Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

  • Master Gardner

    Job Location US-WA-Auburn
    # of Openings
    Closing Date
    open until filled
    Job Status
    USD $25.14/Hr.
    Regular Full-Time
    Pay Grade

    The MEIHSS Gardener is responsible for the overall planning, development, implementation, evaluation and budgeting of the MEIHSS Garden Program and supervision of the volunteers and the Garden Assistant. In addition the Garden Program Manager is responsible for reports, record keeping, collecting and interpreting data and making that data available to MIT Tribal Council, and especially working with the elders to create gardens for wellness, sanctuary, participation, enjoyment, healthy food sources, and providing education and troubleshooting concerning organic gardening.


    1. Maintaining and developing the gardens of clients.
    2. In charge of grass cutting, emptying bins, weed control and leaf raking.
    3. Planting new trees, flowers and various plants.
    4. Driving plant vehicles, small diggers etc.
    5. Maintenance of plant tubs baskets.
    6. Making sure that all garden equipment is correctly maintained and serviced.
    7. Seeding plants and watering them at the correct times.
    8. Clearing rubbish and litter away from the garden and grounds.
    9. Planting old varieties of fruit trees and rare native trees.
    10. Producing various designs and layouts of garden landscapes.
    11. Constructing fences, walls and ponds.
    12. Laying down paving and concrete slabs to create walk ways.
    13. Giving advice and guidance to property owners on all matters relating to gardening.
    14. Installing lighting in the garden and also building garden furniture and ornaments.
    15. Deciding on which seeds to plant and which locations.
    16. Advising home owners on the costs of plants and any work to be done, giving written quotations.
    17. Sourcing the cheapest material, plants, trees and machinery on behalf of clients.
    18. Supervising the work of day laborers involved in any projects.
    19. Excavating large amounts of earth from a garden and depositing them in skips.
    20. Ensuring a safe working environment for everyone working in the garden.
    21. Undertaking the basic servicing and repair of all garden machinery.
    22. Because of the Tribe’s commitment to community service and the well-being of its members, each employee may be expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties from time to time.  Such duties may or may not be related to their regular responsibilities.


    • Graduation from a high school or equivalent
    • Two (2) years of professional landscaping experience
    • Two (2) years of experience in Indigenous plant harvesting
    • Some assignments may require program specific certifications at a time set by the Tribe.



    • Knowledge and training in Indigenous plant harvesting and use in medicine making and as a source for food preferable.
    • Understanding of traditions, faiths, practices of PNW Coastal Indian Tribes and particularly the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe: Job requires work with elders who maintain traditions passed on to them by their ancestors that are integrated into all aspects of the elders' lives.
    • Experience and understanding of working within the limits of aging elders and disabled elders.
    • Understanding and experience in researching and troubleshooting pest control, planting seasons, seed saving, crop choices etc. in organic gardening.


    The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this class.

    Regularly required to sit, stand, and walk; talk and hear; reach with hand and arms and/or grasp with fingers; bend, stoop, or climb while evaluating buildings and facilities; use hands to operate, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Continuously uses vision. Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 lbs. May regularly be exposed to inclement weather, loud noises, chemicals, bio-hazard waste, and moving mechanical parts.

    Licenses or Certifications Required

    WA State Driver's license


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