Job Title: 
Assistant Gardener (#19-011)
Job ID: 
Job type: 

Essential Functions

  • Assist the Garden Supervisor in garden planning, cultivation, maintenance tasks and serve as an additional resource for questions and information about the garden and the plants for students and for the public.
  • Assist in all aspects of organic production, including soil building, seasonal planning, seed and crop selection, ordering and buying seed, starting seeds, transplanting starts, planting, watering, fertilizing, pest control, weeding, crop rotation and companion planting, cold frame installation and use, expanding and building new beds, clearing and winterizing beds, cover-cropping, harvesting, saving seeds, medicinal herb processing and distributing produce on campus.
  • Assist in supervision of work-study personnel and division of labor amongst them.
  • Assist in the garden to herb lab process.
  • Provide garden tours as requested.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist in oversight and support of workshops held in the garden by tracking resource usage, supply needs and income generated if applicable.
Botanical Medicine
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  • Must have a strong knowledge of herbal and vegetable plants, propagation methods, cultivation, harvesting and medicinal plant processing methods.
  • Must have experience with larger scale landscape maintenance and planning.
  • Training in organic, biodynamic and/or permaculture methods is a plus.
  • Knowledge of farming/gardening and typical weather patterns in the Pacific NW.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to perform physical/manual tasks in relation to garden maintenance.
  • Ability to operate necessary equipment and tools used to develop, expand & maintain a garden of moderate size.
  • Ability to supervise a team of student gardeners with guidance, clarity & respect.
  • Willingness to expand knowledge and abilities involving growing medicinal plants and food crops.
  • Construction skills and/or knowledge of basic construction techniques and hardware helpful.
  • Automatic irrigation and/or knowledge of basic drip irrigation techniques and hardware helpful.
  • Organizational skills, filling, data entry, and office skills.
  • Able to communicate clearly in a variety of situations and environments.
  • People skills and an enthusiasm to engage and facilitate student learning a must.
  • Researching and computer skills, especially Microsoft Work, Outlook and Excel programs.

Experience: Minimum of 2 years landscape maintenance or farming experience.

Education: Certificates or other degrees in the fields of Landscape Design, Horticulture, Herbal Sciences, Permaculture or Biodynamic agriculture are preferred.


Please refer to job #19-011 and position title subject line when applying -- send cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@bastyr.eduPlease visit our website at EEO.

Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Bastyr University promotes a work environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity.

Bastyr University is an equal opportunity institution. We do not discriminate in matters of employment or participation in programs, services or benefits on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or veteran status. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the university in advance if you require special accommodation due to a disability.

Special Note: All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance during the application process should contact the Human Resources department by phone (425) 602-3087 or fax (425) 602-3058 or email

Hiring Range: 
Kenmore Campus (Kenmore, WA)
Work Schedule: 
Tuesday-Friday, 30 hours/week. This is a seasonal position (mid-February to mid-November).
Comprehensive benefits: 
Comprehensive Benefits Package