necessary, we will provide a hands-on remote curriculum.

Awbury Nature Days is a new program of Awbury Arboretum’s education offerings.  The arboretum includes a vibrant 56-acre historical landscape and house in the heart of Germantown, Philadelphia.  It is a treasured community resource, offering a wide range of programs and events.   


Position Overview:

Awbury Nature Days seeks a teacher who is reliable, energetic, kind, creative and attuned to the emotional and physical needs of young children. This teacher will participate in our 100% outdoors, nature-based, Reggio inspired program and is deeply excited to work with children in nature.  As a co-lead, this teacher will collaborate with a partner teacher in the daily life of the school and ongoing creation of a meaningful emergent curriculum.

Should the school be required to close due to Covid-19-related issues, the teacher will help create and design remote learning experiences. This position requires 21 hours per week beginning late August 2021.



  • Minimum of BA in early childhood education or education or related field
  • Experience and skill in caring for children ages 3-5 in a group setting (lead teacher experience preferred)
  • Experience with child-centered play-based education.  Has knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach (preferred) or another progressive early childhood approach (or be willing to learn)
  • Prior experience and/or deep excitement and interest in nature and nature based education in all kinds of weather
  • Strong communication and collaborative spirit
  • A flexible and open-minded personality
  • Experience attending to children’s individual well-being and hygiene
  • Attuned to children’s emotional needs, and use of positive, appropriate and supportive language
  • Ability to carry materials in and out, as well as ability to lift a child if needed (50 lbs)
  • CPR and background check
  • Experience in working with children and mindfulness, music, arts or creative movement are a plus
  • Background knowledge in local biology, flora and fauna is a plus



  • Plans, creates, organizes and cares for materials and activities directly related to nature based curriculum
  • Collaborates to implement site-specific nature based, emergent early childhood curriculum for children 3-5 years old.
  • Maintains a safe outdoor environment through regular risk assessments
  • Attends to the care and health related need of the children using best practices and a responsive approach
  • Daily observation and documentation of children’s learning, including ongoing contributions to child portfolios
  • Participates in communication with families including weekly updates, parent conferences, and social media posts
  • Weekly planning meeting with co-teacher
  • Attending professional development regularly to deepen practice
  • Commitment to all Covid safety requirements
  • Delivers meaningful remote learning experiences as needed, in collaboration with co-teacher
  • Attends and co-implements seasonal family events for families


Compensation and Growth Potential:

Compensation $20 per hour.

The co-lead teacher will play an important role in shaping the culture and practice of this pilot program, with potential to grow in terms of leadership, salary, and hours in the following years.


To Apply:  Please send resume and cover letter to Rachel Schwartzman at naturedays@awbury.org.


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Parking Attendant

Part-time, Seasonal

Parking attendants welcome and direct guests visiting for private rental events and community programming.

Shifts are most often on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays, generally 3-6 hours each.   Attendants should expect to work 1-4 shifts each month, Spring-Fall, and may choose their preferred dates to work in advance.


If interested, please contact Branda O’Neil at boneil@awbury.org.