Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.


  • 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 and selling produce on campus.
  • Assist in supervision of work-study personnel and division of labor amongst them.
  • Assist in the garden to lab process: growing, harvesting and processing medicinal herbs for student use.
  • Assist with restoration and educational offerings on the Sacred Seeds Ethnobotanical Trail.



  • Assist in oversight and support of workshops held in the garden.
  • Provide garden tours as requested.


  • Must have a strong knowledge of medicinal 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 helpful.  
  • Must have knowledge of farming/gardening and typical weather patterns in the Pacific NW.
  • Familiarity with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concepts as they relate to plant medicine and farming/gardening is preferred.


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, food crops and restoration.
  • 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 are a must.
  • Researching and computer skills, especially Microsoft Work, Outlook and Excel programs.

Experience - Minimum of 2 years landscape maintenance experience.

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

Please refer to job #21-018 and position title subject line when applying -- send cover letter and resume to jobs@bastyr.edu.

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law.
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 or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.