Horticulture Assistant

JOB TITLE:   Museum Technician I Working Title: Horticulture Assistant
VACANCY # 60092960
DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $13.00 hourly       
APPT TYPE:         Temporary
CLOSING DATE: September 4, 2022
LOCATION:         Dare County

This is a reposted vacancy announcement. Previous applicants are still being considered and do not need to reapply.

This is an hourly, 11-month position.  It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits. Schedule will be set upon hire.  Up to 40 hours per week. Occasional weekend/holiday work may be required for this position. Occasional evening work may also be required.

Description of Work:

Primary duties for this position include supporting the Conservation Horticulturist in all aspects of the daily care, maintenance, and long-term planning of the existing gardens and plant collections, and installation of new landscaping. The Horticulture Assistant must possess the initiative and confidence to work with a minimum of direct supervision. They must have excellent communication skills and the flexibility to adapt the daily workload to changing outdoor conditions. 

The Horticulture Assistant position performs the following essential functions under the supervision of the Curatorial staff and the Conservation Horticulturist (time devoted to each work area/function will change seasonally):

• Care and maintenance of plants (including watering, weeding, mulching, planting, and pruning) in the following areas:

o existing gardens (Pollinator Garden, Rain Garden, and Carnivorous Plant Garden) and landscaped areas on the aquarium grounds

o interior plants in wetlands and freshwater exhibits

o new landscape installations

o seasonal planters and exhibits

(in addition, cleaning and organization for the following areas:)

o container plant nursery & greenhouse

• Plant propagation including seeding, rooting, and transplanting, seed collection and cleaning, as well as the maintenance of seeding records

• Habitat restoration projects including removal of invasive plants and revegetation

• Maintain on site compost area

• Maintenance, harvest, and delivery of enrichment and food plants for aquarium animals

• Assist with native plant sales & data collection 

• Participating in formal and informal educational programming for visitors on topics related to horticulture such as sustainable gardening methods, plant id, and pollinators

• Work alongside and supervise volunteers

• Additional duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements:

This position will require work in hot, humid, cold, windy and wet outdoor conditions with exposure to biting/stinging insects.  This position will require lifting heavy items (approximately 50 pounds), climbing ladders, walking and standing for extended periods of time, using a hand-pulled wagon/cart or wheelbarrow to transport supplies, using shovels or other tools to dig holes and prepare soil, bending, kneeling, squatting, reaching and crawling, and work at heights indoors.  This position may require occasional weekend and holiday work. Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Experience with or knowledge of the care of plants in a professional setting.

• Ability to instruct and train volunteers and seasonal staff.

• Ability to work in the aforementioned conditions and perform all physical requirements of the position.

• Ability to collaborate, communicate and work effectively in a team environment or independently.

Minimum Education and Experience:

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

Preferred: Completion of a four-year degree in a relevant field. Knowledge of North Carolina coastal native plants.

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 and working to conserve aquatic environments. 

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 overlooks 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.

How to Apply:

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of State Human Resources website at NC State Government Paper Application for Employment (PD-107).  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:

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.  When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.   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).

Joleena Jewell
Assistant Aquarium Curator
[email protected]
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Fax: 252-473-1980

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