Reports To: Curator of Botany
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Compensation: Bargaining Unit position. Wage Progression: Initial Step is currently $15.24/hour
General Purpose of the Job: A Horticulturist cares for plants, landscapes, and gardens at ASDM and provides botanical interpretation to visitors and the public.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This position is responsible for installation, care and maintenance of plants and landscape features within exhibits and throughout the Museum grounds. Responsibilities include:
• Planting, watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilizing in areas of responsibility.
• Design, installation, and maintenance of irrigation systems.
• Keeping accurate accession records of the botanical collection within assigned areas of responsibility.
• Interpretation of botanical and horticultural subjects to the general public.
• Apply pesticides as needed, guided by Integrated Pest Management concepts.
• Use and maintain hand and power tools.
• May do landscape design and installation, attend ASDM and public meetings, be involved in teaching and writing, and may be assigned propagation duties.
• Participate in periodic plant sales, field trips, and off-grounds work.
• Other duties may be assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic computer software knowledge to include word processing, data base, and spreadsheet applications. Knowledge of or ability to learn Rain Bird Maxicom Central Control System highly desirable. Geographic Information Systems knowledge is desirable. New staff is trained by senior staff to enter data into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database using tablet applications; cloud based mapping systems and desktop GIS applications. The position also reviews existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
Other Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of plant taxonomy and Sonoran desert region flora desirable
• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
• Weekend and holiday work may be required
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
• Valid Arizona Driver’s License or ability to obtain
• Satisfactory 39-month DMV report
Applications are accepted for open positions and must be completed online.
To apply please go to:
Resumes received by any other means will not be acknowledged.
More information about additional employment opportunities, volunteer positions and the application process is at: http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/workopt.php
More about the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Located in Tucson Mountain Park, just outside of Saguaro National Park (West), the 98-acre Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Exhibits recreate the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region. Within the Museum grounds there are more than 230 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants with almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 interpreted acres of beautiful desert.
The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.