The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Agriculture and Forestry
Competition Number: 24-14-AU

Position: Gareden Technician
Department: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
Position Type: SEIU Technician 2, full-time 9-month reoccuring sessional appointment
Date Posted: May 13, 2024
Application Deadline: May 17, 2024 at 11:59PM
Competition #: 24-14-AU
Salary: Acadia offers a comprehensive benefit package in addition to a starting salary of $37,851 per annum (SEIU Technician 2). Salary increases to $43,242 following successful completion of 6-month probation period. (Annual salary rates based on a 35 hour per week schedule and will be prorated for the 9-month sessional term.).
Benefits: Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plan, Telemedicine with Greenshield Health, health spending account, life insurance, optional life insurance, AD&D insurance, long-term disability insurance, employee and family assistance program, tuition discount for employees and their dependents, free gym facility membership, vacation pay increasing with years of service, university paid holidays including winter break closure.

What you'll do


Acadia seeks a Garden Technician in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens for a full-time 9-month reoccurring sessional role which typically runs from April to December each year. The Garden Technician assists with the maintenance and sustainability of the living plant collections and grounds of the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens and Acadia Woodland Trails.
Specific responsibilities will include:

  • horticultural tasks and landscaping, watering, and fertilizing, pest management, and planting.
  • perform weekly trail walks to look for hazards and assess trails, resurface trails as needed, brush-cut invasive species, work with arborist to remove overhead hazards, use chainsaw to remove fallen trees as needed.
  • become knowledgeable about native flora and invasive species present in the Gardens, habitats, and ecology.
  • use botanical keys and texts to identify species.
  • organize, advise, and coach garden volunteers and seasonal staff.
  • maintain and repair all equipment and infrastructure used and located in the Gardens and Trails.
  • maintain inventory and order supplies related to Gardens, Trails, and Greenhouses.
  • provide tours and interpretation to faculty, staff, students, and the public.
  • assists with other duties associated with the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, and Acadia Woodland Trails as needed.

What you'll need


  • Must have a diploma in Horticulture with sufficient related work experience in garden, nursery, landscaping, or other professional horticultural industry positions.

  • Must hold and maintain a current, valid Nova Scotia Driver's License.

  • Proficiency with landscaping tools and equipment.

  • Nova Scotia Pesticide Applicators Certificate, Chain Saw Safety Course, and Brush Cutting Safety Course will be considered assets.

  • Applicants must have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and prioritize workload effectively.

  • Applicants must have a demonstrated proficiency in the use of MS Office applications and in the use of databases and maintaining records.

For further information or to request a detailed job description, please contact Keilani Tupper at [email protected]

A little bit about us

Acadia University

Acadia University, located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq nation, is one of Canada's leading primarily undergraduate institutions. For over 180 years, Acadia has been providing students with a learning environment that ensures they have every opportunity to succeed in life. Our graduates emerge with the tools required to be global citizens and community leaders. Acadia's faculty and staff are key to our institutional success and share a commitment to provide our students with a high quality post-secondary education. As a staff member, you will be part of this transformational educational experience where innovation is encouraged, and your ideas are welcomed.

Acadia University is located only one hour from the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley in the Town of Wolfville. Wolfville offers residents an affordable lifestyle, outstanding recreational opportunities, internationally acclaimed restaurants, a healthy economy, and the best weather in the Atlantic provinces. The Town of Wolfville is one of the fastest-growing communities in Nova Scotia where people find the perfect mix of small-town livability and urban energy. It's a place that people love to live, and those who do not live here love to visit.

To see more information on why Acadia is an employer of choice, please visit our website at

Are you interested?

Work With Us

TO APPLY: Internal candidates (members of SEIU Local 2) must apply by May 17, 2024. Applications from external candidates are also encouraged; however, consideration is dependent upon result of internal competition. To apply for this opportunity, click on the "Apply Now" button and upload your cover letter, resume, and professional references. Internal candidates (members of SEIU Local 2) should also upload a job posting application form.

Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position. A six-month eligibility list may be established from this competition to fill future vacancies for identical positions.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criterion for appointment to a position is qualifications and professional excellence. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore-mentioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, are invited to submit the online Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package.

The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact [email protected]