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University of Utah Seasonal Gardener (Outdoor Garden Maintenance) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/24/2024

Requisition Number PRN14505N

Job Title Gardener

Working Title Seasonal Gardener (Outdoor Garden Maintenance)

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 29 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Must be able to commit to working 16-29 hrs/wk beginning early March. Shifts are predominately during regular business hours, from mornings to mid-afternoons. May require occasional evening hours and/or weekend shifts. Exact schedule will be coordinated with supervisor upon hire. Season runs through November 22nd

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 $15.50 or more, depending on experience.

Close Date

Job Summary

The Horticulture Department at Red Butte Garden is seeking seasonal gardeners to provide care for our outdoor themed gardens and Natural Areas. Do you enjoy working outdoors, learning about plants and nature, while working with people who are passionate about what they do? We strongly prefer people who are committed to the role of a Botanical Garden within the community and want to be a part of a great team!

Perks of working at the Garden, a department of the University of Utah:

  • UTA pass while actively employed at the U of U.
  • Discounts for campus events and the campus store, as well as campus library privileges.
  • Staff receive a half-price discount on Garden classes, an employee discount in our gift shop, advance registration opportunities for kids camps and concerts, and two free concert tickets for our Outdoor Concert series.
  • Staff are provided work shirts and gloves, and on-the-job training.
  • A variety of work schedule options, coordinated with supervisor upon hire.

Red Butte Garden is accessible via several bus routes that stop in Research Park and at the University Medical Center, as well as the Trax Red line, followed by a short walk or on-demand university campus shuttle. The campus shuttle offers a direct line to Red Butte Garden via the Sunnyside Route. For more information see:



Providing excellent care to our 10 themed outdoor Gardens and Natural Areas. Acts as steward for the Garden to greeting and answering questions from garden guests.

Exact duties and schedules vary depending upon assigned team:

  • Outdoor themed gardens – planting, weeding, mulching, deadheading, pruning, digging, raking, watering, fertilization, pest control, trash removal, sweeping, event support, working with volunteers, etc.
  • Water Pavilion & Natural Area – same as above and including trail maintenance, habitat restoration, wetland plant management, fenceline monitoring and repair.

Minimum Qualifications

Nine months professional work experience with the responsibility for five or more acres of grounds, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); a valid Utah vehicle operator’s license required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.


  • A passion for gardening and working outdoors. Prior experience in landscaping, horticulture, farming, habitat management or botany strongly preferred.
  • A basic knowledge of horticulture, gardening, or botany, and a desire to learn more.
  • Able to work effectively individually and in teams, and the willingness and ability to work cooperatively with a variety of people.
  • At least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurability, and able to safely and proficiently operate equipment common to the trade.
  • Able to safely and effectively perform all physical tasks essential to the position and understand the physical commitment required for gardening.
  • Able to work safely in all climatic conditions, including full sun, heat, cold, precipitation, etc.
  • Ability to identify problems, develop possible solutions and take appropriate course of action. Skills include active listening, analysis, research, creativity, communication, decision making and team building.
  • Proven written and spoken communication skills, a commitment to provide excellent customer service.
  • Able to commit to working 16-29 hrs./week beginning in early March, with shifts predominately during regular business hours, from mornings to mid-afternoons.

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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.

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

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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