WHO WE ARE: Old House Gardens is the world’s only mail-order source devoted to antique flower bulbs. Since 1993 we’ve been tracking down rare bulbs around the world, researching their histories, growing some ourselves and recruiting small farmers to grow the others, and sharing them with gardeners through our catalog and website. Learn more.
WHEN WE NEED HELP: We’re hiring now for our spring shipping season which runs from March 28 through May 6, or so. We’ll be hiring again in September for our 8-week fall season. Many of our workers return season after season, and we love that!
THE JOB — BULB ORDER PICKER: Our success in delivering fantastic bulbs to our customers starts with our pickers. As an order picker you’ll grab an invoice of a customer’s order, walk through the tightly packed rows of our shipping “barn”, and choose top-quality bulbs to fill each order.
Attention to detail is VERY important. Our order pickers must carefully distinguish between many similar code-numbers, select the correct variety even though many bulbs look almost identical, carefully count out the correct number, and make sure each bulb is top quality.
You must be able to work QUICKLY with few or no errors. If you make a mistake, one of our customers suffers!
We spend most of the day on our feet. Lifting and carrying are required, but it’s rarely anything heavy. The shipping barn is kept cool to COLD, which is best for the bulbs, so you’ll need to dress warmly.
Also VERY important is a positive spirit and the ability to work well with others in close quarters.
If you’re interested, we’re also looking for gardening help in our micro-farms this spring and possibly longer into the summer. During the spring we need help digging iris and daylilies to ship, and occasional weeding, etc. Once the soil warms up we’ll need help with planting, dividing and replanting iris, and general garden maintenance.
YOUR CO-WORKERS: Our crew is a diverse, hard-working, friendly group. Most are gardeners, and all of them would tell you this is a fun place to work.
OUR LOCATION: We work out of a renovated, barn-like garage on Ann Arbor’s Old West Side, a few blocks from downtown.
PAY & HOURS: Starting pay is $9/hour, with a 25% team-discount on all bulbs and 50% on any we have left towards the end of the season. Our order pickers work Monday through Friday from 9:00-4:00 or so.
THE NEXT STEP: Complete our application. You can either submit it online or print and mail it to us at 536 Third St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.