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Holden Forests & Gardens is not just a great place to visit, it’s a wonderful place to work. Discover the opportunities now available for potential employees and interns.

Holden Forests & Gardens is an equal opportunity, ADA Employer and a Drug-free Work Place.

Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden — whose mission is to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.  The 12th largest public garden in the country, HF&G has over 17,000 member households and more than 380,000 annual visitors who enjoy inspirational and educational experiences. HF&G is making a positive impact in the region and beyond through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses. 

When you join HF&G, you join a team of professionals who are passionate about improving Northeast Ohio’s communities through our mission-driven programs. By joining HF&G, you will not only have the opportunity to work in a beautiful setting, but you will also have the opportunity to contribute to our fulfilling and groundbreaking work. 

To apply for a position at Holden Forests & Gardens, click on the job title below. From there you will be directed to the specific application process for each role.

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Academic Instructor

Teach engaging plant and nature-related educational programs at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and at locations around Cleveland!

We are seeking some enthusiastic individuals to deliver educational programming at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and off-site to support our outreach efforts at local schools and recreational centers. Must be comfortable interacting with students in preschool through 8th grade. This part-time contractor work occurs mostly in the morning and early afternoon, Tuesday through Friday during the school year. Some outreach programming takes place during after school hours. Holden Forests & Gardens is looking for someone reliable and dedicated who can work well with students and other educators. A natural science and/or teaching background (formal or informal), and a love of plants and the natural world is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Qualified applicants interested in our Botanical Garden Academics Instructor position should review complete job description here then submit a résumé and 3 professional references to Lexi Carter at

Birthday Party Guide

The Education department seeks an organized, creative, and friendly team member to support the Public Programs Coordinator as a Birthday Party Guide. Guides will set up, greet the Birthday family, lead, and tear down aspects of themed birthday parties at the Holden Arboretum. Birthday parties are held for children four (4) to fifteen (15) years of age. This position’s primary location is at the Holden Arboretum which spans 3,600 acres; the 200 core acres include themed gardens, trails, and plant collections with access to natural areas.


Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Qualified applicants interested in the Birthday Party Guide should review complete job description here then submit résumé and 3 professional references to Dana Lettl at

Summer Environmental Education Instructor

The Education department is seeking dynamic facilitators who love children and the great outdoors to lead day camp programs at both Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum during the summer of 2023. Individuals and LLCs interested in contract-based income and group activities that foster ecology, community, and creativity should apply. We are looking for instructors who have a background working with young people and familiarity with environmental education and enthusiasm for recreation are a huge plus. Holden Forests & Gardens will provide the curriculum, training and quick references you need to succeed in delivering these unforgettable experiences. Must be comfortable interacting with families and children ages 6-13. This full-time contractor work occurs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 5th to August 4th and be available for training week of May 30, 2023.

Qualified applicants interested in being Environmental Education Instructors should review the complete job description here then submit a résumé and 3 professional references to Tom Masaveg at

To apply for current open positions, please click on the job title above to take you directly to the application process for each role. For general questions email:

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