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Agricultural/Hort Specialist

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Agricultural/Hort Specialist - Journey
Working Title Agricultural/Hort Specialist
Position Number 00051974
Vacancy ID P008410
Budgeted Hiring Range $29,335-$32,594
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent 58
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Monday-Friday; 8:30am-5:30pm

Department Name and Number NC Botanical Garden-525000
Date First Posted 04/04/2018
Closing Date 04/23/2018
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Environment, Health and Safety

Position Summary Information

Department Description

The North Carolina Botanical Garden exists to support the educational mission of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through teaching, research, and public service. The mission of the Garden is: to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

Actively participate in the daily operations and maintenance of the gardens and grounds of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and provide support to collection curators and greenhouse / nursery operation and special projects as instructed by the Director of Horticulture. Tasks include:
• Basic garden maintenance (leaf blowing, mowing, raking, weeding)
• Removal of garden debris (weeds, pruning waste) and human generated litter (empty trashcans, recycling)
• Procurement / transport of bulk materials (gravel, mulch, soil)
• Perform routine maintenance on equipment, gardening tools and hardscape elements (benches, trellises)
• Light carpentry / construction, irrigation system maintenance / repair

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Graduation from high school and some experience in horticultural work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Special Licensure or Certification: May require North Carolina Pesticide License; North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

• Familiarity with the flora of the southeastern U.S.
• Ability to work out-of-doors year round and endure exposure to summer sun, heat and humidity, winter cold and natural hazards (mosquitoes, ticks, fire ants, venomous snakes, poison ivy) on a routine basis.
• Ability to work the weekend at least one out of every four consecutive weeks.
• Ability to drive an manual transmission vehicle and operate heavy equipment (mini skid-steer, tractor)
• Experience performing basic carpentry; installing / repairing irrigation systems and light construction
• Current (or willingness to obtain and hold) North Carolina Pesticide Applicators License

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience performing routine maintenance on equipment / vehicles

Required Licenses/Certifications

North Carolina Drivers License

Special Physical and Mental Requirements

Ability to lift / move objects up to 50 pounds.

Position/Schedule Requirements Rotating shifts, Valid NC Driver’s License, Weekend work
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education/licensure for the Agricultural/Horticultural Specialist position.
    • Graduation from high school and some experience in horticultural work, and North Carolina Pesticide License and/or North Carolina Commercial Driver's License as required.
    • Associates, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree and some experience in horticultural work, and North Carolina Pesticide License and/or North Carolina Commercial Driver's License as required.
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience equal to equal 4 years, including some experience in horticultural work (ex. 1 year of high school and 3 years experience), and North Carolina Pesticide Li
    • Any of the above combinations of experience and education without a North Carolina Pesticide License and/or North Carolina Commercial Driver's License, but with the capability of aquiring such a license.
    • None of the above.