Summer Gardener Positions at Dumbarton Oaks

There are three gardener positions at Dumbarton Oaks this Summer. This would count for the HRT 297 credit requirement!

Full information is here: 

Position Title: Summer Gardener (Temporary)

Supervisor: Director of Gardens and Grounds

Department: Gardens and Grounds

Duration/Hours: 10 weeks/40 hour work week, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pay Rate: $20 per hour

To Apply

This position remains open until filled. Candidates should submit their resume to:

Please use the email subject line “Temporary Summer Gardener”



Assists in the general maintenance of the Dumbarton Oaks gardens and grounds. Actively participates in the daily care and maintenance of this historic 16-acre property including 10 acres of formal gardens and terraces. Works under the general supervision of the garden director, and the direct guidance of Foreperson and Crew Leaders. Works alongside gardeners, interns, and volunteers within the assigned crew, with particular responsibility for the maintenance duties pertaining to the crews’ designated sections of the gardens.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs general ground maintenance: watering, weeding, planting, pruning, fertilizer applications, pool, and fountain maintenance.
  • Operates handheld tools and equipment used in performance of these duties.
  • Assists in preparing the gardens for daily public visiting hours, including removal of debris from walkways and steps.
  • Assists with other areas of the garden and special projects as needed. Performs related duties as required.
  • Works independently with supervision and in groups as a member of a team.


  • Strong gardening skills and familiarity with gardening tools and practice.
  • Must have a strong interest in horticulture, gardening, or related plant and environmental industries.

Language skills

  • Ability to communicate in English both verbally and in writing

 Physical Demands

  • Ability to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Endurance to walk, stand, kneel, bend, stoop, and climb on uneven terrain, and perform work that requires repetitive motion.
  • Strength to push, pull, and lift up to 50 pounds.

To Apply

This position remains open until filled. Candidates should submit their resume to:

Please use the email subject line “Temporary Summer Gardener”

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Dumbarton Oaks views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).