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Assistant Gardener - Seasonal

University of Minnesota
paid holidays, sick time
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
Jul 08, 2024
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Twin Cities
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Full/Part Time
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Teamsters Local 320
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About the Job

Promotional priority for Teamster employees runs from January 27, 2022 - February 3, 2022

7-Month Seasonal Assistant Gardener
Job Code: 6040

Overview: The assistant gardener has the responsibility of assisting with the care of the grounds and gardens on the University of MN Twin Cities campus.

Responsibilities: These examples do not include all possible responsibilities in this work and do not limit the assignment of related responsibilities in any position of this classification.

  • Plants annuals, perennials, shrubs or trees.
  • Maintains annual and perennial and shrub beds. Including spreading mulch, pulling weeds, pruning, applying fertilizers to annuals and perennials and picking litter.
  • Mows, aerates and edges turf areas. Prepares lawn areas for seeding or sodding and lays seed or sod.
  • Performs irrigation system maintenance checks and repairs as needed. Assists with irrigation start up and blow outs.
  • Prunes trees and shrubs and operates the chipper
  • Installs and maintains storm water management gardens (BMP's).
  • Operates ride and walk behind mowers, skid steers, edgers, weed whips, litter lifts, back pack blowers, shovels, rakes, pruners, saws, hand tools and other equipment associated with grounds maintenance.
  • Cleans and organizes facilities associated with Landcare.
  • Assists with snow removal and de-icing program using vehicles, power equipment and hand tools.
  • Other tasks as assigned

This job may be designated as essential
The employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position

Additional Information: This is a seasonal 7-month, 100% appointment, Teamster Unit 3 position. This position includes the option to participate in the U of MN benefits package. Probationary period: 720 straight time hours
If you have interest in applying or would like more information please call 612.625.7361 or email at landcare@umn.edu

We Offer:

  • MN State Retirement System (MSRS) pension plan - tax deferred.
  • 13 paid vacation days per year (starting accrual rate), in addition to 13 paid sick days and 11 paid holidays.
  • Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% - 100% of eligible tuition.
  • Excellent and affordable health care benefits.
  • Wellness program with opportunity to earn lower health care rates.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and one year of experience or 1 year of education in commercial gardening, grounds maintenance, or related field.
  • Experience as a lead worker.
  • A valid Driver's License.
  • Ability to repetitively lift and carry 50 lbs.

Essential Qualification:

  • Regular attendance is an essential qualification for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid MDA non-commercial pesticide applicators license.
  • Experience operating a skid steer with attachments and other equipment associated with grounds maintenance.

Preferred skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisory staff.
  • Ability to lead student workers on specific tasks.
How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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