Gardener: Non-Exempt, Temporary Part time – 15 hours/wk.  Reports to the Director of Horticulture.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be responsible for the maintenance of the horticulture collections, including perennial borders and groundcover plantings, gardens, trees and historic collections.  Additional responsibilities include equipment maintenance and working with volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

– Maintain turf, woody and herbaceous plant materials, trails and natural areas in excellent horticultural and aesthetic condition.

-Assist in the maintenance of all grounds maintenance equipment and support tools.

-Assist in maintaining all interpretive signage, both temporary and permanent, throughout the arboretum.

-Maintain all structural elements in the landscape, including fence repairs, directional signs, ponds and water courses, road and walk surfaces and snow removal.

-Assist with Special Events at the direction of the Director of Horticulture and Arboretum Manager.

-Supervise interns and volunteers as required.

-Occasional Weekend, Evening and Holiday work required.

-Other duties as assigned.


-Minimum of a BS or equivalent training in horticulture or a related field

– 3-5 years of working experience

-Valid State issued motor vehicle operator’s license and insurability

-PA Pesticide Applicator’s License

Work Environment:

-General work on the Arboretum’s grounds

-Requires frequent and prolonged equipment use, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, pulling, twisting and climbing.

-Must be able to frequently lift up to 50 pounds

-Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions


About Tyler

Tyler Arboretum, a public garden in the Philadelphia suburbs, covers 650 acres of renowned plant collections, champion trees, historic buildings, with 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Tyler offers workshops, classes, and tours for adults and children throughout the year.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Mike Karkowski, mkarkowski@tylerarboretum.org  References will be requested following the initial interview.