Cornell University Cornell Botanic Gardens, Temporary Gardener in Ithaca, New York
Cornell Botanic Gardens, Temporary Gardener APPLY Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. Temporary Gardener Cornell Botanic Gardens Ithaca, NY Focus areas: , , and assisting with group work efforts across the botanic gardens. Cornell Botanic Gardens is a significant botanical resource in Central New York. The natural beauty of the Cornell University campus and surrounding lands is cared for and enhanced by the botanic gardens. We welcome over 100,000 visitors a year to our cultivated gardens, arboretum, and natural areas. Our mission is to inspire people - through cultivation, conservation, and education - to understand, appreciate, and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain. We are seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working horticulture staff member to join our botanic gardens team this summer. This position is full time (39 hours per week) for six months from May through November, and the pay rate is $20.42/hour. This team member will assist with the care of gardens throughout Cornell Botanic Gardens program areas, specifically the high-visibility entrance gardens near the Nevin Welcome Center, with direction provided by horticultural staff. This is a great opportunity to work outside with people and plants, and to be a part of achieving our organization's vision: a world in which the interdependence of biological and cultural diversity is respected, sustained, and celebrated. Responsibilities will include: Collaborate with horticulture staff to maintain gardens, grounds, trails etc. ensuring Cornell Botanic Gardens' high aesthetic standards are met by tasks such as planting, dividing, weeding, watering, mowing, fertilizing, mulching, edging, pruning, laying down chips on paths and benches, etc. Amend or top dress soil to provide recommended growing conditions. Prune woody and herbaceous plants to improve health or achieve desired growth habit, with guidance. Assist arborist with ground-access tree care and other tasks. Occasionally assist IPM coordinator with scouting and pest control strategies in keeping with our integrated pest management strategies. Occasionally assist Arborist with tree removals, planting, and establishment care. Use appropriate hand tools to clear brush and invasive plants as needed to open sites for new plantings. Check both plant identification and interpretive labels and notify plant records manager of any missing tags. Complete status change cards recording plant movements into and out of the specified collections, as well as reason(s) for plant loss and failure. Operate small-scale power equipment such as ATV's, string trimmers, hand mowers, mini trucks, roto-tillers, etc. Other gardening related duties as needed. Work alongside students, volunteers, and botanic gardens staff, and appropriately represent the botanic gardens during interactions with visitors, classes, alumni, and other audience members on a regular basis. Required Qualifications High school degree and a minimum of 6 months experience working in a landscape maintenance environment and working with living plants, or a related set of experiences and education. Requires physical fitness, must be able to lift heavy objects, and move more than 50 pounds. Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and receive university approval for operating vehicles. Ability to operate light-duty equipment including small-scale power equipment such as roto-tillers, string trimmers, and tractors. Ability to identify and care for a diverse variety of herbaceous perennial and woody plants, and familiarity with the common weeds of our region. Must be personable, flexible, and take pride in their work. Ability to work in a team environment and develop effective working relationships and communications with a variety of constituents such as fellow staff, students, visitors, coworkers, supervisors and faculty. Must be willing to work under varying climatic conditions (heat, precipitation, etc.) and have the ability and willingness to work in an environment that utilizes pesticides as a plant management tool. May be required to report to work outside of the regularly scheduled shift to address time-sensitive operational needs, or to assist with departmental emergencies, or to deal with issues of public safety. Preferred Qualifications In addition to the required qualifications, an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in horticulture, plant science, or a related field is desirable; two or more years of experience working in plant or landscape care. As part of the university's, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location. University Job Title:Temporary Agricultural Worker Job Family:Temporary Academic Support Level:No Grade - Hourly Pay Rate Type:Hourly Pay Range:Refer to Posting Language Remote Option Availability:Fully Onsite Company: Contact Name:Michele Cowen Number of Openings:1 Job Titles and Pay Ranges: Non-Union Positions Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. 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We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.