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Student Gardener

Job Number: 00001

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:

Student Gardener

The Student Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener.   They will share in the responsibilities of maintaining the Stratford Festival grounds and properties including the main Festival Theatre property, the Avon/Studio Theatre gardens, the Tom Patterson Theatre gardens and the Brunswick St. Warehouse facility. The grounds consist of extensive perennial beds, annuals, rose and carpet beds and the lawns that surround all the Festival Theatre buildings.


  • Perform general grounds and plant maintenance including, grass cutting, raking, edging, weeding, trimming, watering, mulching, planting, pond maintenance and other care for the lawns, gardens and container plants
  • Clean up and removal of litter, leaves and debris from the grounds
  • Power washing the sidewalks and parking surfaces
  • Painting of exterior fixtures, handrails
  • Assist Gardeners with other gardening tasks and duties as directed


  • Interest in gardening and ground care are preferred
  • Past experience operating powered equipment such as leaf blowers, grass trimmers and lawn mowers with an interest in gardening and ground care are preferred
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are expected as interaction with the public is required
  • You must be able to work flexible hours including days, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the job including: bending, lifting utilizing hand tools and working in various weather conditions
  • Must provide own CSA approved footwear

This seasonal student position is a full-time contract position located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin in May until Labour Day with weekend work until November 2021.

Job Type: Seasonal Contract

Hourly Rate: $14.25

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 26, 2021 to:

Human Resources

E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca

Subject: Student 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

May 03, 2021

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