Staff & Jobs


Current job and internship openings are listed below. If you are interested in an internship with us not listed, please contact our Executive Director at lynne.nemeth@thearb.org.

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Lynne Nemeth

Executive Director, ext.109
lynne.nemeth@thearb.org

Lynne Nemeth was appointed Executive Director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff in February of 2012. Prior to moving to Flagstaff in 2006, she served as Executive Director of the Howard County Conservancy, a land trust and environmental education center in Maryland. She has an extensive background as a non-profit administrator, and has worked for environmental, health, human services, and arts organizations. She holds an M.M. in Music Performance, and an M.A. in Environmental Studies, and teaches a freshman seminar about endangered species at Northern Arizona University. She has researched and written special reports about philanthropy and presented papers about gray wolf (Canis lupus) conservation at national and international conferences. She is certified in Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization, and has studied tracking with Paul Rezendes, John McCarter, and Jim Halfpenny. Nemeth has sung professionally, and currently performs with the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and the Arizona Mountain Chorale. She lives with her husband, two horses, a dog and cat, and seven chickens.

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Dr. Kristin Haskins

Director of Research, ext.114

Kris started with The Arboretum in 2006 after a three-year post-doc at Northern Arizona University (NAU) working in a mycorrhizal ecology laboratory. After growing up in New Hampshire, Kris moved to Lexington, KY where she completed her B.S. and M.S. in Biology at The University of Kentucky. She then attended NAU for her dissertation work in piñon-juniper ecosystems. Currently, her research interests include conservation ecology of rare plants, restoration ecology and developing native plant materials for re-vegetation. Kris recently completed co-editing a technical book on plant reintroduction entitled, Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils, with her dear colleague Dr. Joyce Maschinski. Dr. Haskins lives happily with her husband, two boys, two horses, two dogs, five chickens and four fish. In her rare spare moments, she enjoys horseback riding, reading juicy fiction novels, and playing with her kids.

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Christi Sorrell

Director of Horticulture, ext.119

Christi Sorrell, native to the Philadelphia region, fell in love with the western United States 12 years ago after working in Yellowstone National Park for a summer season. After returning to Pennsylvania to finish her degree in Liberal Studies and Environmental Science, Christi fully engaged with her western dream to serve a season in backcountry resource management and search and rescue in Sequoia & King’s Canyon National Park. She served 3 years with Student Conservation Association repairing recreation damaged deserts in Southern California in partnership with the BLM, led a fire effects inventory team in Southern Utah for the USFS and the Arizona Strip BLM to allow for data based and informed fire management planning in southwest forest systems, and led a native plant conservation team on the Panamint Plateau based in Congaree National Park. Christi has worked for the National Park Service for much of the past decade focused in native vegetation and forestry throughout California National Parks. Christi most recently served 6 years at Grand Canyon National Park as the Native Plant Restoration Project Lead and then the Hazard Tree Mitigation and Native Forest Health Coordinator. She begins 2015 anew at the Flagstaff Arboretum and fills her time with ice and in-line skating, mountain biking, trail running, and hiking.

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Coreen Walsh

Public Programs Manager, ext.110
coreen.walsh@thearb.org

Coreen joined the team at The Arboretum in the summer of 2016. Born and raised in Phoenix, she is happy to call Flagstaff her home after living in San Diego, California for 8 years. She loves to travel and her excitement for new people and places has taken her to destinations including Uganda, Ethiopia, Ireland, Chile, Argentina, and Peru. Most recently, she hiked 1,500 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail with her fiancé. She has spent several years working at nonprofits to coordinate programs and events that bring people of all ages together to better understand and care for the natural world. In addition to teaching outdoor and garden education, she loves growing vegetables, sleeping outside, and enjoying good food with family and friends.

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Victoria Leone

Marketing and Events Manager, ext.124
victoria.leone@thearb.org

Victoria has a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California. After graduating in 2007, and living in Guam for 2 years, she spent years traveling with her Park Ranger husband and two daughters within the National Parks, crossing the country in their RV twice. Victoria thoroughly enjoys the event planning, coordinating and executing process and has a passion for design and creativity. Victoria began at the Arboretum in summer 2015 and quickly moved into a permanent management position and is so excited to be staying with the Arboretum! In addition to the design, marketing and event process, in her spare time Victoria loves camping, hiking and traveling with her family, design in every form and DIY projects.

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Alexis Holle

Facility Rentals & Membership, ext.106

Alexis Holle has lived in Flagstaff since 2000. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a BFA in Painting, she headed west in search of an artistic and open-minded community in which to raise her then infant son. She found what she was looking for in Flagstaff, and has been an active member of the downtown cultural scene ever since. In addition to her artistic roots, she has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having worked for several restaurants and catering companies over the years. She was also the owner and proprietor of Sundara, a boutique, art gallery, coffee house and music venue formerly located in downtown Flagstaff, from 2007-2013. She currently works as the Facility Rentals Manager for the Arboretum, as well as a freelance wedding and event planner, designer and consultant.

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Sheila Murray

Research Botanist, ext.112

Sheila’s main interests are the rare and endangered plants of the Colorado Plateau, and she contributes to The Arboretum’s mission by collecting, growing, and studying these native plants. Sheila grew up in the small ghost town of Jerome, AZ and has always had a love of the outdoors. She moved to Flagstaff to pursue a career in the natural sciences, and received her B.A. in Environmental Sciences from Northern Arizona University. She has been on the plant research track at The Arboretum since 2001. When she finds free time, she enjoys river rafting, hiking, cross-country skiing, creating botanical illustrations and indulging in other forms of artwork. Most of her free time activities inevitably include botany in some fashion.

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Lynn Shellberg

Office Manager, ext.107

Lynn Shellberg grew up in the tri-state area of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. She moved to Arizona in 1979. Her desire to return to the seasons brought her to Flagstaff with her husband Tom. Lynn has an AAS in Electronic Technology, BS in Criminal Justice Studies and is a Certified Public Manager through ASU. She worked for Motorola for ten years and the State of Arizona for 17, where she took early retirement. She served more than two decades in management and training positions resolving large scale, high visibility issues and developing several training documents, procedures and policies. Along with management, she has provided training in skills such as trouble shooting, investigations, production, customer service, public information research and parenting classes. She enjoys mentoring, hiking, exploring, reading, coloring, building snowmen and writing, among other things.

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Tom Shellberg

Facilities Manager, ext.115

Tom grew up in the Midwest and moved to Arizona in the late 70's. He did a few stints in the Air Force, which provided extensive technical training and also enabled him to travel the world. After serving, he went on to work for several large electronics companies, which led to additional opportunities with a few high tech research and development start-up companies. Tom has worked as a facilities manager, maintenance man, welder, machinist, electronics technician, mechanic, and handyman. His many hobbies include hiking, biking, motorcycles, photography, gardening, and reading. Tom loves to volunteer his time and resources in the community. Tom and his wife Lynn have 8 children, and 20 grandkids. They cherish their time with their family. In their free time, they are photographers and enjoy shooting weddings, quinceaneras and other events.

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Gayle Nance

Horticulturalist, ext.111

A resident of Northern Arizona since 1996, Gayle’s interest in native plants was sparked while living and working in the backcountry of Sequoia National Park, CA. She was inspired by her friend, a park ranger and botanist, as they backpacked and “botanized” throughout the High Sierra. After three seasons in Sequoia, Gayle returned to Flagstaff where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University. After graduation, she enrolled in the AmeriCorps program and served a one-year term at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Gayle has worked for the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Trust, and as an environmental consultant. Her botanical career has brought her to destinations throughout the Colorado Plateau and the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the dramatic landscapes of Southern Utah, and hiking, backpacking and river running through the Grand Canyon. Gayle continues to be involved with the Colorado River community by working part-time as a whitewater rafting guide during the summer months. She is thrilled to be back at The Arboretum, contributing to its mission to showcase and conserve the unique plant diversity of the Colorado Plateau region.

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Shannon Benjamin

Volunteer and Tour Coordinator, ext.127
shannon.benjamin@thearb.org

Shannon Benjamin grew up exploring the foothills and sequoia groves of the Sierra Nevada Mountains before moving to the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon. There she became a devotee of the remote river canyons and peaks boasting rare plants like the carnivorous Cobra Lily. Shannon first moved to Flagstaff in 1998, drawn by the Southwest’s wild places, diverse cultures and Flagstaff’s distinct seasons. Concern about the Colorado Plateau’s fragile landscapes including lack of respect for natural areas and a changing climate necessitated a career change from customer service in the tourism industry to a mission-driven line of work. She volunteered as a Docent for Riordan Mansion State Park, graduated the Flagstaff Leadership Program and was featured in the Daily Sun “Crazy for Corvids” for her popular program celebrating these smart birds. Shannon worked for the Museum of Northern Arizona for eight years in Visitor Services, Education and Volunteer Management before joining the Arboretum at Flagstaff as Volunteer and Tour Coordinator. She loves working with volunteers to educate and inspire our visitors to get out into nature and protect wild plants and places. Shannon spends her free time reading about the Southwest, hiking and exploring canyons, craters and mountains with her husband and photographing the spectacular Colorado Plateau.