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Lead Gardener (Vacancy Announcement No.: ABMC 2022-005)
August 1, 2022

Vacancy Announcement No: ABMC 2022-005

POSITION: Lead Gardener  (1 Position)

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Position 

Duration: Indefinite – upon successful completion of probationary period 

AGENCY/LOCATION: American Battle Monuments Commission, Manila American Cemetery, McKinley Road Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Philippines  

OPENING PERIOD: August 1 – 15, 2022 

WORKING HOURS: Full time (40 hours/week) @ 8-hour workday schedule 


SALARY: Php 376,255.00 per year 

WHO MAY APPLY: All Interested Candidates (Philippine Residents Only) 

Security Clearance Required: Local Security Certification (e.g., NBI, Police Clearance, and Barangay Clearance.  This will be required when an applicant is selected for the vacancy)


The Lead Gardener performs duties as a working supervisor who reports directly to the Operations & Technical Manager (OTM). Works closely with the Operations and Technical Manager in planning the maintenance and care of the Cemetery. Takes a specific work assignment and develops an operational plan to accomplish the work. Assist preparing the daily work schedules, monthly programs, and long-term planning schedules. Works independently leading a group of 6-12 workers to accomplish work assignments. Verifies and supervises the correct application of chemicals such as fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides etc. Knowledge of all the machinery used in Cemetery that is involved in gardening tasks. Enforces safety on use of machinery, tools or when work is performed at certain heights. Act as the alternate supervisor during the absence of the Operations & Technical Manager.  


 The work requires frequent walking, standing, pushing of carts and wheelbarrows, bending, shoveling, hoeing, and stooping. Occasionally climbs ladders, or uses scaffolding or cherry pickers at heights up to 15 meters off the ground to prune or trim vegetation and frequently lifts heavy objects such as bags of fertilizer, grass seed, etc. Work is done outside. In working outside, he is subject to discomfort from long periods exposed to the elements. Being exposed to dirt, dust, mud, and sometimes to chemical sprays and dusts, they may wear protective clothing such as gloves, safety shoes, and boots. There is chance of minor injuries such as bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Care must be exercised in the operation of a wide range of power machinery. 

  • Education:  
    • Completion of Secondary School.  
    • Completion of 2-year Technical School in Agriculture or Horticulture is an advantage but not required. 
  • Work Experience: 
    • Must have Journey-Level trade knowledge in gardening or grounds maintenance work 
  • Language Proficiency:  
    • Ability to speak, write and understand basic English.  
  • Knowledge:  
    • Must have well developed skills to guide, train, lead, and instruct a small size (6 to12) trades and crafts work force 
  • Can start immediately
  • Mission Employee Applicants: 
    • Employees on probationary status are not eligible to apply 
    • In order to qualify, applicants must have 1 year time in grade at the next lower grade level. All applicants will be considered at the grade level(s) they are qualified for.  


The compensation package includes health and life insurance, separation, and other benefits in accordance with the U.S. Mission Manila’s Local Compensation Plan. 

  • Interested applicants must submit via email to recruitment@abmc.gov the following documents: (MS Word/PDF format) 
    • Cover letter defining the applicant’s eligibility, experience, knowledge and skills 
    • Comprehensive resume must contain all current and previous work experiences with emphasis on qualifications and competencies relevant to the position applied for.   
    • Transcript of Records and/or Diploma, trainings, professional licenses,  certifications, awards that meet qualification requirements of the position 
    • (Mission Employee Applicants) Copies of Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 / JF-62A) that shows your time-in grade eligibility   
  • Applications must be submitted via email no later than August 15, 2022 11:59 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time)
  • For further inquiries you may call (02) 8844-0212 


Applicants will be notified via email that your application was received. You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications required for the position. Applications will undergo screening process and the highest qualified candidates are selected. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview either via video teleconference or in person.   

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications. 

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the Philippines. ABMC does not issue work permits or visa for those who are interested to apply for this position.   


Candidates who will be employed and compensated will be required to follow ABMC and U.S. Mission Manila COVID-19 policies applicable to Locally Employed Staff. If selected for the position, the agency will provide you additional information regarding these requirements. 


The American Battle Monuments Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on sex, race, age, religion, national origin, or physical or mental disability.