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Bartram’s Garden is a 50+ acre public garden in Southwest Philadelphia, situated on Lenape territory on the banks of the Tidal Schuylkill River. It is a venue for art, an access to the tidal river and wetlands, an outdoor classroom and a living laboratory. Bartram’s Garden attempts to hold the colonial legacy of the land with a commitment to learn and share the whole truth about of the plants of Southwest Philadelphia and the people who grow them.

The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Candidates of color and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply. Personal or professional connections to Southwest Philadelphia are a plus for all applicants.

See position details below for application information. No phone calls or visits, please.

 



2021 SEASONAL GARDENERS

Bartram’s Garden seeks to fill two Seasonal Gardener positions within the Landscape and Facilities team that maintains this 45-acre Southwest Philadelphia asset as a dynamic civic common and river garden. The Seasonal Gardener’s responsibilities include general garden work, grounds maintenance, nursery care, and occasional event and volunteer support.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • General garden work: Planting, pruning, watering, weeding, garden maintenance, mulching, leaf cleanup and assistance to garden staff on specific directed work in a variety of landscapes including botanical gardens, nursery, meadow, pond and wetlands.
  • Grounds maintenance: General grounds maintenance in and around the garden including; mowing and small equipment use such as blowers and string trimmers.
  • Volunteer and Visitor Engagement: Promote a positive visitor experience and support volunteer events as assigned.
  • Nursery Work: Occasional assistance with nursery care and maintenance; watering, weeding plant pots, up-potting/transplanting, tagging, propagation assistance, and nursery area maintenance.
  • Support ongoing programs, horticulture, facilities, and special events as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Prior relevant horticultural experience and/or candidates currently seeking horticultural degree/certifications are preferred.
  • A valid PA driver’s license is required.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and to perform physical tasks in all temperature and weather conditions. Kneeling, squatting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time and on uneven ground will be required.
  • Ability to operate equipment and tools safely and efficiently including power and hand tools, saws, and other equipment.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion.
  • Experience working in communities of color, commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice.
  • Openness to personal growth and new experiences.
  • Personal or professional familiarity with Southwest Philadelphia is preferred.

Schedule and Compensation

Running from June through the through December 10, 2021, this is a non-exempt, seasonal position with an hourly rate of $15 and a weekly schedule of 35 hours. Our site is open daily, and the Seasonal Gardener will be required to work occasional weekends, holidays, early mornings, and late nights.

Application Information

To apply please send your resume along with a brief note describing your interest in the position to jobs@bartramsgarden.org, using subject line “Seasonal Gardener”. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls or visits, please.

 


 


MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
Bartram’s Garden seeks a Maintenance Technician to join the Landscape and Facilities team that maintains this 50+-acre Southwest Philadelphia asset as a dynamic civic commons and river garden. Reporting to the Director of Landscapes and Facilities, the Maintenance Technician’s responsibilities include custodial duties, routine building maintenance and systems monitoring, repairs, and site-specific trades work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform general facility maintenance including building maintenance and upkeep (including historic repair and maintenance), Geothermal and traditional HVAC systems, and sitewide infrastructure upkeep.
  • Support work performed by contractors, including building maintenance, advanced repairs, snow removal and winter weather response.
  • Maintains building systems including alarm and fire detection, electrical, and mechanical. Responds to building system failures and security alerts to restore proper operations.
  • Conducts regularly scheduled cleaning of visitor amenities including the courtyard, trash cans, bathrooms, and others as assigned.
  • Organize facility maintenance shop, including records for tools use and maintenance. Assist the Landscape and Facilities Director with daily logs and ongoing recoding of work accomplished.
  • Support ongoing programs, horticulture, facilities, and special events as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 3 years of experience in trades or facility maintenance required.
  • A valid PA driver’s license is required.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and to perform physical tasks in both indoor & outdoor and in all weather conditions.
  • Experience in operation of machinery, small power equipment and power tools (Utility cart, Bobcat, mowers, chipper, etc.).
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion.
  • Experience working in communities of color, commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice.
  • Openness to personal growth and new experiences.
  • Personal or professional familiarity with Southwest Philadelphia is preferred.

Schedule and Compensation
This is a full-time, non-exempt, year-round position. Our site is open daily, and the Maintenance Technician will be required to work one weekend day—with Sunday-Thursday schedule preferred—as well as occasional holidays, early mornings, and late nights. Starting salary is between $32,000 – $34,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits include healthcare and dental coverage, short and long-term disability coverage, paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.

Application Information
To apply please send your resume along with a brief note describing your interest in the position to jobs@bartramsgarden.org using subject line “Maintenance Technician”. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls or visits, please.