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Gardener (Intermittent) - Gene Stratton Porter SHS

Date Posted:  Sep 21, 2022
Requisition ID:  383065

Rome City, IN, US, 46784


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is a statewide museum system with 12 locations including the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis and 11 historic sites in the Indiana communities of Evansville, Corydon, New Albany, Rome City, Madison, Fountain City, Geneva, New Harmony, Nashville, Vincennes, and Metamora.


Mission: To serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places, and things.


Vision: Be the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally, and globally.



  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency


Strategic Priorities:

  1. Engage and serve an expanded and diverse audience through transformative experiences: Collections. Exhibits. Programs.
  2. Translate/transform our historic sites from buildings/tours to experiences/legacies.
  3. Brand awareness and reputation management.
  4. Sustainability (product and financial).
  5. Organizational culture.



The starting salary for this position is $15.00 per hour.


About the Job:

As the Gardener at Gene Stratton Porter State Historic Site, you will primarily be responsible to provide labor necessary for the restoration / rehabilitation of designated garden areas at assigned Historic Sites

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Maintain garden areas, including weeding, watering, transplanting and mulching
  • Maintain gravel pathways through weed spraying & keeping them clear of debris
  • Assist with preparing and planting garden beds
  • Maintain garden equipment and tools
  • Light mowing and spin trimming

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • High school diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency)
  • At least one (1) year of experience
  • Ability to operate hand and power tools as well as motorized equipment such as tillers, trenchers and weed eaters
  • Working Knowledge of garden plants
  • May have to stand or sit or kneel for long periods of time
  • May have to weed, rake or shovel using hand tools for long periods of time
  • Must be able to interact with public in a professional, helpful manner answering questions about the historic site and the garden restoration project
  • Must be able to do physical labor, lift up to 50 pounds, and repetitive movement such as digging
  • Must be able to work outdoors in hot or cold weather extremes for several hours at a time
  • Must follow detailed instructions on new duties or problem situations, and general instructions on routine duties
  • Must keep work area neat and clean at all times
  • Must maintain safe work practices at all times, including wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, etc, as required for the assigned task
  • Must use good judgment in when to ask for help or clarification


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

This seasonal position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period  


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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