Seasonal Gardener

Stratford Festival Published on February 12, 2020 (5 days ago)
Stratford, ON
Job Type
Arts, Culture, Recreation & Entertainment


Would you like to play a meaningful role with North America’s leading classical repertory theatre? At the Stratford Festival, we attract the world’s finest talent, offering a unique experience for staff, artists and artisans alike. If you would like to be part of this exciting organization, we are looking for someone to fill the position of:

Seasonal Gardener 

The seasonal Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener and will share in the responsibilities for maintaining the Festival’s renowned gardens which contain extensive perennial beds, carpet bedding, roses, annuals and maintained lawns and gardens.


- Perform general grounds and plant maintenance activities on Stratford Festival properties / locations, such as planting, seeding, cultivating, mowing, edging, weeding, trimming, pruning, raking, spraying, and fertilizing
- Participate in new plant bed and landscape construction projects as required
- Fertilize lawns and shrubs and practice weed control in flowerbeds and lawn
- Operate and maintain sprinkler system, cleaning, repairing, adjusting and replacing sprinkler heads as required
- Operate applicable equipment including mowers, sprayers, power washers, edgers and hedge trimmers, etc.  Maintain equipment to prevent malfunction.  Assist the Head  Gardener in conducting a preventive maintenance program to keep equipment in optimal condition
- Remove snow from walks and steps with a shovel or snow blower as appropriate for amount and location of snow.  Keep sand and de-ice product on walks and steps during icy/slippery conditions
- Recommend repairs, maintenance and operations as related to gardens, grounds, fixtures and equipment. Perform related tasks as required
- Respond in a professional, polite and helpful manner when liaising with patrons and staff

- A postsecondary degree or diploma in horticulture is required
- A minimum of two years of hands on experience working in the field of horticulture is an asset
- Experience with pesticide-free gardening methods would be considered an asset
- Knowledge of perennials is essential
- This job demands physical dexterity and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential given frequent interaction with the public
- The successful candidate will have hands on knowledge of each of these aspects of gardening
- Experience with pesticide-free gardening methods would be considered an asset
- Must possess a valid Ontario driver’s license

This seasonal position is a unionized position located in Stratford, Ontario. Seasonal recall each year typically runs from April to November.

Job Type:  Full-time Seasonal

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the recruitment and hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to submit a résumé and cover letter in a single PDF by February 28, 2020, to:

Human Resources
Subject: Seasonal Gardener

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