Connecticut College Arboretum seeks a Groundsperson to serve on the Horticulture and Landscape team and perform maintenance of the Arboretum and campus. Interested applicants can submit a cover letter and resume online using Connecticut College’s job portal webpage.
About Connecticut College Arboretum:
A signature feature of the College, the Arboretum, established in 1931 and today encompassing 750 acres, includes the 120 central campus, 30-acre Native Plant Collection, 3-acre Caroline Black Garden, a teaching and display greenhouse facility, and numerous natural environments including a bog, restored meadows, oak/hickory forests, a wooded island, and a salt marsh. The Arboretum is integrated into the everyday life of the College, serves as an outdoor classroom for numerous courses, and is the focus of several long-term research programs. In addition to education and research missions, the Arboretum provides stewardship of College lands and leadership on conservation issues locally and statewide. The Arboretum is an integral part of the New London community, offering a public outdoor space for recreation and live performances, an extensive array of trails, educational courses/workshops and varied recreational opportunities.
As a member of the Arboretum’s Horticulture and Landscape Team, maintain the landscapes, plant collections and physical environment of Connecticut College Arboretum including the Central Campus, Native Plant Collection, Caroline Black Garden, Athletic Center and managed/natural areas. Ensure landscape maintenance is performed to a high standard using horticulture and arboriculture best management practices, ecological land management principles and integrated pest management approaches. Act as an Arboretum ambassador to the College and local community.
1. Perform both routine and extensive groundskeeping and maintenance tasks utilizing ecological land management principles and best horticultural management practices including mowing, string trimming, planting, watering, pruning, weeding, maintenance of plant collections (woody plants, perennials, annuals, turf, greenhouse), pesticide and fertilizer application, soil management, leaf removal, composting, snow removal, trash and recycling pickup.
2. Operate a variety of equipment, machines and various hand and power tools to perform duties; use pesticides and chemicals in accordance to integrated pest management plans.
3. Maintain and service tools, equipment and machinery; extend life of equipment by performing regular maintenance.
4. Ensure work tasks are performed in a safe and efficient manner.
5. Align work performance with the mission of the Arboretum. Assist with the propagation and maintenance of adequate supplies of varied plants for academic courses, research projects and ornamental purposes.
6. Ensure all work processes comply with OSHA requirements/regulations and college policies and procedures; wear appropriate PPE.
7. Other duties as assigned or as necessary.
1. Work requires knowledge of horticulture, landscape management and plant biology typically acquired through completion of a minimum of an associate’s degree in horticulture, arboriculture, turf management or related fields and 2 - 3 years professional experience. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Passion for plants and high interest in the growing, propagating and maintaining annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and greenhouse plants.
3. Ability to identify native, ornamental and invasive plants to the species level.
4. Ability to maintain a valid driver's license and safely operate College vehicles and grounds maintenance equipment.
5. Knowledge of operation and maintenance of power tools and equipment, supplies and chemicals.
6. Ability to obtain pesticide handling certification within 6 months of start of employment.
7. Knowledgeable of OSHA, EPA and other safety/health rules and regulations.
8. Well-developed communication skills with the ability to read and write in English.
9. Capacity to interact with a variety of people from all aspects of the College and Community while being an ambassador for the Arboretum.
10. Ability to work in a team with Arboretum staff, horticulture crew, interns, students and volunteers.
11. Must be detail oriented, well-organized, able to work under pressure.
12. Must be available for call back for snow and other campus emergencies.
13. Ability to work year-round and in all weather conditions (snow, rain, varied temperatures, etc.)
14. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
15. Position requires occasional weekend work.
- Prior experience working in botanical gardens and/or arboreta.
- Interest in continuing education and professional accreditation in the fields of arboriculture, ecological land management, horticulture and/or turf management.
Applicant Credentialing: Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records, pre-placement physical and on campus COVID testing, will be conducted on the selected candidate.
To apply: please submit a cover letter and resume online using Connecticut College’s job portal webpage.