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Horticulturist/Gardener- White House Farm

Are you looking for an opportunity to flex your horticultural muscles? Well, White House Farm in Luray, Virginia is looking for someone with a strong horticultural background and that could be you!

Horticulturist-Gardener White House Farms

Job Title: Horticulturist/Gardener

The owner of the 270-acre historic White House Farm in Luray, Virginia, is seeking an individual with gardening and horticultural experience to maintain and improve 5 acres of landscaped grounds. The applicant’s work will be garden focused with the goal of maintaining the current site plantings and adding additional plantings and gardens. Additional opportunities may exist with respect to native plantings and care, for a qualified applicant.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Professional horticultural work experience, along with formal horticultural education and/or certifications such as that from the Master Gardener Program.
  • An excellent understanding of garden plant care and identification. Particular knowledge of perennial garden design, planting and care are important strengths.
  • The knowledge and ability to perform other various grounds maintenance tasks including weeding, pruning, and pest management are required, including knowledge in the latest in IPM and various natural approaches to garden maintenance and enhancement.
  • NOTE: this is a horticulturalist/gardening position and will not require grass cutting or other heavy-duty grounds maintenance chores.

Work tasks will include:

  • Trim and maintain garden beds and lawns.
  • Assess and maintain the health of all plants.
  • Irrigation management for perennials, annuals and shrubs.
  • Design and installation of new planting areas and correct landscape problems as needed.
  • Keep accurate records of garden inventory and work performed, as well as budgeting for maintenance and new plantings.

This position may allow for a part-time or full-time employment arrangement. Salary is negotiable based on experience and full- or part-time status.

Please send your resume and references to:

Scott Plein
Principal – Equinox Investments, LLC
Splein@equinoxinvestmentsllc.com

Garden Apprentice- Gunston Hall

Are you interested in the amazing intersection of historical preservation and horticulture? Well then do I have the best opportunity for you! George Mason’s Gunston Hall in Mason Neck, VA is looking for a Garden Apprentice to help restore and maintain their gardens!

Garden Apprentice Posting

Gunston Hall is accepting applications for a seasonal garden apprentice to spend up to 10 weeks assisting with the restoration of the riverside garden. Gunston Hall is a small museum with a highly collaborative, energetic staff dedicated to the power of place, historical objects, and storytelling to create meaningful experiences for visitors of all ages. Once a site of slavery, Gunston Hall is now a museum dedicated to telling the stories of all the people who lived on the 18th-century plantation, including enslaved women, men, and children, indentured workers, and George Mason, one of the leaders of the Revolution and new nation. In this unparalleled project, staff are using archaeological and documentary evidence to recreate the 18th-century garden space that will become a key location for helping visitors better understand the past.

The apprentice will work under the direction of the Horticulturist. The apprentice’s main projects will relate to the riverside garden restoration. The apprentice will also assist with the maintenance of the courtyard garden and other cultivated areas. The apprentice will build horticulture skills in areas such as weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, pest management, and plant identification and will learn other aspects of maintaining a garden as an educational space. The apprentice will also gain experience in working with volunteers and talking with visitors.

The garden apprentice will receive a weekly stipend of $500 for a
full-time schedule. The stipend will be prorated for a part-time schedule. For either a full or part-time schedule, the stipend will be paid on a semi-monthly basis.

Responsibilities:
● Plant and maintain decorative flower borders and kitchen garden spaces.
● Monitor plants for issues and report concerns to the Horticulturist.
● Perform general horticulture tasks such as weeding, fertilizing, disease and pest control, mulching, and deadheading.
● Maintain and repair tools and equipment. Report equipment issues to the Horticulturist.
● Work with volunteers.
● Greet, interact with and provide information to visitors.
● Maintain the security and integrity of the grounds.
● Follow safety policies and procedures. Keep everyone’s safety and experience at the forefront.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have completed some training in horticulture, landscape architecture, botany, environmental science, or a related field.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Martin, director of education and guest experiences, at rebecca.martin@gunstonhall.org. The position will remain open until filled.
Gunston Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

Sales Designer- Elite Landscaping

Are you looking to flex your design muscles? Well, Elite Landscaping has just the job for you!

Sales Designer Elite Landscaping

Job description
Elite Landscaping is seeking motivated and dependable landscape designers with proven sales experience. Our designers take pride in the quality of their projects and foster communication with their clients to create long term relationships. The ideal candidate is creative, organized, team oriented, communicates efficiently, and has basic design skills.
Responsibilities:
Visit and analyze sites for projects based on client needs
Design Landscapes and Hardscapes to meet client goals and objectives
Estimate, price, and write proposals to present to customers
Communicate with clients, team members and team leaders to establish clear goals and objectives
Set up and monitor projects to ensure project quality
Qualifications:
Sales Experience in Landscaping preferred but not required
Working knowledge of plant and hardscape materials
Valid Driver’s License
Pay
From $50,000 -$75000 per year base
Job type
Full-time
Schedule
Monday to Friday
Seasonal Weekend availability
Benefits
Health insurance
Paid time off
Supplemental pay
5% Commission pay

Project Manager-US Capitol Arboretum & Grounds Facilities

Looking for a new opportunity in our nation’s capital? Well the US Capitol Arboretum and Grounds Facilities is looking for a new project manager!

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/653854700

US Capitol Arboretum & Grounds Facilities Project Manager

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (CGA). This position oversees all aspects of facility life cycle management, including maintenance, planning, design, construction, renovation, and asset program management. The ideal candidate will serve as the CGA Facilities Project Manager. Major duties include:

Facilities Project Management and Oversight
Coordinates and oversees all aspects of GGA facilities planning, design, construction, renovation, renewal, programming and management. Coordinates all CGA facilities projects from pre-conception through contracting, design, market analysis, sourcing mechanism, procurement and execution. Plans and executes substantial budgets and oversees contractors and contract management and administration.

Analysis, Planning and Programming
Through independent work and consultation with CGA and AOC resources the incumbent assesses conditions, current needs and future requirements for all CGA facilities, roads, grounds, infrastructure and historic assets. Researches and analyzes long-range needs and critical problems and develops plans for responsive programming to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of all facility operations throughout CGA.

Advice and Guidance
Prepares planning requirements and criteria for complex, high value projects for design and construction or other modifications of facilities and grounds and is seen as a technical expert in the area of planning. Provides counsel to agency management on broad planning issues requiring decisions that may have substantial future impact. Reviews and provides guidance and technical advice to fellow employees within the organization in the performance of related assignments characterized by constantly changing climate and is available to those employees for consultation on assigned projects. Resolves technical difficulties as well as issues that can be overcome by changes in approach, criteria or requirements.

  • Salary: $106,823 – $138,868 per year
  • Pay scale & grade: GS 13

 

Assistant Landscape Architect-Fyffe Landscape Architecture

Calling all design students, are you looking for a new job in the industry or still looking to complete your HRT 297 Cooperative Education requirement? Well Fyffe Landscape Architects in Arlington, VA is looking for someone like you! One of our students already worked there, and the owner of the business would love another highly educated product of NOVA Horticulture!

Assistant Landscape Architect Fyffe Landscape Architecture

Assistant Landscape Architect
Fyffe Landscape Architecture
Arlington, VA
Full-time or Part-time position / hours negotiable.
Salary commensurate with skillset and experience, starting at $30/hr (negotiable).
About Us: FLA specializes in high end residential design, finding innovative solutions to everyday lifestyles. Using natural resources and sustainable concepts, we’ve transformed subdivision configurations, entrance features, commercial streetscapes, horse farms, and roof gardens. We are looking for an assistant to join our small business to help us grow.

The ideal candidate will be someone who is enthusiastic about garden design, excited to contribute new and creative ideas for our clients and for the growth of our business. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and creative individuals who are willing to learn in a small business environment, bring improved organization to a growing business, and are interested in gaining access to all aspects of a landscape architecture business that specializes in high-end gardens.

Primary responsibilities: This role is a generalist role that will be involved in all aspects of the landscape architect business. Work alongside the business owner to manage business operations, proposals, and client interaction. Promote positive work atmosphere and bring creative ideas and energy to the table.
Contribute to digital marketing/social media content for the business.

Minimum requirements:
• Technical skills: AutoCAD, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SketchUp, graphic design
• Design and landscape business experience or relevant education
Preferred requirements:
• Business management skills and experience
• Hand drawing capabilities
• Photoshop skills
• Social media skills to include Instagram, Houzz, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook

How to contact: Interested, qualified candidates may send a resume and cover letter to:
susanne@fyffela.com
Candidates may follow up with a phone call at 703-966-2702.

Susanne Fyffe
Principal
ASLA Fyffe Landscape Architecture
1057 South 26th Road Arlington, Virginia 22202
703-966-2702
susanne@fyffela.com
Web: www.fyffeLA.com

Landscape Design/Marketing Manager- Environmental Enhancements

Looking for a part-time job, maybe even one to fulfill your HRT 297- Cooperative Education requirement? Environmental Enhancements is looking to fill a part-time position right away!

Landscape DesignMarketing Manager- Environmental Enhancements

Position Title: Landscape Design/Marketing Manager

We care about our employees, our clients, and our planet. We pride ourselves on creating a team environment and creating value for every individual here at EE. We encourage creativity, innovation, and feedback, because we want to be the best landscaping company in Northern Virginia to work for.

Position Summary

The Landscape Design/Marketing Manager is an integral member of the management team that provides both design and marketing support to the organization.  The Landscape Design/Marketing Manager will work closely with clients, the Executive Team and production group to create, present, and execute design concepts that fulfill client landscape interests, with an agreed financial budget, and shall promote business opportunities for EEI.   Additionally, the Landscape Design/Marketing Manager shall spearhead, conduct, and support all marketing campaigns that support business development and opportunities for EEI.

This position is part-time –compensation is $30-35/hour based on experience. 30 hours of work per week.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

Landscape Design

  • As assigned by the General Manager and Executive Team, create landscape/masonry design concepts plans that provide solutions to client’s landscape interests; work within given estimated budgets for labor and materials costs
  • Develop and conduct concept presentations in conjunction with the Executive Team to support new business opportunities as part of the project sales process
  • Maintain design document files, including revisions, for existing and prospective clients.
  • Ensures Landscape/Masonry designs remain in compliance with local/state codes and regulations and are developed using accepted industry trade standards and practices
  • Consult with clients, management team and production staff on design concepts and changes to those concepts in a timely manner for all on-going projects
  • Consult with production team and clients as necessary for the execution of the landscape projects
  • Ensure materials and estimated costs are sourced according to plan, availability, quality, and budget
  • Continually research and utilize design techniques that enhance presentation and understanding of concept on behalf of the client by use of available software or other design application options.
  • Track all design hours by client to ensure accurate application of hours to project and for accurate billing

Marketing

  • Create/update client profile information that will enable EEI to target specific geographic, financial, and other pertinent demographic information for landscape and masonry design/build services, landscape maintenance and irrigation/lighting services
  • Maintain existing client and prospective company-wide client database as a source for all marketing campaign activities
  • Create and present for approval the annual marketing plan with associated budget
  • Execute approved annual marketing plan as outlined
  • Plan and coordinate all marketing campaigns with the assistance of company staff
  • Track and measure all responses and activities because of the campaign and report findings to management team on a periodic basis
  • Make recommended suggestions for improvement of marketing results and adjust accordingly
  • Keep abreast of competitive marketing efforts and new marketing concepts available and report findings periodically to management team

Management Team Responsibilities

  • Be a contributing team member to the management team and business development efforts in an effort to promote a positive and professional image at all times
  • Support and assist all employee recruiting/marketing efforts as assigned on behalf of the company
  • Attend on behalf of the company prospecting/association and organization meetings that enhance the promotion of EEI in the marketplace as assigned.
  • Attend employee recruiting functions as assigned
  • Participate in all relevant company business community and trade show activities

Qualifications:

Experience

  • Minimum 2-year experience working as a designer for a landscape management/contracting firm in the same or comparable market
  • Minimum 1 year of marketing related experience including marketing plan development and execution within a given budget
  • Design and presentation experience that is similar in nature to the size and scope of work at EEI.
  • Demonstrated results of related design/sales work that has enabled similar firms to reach targeting sales and marketing goals
  • Minimum 1 year experience in landscape production
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with clients and employees in a team setting
  • Proven sales experience preferred

Skills/Knowledge & Education

  • Landscape Architecture degree or Landscape Design
  • Associates degree and/or equivalent in work experience combined with marketing coursework preferred
  • Self-starter capable of meeting deadlines established by the company and clients.
  • Must be capable of working with people in a team-based setting and one-one one with clients, including strong persuasive skills to elicit confidence in EEI with the company.
  • Ability to work in a multi-task and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to read and interpret landscape plans and graphic designs required
  • Must be capable of performing basic arithmetic calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple algebraic equations, simple geometric formulas for area and volume, plan measurements using engineering or architect’s scale.
  • Valid Virginia’ driver’s license with reasonably clean record that is acceptable to the company and the contracted insurance carrier
  • Proven leadership ability that is demonstrated through clear organizational and communication skills with clients and fellow team members.
  • Ability to write English sufficiently to communicate with clients and employees. Must be able to review and understand financial information/reports provided.
  • Proficient understanding and usage (including development and printing of reports) of Microsoft WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (e-mail) or equivalent programs.

Physical and Other Requirements:

  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time to design, plan, attend meetings, and sit in a company vehicle for up to 8 hours (full day) at a time if necessary.
  • Throughout a typical workday, must be able to periodically stoop, stretch and reach for office materials and supplies and lift supplies and equipment from at least 1 lb. – 25 lbs.
  • Must possess sufficient correctable close vision to be able to read reports, plans and computer screens for extended periods of time (full workday). Must have sufficient distance and peripheral vision to gauge distances and site conditions and recognize job related hazards, including road hazards from driving.
  • Must possess sufficient hearing to communicate with clients by phone and in face-to-face situations and crowded rooms/areas to hold conversations.
  • Must be well-groomed and dressed in suitable business attire as specified in the employee handbook.
  • Must be willing to work a minimum of 8 – 10 hours/day and work weeks more than fifty hours, including occasional weekends and evenings.

Horticulturist- General Services Administration

Are you looking to get into a government job? The General Services Administration is hiring a Horticulturist to assist the Regional Horticulturist in improving the landscape management program for the National Capital Region at GSA. The application cut-off date is April 14th 2022, so act fast if you want this position!

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/646236800 

Location of position: Washington, DC
Division/Office: National Capital Region, Public Building Service, Service Delivery Support (WPY), Safety, Environment, and Fire Protection Branch.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

Duties

As a Horticulturist, you will:

  • Assist the Regional Horticulturist in the oversight, coordination, and development of an overall program of technical and management procedures to assure the attractiveness, functionality, and long term sustainability of all outdoor ornamental plants in the NCR inventory, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, ground covers, ornamental grasses, and turf.
  • Routinely makes on-site evaluations of NCR sites to identify needs for landscape improvements and upgrades. Proposes technically and esthetically appropriate design concepts and assists the Regional Horticulturist in the horticultural and administrative planning necessary for project implementation.
  • Makes recommendations to contractor supervisory personnel and directs the necessary remedial action to be taken in order to correct any deficiencies noted. Assists the Regional Horticulturist in developing contract specifications and other technical documents for procurements relating to landscape installation and maintenance.
  • Participates in all landscape program contributions to the solicitation process, including serving as a source of horticultural expertise in pre-solicitation briefings and as a member of source selection evaluation boards. Performs other duties as assigned.
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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • No relocation expenses are authorized.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 3 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

Qualifications

For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Ameri-corps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

The GS-12 salary range starts at $89,834 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is work performed with Federal, State, local governments or private sector in developing and managing sustainable landscape programs in an urban environment  AND

Possess a Horticulture Degree as a basic requirement 

Individual Occupational Requirements

  1. Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops. Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.  Basic Requirements This position has a positive education requirement.

or

  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included course work as shown in (1) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

It is also preferred that you have:

  • Experience in the planning, development, implementation, administration, oversight, and evaluation of landscape management and design programs for public buildings

Education

Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops.

 

Additional information

  • If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #22NRCA050KSMP. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
  • Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
  • Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. However, assignments that require visits to other locations involve moderate risks or discomforts, such as dust, risk of falls, low hanging wires and beams, etc. The incumbent may be subject to all weather conditions while working outdoors and there is a risk of exposure to potentially dangerous situations, such as being in close proximity to pesticide applications, landscape and construction equipment, etc.
  • The work is primarily sedentary, but also entails some walking outdoors, stooping and bending, climbing stairs and/or ladders, etc. Must be able to make onsite visits to the various buildings throughout NCR (Washington, DC, Northern Va., and suburban Md.) to meet with agency representatives, SDT staff, and contractor’s representatives for inspections, surveys, and other purposes. Some locations are accessible by Metro Rail, others require the incumbent to drive an automobile to the location.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 45 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy.
  • Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • Undergo a background investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
  • Non-GSA employees must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

Entry Level Urban Forestry Internships-Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Department

Are you looking for a job in the Public Sector? Fairfax County’s Urban Forest Management Department is looking to fill three seasonal positions as a part of Entry Level Urban
Forestry. If you think you have what it takes to be the next best part of Fairfax County Government’s Forest Health or Forest Conversation, you should apply! The application deadline was extended to April 1st 2022!

UFMD Summer intern fact sheet 2022

Forest Health Technician
• Conduct field surveys and collect data
• Implement forest pest treatment activities
• Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application to record data

Forest Conservation Technician
•Inspect construction sites for compliance with tree preservation and landscaping requirements
• Perform basic tree maintenance (mulching, watering and pruning)
• Plant trees, often with Fairfax County K-12 students.

Salary: $18.19 to 24.26/hour
Hours: 20 to 40 hours/week

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited two-year college with a degree in urban forestry, horticulture, environmental science, landscape design, agriculture, or related field. Must be able to work in harsh terrain and outdoor environments. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Note: *This position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

To apply: Send a copy of your resume by email to DPWESUFMDAdmin@fairfaxcounty.gov by Friday, April 1st, 2022
*Note which position you are applying for: Forest Health or Forest Conservation Technician

Fairfax County is an equal opportunity employer.

Gardener-Oak Hill Farms

Are you looking to flex your horticultural know-how in the real world? Oak Hill Farms could help you do so! Your classmate Pat Crockett is the head gardener there and looking for fine talent like you!

Oak Hill Farms Gardner Position

Position: Gardener
Status: Seasonal, Full-time
Compensation: $20/hr (TBD)

Job description:
Oak Hill Farms, once home to President James Monroe, is a privately owned national historic landmark located in Aldie, Virginia. We are looking for a gardener to help maintain the gardens and the main house. This is a seasonal position working roughly March through November and up to 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Some of the tasks may include the following but not limited to:

  • Tree and shrub pruning
  • Flower deadheading
  • Weed pulling
  • Planting, transplanting and removal of plants
  • Mulching

These are very typical tasks in the garden so whether it’s a new experience for you or if you’re seasoned but are looking for an environment where you can learn about new plants and how they change through the seasons while on the job, this is a good opportunity. There is no public appearance currently so consider this a very relaxing and easygoing position.

The requirements for this position are:

  • Preferably a Horticulture student at NVCC
  • A self-starter
  • Plant/Nature nerd

These are the only requirements. As you can see, we are looking for a hard-working plant lover.

If you are interested, please contact:

Pat Crockett
Head Gardener
Oak Hill farms
Apc2573@email.vccs.edu

Estate Gardener-Birchwood Arboretum

Birchwood Arboretum, a private property, is searching for a talented and knowledgable full-time estate gardener, so they reached out to the Horticulture Department to find one! If you’re looking for a full-time position, why not consider Birchwood Arboretum?

Birchwood Arboretum Estate Gardener

Position Overview:

This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, March-November.

Birchwood is one of the largest private arboretums in the Eastern United States. With over 1200 specimen conifers and Japanese Maples, the arboretum was established in the 1990s attracting groups from around the world for visits and tours. It then fell into disrepair for fifteen years and has recently been revitalized. Birchwood also has a vegetable garden and fruit trees with the arboretum covering roughly 20 acres. Pleasant working environment with friendly family.

Position is to maintain the arboretum with its conifer beds and gardens.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain lawns, trees, conifer beds, perennial gardens, and all property softscapes.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Mowing, lawn cultivation, mulching, raking, weeding, edging, pruning trees and bushes, seeding, fertilizing, bed preparation, planting, and plant transfer, and removing leaves
  • The use and maintenance of hand tools and basic garden power equipment including zero-turn mowers
  • Occasional property maintenance work as needed
  • Ability to perform physical tasks including lifting up to fifty pounds, kneeling, and working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

Skills and Experience

Experience in the horticulture industry is preferred, but all that is required is a desire to learn and the ability to work hard every day.

References required

Wage range: $15-18 hour

Email resumes to: patlsartorius@gmail.com

Contact: Pat Sartorius