The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University seeks a highly motivated, emerging horticulture professional, passionate about the care of diverse tree and shrub collections, to fill the role of Gardener I. The successful candidate will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture Department in the stewardship of one of the finest and most significant woody plant collections in North America. This Gardener I role will work alongside the Arboretum’s team of Horticulturists responsible for holistic care of their assigned collection and landscape areas.
The Gardener I’s tasks will include the execution of plant health care practices, transplanting, pruning, weed management, mulching and composting, lawn maintenance and establishment, leaf clean-up, watering, invasive species management, and various types of landscape and collections maintenance and renovation projects. The Gardener position may also be assigned to oversee the work of seasonal employees as needed. In addition, horticulture staff members support the Arboretum’s longstanding internship training programs through the development and instruction of courses, 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 Gardener I will 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. Hourly Wage: $23.73. Full-time, Permanent, Benefits Eligible Position.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Assist Horticulture staff members with various tasks including:
Weeding, mulching, and brush chipping
Mowing, string trimming, and leaf clean-up
Pruning, transplanting, and IPM practices
Soil and compost management
Maintenance, repair, and operation of various equipment and hand-tools
May oversee the work of seasonal team members 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. 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.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The ability to work as a team to accomplish ongoing care of and special projects within the Arboretum landscape.
The skill to effectively communicate within the Horticulture team and across other Arboretum departments.
The skill to enter data in a spreadsheet and communicate via email (Microsoft Outlook)
The ability to perform the essential functions of the position in a reliable, respectful, and self-directed manner
Certificates and Licenses
Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and D.O.T. Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Must possess and maintain (within six months of employment) a hoisting license of the proper classification as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator’s License.
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.
This position is performed in an outdoor work environment.
PLEASE NOTE: This position is performed on-site in Jamaica Plain/ Roslindale, MA, not in a remote environment.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination 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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.
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 4.8 million dried plant specimens, the Arboretum comprises one of the largest and best-documented woody plant collections in the world, with over 15,000 living plants. To learn more about the Arnold Arboretum and our upcoming sesquicentennial (150th anniversary), please explore www.arboretum.harvard.edu.
The Arnold Arboretum views diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a culture where everyone can thrive. Our community is made of individuals who draw from a dynamic range of backgrounds to contribute to the pursuit of our common goals. The work and well-being of the Arnold Arboretum are strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, age, ability, political views, veteran status, and more. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, persons with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and those who are at the intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods to join us. Together, we strive to create an environment that values diversity, promotes an inclusive culture, and establishes a profound sense of belonging for each member of our community.