Seasonal Relief Ground Crew

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Start Date: From now until November/December  Compensation: $27/hour

Job Title: Seasonal Relief Ground Crew
Company: Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc. at Penn South
Location: Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City
Position Type: Seasonal (Summer Relief), with possible consideration for permanent employment
Job Duration: From now until November/December
About the Company: Mutual Redevelopment Houses known as Penn South is a limited-equity housing cooperative development located in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. The complex consists of ten 22-story buildings, 36 acres, and 5.25 acres of lawnsThe grounds provide a serene and inviting environment for our residents. MRH is incorporating ecological landscape practices and 


This is a full-time position and is perfect for someone with a passion for gardening and landscape experience looking for seasonal work with the possibility of longer-term employment. As a Grounds Crew Member, you will be working on a team. Primary responsibilities will be to maintain the landscaping and seasonally install plantings within the propertyThe crew also maintains all irrigation lines and a full complement of lawn and landscape construction machinery. While occasional substitute duties as a porter may be required, the primary focus will be on gardening and landscaping tasks.

  • Perform various gardening tasks, which may include the following:  
    • Assist with planting and transplanting perennials, shrubs, and trees as needed.
    • Maintain and care for perennials, shrubs, and trees within the grounds following sustainable landscape practices.
      • Pruning
      • Weeding
      • Watering of plants
    • Work with the crew to install or repair irrigation lines
    • Lawn care including mowing, edging, aerating, leaf mulching, and following a maintenance program.
    • Monitor and control pests and diseases that may affect the landscape.
  • Proper use and maintenance of landscaping tools and equipment.
  • It is a plus if you are able to operate and maintain small landscape machinery.
  • Ensure a clean and tidy outdoor environment by removing debris, litter, and leaves.
  • Follow safety procedures and guidelines while performing all tasks.


  • Physical ability to lift 50-75 lbs and perform manual labor tasks.
  • Valid driver's license for occasional transportation needs.
  • Knowledge of general hand tools and their applications.
  • Previous landscape experience is preferred but not necessary.
  • Ability to work 5 days a week and overtime when requested.
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of common and native plants and weeds in the New York City area is preferred
  • Strong attention to detail and a passion for creating and maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces.

Additional Information


  • The compensation for this position is approximately $27 per hour plus opportunities for overtime pay with the possibility of a future union position.  

Application instructions:  Please submit your resume highlighting your relevant experience to and copy
Please only apply if you meet the above requirements, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Mutual Redevelopment Houses is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Contact Information

Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc. at Penn South
Contact Name: John Seemer/Annie Scott Halaburda