Jersey Cares, in partnership with Essex County Parks Department, is seeking a highly energetic Gardener interested in learning more about caring for a historical landscape work of art, Essex County Branch Brook Park. In this temporary, seasonal position, an emphasis is placed on the gardens in the southern division of Essex County Branch Brook Park in the City of Newark. Also, there will be opportunities to learn about the field of horticultural work, plant selection, garden design, and workforce development.
We champion a masterwork of landscape architecture, conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The centerpiece of the first county park system in America, located in the renaissance city of Newark, Essex County Branch Brook Park, now enjoys new life. Together with a community of friends, we restored the park’s historic design and are refreshing it for today’s lively use. The mission for Care of the Park powered by Jersey Cares is stated below.
Restoring the Park
- Restore a landscape work of art to its highest standards of use and beauty.
- Enroll visionaries who support and sustain this effort.
Renewing Our Spirit
- Bring together people of all ages and backgrounds in the ongoing renewal and care of the park.
- Engender pride of place and a sense of ownership in an entire community.
The candidate should expect to learn the daily operations of a gardening team in a public park, with an emphasis on best practice and ornamental garden maintenance. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.
- Monitor and maintain the health of plants
- Install and maintain plants
- Mulch, edge, cultivate, and the removal of invasive species in gardens
- Prune and trim trees, shrubs, and plants
- Maintain all gardening equipment and machinery, like mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers
- Monitor and maintain the health of plants
- Mitigate and resolve pest problems that could damage plants
- Keep gardens and green spaces clear of debris and litter
- Working with and leading volunteers in support of stewardship tasks
- Assisting with departmental and educational events, including tours and wellness programs
- Data collection relating to landscape observations; soil and water management.
- Prepare and present a report of experience, procedures, and findings to Care of the Park staff.
- Remain in regular communication with the supervisor
- Collaboration and communication with key stakeholders
The candidate must be able to handle the physical demands, which include a level of physical fitness adequate to enable you to, for example…
- Lift up to 50 lbs. to waist height
- Be outdoors for 6-8 hours on your feet in a variety of weather conditions.
- Handle shovels, rakes, pruners, handsaws, hammers and other tools in a safe manner
- Garden maintenance and integrated pesticide management experience is preferred
- Prior experience with managing volunteers preferred
- Working knowledge in the biology of plant life
- Working knowledge of soil management practices
- Must have a strong interest in horticulture, public parks, landscape architecture, wildlife, and the environment
- Must pass a criminal history background verification with the County of Essex
About Jersey Cares
Jersey Cares works to meet compelling community needs by encouraging civic engagement. With local service agencies, corporations, and civic-minded individuals as our partners, we link volunteers with meaningful service projects to improve and enhance our communities. Jersey Cares is a nonprofit, community-based organization established in 1993. We provide individuals, families, and corporate and community groups with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Jersey Cares partners with hundreds of nonprofit agencies to provide service projects that range from tutoring children to caring for parks and open space. Jersey Cares is an affiliate of Points of Light, an innovative alliance of volunteer catalysts throughout the world.
In 2017, we developed a strategic partnership with Branch Brook Park Alliance to build upon their legacy to care for Branch Brook Park. Today, in 2020 Care of the Park is a growing conservancy that is powered by Jersey Cares.
This position is temporary and funded by the Essex County Parks Department. This short-term position will begin as soon as July 1, 2020, and end on October 31, 2020.
- $11.00 per hour
- 35 hours per week (five days a week, seven-hour shifts)
- Workdays are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each week
- Shifts start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM
How to Apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of the following person. In the cover letter please tell Dana why this job is ideal for you and highlight relevant experience.
Program Director, Care of the Park powered by Jersey Cares