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Seasonal Gardener

Job Number: 00000

Contract   |  Stratford, Ontario   |  Posted on Mar 12, 2021 ← Back

Based in Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival is one of the world’s foremost repertory theatre companies. It operates year round, presenting a season of about a dozen plays each year between the months of April and November, a rich stream of digital content and hundreds of Forum events, designed to deepen understanding of the plays. For every person a theatregoer sees on our stages, we have seven people working behind the scenes, some of the world’s most dedicated and experienced arts workers. At this time we are undergoing a culture shift to support anti-racism and anti-oppression and ensure a respectful, equitable and inclusive environment in which all staff, artists and audience members can feel a true sense of belonging.

If you would like to be part of this change and contribute your own remarkable talents to North America’s largest not-for-profit theatre, we’d like to hear from you. We are currently welcoming applications for:

Seasonal Gardener

The seasonal Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener and will share in the responsibilities for maintaining the Festival’s renowned gardens which contain extensive perennial beds, carpet bedding, roses, annuals and maintained lawns and gardens.


  • Perform general grounds and plant maintenance activities on Stratford Festival properties / locations, such as planting, seeding, cultivating, mowing, edging, weeding, trimming, pruning, raking, spraying, and fertilizing
  • Participate in new plant bed and landscape construction projects as required
  • Fertilize lawns and shrubs and practice weed control in flowerbeds and lawn
  • Operate and maintain sprinkler system, cleaning, repairing, adjusting and replacing sprinkler heads as required
  • Operate applicable equipment including mowers, sprayers, power washers, edgers and hedge trimmers, etc. Maintain equipment to prevent malfunction.  Assist the Head Gardener in conducting a preventive maintenance program to keep equipment in optimal condition
  • Remove snow from walks and steps with a shovel or snow blower as appropriate for amount and location of snow.  Keep sand and de-ice product on walks and steps during icy/slippery conditions
  • Recommend repairs, maintenance and operations as related to gardens, grounds, fixtures and equipment. Perform related tasks as required
  • Respond in a professional, polite and helpful manner when liaising with patrons and staff


  • A postsecondary degree or diploma in horticulture is required
  • A minimum of two years of hands on experience working in the field of horticulture is an asset
  • Experience with pesticide-free gardening methods would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of perennials is essential
  • This job demands physical dexterity and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential given frequent interaction with the public
  • The successful candidate will have hands on knowledge of each of these aspects of gardening
  • Experience with pesticide-free gardening methods would be considered an asset
  • Must possess a valid Ontario driver’s license

This seasonal position is a unionized position located in Stratford, Ontario. Seasonal recall each year typically runs from April to November.

Job Type:  Full-time Seasonal

Hourly Rate: Currently $25.20

The Festival is working diligently toward a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.  We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and beyond. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to the Stratford Festival, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by March 19, 2021 to:

Human Resources

E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca

Subject: Seasonal Gardener

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


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Stratford Festival

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Stratford, Ontario

Start Date

Apr 05, 2021

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