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Norfolk Botanical Garden-Horticulturist's Assistant-Thu, 02/18/2021 - 4:27pm

Horticulturist's Assistant


Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk Botanical Garden
Norfolk , VA 23518
United States
Virginia US

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Job Description 

Position type: Fulltime employment, 40 hours per week. Non-exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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.

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.
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. This requires a flexible schedule to include occasional nights and weekends.
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.

Health insurance including an HSA or copay option (NBG pays 70% of individual premium and 65% of dependent/family premium)
403(b) retirement plan with discretionary 4% match
Company sponsored life-insurance coverage.
Group rates on voluntary benefits such as dental, supplemental medical expense insurance, vision, STD, accident.
Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.
Professional development opportunities.
Staff discounts on programming, gift shop & café.
NBG logo wear for work provided.
EAP services for all employees.

Reports to: Curator

Equal Employer Opportunity (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 NBG 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected status, if qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities 

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. Must be willing to work alongside horticulturists using fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides with the label stated safety precautions.

Essential Physical Functions: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to work outside for 8 hours in heat, cold or light rain and can continuously walk, stand, bend, twist and/or stoop. Has the ability to push, pull and perform manual labor during working hours

Education and Experience 

Requirements: 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. Related experience is also considered and valued. Ability to push, pull, lift and perform manual labor for 8 hours. Valid driver’s license.

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