Full-time, 40 hours per week, year round position, grade 15, $15.34 per hour
The Gardener supports the efforts of the Landscape and Grounds Department with planning and executing landscaping operations. Ensures proper maintenance of all horticultural aspects on the campus are carried out. Assists in the planning, organizing and implementing new plants and renovations, as well as provides labor and equipment operation and support for all aspects of grounds work as required.
The Gardner takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
The position is designated as providing essential services and may be required to report to work, or remain on duty even though the College is closed. Our work is central to student life and their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times and emergency call-ins may be required. The work schedule may vary and corresponds to the College's operational needs, but generally is Monday through Friday.
- Provide labor support for all horticultural aspects of the campus community including pruning, trimming, weeding, fertilizing, spraying, repairing damaged areas, grading terrain, seeding, transplanting shrubs and plants, and brush, leaf and snow removal.
- Operate department equipment including trucks, utility vehicles, tractors, saws, lawn mowers, tools, and snow equipment as needed. Inspect and perform minor and basic equipment maintenance.
- Assist Special Services with the setup for special functions including commencement, reunion, freshman orientation, etc. Support office moves as needed.
- Assist Design and Construction with the planning and/or preparing of landscape projects including inspection, work planning, maintenance, plant labeling, repair operation, and purchasing of materials.
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Specialized training in the culture and maintenance of many types of plants
- Pesticide and hoisting licenses
- A valid driver's license and successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles.
- Strong written and verbal communication organizational and time-management skills including the ability to plan, organize and multi-task when priorities change frequently
- CORI check
- General knowledge in the selection and maintenance of plants
- Experience in the operation of motorized vehicles and equipment; trucks, tractor, chainsaw, general landscaping tools
- Ability to work with garden design drawings
- Knowledge and experience in Irrigation maintenance and water conservation
- Basic computer skills
- Associates degree in Landscape/Horticulture
- 1 year of related vehicle operation and equipment use
Operating a CMV (operation of a vehicle in excess of 10,000 lbs. GVWR or more than 9 passengers)
- Completion of CMV Driver Application
- Able to read and speak English
- Employment verification for preceding 3 years
- State driving record
- Driver History Check for preceding 3 years
- Complete a road test
- 21 years or older
- DOT physical certifying the operation of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
- Drug and alcohol test
Environmental and Physical Demands
- Lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 50 lbs. or more with assistance
- Repetitive motions including fingers, hands, wrists, arms, feet, and knees
- Movements include reaching, kneeling, bending, crouching, crawling, and ascending/descending stairs
- Standing, sitting, and walking for extended periods of time
- Visual-close concentration with manual dexterity
- Outdoor elements including exposure to fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions
Interested candidates must complete the online application. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!