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Head Gardener

Chatham University
Chatham University, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Head Gardener

Chatham University is now welcoming applications for a Head Gardener position.

Under the supervision of the Physical Plant Director, coordinate, direct and participate in the activities of the grounds' crew in performing routine and recurring maintenance of campus grounds to include all lawns, shrubs, trees, sidewalks and roads, signs and parking areas. The position is also responsible to coordinate, direct and assist in the removal of snow and ice from roads, walks and steps throughout campus at all hours of the day and night. All work is subject to inspection for conformance to specifications and accepted standards of the trade but is primarily reviewed through observation results. Because this department intertwines with other departments, this position must frequently plan, cooperate and contribute to the institution by sharing and working with peers.

Chatham University strives to promote a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism while increasing individuals' intercultural competence. We actively work to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes employee and student success and retention. Learn more at:


    Must possess at least an associates or bachelor degree in horticulture, landscape management or a related subject.Must possess a minimum of four years of experience as a supervisor in landscaping or gardening. A graduate degree in horticulture, landscape management, management, or a related field may be substituted for one year of supervisory experience.Must possess a valid Pennsylvania certification in pesticide and herbicide application.Must possess a Pennsylvania driver's license.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    Through the guidance of the director, coordinate and direct the daily operations of the landscaping crew to include assigning, directing and coordinating tasks, accounting for their time, attendance and work schedules, and directing the efforts of the department in an efficient and professional manner.Coordinate, direct and participate in maintaining all college grassy areas. Maintenance includes watering, mowing, trimming, planting, seeding, and fertilizing.Coordinate, direct and participate in the maintenance of all college bushes, shrubs and small trees.Coordinate, direct and participate in removing leaves twigs, branches, debris and other foreign material from the college's property.Coordinate, direct and participate in policing the campus grounds on a daily basis. This includes picking up trash and debris from the grounds.Coordinate, direct and participate in emptying exterior trash containers as needed, but at least twice per week.Coordinate, direct and participate in maintaining the athletic field to include striping of playing surface, setting bases, batter's cage, etc.Coordinate, direct and participate in spot repairing roads, walkways and steps.Coordinate, direct and participate in maintaining grounds' equipment.Coordinate, direct and participate in removal of snow and ice from college roads, walks, and steps with the use of manual and motorized equipment.Coordinate, direct and participate in maintaining surface drainage by clearing catch basins.Maintain accurate records for chemical use and maintenance work performed including mowing, seeding, fertilization, aeration, pesticide and herbicide use.Plan, schedule and direct the application of fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.
    Inventory and requisition supplies, tools and parts as needed. Maintain accurate records.Coordinate, direct and participate in maintaining trash containers, bike racks, outdoor seating, fountains and ponds.

Duties and Responsibilities

    Supervise and participate in maintenance of installation of campus signage.Train grounds crew in all assigned areas of responsibilities.Coordinate with, and respond to the direction of the Arboretum Director. Coordination is not necessary for general maintenance tasks.Develop and prepare cost estimates and plans of requested or planned horticultural and landscaping projects. These projects will be closely coordinated with and approved by the Arboretum Director.Because of necessary fluctuations of workloads in the skill area, an individual in this class may be required, on an occasional basis according to need, to perform duties outside his/her trade area at a level of skill the same as or lower than required by his ordinary assignment.Maintain professional development of the department and of self.At management's request, provide advice and recommendation on hirings in the grounds' department, with final decision authority and responsibility belonging to management.Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

    Groundskeeping work may be physically demanding, requiring lifting heavy weights(up to 100 pounds for numerous repetitions), manually transporting tools, supplies and equipment.A groundskeeper must be able to work out doors in all climates.A groundskeeper must possess the manual coordination required to operate riding mowers, tractors, skid-steer loaders and other such equipment.


This position will be filled at the hourly rate of $31.61. 40-hour work week.

How to Apply:

Applications accepted only via (direct link is and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please include:

    Cover Letter outlining your qualifications for the position Curriculum Vitae or Resume Contact information for three professional references
All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. The system will not allow applicants to make edits to their applications after submission.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Persons of color, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


About Chatham

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: health & sustainability; business & communication; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science & Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Accreditation The University is accredited by the:

· Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

· Pennsylvania Department of Education

· Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Certification Program

· Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

· Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

· American Chemical Society

· American Psychology Association

· Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

· Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

· Council for Interior Design Accreditation

· Council on Social Work Education

· International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

· Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council


Mission Statement Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

Student Life Students at Chatham University immerse themselves in academics, co-curricular activities, and city life here in Pittsburgh, PA. At Chatham University, you’ll find an academic and social environment where everyone, from professors in the classroom to strong alumnae/alumni networks to fellow students, cares about your future. The Office of Student Affairs at Chatham is committed to assisting students in becoming active members of the campus community through a variety of programs and services. Student Affairs staff members are here to help Chatham students stretch their imaginations, learn about themselves, discover the world, and achieve their aspirations. Chatham University has a lot in store for students outside the classroom.

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