Deadline: Open until filled.
Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum & Cleveland Botanical Garden) is recruiting people to perform hands-on work in our gardens. We will begin staffing these positions for a period of three-(3) to seven-(7) months (starting in April depending on the growing season and project needs.) Positions are full time working Monday – Friday, 7:00 am- 3:30 pm.
Works with horticulturists
Works with volunteers
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland, Ohio – less than 30 miles east of Cleveland.
Encompassing more than 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections and natural forested areas
The Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden recently integrated, making the organization the 13th largest public garden in the U.S.
Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)
Planting and maintaining a variety of woody and herbaceous plants
Pruning, deadheading and weeding
Applying mulch and soil amendments
Transplanting, dividing perennials, watering and fertilizing
Hauling brush, mowing and raking
Operating and performing routine maintenance on power equipment
Strong customer service skills and experience working with the general public.
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Ability to work within a team, as well as independently.
Experienced gardeners preferred.
Good interpersonal skills
Attention to detail
Speak, write and understand English
Must pass a criminal background check and substance screening
Acceptable driving record (3 points or less)
Experience in the operation of stick shift vehicles and other machinery (Cushman, tractor, chippers, mowers, weed eaters, sprayers, pick up trucks, etc.) a plus.
Use of hand pruners, loppers, hand saws and backpack sprayers
Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation
Stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
Effective vision and hearing
Hand and arm dexterity
Walk and work on wet, uneven, slippery terrain
Regular lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs
Kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing and reaching
Climb, reach, pull, push, grab
Work outdoors in temperature ranges typical for Northeast Ohio
Work in and around poison ivy, poison sumac, water, mud, brush and stinging insects
April through October (Flexible starting & ending dates)
Five days per week, Monday-Friday, 7am to 3:30pm
Approximately 40 hours per week
Candidates with no or minimal experience start at $8.15
Candidates with relevant experience start at $8.50 and up
Thirty-(30) and sixty-(60) day performance appraisals
Opportunity (not guaranteed) for up to a dollar increase after sixty-(60) days
Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
Qualified applicants should submit a resume online:
This position will be employed through a staffing agency service.
Posting Date: June 2017
Closing Date: Until filled
Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost arboreta.