Employment

 Norfolk Botanical Garden Employment Opportunities

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Full-time 

Position: Greenhouse Manager 

Classification: Nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Salary range: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Director of Horticulture

Supervisory responsibilities:  Propagation Assistant, Nursery Technician, Nursery Assistant and volunteers

Position type and expected hours of work: Full time. Some weekend and evening work may be required during special events.

Summary/objective: Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is seeking a team-oriented Greenhouse Manager to perform all aspects of display and collections production within a greenhouse setting.

The Greenhouse Manager works collaboratively with staff and volunteers, is capable of working independently, highly driven and an ethical professional. Has excellent organizational and time management skills with acute attention to details. Must be able to interact with the general public and supervise and motivate staff. Manages: 3,500 sq ft greenhouse, 1,080 sq ft mist room, 7,200 sq ft outdoor growing area with shade structure, 2,700 sq ft hothouse, 1,300 sq ft coldhouse and a ½ acre gravel area.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  1. Two to four year degree in Horticulture or a related field preferred and 3 years of practical experience.
  2. Must have good working knowledge of MSExcel and MSWord.
  3. Must have working knowledge of basic greenhouse technologies including mist systems, heating/cooling, fertilizer injector systems, shade and venting systems, etc.
  4. Must have a Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license within 6 months of hiring.
  5. Must have a valid Virginia driver’s license.

Essential Duties:

  1. Has the ability to work inside in a greenhouse setting and outside performing manual labor for up to 8 hours.
  2. Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc.).
  3. Uses and maintains hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  4. Operates large motorized equipment safely (truck, tractor, trailer, front end loader, Bobcat, forklift).
  5. Propagates – by seeds, cuttings, divisions, etc. – and maintains plants selected from the permanent collections for use at the garden, sale at the plant sale, or trade with other botanical institutions and maintains annual plants for use in annual and tropical displays throughout the garden.
  6. Propagates seeds from the Index Semina and other botanical institutions to be accessioned into our permanent collections.
  7. Researches and implements best practices, methods, and technologies for effective propagation and greenhouse management. Including sanitation, propagation cutting techniques, specialized soil and media preparation, IPM, etc.
  8. Monitors greenhouse complex for insect, disease and weed problems and implement appropriate IPM (Integrated Pest Management) practices.
  9. Coordinates, orders, receives, and processes all incoming plants to be used in annual or permanent displays in coordination with the Curator of Herbaceous Plants.
  10. Maintains current accession and deaccession records of permanent plants in conjunction with the Plant Records keeper.
  11. Must be able to supervise a staff team of 3 and weekly volunteers.
  12. Manage budget.
  13. Assists with special events, newsletter articles, lectures, team projects, and other duties as assigned.

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBGS to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

Position: Horticulturist’s Assistant

Position type: Fulltime employment, 40 hours per week

Description:  Performs all aspects of display bed maintenance in the assigned area to set a standard of horticulture excellence under the direct supervision of a horticulturist or a curator.

Essential Functions: Assists horticulturists in the maintenance of horticulture beds and collections through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, fertilization and pesticide application. Supervises assigned volunteers. Works outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Must be willing to work alongside horticulturists using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions.

Requirements:

  • Must have an interest and the ability to learn and perform horticultural practices.
  • We prefer that a candidate for this position have an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture or related field and one year practical experience, or that the candidate is working toward higher education in horticulture or a related field.
  • Has the ability to push, pull, lift and perform manual labor for 8 hours.
  • Must have reliable transportation to work.
  • Must pass a drug screen.

 Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintains display beds through weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, mulching, edging, raking, and fertilization.
  • Performs the appropriate soil preparation and planting procedures.
  • Works alongside other members of their team and Horticulture Department in team projects. The ability to work in a team environment is essential.
  • Operates small engine equipment safely (golf cart, weed-eater, blower, edger, etc…).
  • Cleans, and uses hand tools and equipment responsibly.
  • Assists their designated horticulturist in performing the basic tasks in their area when the horticulturist is not present.
  • Assists with special events.
  • At the discretion of their supervising curator, assumes greater responsibilities such as operating restricted use equipment, acquiring Virginia Registered Technician pesticide license, and other duties as assigned.

Reports to:  Curator

Pay: $20,800 annual salary plus full benefits package

Send resumes and applications to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org

Position: Groundskeeper

Classification: Nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Salary range: Commensurate with experience

Position Type: Fulltime employment, 40 hours per week.

Reports to: Grounds Manager

Description: This is a full time position that performs all aspects of grounds maintenance and landscaping.

Essential Functions: Performs grounds maintenance tasks including mowing, trimming, blowing, edging, fertilizing, pesticide application, turf installation, water feature care, road cleaning, irrigation repair and installation, tree removal, litter and garbage pickup, landscaping, and other related tasks.  Has the ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours.

Requirements: Must be 18 or older with valid Virginia driver’s license. Applicant must obtain a Virginia Registered Technician Pesticide Applicators license within six months of hiring. A minimum of 3 years grounds maintenance experience preferred.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  1. Performs all aspects of turf care
  2. Pesticide application
  3. Irrigation installation and repair
  4. Water feature care
  5. Roadway cleaning
  6. Landscape installation
  7. Operate small and large power equipment safely
  8. Cleans and uses equipment responsibly
  9. Assists with special events and other duties as assigned

Affirmative action plan/equal employer opportunity (AAP/EEO) statement: NBG is committed to the principles and ideals of equal employment opportunity. It is, and shall continue to be, the policy and practice throughout NBGS to foster equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability status, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Send application and resume to Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org

 

Position: Facilities Assistant

Description: This is a full-time 40 hours per week position that performs general building maintenance, minor equipment maintenance and repair, custodial work, and event setup. Additional duties as assigned. Reports to Facilities Shift Supervisor.

Essential Functions: Must be able to work independently, be self-motivating, and customer service oriented. Experience with electrical, plumbing, or carpentry a plus but aptitude and willingness to learn is acceptable.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Other Requirements: Must be willing to work primarily Friday-Tuesday either morning or evening shift. Schedule subject to Garden needs. Has the ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold, or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull, and perform manual labor for 8 hours. Must be 18 or older with valid driver’s license.

Pay:  Commensurate with applicants’ knowledge or experience.

Send completed Norfolk Botanical Garden application (available online at www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org) to the attention of Amanda Wells at email Amanda.Wells@nbgs.org or by mail to the address below. No phone calls or visits please.

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Attn: Amanda Wells
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518

 


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