Holden Forests & Gardens seeks a Seasonal Worker - Horticulture Collections (arboretum).

Holden Forests & Gardens is recruiting people to perform hands-on work in our gardens. We will begin staffing these positions for a period of three-(3) to seven-(7) months (starting in April depending on the growing season and project needs.) Positions are full time working Monday – Friday, 7:00 am- 3:30 pm.


  • Collections supervisor
  • Works with arborist
  • Works with volunteers/seasonals

Work Location

  • The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland, Ohio – less than 30 miles east of Cleveland. Encompassing more than 3,600 acres of cultivated gardens, woody plant collections and natural forested area

    Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

  • Planting, digging and maintaining a variety of woody and herbaceous plants
  • Pruning, working on ladders
  • Weeding, applying mulch and soil amendments
  • Transplanting, watering and fertilizing
  • Chipping, hauling brush, mowing, weed whipping.
  • Pest control, application of herbicides
  • Operating and performing routine maintenance on power equipment


  • Experience in basic pruning preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work within a team, as well as independently.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Speak, write and understand English


  • Must pass a criminal background check and substance screening
  • Acceptable driving record (3 points or less)
  • Experience in the operation of stick shift vehicles and other machinery (Skid steer, utility vehicles, tractors, chippers, mowers, weed eaters, sprayers, pick up trucks, etc.) a plus.
  • Use of hand pruners, loppers, hand saws and backpack sprayers

Physical Demands
Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
  • Effective vision and hearing
  • Hand and arm dexterity
  • Walk and work on wet, uneven, slippery terrain
  • Regular lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs
  • Kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing and reaching
  • Climb, reach, pull, push, grab

Work Environment

  • Work outdoors in temperature ranges typical for Northeast Ohio
  • Work in and around poison ivy, poison sumac, water, mud, brush and stinging insects
  • April through October (Flexible starting & ending dates)
  • Five days per week, Monday-Friday, 7am to 3:30pm
  • Approximately 40 hours per week
  • Candidates with no or minimal experience start at $ 10.00
  • Thirty-(30) and sixty-(60) day performance appraisals

Salary Range: $10.00

Job Classification: Hourly, seasonal

To Apply:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. 

Qualified applicants should submit cover letter and resume online: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=db704977-d8c5-4be2-a36a-23f4002eddc0&jobId=49749&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001.

This position will be employed through a staffing agency service.

Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost arboreta.

Posted: January 25, 2019
Deadline: February 25, 2019