Part Time Assistant Gardener, Morris Arboretum
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Posted Job Title
Part Time Assistant Gardener, Morris Arboretum
Job Profile Title
Services Assistant A
Job Description Summary
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania inspires an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through education, research and horticultural display. Located in the Northwest section of the city, the Morris Arboretum is a destination for plant lovers from Philadelphia and beyond. The home to a collection of more than 13,000 woody plants and host to special and educational events. Morris Arboretum is a hub for botany, horticulture and urban forestry and a special part of Penn.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania - located in the beautiful Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia - is one of America's oldest arboretums. We are seeking a Part Time Assistant Gardener to join our team. This position helps with all aspects of garden and grounds maintenance tasks at the Morris Arboretum. The Assistant Gardener works closely with all members of the horticulture department and performs general turf and gardening duties to ensure the highest standards of horticultural excellence. This position reports to the Director of Horticulture and the Horticulture Section Leaders. This position regularly interacts with guests and volunteers. Occasional weekend work is required.
- Assist with all garden tasks including but not limited to weeding, pruning, planting, mulching and turf care.
- Learn to properly identify weeds and implement control methods.
- Work with horticulture team members to mow and string trim the Arboretum on a weekly basis during the growing season.
- Assist with leaf clean-up in the fall.
- Occasionally work in the garden on a rotating weekend schedule.
- Participate in Horticulture Department Team Day projects.
- Learn to operate the following garden machinery:
- Small Equipment Operation - push mower, string trimmer, leaf blower, snow thrower
- Large Equipment Operation - golf cart, riding mower, backhoe, tractor, dump truck
- Arborist Equipment Operation - chainsaw, chipper
- Perform additional duties as required.
- High school diploma or GED and 1-2 years of experience in horticulture work or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Associate Degree or Two-Year College equivalent in Horticulture or related field preferred.
- Be able and willing to communicate with Arboretum visitors.
- Be able and willing to work independently and as part of a team.
- Be able and willing to work in all weather conditions.
- Be able and willing to lift at least 25 lbs.
- A valid driver's license is required.
This position will average 30 hours per week but may work more based on seasonal and departmental needs. This position pays $15.50/hour.Job Location - City, State
Lafayette Hill, PennsylvaniaServices Assistant ADepartment / School
Morris ArboretumPay Range
$15.34 - $20.61Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.University Benefits
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Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
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Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
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Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
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