Temporary Assistant Gardener

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

Provides timely and reliable support for gardening care and maintenance of the Scott Arboretum’s plant collections and performs other campus grounds keeping duties to maintain and keep safe the paths, roads, turf areas, fields and additional properties of the College.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Assists in performing horticultural tasks and maintaining the plant collections by doing timely planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, fertilizing, irrigating, leaf raking and other plant cultural practices in order to maintain campus aesthetics and provide proper horticultural care.
  • Keeps campus areas, turf, roads, sidewalks and patios maintained in an efficient way, and has the ability to prioritize this work, in order to provide a safe and aesthetically-pleasing campus.
  • Performs in a timely way trash removal, irrigation, turf renovation, turf mowing, snow removal and leaf raking in order to efficiently maintain safety and high horticultural aesthetics on campus.
  • Assists with special function set-up and tear-down in order to prepare the facilities in a timely way for college-hosted events.
  • Assists in performing detailed horticultural work to maintain specialty garden areas consisting of Fragrance Garden, Winter Garden, Rose Garden, various courtyard gardens and major horticultural collections in order to provide proper horticultural care and maintain these garden areas as the most intensively-maintained gardens on campus.
  • Is present for and assists in College emergencies, bad weather occurrences and special College functions in order to maintain campus safety for students, staff and visitors.
  • Safely and proficiently uses all hand gardening tools, consisting of pruners, shovels, rakes, loppers, hedge shears and other gardening tools.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some gardening experience preferred.

This is a full-time temporary position up to January 2020 that offers a competitive pay. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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Category Horticulture