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Seasonal Worker – Horticulture Gardens, Holden Forest & Gardens (Kirtland, OH)

By Conni Kunzler | June 12, 2017

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.

 Lead Horticulturist
 Works with horticulturists
 Works with volunteers

Work Location
 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
 Pest control
 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
 Self-motivated
 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

Physical Demands
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 Environment
 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.

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