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Gardener I

Location: Boston, MA
Salary: $24.44/hr

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a highly motivated landscaping professional for the role of Gardener I (Landscape Operations). The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of North America’s oldest public arboretum.

The Gardener I will work as a member of the Department’s landscape operations team. Primary responsibilities include mowing, string trimming, and related turf and equipment maintenance; irrigation system installation and maintenance; litter management; snow removal; and other landscape operation and construction tasks as needed. Secondary responsibilities include meadow management and trail installation and upkeep.
This position may be responsible for overseeing the work of seasonal employees as needed. In addition, they may support the Arboretum’s internship training programs through the development and instruction of hands-on training and mentorship. The successful candidate is expected to engage fully in the professional activities of the Arboretum and work collaboratively with colleagues on interdepartmental efforts. The Arboretum seeks to build a dynamic and diverse horticulture team and encourages all interested candidates meeting the basic qualifications to apply.

Hourly Wage: $24.44. Full-time, Permanent, Benefits Eligible Position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

-Mowing, string trimming, and leaf clean-up

-Weeding, mulching, and brush chipping

- Litter management

-Maintain, repair and operation of various equipment and hand-tools

-Snow operations

-Assists with as needed:

  • Irrigation and drainage systems
  • Pruning and transplanting
  • Maintenance of grounds structures (e.g., benches, trash cans and signage)
  • Soil management
  • Graffiti removal

-May oversee the work of term appointments and interns as assigned

-Other related job duties as assigned


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

-A minimum of one (1) year experience in the field of horticulture or a related field.

-Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and D.O.T. Medical Examiner’s Certificate, which will be paid by the Arboretum as part of the pre-employment process.

-Must be able to perform manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting loads up to 50 lbs.

-Required to work in all weather conditions in all seasons and essential staff for weather-related emergencies impacting the grounds

-Must be able to perform manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting loads up to 50 lbs., and work with loud equipment.

-Required to work in all weather conditions in all seasons and essential staff for weather-related emergencies impacting the grounds.


Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Maintain appropriate computerized records for equipment and grounds maintenance; order parts and supplies for grounds and equipment that have been approved by the Manager or Assistant Manager.

Possess and maintain (within six months of employment and at the Arboretum's expense) a hoisting license of the proper classification as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator’s License.


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PLEASE NOTE: This position is performed on-site in Jamaica Plain/ Roslindale, MA, not in a remote environment. Please also note that Harvard University cannot provide Visa Sponsorship or Work Authorization for this position.

Harvard requires COVID vaccinations and a booster shot for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

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What Makes the Arboretum Special?

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. Founded in 1872 and designed by America's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, the 281-acre Arboretum is a historic landmark and one of the best-preserved of Olmsted's landscapes. A unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution, the Arboretum provides and supports world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of woody plants. Along with a horticultural library and herbarium encompassing some 1.5 million dried plant specimens, the Arboretum comprises one of the largest and best-documented woody plant collections in the world, with roughly 16,000 accessioned plants. To learn more about the Arnold Arboretum, please visit:

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125 Arborwary
Boston, Massachusetts 02130


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