Job Information

University of Utah Seasonal Gardener, Greenhouse team in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 04/20/2021

Requisition Number PRN11095N

Job Title Gardener

Working Title Seasonal Gardener, Greenhouse team

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 16-29

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Must be able to work 16-29 hrs/week. Exact schedule will be coordinated with supervisor upon hire, and include weekday and weekend, daytime shifts.

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.00-13.00

Close Date

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is seeking seasonal gardeners who want to work with plants and learn more about their care. Do you prefer working both indoors in a greenhouse and working out of doors, while learning more about plants and nature and working with people who are passionate about what they do? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden and want to be a part of a great team!

This position is Category I: Mandatory Required on Campus or at Health Care Facilities.


A primary duty is to ensure a thorough, detail oriented, daily hand-watering so that plants have the proper moisture levels.

Must be willing and able to perform detailed hand watering for several hours a day; co-lift 60 lb bales of soil/media and large plants for interior-scape change outs; operate soil mixer; work from ladders to hang shade cloths, change lights, hang/maintain color baskets; apply sanitation and disinfectant products; flexible with working on a variety of projects associated with simple greenhouse facilities maintenance, cleaning, and crop production. Other duties include: making hose repairs as needed, weeding, planting, deadheading, pruning, fertilization, transplanting, sweeping, & event support. May also apply pesticides like insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils, under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator.

Selected staff are required to wear a facial mask at all times on the UofU campus, including Red Butte Garden, during the pandemic.

Minimum Qualifications

Nine months professional work experience with the responsibility for five or more acres of grounds, or equivalency; a valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Selected applicant will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.


Nine months professional work experience preferred, but not required. Pesticide applicators license also not required for this seasonal position.

Must be at least 18 years of age, and able to operate equipment common to the trade. People who enjoy gardening, working with plants and/or desire to learn more. Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and temperature extremes, and understand the physical commitment required for gardening. Proven written and spoken communication skills, a commitment to provide excellent customer service, and ability to work cooperatively with others. Must commit to working 16-29 hrs/wk.

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.