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Do you enjoy helping plants grow, working outside in a beautiful environment, and contributing in an artistic environment? Become a member of our respected Company!

The Santa Fe Opera is seeking a full-time, summer seasonal Gardener to help plan, plant and maintain the Opera’s gardens and containers.

The work is outside and physically demanding. The job involves kneeling, digging and lifting plants and bushes. One must be able to lift 20 pounds frequently, and up to 50 pounds occasionally.

The Gardener will be supervised by the Head Gardener, and will work with other paid, and volunteer helpers. Attention to detail, some knowledge of southwest horticulture, and the ability to work alone are desirable.

The Gardener’s job will be 40 hours per week, and regular weekend work will be required during the growing season. Compensation is commensurate with the local market at $15 per hour.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. The fundamental job requirements are included, and these are the essential job functions. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The Santa Fe Opera has an industry-wide reputation as an excellent employer, providing rewarding opportunities amid a setting of great natural beauty. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Santa Fe Opera celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, political affiliation or philosophy. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Santa Fe Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees/interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company or have been approved for an accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious belief. Employees will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster.

Application Process

Positions require proof of eligibility to work.

Submit a completed employment application form using either the (PDF) Form or Online Form. Submit your (PDF) application form, resume and cover letter by email to Human Resources or by mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Human Resources
Post Office Box 2408
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2408

(PDF) Application Form

Online Application Form