Contract Seasonal Gardener  

Status: Seasonal contract
Start: April 3 – November 10, 2017 (32 weeks)
Applications accepted.

Maintain gardens for the Toronto Botanical Garden under the direction of the Head Gardener.  The Contract Seasonal Gardener will be responsible for implementing the planting and maintenance program for the gardens of the TBG as directed. The position is 5 days a week, may include weekend rotations, as well as assistance with special events.


  • The garden maintenance of the gardens of the TBG
  • Spring clean-up including the cutting back and clearing of last year’s plant material
  • Regular maintenance of gardens including weeding, pruning, dead-heading, & watering
  • Preparation of soil for planting & transplanting where necessary
  • Spreading of compost, fertilizer & mulch where necessary
  • Identification of weeds, insects and disease for their prevention and treatment
  • Maintenance and operation of an irrigation system and water features
  • Assist with garden volunteers including providing direction and supervision
  • Assist with garden prep for events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A student or graduate of a Degree or Diploma program in Horticulture, Botany, Landscaping, or completion of a registered apprentice program; work experience or equivalent education also accepted
  • Knowledge of gardening techniques and plant species is essential
  • Knowledge of landscape irrigation is preferred
  • Must be energetic, physically fit, motivated and have a passion for plants and gardening
  • Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions
  • Must have a valid driver’s license (preferred)
  • Computer skills are necessary for record keeping and access to email
  • Excellent communication & interactive skills to work with staff, volunteers, the public
  • Must have a mobile phone (monthly allowance paid/offset)

Please forward your CV to:

Sandra Pella, Head Gardener,

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