University of Pennsylvania SUPVERVISOR GROUNDS/GARDENER in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 60-28448


School Name Morris Arboretum

Org Horticulture

Posted to the Web 04/16/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 024

Employment Type Non-Exempt

Hours 40.00

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm (30 min unpaid bk) or as sched

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution located 15 miles from campus in historic Chestnut Hill. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities. The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, research, outreach, and horticultural display. As the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum provides research and outreach services to state agencies, community institutions and to citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond.


The Morris Arboretum enjoys the rare distinction of being one of less than 20 U.S. arboreta and botanical gardens that has met the rigorous accreditation standards of the American Alliance of Museums. Furthermore, the Morris Arboretum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is proud of its designation as The Official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Arboretum’s actively curated collection of trees and plants numbers over 12,000. In addition, the Arboretum boasts a nationally recognized herbarium of over 40,000 specimens. As a key member of the Morris Arboretum Botany team, this position will contribute to the mission of this world class organization. This is a professional level horticulturist and garden management position which is responsible for all garden-related tasks in their designated Section of the Arboretum. As Section Leader, the incumbent is the primary advocate for Arboretum garden areas under assignment and plays an active role in its physical development, staffing, and budget allocations. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining specified standards of presentation that meet established institutional priorities. This position is required to become familiar with the plant collections, history and other pertinent characteristics of the section and be able to communicate that information to others in oral and written forms. The incumbent must be able to perform physically demanding tasks. Additionally, as Section Leader this position recruits, trains and supervises interns and seasonal workers plus coordinates the horticulture volunteers. The successful candidate is also expected to represent Morris Arboretum, including interacting with donors and professional societies.


A Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture or a related plant science field plus 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff/volunteers. Ability to undertake the physical requirements of this role, including frequent lifting 25 lb. or more (occasional lifting up to 40lb). Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven coaching & teaching skills. Previous writing experience highly desirable. A valid PA driver’s license & experience operating gasoline powered machinery are required. The final candidate will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicators license within the introductory period.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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