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Seasonal Gardener: Vegetable Demonstration Garden
Category: Horticulture

Tyler Arboretum
Media, Pennsylvania

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Seasonal Gardener:  Vegetable Demonstration Garden

Tyler Arboretum 

Tyler Arboretum Education Department has a seasonal opening for a gardener in our Vegetable Demonstration Garden.

Background: The Vegetable Demonstration Garden is a ¼ acre teaching garden demonstrating environmental stewardship and focusing on vegetable and food plants. The garden serves as both a destination exhibit for Tyler's visitors as well as an outdoor classroom for adult and youth gardening classes and summer camp programs. Educational themes include environmentally sustainable food production, nutrition, growing techniques, extended season gardening, composting and soil management.

Position: The Vegetable Gardener reports to the Director of Public Programs and is responsible for planning and maintaining Tyler Arboretum's Vegetable Demonstration Garden. He/She will develop a seasonal planting schedule for crops from spring through October with extended season plantings for late fall and winter. Working with Arboretum volunteers, the Gardener will plant, grow, maintain and harvest crops, address pest issues and keep accurate records. The Gardener will direct and manage volunteers and interact with staff and the public.

Qualifications: Candidate must possess excellent organizational, communication, and people skills and be self-directed and able to work as part of a team. Supervisory ability and experience working with volunteers is desirable. Professional training and/or experience in gardening with a focus on vegetable production and sustainable gardening practices desirable. Basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft based programs helpful. Position requires a valid driver's license and ability to lift items up to 40 pounds. Ability to operate small equipment is preferred.

Schedule: Position is seasonal part-time, about 15 hours per week March through early October. Schedule is flexible throughout the season as work demands warrant.

Application: Send a resume with cover letter and names of three references with contact information to:
Amy Mawby, Director of Public Programs
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media PA 19063


Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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