2020 Seasonal Arborist

McCrory Gardens

South Dakota State University


Accepting Applications: 1-24-20 – 3-31-20


Number of Positions: 2

Season: Full Time (40hr/week) – May 11 – August 21

              Part Time (10-20hr/week) – April 23 – May 10 | August 22 – Dec 2


Hours:  7:30am - 4:00pm M-F


Pay: According to experience and qualifications


Job Description: The Seasonal Arborist will be an employee of McCrory Gardens and South Dakota State University, under the general supervision of the Head Gardener and Crew Leader. The Seasonal Arborist will play an important role in maintaining McCrory Gardens and its diverse plantings during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Together with a team of gardeners, volunteers, and maintenance technicians, as well as the McCrory Gardens Administration Team, the Seasonal Arborist’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following

Primary Tasks:

  • Identifying & Cataloging tree and shrub species;

  • Entering data into central database;

  • Tree & shrub pruning, removal, planting, propagation, etc.

  • Scout for pests and disease and correctly manage via pesticides or cultural practices;

  • Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily operations;

  • Operate a variety of hand tools, power tools and vehicles needed for daily operations;

  • Participate in trash removal procedures, as needed;

  • Maintain highest standards for cleanliness and order throughout McCrory Gardens;

  • Provide guided tours and answer general questions from the public;

  • Maintain equipment and tools needed to perform daily tasks;

  • Assist with educational activities;

  • Train and work with individual volunteers and volunteer groups


  • Commercial Pesticide Applicators License (certification obtained once hired at no personal cost)

  • Strong gardening skills, including familiarity with organic seeds and seed propagation

  • Demonstrated ability of hardy plant care appropriate to the region

  • Demonstrated ability to identify trees & shrubs appropriate to the region

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

  • Willing to work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions

  • Team player, creative and organized

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups

  • Enthusiastic, work to high standards and ability to take direction

  • Strong work ethic

  • Experience using chainsaws of varying sizes safely and efficiently

  • Background check required


Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Obtained or currently pursuing a degree in a related field, (Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, etc.)

  • Knowledgeable about hand tools and small machinery a plus

  • Driver’s license preferred

  • Completion of HO 339 – Arboriculture & Urban Forestry

Applications can be picked up from the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center or downloaded HERE. Completed applications and resumes can be dropped off at the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center, emailed to our Head Gardener, Chris Schlenker at Christopher.Schlenker@sdstate.edu, or mailed to: 


McCrory Gardens

Attn: Chris Schlenker

South Dakota State University

Box 2140A, MVC

Brookings, SD 57007


McCrory Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.