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Full Time Seasonal Land Stewardship Coordinator 2020

Department: Horticulture

Position Time Frame: April-December

Compensation: $15 hourly

Hours: 35 Hours per week, Tuesday-Saturday. Schedule subject to garden needs; some evenings required.

Reports to: Director of Landscapes and Facilities

General Description:

Bartram’s Garden seeks a full time seasonal land steward to work as part of the horticulture team to plan for the long term health of our natural lands and park areas. Apply industry best practices to provide maintenance for and monitoring of these spaces and to coordinate volunteer engagement with this process.

Responsibilities Include:

Planning, monitoring, record keeping and maintenance of gardens and thriving ecosystems in the following areas: trolley stop and entrance gardens, Harley Drive, Old Orchard, Administration building grounds, South Wetland, North Wetland, Entire Riparian border, forest sections of Bartram Mile and Eastwick Hill, forest border of railroad cut boundary of park, Meadow, parking lot gardens.

Coordinating volunteer stewardship efforts in collaboration with horticulture staff and Development Manager.

Monitoring and record-keeping of natural habitats and species documentation.

Collaborate with Lead Gardener to facilitate leaf clean-up in collaboration Oct-Dec

Compost Area management, regular chipping of brush, and management of piles and landscape materials

Mowing and string trimming of lawns throughout the garden and Carr Garden meadow, in collaboration with section gardeners.

Assist Sankofa Community Farm and Garden with occasional grounds maintenance needs

Maintenance of plantings at bandstand area

Maintenance of all paved trails throughout the park.


Must have a valid driver’s license or state I.D.

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with the staff and public

Ability to work as part of a team as well a 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.

Pesticide applicator’s license recommended

Demonstrate ability to create effective landscape designs and maintenance plans

Horticulture background either with at least 3 years work experience or academic training

With our ever growing focus on relationships and working in a community of color we prioritize these qualities: Experience working in communities of color: Lived commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds; openness to personal growth and new experiences; demonstrate a passion for working community members, advocate for developing healthy urban habitats, self-reliant communities and a healthy environment.  

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