Employment Opportunities



Contract Opportunity Heritage Gardener


Reports to:  Executive Director, Museum at Campbell River

Rate of Pay:   $25 per hour

Job Summary

The Museum at Campbell River seeks a Heritage Gardener to assume responsibility for all aspects of the maintenance and care of the gardens at the Haig-Brown Heritage House.  This is a year round contract position.  The work required to maintain the heritage gardens is outlined in an established monthly work schedule. From May through October the Heritage Gardener will work closely with the Site Manager to support site activities such as Croquet & Tea and garden weddings rentals.  This position will also collaborate with volunteers and community members who work on site.  Additionally the Heritage Gardener acts as an advocate for the heritage values of the gardens.

The Haig-Brown House is the former home of well-known author, conservationist, Roderick Haig-Brown.  The site is owned by the City of Campbell River and managed by the Museum at Campbell River.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Carrying out a varied range of gardening duties, requiring a minimum amount of supervision
  • Soil cultivation, digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, litter and debris clearing, edging, pruning, seed sowing, fertilization, bed preparation and planting
  • Maintaining and cultivating lawns, garden beds, planters and paths
  • Care, maintenance and winterization of garden pond
  • Care and maintenance of interior house plants
  • Safely using hand tools horticultural machinery and power tools, such as lawn mowers, hedge cutters etc.
  • Providing oversight and direction to garden volunteers and supplemental garden contractors with a specific focus on those involved in maintaining the vegetable garden
  • Collaborate with the Site Manager on all public events that take place on the site to not only ensure that the garden is protected but is well represented
  • Overall operation and maintenance of the irrigation system including working with scheduling an irrigation repair company as needed
  • Act as an advocate for the heritage values of the garden
  • Make recommendations regarding the assessment and pruning of the larger trees on the site
  • Liaise and collaborate as needed with Greenways Land Trust who are responsible for managing the non-heritage portion of the grounds

Required Skills & Experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience creating and maintaining gardens
  • Horticultural or equivalent certification
  • Ability to do manual labour and heavy lifting (up to 60lbs 27 kgs)
  • Ability to use a wide range of machinery and power tools
  • Good working knowledge of botany/horticulture
  • Comfortable working in all seasons
  • Experience identifying and addressing pests and diseases

Additional Requirements

  • Must have own equipment including a lawn mower and tools
  • Be willing to undergo a criminal record check
  • Current liability insurance


Please drop off applications to Museum at Campbell River, 470 Island Hwy. or e-mail tona.mcmurran@crmuseum.ca