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Part-time Seasonal Educator
Horticulture Intern
Site Operations and Capital Projects Manager


The John Bartram Association seeks a part-time seasonal educator (24 hrs/wk.) to teach lessons in environmental science, history of natural science, gardening, and art to our school aged visitors, pre-K and up. Job responsibilities include teaching, preparing lessons, classroom clean-up, and assisting school groups in the museum shop. One to two years’ teaching experience required, preferably in an urban setting and with young children. Knowledge of environmental science and history preferred. Additional knowledge or experience in art, gardening, history, or museum studies is a plus. The candidate must possess good speaking skills, classroom management, flexibility, enthusiasm, and ability to engage visitors.  Clearances are required. Candidate must be able to walk the 45 acre property and go up and down stairs. Minimal lifting is required.

Hours are primarily morning, Monday through Friday, with occasional afternoon or weekend hours scheduled in advance.

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Leslie Gale, Education Manager at lgale@bartramsgarden.org.


Position Time Frame: Starts April and lasts throughout the summer, either until October or December.
Hours: 35-40 hours per week (this is a paid internship)
Hourly Pay: $15.00

General Description:
Bartram’s Garden seeks a full time seasonal horticultural intern for the 2018 season to work in the historical botanical garden, Public Park, and natural land areas of Bartram’s Garden. Candidates should have a basic foundation in horticulture, plant identification and a good work ethic. Intern will work as part of the horticulture team in all aspects of garden care and maintenance throughout a 45 acre historic public garden. Candidates who have work experience in the horticulture field, relevant degree/certification, or are enrolled in a horticulture program are preferred.

Responsibilities Would Include:
General garden work: Planting, pruning, watering, weeding, garden maintenance, leaf cleanup and assistance to garden staff on specific directed work in a variety of landscapes including; historic gardens, nursery, farm, meadow, pond and wetlands. Gardener will establish overall goals and work plans with staff direction.

Grounds maintenance: General grounds maintenance in and around the garden including; mowing and small equipment use such as blowers and string trimmers, general weeding, mulching, edging, leaf cleanup and other grounds and garden maintenance tasks as directed.

Volunteers and Visitors: Candidates will be asked to occasionally work with volunteers to accomplish specific seasonal tasks and engage visitors as well. Candidates may be asked to have some weekend and evening flexibility in their schedule.

Nursery Work: Assist with nursery care and maintenance; watering, weeding plant pots, up-potting/transplanting, tagging, propagation assistance, and nursery area maintenance.

Programs and Events: Work with Bartram staff to help prepare for, set-up/clean-up, and assist during specific programs and events; such as annual spring and fall plant sales, festivals, fundraising events, and community events.

• Minimum high school degree. Candidates with prior relevant horticultural work experience and/or candidates with a horticultural degree, certifications, or currently in degree/certification program are preferred.
• Candidates MUST have a valid driver’s license or state I.D. and residency in the City of Philadelphia.
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with the staff and public will be required.
• Ability to work as part of a team as well as self- direction, organization, and time management to effectively work without close supervision.
• The ability to operate equipment and tools safely and efficiently including; power and hand tools, saws, and other equipment.
• Must be willing to work in all seasonal weather conditions and occasional weekends.
• Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Kneeling, squatting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time will be required.

Please email (preferred) or send resumes and a brief letter of interest to:

Email: mkatz@bartramsgarden.org

Or mail:

Mandy Katz
C/O Bartram’s Garden
54th Street and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia Pa 19143


Bartram’s Garden seeks a highly motivated Site Operations and Capital Projects Manager to join a team of change-makers working to position this 45-acre Southwest Philadelphia asset as a dynamic civic common and river garden. Responsibilities include planning and execution of logistics for a diverse array of program activities that range from small to large-scale, as well as oversight of the design and construction of site improvements and capital projects. We are looking for an individual who enjoys being out in the elements loading in an event as much as being behind a desk working on event spreadsheets and construction schedules. Someone with passion for working in a team environment, and for seeing projects and events all the way through from creation to planning to its successful implementation. We are looking for an organized person who can manage several vendors, design and construction consultants, site contractors, to conduct various site improvements as well as oversee the process for managing specific capital projects.

Able to work collaboratively with a people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion, Experience working in communities of color, commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; openness to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working with youth and community members.

This is a full-time position with benefits and core responsibilities include:
• Serve as a project manager for capital improvement projects, prepare progress reports for funders and oversight purposes, oversees project expenditures as per outlined budgets, assures compliance with risk management and safety programs, provides all project and budget coordination, and reviews technical specifications and bid documents.
• Facilitation of all aspects of design, planning and construction of capital projects and site improvements, including working with consultants teams to develop construction documents and bid packages, contractors and vendors for specific technical services and procurement of materials
• Planning and scheduling of committees that oversee capital projects and site improvements to ensure good communications and facilitate project oversight
• Oversight of logistical support for program functions, including supervision of site custodians and facilities support staff, working closely and collaboratively with department leaders, program staff, and landscape team.
• Communication with vendors, partners and employees for onsite logistics, including coordination with onsite catering partner, Hollander Inc.
• Point person for all major garden events, including set up and teardown functions, staff scheduling, site logistics, janitorial services, and help with visitor needs.
• Overall organization, inventory and management of the program supplies, temporary lighting, signage, props, seating, furnishings, etc. for all events.

Successful candidate will show the following:
• Three to five years of project management experience in a visitor-centric organization, including managing multiple projects, scheduling, budget, as well as managing vendors and contractors.
• Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook and web-based work platforms)
• Personal or professional familiarity with Southwest Philadelphia preferred
• Strong organization, multi-tasking and time management skills

Additional requirements:
• A valid driver’s license is required.
• Will be required to work one day of every weekend through the busy season from April to December. Must have the ability to work holidays, weekends, early mornings and late nights in both indoor & outdoor and in all weather conditions.
• Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and to perform physical tasks under a variety of conditions
• Operation of small machinery as necessary (Utility cart, Bobcat, mowers, chipper, etc.)

About Bartram’s Garden
The John Bartram Association’s mission is to enhance and protect the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House, advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening and art, and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The garden was founded in 1728 by John Bartram, whose passion for plants and the natural world inspired generations of horticulturists. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the 45 acre public historic garden is preserved, enhanced, and maintained by the John Bartram Association as America’s oldest botanic garden in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia.

Today, Bartram’s Garden offers opportunities for visitors to connect with and learn about plants, nature, history, art, and science. It encompasses the 1731 Bartram house and farm buildings, historic garden, reclamation meadow, tidal wetlands, community farm, recreational trails, and the Schuylkill river front with a public boat dock.

Bartram’s Garden has been working to build its local Southwest focused programs and activities and strengthen its local community partnerships. Continuing to broaden and deepen these relationships and build sustaining relationships with families, local institutions, churches, schools and academic institutions utilizing the Bartram legacy as inspiration for learning and environmental stewardship is at the heart of our vision for a great civic common and river garden. The garden is in the midst of transformation, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and renewal. With the construction of the Bartram’s Mile Trail and first major house and garden restoration in nearly a century, the profile and visitation at Bartram’s Garden has increased immensely. Capitalizing on this momentum, we are about to embark on planning for a riverfront restoration, freshwater mussel hatchery, and a kayak dock expansion among numerous other projects. These opportunities are focused on building our capacity to serve as the outdoor classroom and living room of Southwest Philadelphia, expanding our role as an anchor community open space and cultural asset.

Application Information
To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@bartramsgarden.org. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. The John Bartram Association is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.