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Seasonal Gardener OR Horticulture Intern

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

Number of Positions: 10

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

Part Time (10-20hr/week) – April 24 – May 7 | August 21 – November 21

Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm M-F (some weekend and evening hours may be required)

Pay: According to experience and qualifications

Job Description: The Seasonal Gardener or Horticulture Intern 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 Gardener or Horticulture Intern 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 Gardener’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following.

Primary Tasks:

  •  Planting of 40,000+ annuals, perennials, vines, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and trees;
  • Care for diverse plantings located throughout McCrory Gardens;
  •  Hand water and monitor irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought;
  •  Perform seasonal landscape work including pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing, and transplanting;
  •  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;
  • Interact in a friendly and respectful manner with visitors and answer general questions from the public;
  •  Maintain equipment and tools needed to perform daily tasks;

Advantages: Employees will be trained on:

  • Garden maintenance strategies
  •  Use of horticultural tools, equipment, and vehicles
  •  Plant identification
  • Weed identification and management
  •  Mulch types and application methods
  • Understanding seasonal impacts on horticulture
  •  Irrigation, fertilization, and other plant care techniques
  • Factors that affect plant placement


  •  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 alone and in groups
  • Enthusiastic, work to high standards and ability to take direction
  • Strong work ethic
  • 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
  •  Basic carpentry & irrigation/plumbing skills a plus
  •  Scout for pests and disease and correctly manage via pesticides or cultural practices;
  • Strong gardening skills
  • Demonstrated ability of hardy plant care appropriate to the region