Bastyr University, a private regionally accredited institution, is accepting applications for a gardener position in the Botanical Medicine department at the Kenmore, WA campus.

About Bastyr:

Bastyr is a progressive internationally recognized pioneer in Natural Health Arts and Sciences education and research. Founded in 1978, the University today offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs that reflect multidisciplinary, science-based natural health curricula with an emphasis on the integration of mind, body, spirit, and nature. Regionally accredited since 1989, Bastyr University is composed of three schools, the School of Naturopathic Medicine, The School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences and the School of Traditional World Medicines. Bastyr is comprised of a main campus in Kenmore, WA, a health clinic in Seattle, and a branch campus and health clinic in San Diego. 

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. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: All new employees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status on or before their first workday. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. 


Assist the Garden Supervisor in all aspects of garden/greenhouse/farm stewardship, administration, maintenance, and community-building.

  • Steward various aspects of regenerative production and restoration including, but not limited to: propagation, transplanting, watering, IPM, weed management, cultivation, harvesting, seed saving, medicinal herb processing, and recordkeeping.
  • Supervise and train Work-Study student gardeners and volunteers. Delegate labor amongst them and support nourishing team dynamics. Manage administrative and scheduling duties for all work-study and volunteer gardeners.
  • Maintain associated greenhouses, materials bays, irrigation systems, water catchments, storage systems, etc. necessary for Gardens operations.
  • Support the fulfillment of medicinal plant and produce harvest targets for Herb Lab, markets, CSAs, classroom curricula, and programming needs.
  • Assist in oversight and implementation of events, markets, and activities at the Gardens. Assist in education, marketing, promotion, etc. activities supporting these events.
  • Assist with planning, maintenance, installation, planning, mapping, and restoration of the Sacred Seeds Ethnobotanical Trail.


  • Must have 2-3 years of production-focused regenerative garden, farming, or landscaping experience
  • Must have a strong knowledge of medicinal and vegetable plants, propagation methods, cultivation, IPM, harvesting, medicinal plant processing methods, nursery/greenhouse management
  • Familiar with caring for both landscapes and people in all weather conditions - experience working outdoors in the Pacific NW and in education settings helpful
  • Training in native plants, ethnobotany, and restoration practices preferred
  • Comfort with recordkeeping, computer and phone data applications, and organizing information
  • Familiarity with racial and social justice concepts and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concepts as they relate to native plants and farming/gardening


  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and perform physical/manual tasks outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Enthusiasm, ability to improvise and adapt, and proactive attitude is a must
  • Strong communication skills, affinity to teamwork, and ability to receive instruction well and engage in clear communication to adapt goals to daily fluctuations in environment and priorities

How to Apply:

Please refer to job #22-007 and position title when applying. Please send your cover letter and resume to:

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. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

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