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CIS Ontario Member School: St. John's-Kilmarnock School
St. John's-Kilmarnock School

Job Title: Landscape Horticulturalist-Gardener

Location: St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK)

School Description:

SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo Region of Ontario. The School, which was founded in 1972, is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for day students from JK - Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9 - 12 through our accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The School’s co-ed Boarding Residence is located in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. 

SJK offers a world of learning where we embrace innovation, diversity and internationalism. We have dedicated and inspirational educators, attentive to the needs of individual students and their families. Our expectations are high; students are encouraged to find balance through academics, sports, arts, service and leadership. As the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario, our students love to learn, and graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. Our graduates take their passions to the world as leaders and global citizens.

Position Summary: 

SJK is seeking a highly motivated and committed Landscape Horticulturalist-Gardener to take the lead in caring for our outstanding campus. This role will have primary responsibility for maintaining the school grounds including our large natural grass athletic fields as well as special features such as the Celebration Garden, Outdoor Classroom with its green roof, Low Ropes Course and ecological centre. Using environmentally sustainable practices, supporting native plants and eliminating invasive species should also be of interest to the successful candidate. Opportunities to collaborate with teachers and students on special projects, such as composting, organic gardening, maple syrup making, propagating plants etc., would also be of interest.

The Landscape Horticulturalist-Gardener, will have experience using landscaping tools and equipment and maintaining flower gardens. Duties will include the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers in the summer and keeping pathways clear of snow and de-iced in the winter. Maintaining the natural skating rink including removing snow and flooding will also be a responsibility.  As a member of the Facilities team, additional duties may be assigned. The individual must be able to interact with various members of the SJK community including colleagues, parents, students and teachers.  Some work on weekends may be required.

Start Date: January 9, 2023  

Contract: Full-Time 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A degree or diploma in landscape design, horticulture or minimum of five years experience  

  • Ability to work with various landscaping tools and equipment

  • Experience in a role involving physical labor and ability to meet the physical demands of the job

  • Valid driver’s license and cleaning driving record.


  • Ability to work independently and as a team member

  • Strong work ethic

  • Has a passion for planting, growing and maintaining plants and shrubs

  • Expertise in horticulture, especially natural grass athletic fields and/or environmentally sustainable practices

  • Effective communication with vendors, students, parents, and colleagues

  • A dynamic, dedicated team player with a strong work ethic

To Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward by email a letter of application and a résumé to Cheryl Boughton, Head of School by December 5, 2022 to:

SJK is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive salary and benefits package, including participation in the SJK Group Pension Plan and opportunities for professional development.

While we appreciate all applications, we can only contact those individuals selected for interviews. As a condition of employment, a vulnerable sector screening will be required. 

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