Horticulture Assistant

JOB TITLE:  Museum Technician I Working Title:  Horticulture Assistant 
VACANCY #:  60092971
DIVISION:  NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $10.42 hourly
APPT TYPE:  Temporary
CLOSING DATE:  March 1, 2021
LOCATION:  Dare County

This is an hourly 6-month position. Up to 40 hours per week.  Schedule will be set upon hire.  It is classified as temporary and does not include state benefits. 

Department Information:

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Division Information:

The mission of the North Carolina Aquariums is to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. This mission is achieved by attracting, retaining and developing a world class team of professionals; providing visitors with outstanding exhibits, experiences and customer service; practicing sustainability, internal customer service and fiscal responsibility; and working to save and restore aquatic species and habitats. 

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, NC and is nine miles from the Atlantic coastline in Nags Head.  The 61,000 square-foot facility is sited on 16 acres overlooking the Croatan Sound and houses over 1600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and think about how special North Carolina’s waterways are.  

Description of Work:

The Horticulture Assistant will work independently and/or in conjunction with the Conservation Horticulturist on the following tasks.

  • Care of existing gardens (watering, weeding, mulching, pruning and plant replacement) as well as landscaped and natural areas
  • Maintenance of greenhouse and container plant nursery including watering, trimming, transplanting, propagation and IPM pest control. 
  • Maintenance of interior exhibit plantings, including scheduled watering, trimming, pest control, and rotation of temporary plantings.  
  • Demonstrate plant care techniques and skills to volunteers and seasonal staff and ensure that the work is performed properly.
  • Interact with aquarium visitors while working on grounds to answer questions and educate about the gardens, pollinators, and other aquarium exhibits.
  • Assist with citizen science pollinator monitoring.

Must be physically capable of the following activities:

  • Walking extensively on a daily basis.
  • Standing for long periods of time.
  • Climbing steep stairs.
  • Lifting and carrying plants and materials on stairs and ladders.
  • Using a hand-pulled wagon to transport large plants, tools & supplies.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs., including plants, bags of potting soil and topsoil.
  • Transporting soil and mulch in wheelbarrow or cart.
  • Using shovels and other tools to prepare soil and dig holes for planting. 
  • Bending, kneeling or squatting to install new plants and remove weeds from landscaping.
  • Using a ladder to prune trees and large shrubs.

Weekend, evening and holiday work may be required.  Occasional travel is required for Aquarium meetings. 

Must meet DNCR Fleet Safety Guidelines and have ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

If selected for hire, prior to first day of work a background check will be completed. 

A skills assessment may be conducted during the interviewing process for this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Competencies:

  • Requires the initiative and confidence to work with a minimum of direct supervision. 
  • Must have good communication skills and the flexibility to adapt the work schedule according to changing outdoor conditions. 
  • The ideal candidate will have experience caring for plants in a professional situation (garden center, propagation facility, botanical garden).  Knowledge of NC coastal native plants is a plus. 
  • Must maintain high quality control standards while performing repetitive tasks efficiently, often in difficult outdoor seasonal conditions including heat, cold, and bugs.

Education and Experience: 

High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and one year of experience as related to knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply: 

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of State Personnel website at https://www.ncdps.gov/div/JJ/pd107ltr.pdf.  A cover letter and resume may also be submitted, but will NOT be accepted in lieu of the NC State Application PD-107 form.  Applications which do not include the applicant’s signature are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Applications may be submitted by mail, email, or fax by 5:00 on the closing date of the posting:

NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island, Attn: Joleena Jewell
PO Box 967, Manteo, NC  27954.
Email:  [email protected] 
Fax:  252-473-1980

Electronic applications will not be accepted without signature. Please include your email and phone # on your application.

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter may be submitted along with the completed state application.

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

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