This position is responsible for installation, care, and maintenance of plants, landscape features, and irrigation systems within exhibits and throughout Museum grounds. Provides interpretation of botanical and horticultural subjects to the general public. Assists with keeping accurate accession records and GIS mapping of the botanical collection and irrigation systems. Participates in periodic plant sales, field trips, and off-grounds work. May do landscape design and installation, attend ASDM and public meetings, be involved in teaching and writing, and may be assigned propagation duties.
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.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
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
- Weekend and holiday work may be required.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Valid Arizona Driver’s License or ability to obtain
- Satisfactory 39-month DMV report
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.
Applicants Please Note: This position was opened on November 23, 2020 and does not have a closing date. It is considered open until filled; however, application review will begin immediately. Please understand that if offered a position, you will, as a final condition of employment, be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide a satisfactory 39-month DMV report. Please note that relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Applications are accepted for open positions and must be completed online. To apply please go to our Career page:
The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About The Museum
Founded in 1952, the Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region. Proceeds from visitors’ admission fees, as well as all gifts from sponsors, members, and volunteers help the Museum fulfill its ongoing mission of investigating and telling the story of the Sonoran Desert region, thereby promoting appreciation for this diverse and beautiful land. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, aquarium, and research institute.