Horticulture Technician

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I     Working Title: Horticulture Technician 
VACANCY #:  60093191
DIVISION: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
SALARY GRD/RANGE:    GN05   
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $10.42 hourly
CLOSING DATE: 8/11/19
LOCATION: New Hanover County

*** This position is classified as part-time and does not include NC 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 at Fort Fisher, located 20 miles south of Wilmington, NC, in Kure Beach, overlooks the Atlantic ocean and Cape Fear river. A living collection of over 2,700 animals in 93,000 ft2 of exhibit space attracts and engages over 440,000 visitors each year.  The Aquarium is surrounded by protected woodland, marsh and beach. Green spaces include our facilities entrance, a 20,000ft2 conservatory housing our freshwater exhibits and a nearly ¾ acre interior garden. Supporting these areas is a 720ft2 greenhouse as well as seed propagation area.  Visitors often plan to stop at sites adjacent to the Aquarium - Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and historic Fort Fisher Civil War museum. Fort Fisher Aquarium is a unique place to visit, and work.

Description of Work:

This position will work under the supervision of the Aquarium Curator and will report directly to the staff Conservation Horticulturist and the Assistant Aquarium Curator.   This position will provide daily maintenance and care of native and landscape plants on the Aquarium grounds and in exhibits that are used for aesthetic, education, research, and conservation purposes.  

Primary responsibilities include:  

• Care of existing gardens (watering, weeding, mulching, pruning and plant replacement), 

• Creation of new planted areas 

• Greenhouse care, pond care

• Plant propagation, 

• IPM and standard pest control, 

• Educational interaction with the public.

• Working in potentially hot, humid, and wet conditions

• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. 

• Climbing ladders

• Must possess a valid driver’s license

• Weekend and some holiday work

Job Requirements/KSA:

• Experience maintaining property landscaping

• Experience maintaining gardens in a public garden setting

• Knowledge of North Carolina native flora.

**The ideal candidate will have experience caring for plants in a professional situation (garden center, propagation facility, research facility, etc.), will have the initiative and confidence to work with a minimum of direct supervision.  Possessing a knowledge of herbicide and pesticide use is a plus.  

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: 

Must submit State Application form pd-107 which can be found at www.oshr.nc.gov (scroll down to navy blue box titled Online Services).  Applications may be submitted by mail or fax.   NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Attn: Personnel, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach, NC 28449, Fax (910) 458-6812 or [email protected] . Electronic applications will not be accepted without signature. Please include your email and phone# on 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 institution. 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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