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, 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 fall shipping season which runs from late September through early November (or so). We’ll be hiring again in March for our April shipping 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 very demanding customers starts with our pickers. As an order picker you’d take a print-out of a customer’s order, walk through the tightly packed rows of our work room, and choose top-quality bulbs of each variety on the print-out.
Attention to detail is VERY important. Our order pickers must carefully distinguish between many confusingly similar code-numbers, select the correct variety even though many bulbs look identical, carefully count out the right number, and make sure each bulb is top quality.
You must be able to work QUICKLY with virtually 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 work room 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 very close quarters.
YOUR CO-WORKERS: Our crew is friendly and hard-working, most are gardeners, and all of them would tell you this is a fun place to work.
OUR LOCATION: We work out of the garage area of an old farm house on the property of the Washtenaw Food Hub, just north of downtown Ann Arbor.
PAY & HOURS: Starting pay is $9.50/hour, with a 25% team-discount on all bulbs and 50% off any we have left towards the end of the season. Our order pickers work Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:00 (or possibly 3), and we need people who can work ALL of that time.
THE NEXT STEP: Complete our application. You can either submit it online or print and mail it to us at 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.