Seasonal Grounds Crew Aide

POSITION AVAILABLE:  Grounds Crew Aide (Arborist)

Classification:  Seasonal

Department:  Collections and Facilities

General Summary: 

Assist arborists with tree maintenance on the grounds.  Availability to begin working in spring and continue through fall is preferred.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Tree climbing (up to 35’), pruning, and removal
  • Chipping large trees and shrubs; stump grinding
  • Operation of small equipment or hand tools, which could include chain saws, pruning shears, loppers, rakes, snow blowers, shovels, brooms, and hand saws
  • May need to operate a pickup truck, dump truck, brush chipper, and front-end loader; a regular Class D driver’s license is required, which will be subject to a Motor Vehicle Report prior to hire, in order to verify insurability by the Arboretum
  • Depending on time of hire, participation in snow removal operations & winter clearing of invasives in natural areas
  • Early start time May – October (6am-2pm)


Must be able to operate small equipment, drive large vehicles, and use hand tools.  Experience with snow removal and grounds maintenance work a plus, but not required.

Success Factors:

Ability to perform physical labor outdoors, requiring strength and endurance in all kinds of weather.  Ability and willingness to adapt to a wide variety of duties and responsibilities.  Candidate may be subject to a Motor Vehicle Report prior to hire, in order to verify insurability by the Arboretum.  A Medical Examiner’s Card is required to operate certain vehicles; in order to obtain this card, a physical will be required for those candidates.

Working Conditions

  1. Majority of work performed outdoors in all weather conditions.
  2. Normal schedule 7am-3:30pm, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted above.
  3. Exposure to loud or prolonged noise and/or vibrations.
  4. Requires significant amount of physical activity: carrying, lifting (up to 60 lbs.), bending, climbing (up to 8 ft.), pushing, pulling, standing, sitting, walking (200-300 yards).

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