Like to Cut Lawns? Consider a Career At Sea

September 20, 2008
It was probably inevitable that Celebrity Cruises, the first line ever to include lawns made of real grass, would have to expand its typical onboard job roster to include a gardener and indeed, Cruise Critic contributor Glenn Tucker passes along the following classified.

The lawn -- which will makes its appearance on Celebrity's brand-new Celebrity Solstice, just a month or so from making its debut -- is part of the Lawn Club, a top-of-the-ship deck area filled with turf. It's meant to offer an onboard spot to picnic, play bocce or engage in golf putting. Celebrity Equinox, a sister ship that premieres in 2009, will also have the Lawn Club.

The job, which was posted on, a hospitality-oriented site, carries the title of "lawn keeper, shipboard." Responsibilities include maintaining the lawn (watering it via a state of the art irrigation system and, presumably, using a mower to cut it), handling machinery checks, and keeping records.

Qualifications necessary? According to the site, required is a "college degree in Agriculture with strong concentration in Agronomy, Plant Sciences, Plant/Turf, Management and Horticulture". On the job experience in greenskeeping and turf management is a major plus as is golf management expertise. The successful applicant should also have computer applications experience in agronomy.

There are softer qualifications, too. "While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus."

What makes this job different from the norm, when it comes to lawn keeping (and yet is not at all unusual for shipboard positions), is the fact that this position is a traveling one; the staffer would work on a six month on -- two months off -- rotation.

And there's another thing. "All shipboard employees must be physically able to participate in emergency life saving procedures and drills. Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats."

No salary is listed for the position, which is available immediately (the lawn was actually put in place aboard Celebrity Solstice this past week), but the perks are listed as "travel and growth." Celebrity Solstice, after an Atlantic repositioning, will spend the winter sailing to the Eastern Caribbean from its homeport in Ft. Lauderdale.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief