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Estate Gardener Sarasota, FL (2 Positions)

Posted: 11/03/2021


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida. Want to learn more about The Ringling?

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Ringling is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As such, we are always seeking individuals dedicated to innovation and excellence. A successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting. We especially encourage applications by individuals from underrepresented groups, with a demonstrated commitment to a culturally and intellectually diverse workplace.

Should you require accommodations for the application or interview processes, please email or call 941-359-5700 (ext. 1-2605).

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Estate Gardeners are responsible for performing groundskeeping and landscaping maintenance duties on The Ringling campus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintains trees, 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.
  • Plants and transplants plants, trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • Monitors irrigation needs, waters as directed and reports problems to supervisor.
  • Operates equipment such as string trimmers, hedge trimmers, mowers, edgers, sod cutters, and chainsaws.  Reports maintenance needs to supervisor.
  • Provides information about the plants to visitors and responds to questions.


Completion of 9th grade education or higher.

  • Possession of a valid Florida Driver’s License or the ability to obtain prior to hire.
  • Ability to perform groundskeeping work to include the transplanting, cultivation, pruning, and trimming of plants, shrubs, and trees.
  • Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to perform accurately in a detail oriented environment.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously.
  • Ability to perform assigned responsibilities independently with minimal to moderate supervision.
  • Ability to learn how to drive these vehicles, as needed: dump trucks, tractors, forklifts, pallet trucks, front-end loaders and golf carts. (Note: training provided on equipment used.)
  • Ability to safely operate machinery, tools, equipment and materials used in groundskeeping.
  • Ability to meet physical requirements as determined by position to include lifting/moving objects up to 50 pounds, working with chemicals, working in extreme weather conditions, and standing/walking for extended periods.

Within 6 months of hire the following licenses must be obtained (all training provided by The Ringling):

  • Best Management Practices - Pest
  • Limited Lawn Spray License

(Please note: due to the working hours of this role and the need to drive a golf cart, candidates must be 18 years of age or older.)

Other Information

This job opening is being advertised to recruit for two positions, 00057166 and 00057162.


  • Previous groundskeeping experience.
  • Knowledge or experience with a wide variety of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and grasses.
  • Customer service skills. 
  • Education or degree in Botany/Landscape Design/Horticulture or other similar fields.

Contact Info

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

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Anticipated Salary Range

$25,056 Annually. Find out more about our benefits under the "FSU Total Rewards" section.

Pay Plan

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

FSU Total Rewards

FSU offers a robust Total Rewards package. Visit our website to learn more about our Compensation, Benefits, Wellness, Recognition, and Employee Development programs.

Use our interactive tool to calculate Total Compensation options based on potential salary, benefits and retirement contributions, earned leave, and other employment-related perks.


Three positions available:

  • Monday through Friday 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM (1 position available)
  • Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM (1 position available)

While the primary working hours are outlined above, the incumbent may be required to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and special events 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 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.

If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Veterans' Preference

Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority, and certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements, in employment by the state and its political subdivisions and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. Veterans' Preference applies to University Support Personnel System (USPS) positions only.

IMPORTANT: To claim Veterans' Preference, select “yes” to the question on the application questionnaire and upload a DD-214 (or equivalent), the Veterans' Preference Certification form, and other documentation if applicable with your online application before midnight of the position closing date.

Click the links for eligibility information and required documentation, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.

Position Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $21,000 - $40,000/year

Employer Type: Government Entity

Employer Willing to Train: Yes

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