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Tyler Arboretum-Edible Gardener -Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:29am

Edible Gardener


Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media , PA 19063

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Edible Gardener
Exempt, Full-Time
Tyler Arboretum
Nonprofit Organization
Media, PA

At Tyler Arboretum our mission is to preserve, enhance, and share our heritage, collections, and landscapes, to create and inspire stewards of the natural world. We want visitors and members to come to Tyler to not only “unplug” and enjoy nature, but to leave with the inspiration and hands-on experience they need to become better stewards of the natural world as they apply their newfound knowledge at home.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Position Description:
As the Edible Gardener, your primary responsibilities will be:

• Designing, scheduling, and planting the crops for the Edible Garden on a year-round basis.
• Growing and/or procuring materials required for the crops, including but not limited to seeds, plants, and soils.
• Watering, pruning and harvesting the garden each season.
• Managing the garden perimeter and 1.5-acre landscape.
• Servicing all Edible Garden equipment and machinery.
• Other duties, as assigned.

Community Engagement
• Collaborating with the Outreach and Education departments to determine which crops are needed for educational programming and/or assist with facilitating an educational program for members and visitors.
• Interacting with visitors on a daily basis ranging from informal Q&A sessions to blogs, videos and social media posts.
• Other duties, as assigned.

Volunteer Management
• Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for staff, volunteers and visitors by coordinating building maintenance requests (e.g. facility cleaning, re-stocking of supplies, safety inspections, etc.).
• Supervising and coordinating weekly schedules for up to 12-15 garden volunteers.
• Ensuring produce donations to local food banks occur on a timely basis.
• Other duties, as assigned.

Work Environment:
• 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.

• The standard work schedule will be Monday – Friday from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.
• Applicants must have the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, particularly during Tyler’s peak event season (May – October).

Education and Experience 

• Bachelor’s Degree or Certification in horticulture, environmental science or related field is preferred (or at least two years of proven experience in a similar role).
• In-depth knowledge of edible plants as well as horticulture, growing and sustainable practices is a plus.
• Friendly personality with excellent interpersonal skills.
• A desire to work with the general public.
• Valid state-issued motor vehicle operator’s license and insurability.
• Valid PA Pesticide Applicator’s license or ability to obtain one.
• A working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Well organized, creative and able to effectively communicate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
• Have a passion for nature and people as well as a creative eye and attention to detail.
• Have effective time management skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Application Instructions 

To Apply:
References will be requested following initial interview. Please send cover letter and resume to: Mike Karkowski, Director of Horticulture, Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063 or

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Tyler Arboretum