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Seasonal Job Opportunities

Longwood employs seasonal employees in all areas of the Gardens. Hours vary by position. All seasonal employees receive free access to the Gardens, a discount at the GardenShop, and a discount at the Terrace Restaurant cafeteria when working. Longwood Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity, equality, and inclusion strengthen our institution.

Longwood Gardens
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 501
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Fax (610) 388-5495 or E-mail jobs@longwoodgardens.org

Boiler Room

Carpentry Shop

Floriculture

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Natural Lands

Nursery Woody Plant Production

Outdoor Display

Performance Technician

Plumbing

Research

Security Officer

Boiler Room

The seasonal worker in the Boiler Room should have technical school training and some familiarity with piping, boilers and miscellaneous mechanical equipment. Seasonal duties will include assisting with summer maintenance within the Boiler Room.

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Carpentry Shop

The seasonal worker in the Carpentry Shop must have a good work ethic and willingness to
perform various tasks in a safe manner. The duties of the seasonal worker in this area include
assisting carpenters in their daily duties, minor carpentry tasks, shop inventory, and shop cleanup.
Understanding of basic small carpentry power tool operation required. The candidate must be capable
of lifting at least 50 lbs and must be able to climb ladders.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Floriculture

Seasonal employees working in Floriculture will perform a variety of tasks under the direction of our Horticulturists and Growers as part of a diverse team of staff, students, and volunteers. Positions are available in Indoor Display or Greenhouse Production and work will be performed in our Conservatories, greenhouses or at our outdoor summer container growing location. Tasks will be performed in small groups and independently and include but, are not limited to: staking, tying, pinching/pruning, potting/transplanting, watering, fertilizing, soil mixing, irrigation maintenance, assisting with the upkeep and cleanliness of work areas, and grooming of plants as they are prepared for display throughout the Gardens. They will also assist with transporting potted plants to and from growing areas, which involves occasionally working around trucks, lift gates, fork lifts, and utility vehicles. Prior horticultural experience and/or knowledge is preferred, but we will also train motivated individuals. The work schedule is weekdays but, there can be opportunities for weekend work. The duration for these positions varies.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Seasonal employees in IPM are responsible for activities associated with insects, disease and other biological issues across the conservatories, greenhouses and outdoor areas of Longwood Gardens. This work includes scouting for insects and disease, removing algae and invasive species from lakes and ponds, laboratory work and other pest management activities. Ability to work in diverse weather and environmental conditions are required. PA Pesticide Applicator’s license is a plus.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Natural Lands

Seasonal employees working in the Natural Lands Division will work with our staff and volunteers, usually in a small group, but also independently, on a variety of land stewardship activities. These may include: planting native trees, shrubs and herbaceous vegetation, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, trail maintenance, invasive species management, wildlife management. Prior land stewardship or horticultural experience desired, as is experience with string and hedge trimmers, and utility vehicles. Length of term of employment is flexible and must be primarily between the months of May/June through Aug/Sept/Oct. The work schedule varies and is typically 3-5 days per week, with some weekend work required. Must be able to work for extended time periods in natural areas and in all kinds of weather conditions.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Nursery Woody Plant Production

Seasonal employees working at the nursery will perform numerous manual tasks, working under the direction of the nursery gardeners. Tasks include but are not limited to watering, fertilizing, and maintenance of plants, mulching and various nursery activities. This work is performed at the outdoor growing locations of our behind the scenes nursery. They will also work around and sometimes with tree spades, fork lifts, trucks, and utility vehicles. Working as a seasonal employee at the nursery is an excellent way to gain or improve hands-on gardening knowledge and experience as you work with container plants and field grown trees and shrubs. Applicants with prior horticultural knowledge or experience are preferred, and we will also train motivated individuals.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Outdoor Display

Seasonal employees working in the Outdoor Display Division have the opportunity to work with staff gardeners in the various outdoor gardens areas, assisting with a variety of tasks. These may include planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, deadheading and general garden maintenance. Working as a seasonal employee in Outdoor Display is an excellent way to gain or improve hands-on gardening knowledge and experience as you work with professional gardeners in an exceptional display garden. Applicants with prior horticultural knowledge or experience are preferred, and we will also train motivated individuals.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Performance Technician

The seasonal Performance Technician will be responsible for the set-up, operation, and strike of sound and lighting systems in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, as directed by supervisor and internal and external clients. Additional duties will include standard stage crew jobs such as moving heavy equipment, building and striking temporary stages, and some equipment maintenance. We are looking for candidates with experience with computerized lighting systems, small and medium sized sound reinforcement systems (12-48 channels), and computer technologies used for public presentations. The work schedule includes weekends, evenings and holidays.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Plumbing 

The seasonal Plumbing Division employee will assist plumbers in their daily duties, minor Plumbing Shop tasks, shop inventory and shop cleanup.  An interest in learning the trade and an understanding of basic plumbing tools is required. Must have a good work ethic, a willingness learn and perform various tasks in a safe manner. The candidate must be capable of lifting at least 50 lbs and must be able to climb ladders or work at heights and in tight spaces.

To operate vehicles and equipment, applicants must be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver’s license.

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Research

Seasonal employees working in the Research Division will perform numerous outdoor, greenhouse and laboratory tasks under the direction of several greenhouse, nursery and research staff. Tasks include but are not limited to watering, fertilizing, and maintenance of plants, laboratory work, plant breeding, tissue culture, mulching and various research activities. Prior horticultural experience and/or knowledge is preferred. The term for these positions vary.

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Security Officer

The seasonal Security Officer will be responsible for ensuring the security and safety of guests, employees, and the properties at Longwood Gardens. Individuals must have the personality and ability to deal well with the public and fellow employees. Previous security experience preferred. This position requires the ability to work a flexible work schedule including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

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Employment at Longwood Gardens