Assistant Director of Horticulture and Grounds

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Management, Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. 

The Assistant Director of Horticulture and Grounds assists the Director and department in providing the highest level of management and supervisory expertise in maintaining aesthetic and safety aspects of all exterior areas of the College.  Main responsibilities include the following: supervising in Director’s absence full-time, part-time, temporary, student, and summer workers; working with outside designers and contractors on campus projects; performing project management; assisting in the supervision of maintenance of athletic fields, roads and walkways; taking responsibility for horticultural maintenance on all College-owned property off-campus and assisting with areas of main campus; promotes sustainability in all horticultural and grounds operations; assists in preparing and administering the department’s operating and capital budgets; manages the implementation of snow removal on College-owned properties.  Perform other duties as assigned.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, landscape design or related field.
  • Three to five years of supervisory experience.


  • Master’s degree in horticulture or related field.

This is a full-time position that offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  Click here to view employee testimonials and learn about what it’s like to be a part of the Swarthmore community!

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


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