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Seasonal Gardner (6-Month Term Appointment) Greenhouse/Nursery

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA
Salary: 21.00

Job Summary:

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is seeking applicants for a Seasonal Gardener at the Dana Greenhouse and Nursery. The successful candidate will work alongside the Plant Production team responsible for propagating and growing plant material destined for the Arboretum’s permanent tree and shrub collections.  

This seasonal appointment is up to six months in duration with a flexible start date through spring. Normal work hours are Sunday-Thursday 7:30 AM-4:00 PM (40 hours/week). May be required to work occasional holidays and additional weekend dates. Hourly wage: $21.00. Benefits-eligible position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Assist Plant Production staff members with various tasks including:

  • Pruning
  • Transplanting and re-potting
  • Watering and fertilizing
  • Executing IPM practices
  • Mowing, string trimming, and leaf clean-up
  • Weeding, mulching, and brush chipping
  • Hardscape and infrastructure installation and maintenance tasks
  • Operating and maintaining various equipment and hand-tools
  • Leaf, litter, and snow management
  • Greenhouse cleaning and pot washing
  • Monitoring greenhouse environments
  • Performing data readings and recordings of a weather station
  • Performs 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’s Degree in horticulture, plant sciences, or related field is preferred. A minimum of one (1) experience in horticulture or grounds maintenance 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
  • Must be able to perform manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting heavy loads up to 50 lbs
  • Required to work in all weather conditions in all seasons
  • Essential staff for weather-related emergencies impacting the grounds

All qualified applicants can apply using this link: 

Employer Info

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02138


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