Seasonal Worker - Horticulture Gardeners

Hiring Organization: Holden Forests and Gardens
Employment type: Seasonal
Job Location: Cleveland, OH
Application Deadline: July 31, 2017


Seasonal Worker - Horticulture Gardeners (arboretum - 2017)

Position Title: Seasonal Worker

Department: Horticulture & Conservation



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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