Gardener / Jardinero

City of Seattle, WA
November 8, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
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About Seattle Center:

Seattle Center is the region's premier civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our city and region, home to more than 30 arts, cultural, and entertainment organizations, family attractions, and tourist amenities. Our mission is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. To support this work, Seattle Center employs 220 full-time employees and hundreds of intermittent workers. As a department of the City of Seattle, Seattle Center contributes to the quality of life for Seattle residents--and the region's economy and image as its top visitor destination.

In 2023, Seattle Center is expanding its role to provide operations, maintenance and public safety services for Seattle's new Waterfront Park, a series of new public spaces on Seattle's downtown waterfront between Pioneer Square and Pier 62. Seattle Center will bring its deep experience successfully managing public space to the Waterfront in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which already offers a range of recreational and cultural programming to the community. Our goal is to grow Seattle Center's team by 20% over the next two years to meet this new opportunity, building out a unified team to support both Seattle Center and the new Waterfront Park by the time it is completed in 2025.

About this position:

We are seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Gardener to join our small team of professional gardeners that care for Seattle's Waterfront Park. Seattle's Waterfront Park is a 20 acre series of new public spaces on Seattle's downtown waterfront stretching north-south from Belltown to Pioneer Square. This is a park for Seattle locals and visitors alike, with lively gathering spaces and year-round educational and recreational park programs celebrating the diverse cultures that define the Pacific Northwest. This new green waterfront will also add hundreds of new trees and native plants to support the nearshore ocean habitat.

This position works with a team of gardeners near the public, performing detail-oriented gardening that is impacted by a very busy summer tourist season across the central waterfront.

Job Responsibilities

What you will be doing:

  • Perform skilled gardening and landscaping work in planting, cultivation, pruning and care of flowers, shrubs, trees, lawn and landscaped areas.
  • Understand cultural needs of specific plants and implement the appropriate landscape maintenance needed for a given site.
  • Understand irrigation system components and functions. Be an essential part of the monitoring and repair of the system.
  • Work independently as well as a team member.
  • Strong customer service, communication and teamwork skills while working with diverse workforce and a multicultural public clientele.
  • Operate equipment such as a small tractor, backpack blower, edger and chainsaw.
  • Utilize Integrated Pest Management, including pesticide applications for weed, insect and disease control.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years' work experience in landscape construction or maintenance, or in the propagation and maintenance of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees at a conservatory, greenhouse, or nursery (Combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).


  • Washington Public Pesticide operator's license is required after appointment.
  • Current Washington State driver's license.

The most successful candidates will have:

  • Three years' experience as a journey level landscaper or gardener.
  • Strong interest in horticulture.
  • The ability to organize work and problem solve.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants and landscapes.
  • Experience and knowledge of all aspects of grounds maintenance.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Willing and able to work outside in all kinds of weather.
  • Ability to stand, walk or bend for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work effectively and safely near the public.
  • The ability to work within a diverse workforce.

Additional Information

The full pay range for this step-progression position is $29.03 - $31.35 per hour. New employees begin at Step 1 of the pay progression, which is $29.03 hourly. Current City employees' starting rate of pay will be based on Personnel Rules regarding promotions.

How to Apply:

Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. You must submit the following items to be considered for this position no later than 4:00 pm Pacific Time on November 28, 2023

Completed NEOGOV online application. Supplemental questionnaire responses.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Driving Record - Selected candidates will be required to submit a Driver's Abstract (at your own expense) that demonstrates a good driving record.

Pre-Employment Physical - Successful candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment physical.

Why work at the City?

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in dismantling racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and create and provide equitable processes and services. Seattle Office of Civil Rights )

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: covered family-members/most employees-plans

For helpful tips on the application process and recruitment process: Working at the City - Human Resources |

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 11/28/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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