Fortlandia Exhibition Assistant

We are seeking enthusiastic, outdoor-loving, safety-minded assistants for our 2020-21 season of Fortlandia, an interactive exhibition of original forts by local artists, architects and designers. Exhibition assistants will work in our Texas Arboretum to assist guests, monitor the condition of the forts, and ensure that safety guidelines are being followed.

Essential Functions

Aids in sign installation, mulching and fort installation as needed to prepare for exhibition opening.
Assists in maintaining exhibition areas which may include raking, cutting bamboo, sweeping, etc.

Greets and interacts with guests while following social distance guidelines.
Staffs a Fortlandia information table or other exhibition areas to assist guests with questions, way-finding, first-aid supplies, etc.
Provides information about the forts in the exhibition to guests.
Monitors guests and their interactions with the forts to ensure safe behavior.
Aids in reuniting guests who have become separated from their family members.
Drives golf cart to provide rides in emergencies, haul materials, and refill water stations.
Reports suspicious or dangerous behavior to the University of Texas Police Department.

Monitors exhibition area on foot and performs safety checks on forts and signage.
Reports, ropes off and may assist in repairing any broken, sharp or unstable exhibition features.
Picks up any trash and disposes of it appropriately.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Assists with educational programming in the exhibition as needed.
Completes required paperwork such as incident reports for injuries.
Sends weekend summaries to Fortlandia staff and other communications as needed.
Complies with all safety policies, practices and procedures of the Wildflower Center.
Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
Exhibits reliable and punctual attendance.


High school diploma.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Attention to safety is essential. Certified in first aid and CPR or willing to become certified.
Ability to respond calmly and quickly in stressful situations.
Must be enthusiastic about working with diverse groups of people and have a desire to assist guests of all ages and abilities.

Ability to use handheld power tools, rakes and shovels.
Ability to walk on trails and natural ground cover for hours at a time.
Must be able to work outside and in all types of weather conditions.
Must be able to engage in moderate physical activity (bending, lifting, pushing/pulling).

Other Requirements

Possession of a current, valid Texas driver’s license.
Background and sexual offender registry checks.

Schedule and Pay Rate

This position reports for 15 – 20 hours per week from Sept. 7, 2020 – Feb. 14, 2021.
Hours are weekdays and weekends, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. through October.
The pay rate is $15 per hour.

A criminal history background check is required for all candidates under consideration for Wildflower Center positions. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

To Apply:

Email the following documents to [email protected]:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Three references

Please, no phone calls or drop-ins.