Gardener – Full Time

Performs professional gardening duties as required, under the direction of the Senior Manager, Operations.

Summary of Major Duties:

Perform professional gardening duties as directed by the Senior Manager, Operations.

Works with other gardening staff to keep the 23 acre garden always as pristine as possible.

At times, assists in performing basic maintenance operations, using hand, power tools and motorized equipment.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities:

Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license

Willing and able to successfully obtain a Pennsylvania Commercial Applicators license within 6 months of hire.

Demonstrated basic skill in oral and written communication.

Demonstrated ability to consistently represent Hershey Gardens and the M.S. Hershey Foundation in a positive, professional manor.

Demonstrated ability to perform duties professionally under public situations

Need to be able to move between Foundation and entities.

Occasional need to help with the set-up or tear-down of activities or events.

Work may be performed in a variety of outdoor and indoor environments and weather conditions, including snow removal operations

Requires physical effort including lifting up to 50 pounds and extended periods of standing or walking

40 hours per week schedule that may include occasional weekends and evenings for shows, exhibits, receptions, or special events.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of two years of experience, working in the horticulture field
  • This position requires criminal history background checks in addition to child abuse background checks as a condition of employment.    

This is a full-time, year-round hourly position, with benefits.

Please send letter of interest and resume to with “Gardener – FT” in the subject line.

Butterfly Atrium Associate – Part Time

Do you enjoy talking with people about the natural world? Do you love nature and biology? Are you excited about sharing your knowledge with others? Our Part-time Butterfly Atrium Associate position may be the job for you!

The Atrium Associate works in our year-round, tropical Butterfly Atrium interpreting the exhibit for our guests, ensuring that guests have an excellent and memorable educational experience. This includes engaging in guest-focused informal education, maintaining containment of butterflies per our containment guidelines, and leading group tours.

Associates also assist with daily feeding and care of butterflies and other animals, including arthropods and reptiles/amphibians, and with the maintenance of the Butterfly Atrium. They may be trained to assist with receiving of tropical butterfly chrysalides on a weekly basis, including display, recordkeeping and disposal tasks.

As a Butterfly Atrium Associate, you will also work closely with our Atrium Volunteers, supervising their activities and assisting them in serving our guests.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities:
Requires physical effort including lifting up to 20 pounds and extended periods of standing or walking.

Requires spending periods of time in a hot, humid tropical-type environment.

Minimum education and experience requirements:
Background in education, biology or horticulture, working in an informal learning environment or working with living plants and animals preferred but will train the right candidate.

Must be willing to work weekdays, weekends and holidays, typically 10-20 hours/week.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Jody at

The M.S. Hershey Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions, including all hiring decisions, are made without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, pregnancy, non-job-related disability, veteran status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other trait protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We strive to hire the hardest working and most qualified individuals.