Horticulturist

JOB TITLE: Museum Curator I
VACANCY #:  60034853
DIVISION: NC Aquarium
SALARY GRD/RANGE:  GN10/ $39,611 - $67,060
HIRING RANGE:   $39,611 - $40,403
APPT TYPE: Perm Full Time
CLOSING DATE:  06/14/2019
LOCATION: Dare County

**** POSITION WILL FUNCTION AS HORTICULTURIST FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM AT ROANOKE ISLAND ****

Recruitment Range: $39,611 - $40,403

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

Position will function as a Horticulturist for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. This position reports directly to the Aquarium Curator/Assistant Curator. The Horticulturist will oversee the 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 duties include:

• Install and water plants to complete landscape project goals; plant removal/ relocation using tools and accepted horticultural planting techniques.

• Propagation, purchase and collection (with proper permits) of plant materials

• Maintaining accurate records including pesticide log.

• Identifying and maintaining watering and irrigation needs of the collection.

• Maintaining on-site greenhouse and plant nursery.

•   Research plant pest control and implement control methods to reduce pest populations to acceptable levels with minimal environmental impact, to ensure animal, visitor and employee safety.

• Train technicians, volunteers and interns in horticultural techniques and safe equipment operation around visitors and the aquatic animal collection.

• Able to lift heavy materials, move wheelbarrows and carts loaded with plants and materials.

• Perform manual tasks, stand for extended periods, climb ladders and rocks and working from heights and use garden tools (shovels, rakes, pruning equipment). 

Weekend, evening and holiday work 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:

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form.  Any information omitted from the application form will not be considered for qualifying credit**

In order to qualify for this position you must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below: 

1. Experience with plant maintenance for interior and exterior landscape in an Aquarium, Zoo, Museum, Nature Center, Arboretum, Botanical Garden or Nursery.

2. Experience in observation of plant problems, such as disease and insect control.

3. Experience applying methods in landscape techniques.

4. Must obtain a North Carolina Public Pesticide Operator's Certification from North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA) within 3 months of hire.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree in Art History, Biology, Botany Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of museum or related work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

To apply for this position, please click the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources' (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full.  Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.

Information should be provided in the appropriate areas, to include the following:

Education, including high school and all degrees obtained, Work Experience, and Certificates & Licenses.  It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that application contain comprehensive candidate information.

Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application.  To receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the "Work Experience" section of the application, to support your answers.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts and degree evaluation may be uploaded with your application.

To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the Human Resources office for assistance.

If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted.  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone.  To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants.  The hiring process may take an average of 6 - 8 weeks.

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).

For additional information, please contact:

Georgia MacBride
NC Aquariums Division
(919) 877-5500, ext. 230
[email protected]

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line 855-524-5627.

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