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Gardener II

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: 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 Gardener II is a senior-level gardener who performs all aspects of horticulture and grounds maintenance to provide for a safe and beautiful campus experience, and to expertly maintain the garden areas and collections of the Scott Arboretum.


Essential Responsibilities


Gardener II provides timely and reliable support for gardening care and maintenance of the Scott Arboretum’s plant collections and performs other campus grounds keeping duties to maintain and keep safe the paths, roads, turf areas, fields, and additional properties of the College. Tasks are performed with minimal supervision and include: maintaining plant collections by doing timely planting, weeding, mulching, and other horticultural duties; maintaining safety and aesthetic aspects of the campus, including trash removal, snow removal, and other grounds keeping duties; operating safely and proficiently hand and power gardening tools and equipment. Will frequently supervise student workers, interns, volunteers and seasonal/temporary workers in the grounds department.


Required Qualifications:


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Formal training in horticulture or related science (two or four-year accredited program)
  • Three to five years of gardening/horticulture experience.
  • Valid Driver’s license


This is a full-time position that offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job Grade Non-Exempt 05.

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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