Chatham University
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Full Time

Chatham University

Head Gardener

Chatham University has an immediate opening for Head Gardener in the University's Facilities department.

Under the supervision of the Facilities Management Director, the Head Gardener will coordinate, direct, and participate in the activities of the grounds' crew in performing routine and recurring maintenance of campus grounds to include all lawns, shrubs, trees, sidewalks and roads, signs, and parking areas. The position is also responsible to coordinate, direct, and assist in the removal of snow and ice from roads, walks, and steps throughout campus at all hours of day and night. All work is subject to inspection for conformance to specifications and accepted standards of the trade, but is primarily reviewed through observation results. Because this department intertwines with other departments, this position must frequently plan, cooperate, and contribute to the institution by sharing and working with peers

This vacant position will add to Chatham's mission "to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect the diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably." Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community. Learn more at: .

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Through the guidance of the director, coordinate and direct the daily operations of the landscaping crew to include assigning, directing, and coordinating tasks, accounting for their time, attendance, and work schedules, and directing the efforts of the department in an efficient and professional manner
  • Maintain accurate records for chemical use and maintenance work performed including mowing, seeding, fertilization, aeration, pesticide, and herbicide use
  • Coordinate, direct, and participate in maintaining athletic field; spot repairing of roads, walkways, and steps; maintain grounds equipment; removal of snow and ice; maintaining surface drainage
  • Inventory and Requisitions
  • Training of grounds crew


  • Must possess at least an associate or bachelor degree in horticulture, landscape management, or a related subject
  • Must possess a minimum of four years of experience as a supervisor in landscaping, gardening, and snow removal.
  • Must possess a valid Pennsylvania certification in pesticide and herbicide application.
  • Must possess a Pennsylvania driver's license

Physical Requirements:

  • Groundskeeping work may be physically demanding, requiring lifting heavy weights (up to 100 pounds for numerous repetitions)
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all climates
  • Must possess the manual coordination required to operate equipment

Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences, and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a "Best College" by U.S. News & World Report, and--as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of '29)--is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review.

Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA--one of the country's most livable cities and great college towns--Chatham is spread across three distinct locations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world's most sustainable campuses.

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To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, professional resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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