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Garden Assistant

The Alaska State Fair, Palmer, Alaska

Purpose:  The Garden Assistant assists the Head Gardener to beautify the grounds.

Reports to:  Head Gardener.

Supervises:  Summer garden crew.

Confidentiality:  None special required.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Valid Alaska Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.
  • Must be willing and able to work outside for extended period of time in all weather conditions, including rain, wind or snow.
  • Must be physically able to walk, bend, kneel, routinely lift and carry heavy items.
  • Must be energetic, flexible and outgoing.
  • Must not be afraid of physical work or getting dirty.
  • Must be able to work 40 hours per week plus overtime as needed.
  • Must be able to work outdoors as part of a group as well as independently.
  • Must be able to be supervised as well as able to supervise others.
  • Must have acute attention to detail.
  • Skilled and efficient at watering and knowing when watering is required.
  • Basic plant identification and nomenclature required. Must be willing to learn more.
  • Basic plant biology – understanding annual/perennial/woody plant growth habits and pruning techniques unique to each.

Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Work directly with the Head Gardener following instructions as given.
  • Anticipate and foresee tasks which need completion each week, reporting them to Head Gardener and coordinating with supervisor to make sure they are accomplished.
  • Perform various greenhouse tasks such as, transplanting seedlings, taking vegetative cuttings, watering, weeding and cleaning up all areas.
  • Monitor all growing areas for pests as part of an integrated pest management system.
  • Carry out summer crew supervision under the direction of the Head Gardener.
  • Watering both greenhouse and outdoors. Some weekends required during the entire season.  You will be responsible for keeping plants alive during weekend shifts!
  • Assist Head Gardener in supporting and enforcing all Alaska State Fair rules.
  • Monitor and maintain equipment – greenhouses, tools (mower, weed whip, etc), pickups, fences, etc.
  • Ensuring the safety of personnel and equipment at all times.
  • Adhere to OSHA requirements.