Arboretum Educator

Position: Arboretum Educator

Organization: Wilber D. May Arboretum



Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 23-acre living plant museum with over 4,000 native and adaptive plant species. The Arboretum’s mission is education, research, conservation, and to demonstrate how introduced plant species and native plants grow in a high desert environment.


Position Description

The Arboretum Educator, an AmeriCorps Member, will be an essential member of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum team. This person will be responsible for managing, implementing, and assisting the horticulturist with the May Arboretum Environmental Backpack program. This includes connecting and maintaining relationships with Washoe County School District teachers and other groups for this field trip program. This AmeriCorps member will also develop teacher training workshops to enhance the program in the classroom. The Educator will also create brochures, flyers, and environmental tour guides for the Arboretum and will train volunteers and docents.

Service Location: Reno, NV


Timeline for Service: September 2017- August 2018

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement and manage curriculum for the May Arboretum Environmental Backpack program;

  • Develop and implement teacher training workshops;

  • Provide annual program impact and status report to Horticulture Manager;

  • Create needs assessment and survey tools;

  • Develop brouchers, flyers, and environmental tour guides for the Arboretum;

  • Train volunteers and docents;

  • Reach out to the Washoe County School District, community, garden clubs, and other organizations and create relationships for field trips and volunteer service opportunities.



  • Passionate commitment to Wilbur D. May Arboretum’s mission and vision;

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, botany, horticulture or a related field such as biology, natural resource management;

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;

  • Exceptional writing skills;

  • Strong communication skills;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • High degree of initiative and spirit of service;

  • Experience working with teachers and volunteers;

  • Preferred: in-depth plant knowledge of native and adaptive plant species;

  • Preferred: familarilty with local climate and soil conditions;

  • Preferred: strong understanding of education standards and experience in curriculum development;

  • Preferred: experience teaching in formal or informal settings;

  • Preferred: experience working for environmental education centers, nature centers, and/or summer camps;

  • Preferred: Reading, writing and speaking competency in Spanish language.


AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $12,630, a $5,815 education award upon successful completion of service, healthcare, childcare coverage (for eligible members), and professional development opportunities throughout their term of service. If the member qualifies, they will also receive student loan forbearance and interest payments.  

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum Horticulturist, Bill Carlos, at Visit the TMPF website, or email/call Bill at (775) 785-4153 for more information.

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