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Seasonal Gardener, Horticulture Operations (6-month Term Appointment)

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA

Position Overview:
The Seasonal Gardener (Horticulture Operations) position is a term appointment up to six-months in duration with flexible start dates through spring and early summer. The successful candidates will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of one of the finest and most significant woody plant collections in North America. The Seasonal Gardeners work alongside the Arboretum’s team of Horticulturists responsible for holistic care of their assigned collection and landscape areas. Seasonal Gardeners assist with such tasks including execution of IPM practices, transplanting, pruning, weed management, mulching and composting, lawn maintenance and establishment, leaf clean-up, watering, invasive species management, and various types of landscape maintenance and collection renovation projects. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic and diverse group of individuals to fill seven (7) seasonal positions in horticulture including three (3) Gardener (Horticulture Operations) appointments available for the 2019 growing season. Hourly wage: $20.51. Benefits Eligible Position. 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Assist Horticulture staff members with various tasks including:

  • Weeding, mulching, and brush chipping
  • Pruning
  • Transplanting
  • Watering
  • IPM practices
  • Mowing, string trimming, and leaf clean-up
  • Litter management
  • Operation and maintenance of various equipment
  • Landscape maintenance and collection renovation projects as needed
  • Other related job duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

Bachelor’s or Associate Degree in arboriculture, horticulture, or related field preferred. A minimum of one (1) year experience in the field of horticulture or a related field may be substituted for the educational requirement.  Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and acquire a D.O.T. Medical Examiner’s Certificate as part of the pre-hiring process.


EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Employer Info

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130


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