Estate Gardener - Sarasota, FL

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Job Description


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida. For more about the Ringling, please see the "Other Information" section.


The Estate Gardender is for performing groundskeeping and landscaping maintenance duties to include:

- Maintains tree, plants, shrubs, flowers, and grass as directed through pruning, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, leaf blowing, raking, and mulching. Drives motorized vehicles to traverse campus.

- Monitors for disease and insect damage and weeds. Reports problems to supervisor and then treats as directed. Fertilizes plants, shrubs, trees, and grass on a seasonal basis.

- Monitors irrigation needs, waters as directed, and reports problems to supervisor.

- Operates equipment such as trimmers, hedgers, mowers, edgers, and sweepers. Reports maintenance needs to supervisor.

- Plants and transplants plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers.

- Provides information about the plants to visitors and responds to questions. Other duties as assigned.


9th grade education or higher

Ability to meet physical requirements as determined by position. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, walk long distances, and work in extreme weather conditions.

Knowledge of and ability to safely operate machinery, tools, equipment, and materials used in area of work.

Skill in safely operating various types of motorized vehicles including but not limited to dump trucks, tractors, forklifts, pallet trucks, front-end loaders, and golf-carts.

Possession of a valid Florida driver's license or ability to obtain prior to hire.

Ability to perform accurately in a detail oriented environment.

Ability to perform assigned responsibilities with minimal to moderate supervision.

Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Customer service skills and the ability to enthusiastically provide information and answer questions about the grounds.

Other Information

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences.  A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida—which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater, and bayfront gardens—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Anticipated Salary Range

Up to $24,000 per year + Florida state benefits available (

Pay Plan

This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.


Primary working hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 6:30 am to 3:00 pm with a half hour lunch period. Weekends, evenings, and holidays may be required based on the needs of the Ringling.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Veterans' Preference

Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, will receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. For information on who may be eligible for Veterans' Preference, go to, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.

IMPORTANT: In order to claim Veterans' Preference, applicants must upload a DD-214 (and other documentation, as applicable) with their online application prior to the closing date of the job opening.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:
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