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Seasonal Arborist

Accepting Applications: 1-23-23 – 3-31-23 

Number of Positions: 2 

Season: Full Time (40hr/week) – May 8 – August 18 

  Part Time (10-20hr/week) – April 24 – May 8 | August 22 – Dec 21 

Hours:  7:30am - 4:00pm M-F  

Pay: According to experience and qualifications 

Job Description: The Seasonal Arborist will be an employee of McCrory Gardens and South Dakota State University, under the general supervision of the Crew Leader and Horticulture & Grounds Manager. The Seasonal Arborist will play an important role in maintaining McCrory Gardens and its diverse plantings during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Together with a team of gardeners, volunteers, and maintenance technicians, as well as the McCrory Gardens Administration Team, the Seasonal Arborist’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following. Some weekends and evening hours may be required. 

 Primary Tasks: 

  • Tree & shrub pruning, removal, planting, propagation, etc.  

  • Scout for pests and disease and correctly manage via pesticides or cultural practices; 

  • Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily operations; 

  • Operate a variety of hand tools, power tools and vehicles needed for daily operations; 

  • Participate in trash removal procedures, as needed; 

  • Maintain highest standards for cleanliness and order throughout McCrory Gardens; 

  • Maintain equipment and tools needed to perform daily tasks; 


  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. 

  • Willing to work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions 

  • Team player, creative and organized 

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups 

  • Enthusiastic, work to high standards and ability to take direction 

  • Strong work ethic 

  • Experience using chainsaws of varying sizes safely and efficiently 

  • Background check required 

  Preferred Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Obtained or currently pursuing a degree in a related field, (Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, etc.) 

  • Knowledgeable about hand tools and small machinery a plus 

  • Driver’s license preferred 

  • Completion of HO 339 – Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 

  • Strong gardening skills 

  • Demonstrated ability of hardy plant care appropriate to the region 

  • Demonstrated ability to identify trees & shrubs appropriate to the region