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Position Title: Horticultural Maintenance Worker – Seasonal

Reports To: Special Gardens Manager/Circles & Beds Supervisor

Salary Range: $15.00 – $17.00 per hour

Supervises: 0

Requirements: City of Buffalo residency, valid NYS Driver’s License

Position Summary:

The horticultural maintenance worker – seasonal is an entry level seasonal position. This position requires basic horticulture and plant knowledge; a love for the outdoors and making a difference in the community. This position is part of the operations department and reports directly to the special gardens manager or the circles & beds supervisor.

This is a full-time seasonal position; working 37.5 hours per week with non-exempt status according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Overtime hours may be required at certain times, with supervisor’s approval.


This position is a Class 3A according to the Conservancy’s employee handbook and as such benefits include the following:

Class 3A – The Conservancy offers medical plans with a $350 employer provided allocation toward monthly premiums, upon meeting certain criteria. A 403(b)-retirement plan and paid sick time.

Additional Benefits include: a golf season pass for employees, as well as ongoing in-house training on various topics, flexible schedule, based on needs of the Conservancy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Weeding, pruning, and watering;
  • Planting and mulching;
  • Raking, shoveling, and sweeping;
  • Performs daily maintenance of tools and equipment utilized;

Additional Expectations:

  • Aligns with the Conservancy’s commitment to creating an inclusive, equitable, and accessible working environment for all staff and park system for all park users;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications and Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Basic knowledge of weeding, pruning, and planting;
  • Basic knowledge of plant, tree, and pest identification;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with other staff members and follow multi-step directions;
  • Ability to interact respectfully with the public;
  • Willingness to learn new skills;
  • Degree in horticulture or related field preferred, but not required;
  • Professionalism in communication, demeanor and respectful relationship building at the highest level in representing the Conservancy and fostering collaborative partnerships.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Primarily outdoor hands-on work, potentially in extreme weather conditions;
  • Job duties may require an employee to bend, reach, stoop, sit, stand and/or walk for extended periods of time, as well as lift and/or move heavy objects which at times could be up to 50 lbs.;
  • Job duties may require traveling distances between park features or system locations;
  • Use of hand tools; as well as standard to heavy park and gardening equipment;
  • Must continuously foster a team approach to while working in the park environment;
  • Evenings, weekend, and holiday work may be required, as needed;
  • Flexible hours depending on workload and ever-changing priorities;
  • Must be able to adapt to ever-changing resources and limited budgets.

 This job description is intended to identify and list the responsibilities, duties, and qualifications for the position. It cannot be considered all-inclusive, however, as changing organizational circumstances can result in changes to some of those responsibilities, duties, and qualifications. Further, every task supporting the functioning of the position may not be listed or not listed in detail. This job description does not constitute a contract of employment.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc. is committed to diversity in the workplace. Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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