Lawn Care Assistant

Posted on 01/14/2020

Lawn Care Assistant
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Set within a twenty-five acre site three miles from downtown Tulsa, Philbrook's main campus is a unique combination of historic house, modern museum complex, and beautifully gardened property. Distinguished by nationally recognized collections, facilities, and gardens, it is the premier cultural institution in the city of Tulsa and a statewide leader in the cultural life of Oklahoma.

Position Overview
Philbrook Museum of Art is seeking a part-time Lawn Care Assistant responsible for the landscape and turf functions for Philbrook’s 25 acre campus. Daily responsibilities include monitor and maintain health of turf and greenscapes, water and feed plants, trim trees and shrubs, weed gardens and keep green spaces and walkways clear of debris and litter to maintain the beauty of our campus. This position could work seasonally at 35 full-time hours or year-round at part-time hours up to 18 hours weekly, Monday – Friday.


  • Turf Operations: Perform mowing, edging, trimming, and leaf removal. Assist with turf management care such as, aerating, fertilizer & chemical applications, and over-seeding. Identify turf issues and report to Manager.
  • Landscape & Horticulture Operations: Assist Horticulturists with planting and installing seasonal displays. Perform pruning, weeding, mulching, watering, general maintenance, and other tasks as assigned. Ensure garden cleanliness. Monitor plants, trees, shrubs, and turf for health issues and report findings to the Landscape Manager. Maintain and repair tools and equipment, irrigation system, and garden furniture and fixtures, as needed. Maintain cleanliness of Garden restrooms on a daily basis. Remove leaves and debris due to fall leaf drop and as needed. Clean and remove debris, litter, snow and ice from parking lots, walkways, and other paved areas in a safe manner.
  • Customer Service and Safety: Greet, interact with, and provide information to visitors. Maintain the security and integrity of the grounds.  Observe and practice safety policies and procedures. Maintain safety protocol while providing a welcoming experience for guests of the gardens.
  • Maintain prompt and reliable attendance in order to successfully perform the duties of the job.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to interact with a diverse population in a helpful, friendly, and professional manner
  • Ability to repair small engines preferred.
  • Must be able to meet physical and mental demands, and working conditions.


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working in an outdoor lawn care environment
  • Valid driver’s license required


Physical Demands
Work is very strenuous with the requirement for standing and/or walking 60% or more of the workday and routine lifting, carrying and pushing up to 50 lbs.  A major amount of the work assignments require the employee to be capable of kneeling, crouching, turning/twisting and bending; handling, fingering, feeling, and good eye-hand/foot-hand-eye coordination is required for most assignments. The ability to reach above the shoulder and head level is involved in 20%-60% of the job duties.  Ordinary hearing, vision including color, depth perception and field of vision is required.  Ability to operate a computer is required for recordkeeping activities but represents very little time on a daily basis.  Ability to drive various vehicles for use in gardens and for local travel is required.

Working Conditions
Position requires employee to work outside approximately 95% of the time in both clement and inclement (hot, cold and wet) weather conditions; due to nature of work assignments, employee may be subject to unavoidable potential hazards related to mechanical tools and moving objects as well as some exposure to electrical, burn, heights, cramped quarter and noise hazards; the duties of the job will place the employee in situations 20%-60+% of the time which involve exposure to atmospheric conditions such as dirt, fumes, dusts, odors, oil/grease, gases, chemicals, pesticides, etc. common to gardening, landscaping and lawn care.

Mental and Emotional
In this position the employee must be able to work both under direct supervision and with minimal supervision as well as work effectively both alone and as part of a team, the work requires the employee to be able to work on several tasks at the same time and to execute their duties effectively under the pressure of deadlines 20%-60% of the time.  The ability to demonstrate a positive customer service orientation and discretion when dealing with the public is required.

The employee must be capable of operating equipment such as autos and trucks and use both non-power hand tools and power hand tools 60+% of the time.  They must be able to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, make simple arithmetic additions and subtractions, use measuring devices. The job also requires the employee to be able to read and interpret detailed prints and specifications, prepare detailed reports, inspect and examine for defects not easily identified, assemble/disassemble objects, perform maintenance of equipment and other similar tasks when necessary (approximately <20% of the time).

Garden Information
The Philbrook gardens were designed in 1926 by Hare and Hare, a landscape architecture firm from Kansas City, Missouri, and were completed in 1927. The formal gardens are largely styled after Italian gardens, known for their visual focal points. In keeping with custom of the Renaissance villa the most geometrical designs are closest to the house. The formal patterns relax as the gardens move into the distance. A series of water elements define the gardens, signaling the transition from formal to informal spaces. The grounds consist of 25 acres housing five major gardens, three smaller gardens, four historical structures, and an urban forest numbering over 1,000 trees. The Secret Garden is maintained to provide fresh herbs and vegetables to our restaurant. The gardens were renovated in 2004 and in 2018 bee hives and a log cabin were added to the grounds.

Please send a resume to [email protected].