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Harvard University Seasonal Gardener in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64968BRAuto req ID:64968BRJob Code:200003 Apprentice and Term, Arboretum Department Office Location:USA - MA - Jamaica Plain Business Title:Seasonal GardenerSub-Unit:Arnold Arboretum Appointment End Date:27-Sep-2024Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :000Time Status:Full-time Union:04 - Serv Emp Int Loc 615-Arnld Arb Basic Qualifications:Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications to be considered for this role:

A minimum of one (1) year experience in the field of horticulture, landscaping, or a related field. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license. Must be able to perform manual labor, including frequent lifting/carrying/transporting loads up to 50 lbs. Required to work in all weather conditions in all seasons and essential staff for weather-related emergencies impacting the grounds.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:As part of the pre-hire process, D.O.T. Medical Examiner’s Certificate is required at Harvard’s expense.

Additional Information:Please note:

We will be hiring 6 Seasonal Gardeners. Start date and hourly rate can only be determined after contract ratification.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines. Department:Horticulture & LandscapePre-Employment Screening:Drug Testing, Education, IdentitySchedule:Full time. 40 hours per week. Job Function:Technical Position Description:Assist Horticulture staff members with various tasks including:

  • Weeding, mulching, and brush chipping

  • Pruning

  • Transplanting

  • Watering

  • IPM practices

  • Mowing, string trimming, and leaf clean-up

  • Litter management

  • Operation and maintenance of various equipment

  • Landscape maintenance and collection renovation projects as needed

  • Other related job duties as assigned

School/Unit:University Administration EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary:This Seasonal Gardener position is a six-month term appointment starting in the early spring of 2024. We have multiple openings. The successful candidates will join the Arboretum’s Horticulture and Landscape Department in the stewardship of one of the finest and most significant woody plant collections in North America. The Seasonal Gardeners work alongside the Arboretum’s team of horticulture staff responsible for the holistic care of the 281-acre landscape. Seasonal Gardeners assist with such tasks including mowing, lawn maintenance, string trimming, IPM (integrated pest management) practices, transplanting, pruning, weed management, mulching and composting, leaf clean-up, watering, invasive species management, and various types of landscape maintenance and collection renovation projects. The Arboretum seeks a dynamic and diverse group of individuals to fill seasonal positions.

Hourly wage: $21.00. The SEIU, Local 32BJ contract is currently under negotiation. The final hourly rate will be determined upon ratification of the contract.

Please note: This benefits-eligible position will end six months from the date of hire. Benefits start on the date of hire.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-KP1Work Format Details:This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

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