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Landscape Technician 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

The Landscape Technician supports the learning experience at the Museum by working to develop our physical and outdoor environments in ways that embrace science learning and nurture a learning culture; helping to facilitate the installation of landscaping, and by providing preventative maintenance, cleaning, timely repairs, and refurbishment of the outdoor environments, to ensure a reliable and satisfying interaction by our members and other guests. Work focuses on keeping all exhibits in functioning order on a daily basis. This position is full-time, non-exempt and benefits eligible.


  • Assist Outdoor Landscaping staff in:
    • Plant and tree installations, removal, and care.
    • Installing and maintaining hardscapes, storm water control devices, and all outdoor public spaces.
    • Assisting in the installation of new outdoor exhibit experiences.
  • Interact with visitors as required about exhibits and grounds during open hours.
  • Become knowledgeable about topics that relate to enhancing the Museum's horticultural practices throughout the Museum property.
  • Additional duties as needed
Position Requirements


  • Experience in operating mowers, blowers, and trimmers
  • General skills in computer, Internet, Windows, Word, Excel
  • Ability to positively engage customers: greet, interact, identify needs, and assist them.
  • Self-motivated; strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Flexibility to work weekend shifts and assist with projects as needed.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 50 lbs, climb and work on ladders, operate simple machinery associated with landscaping and carpentry
  • Ability to be on one’s feet for up to 8 hours at a time and walk distances of up to one mile over varying terrains
  • Tolerate weather extremes working outdoor year-round
  • High School Diploma
  • Work one day of weekend regularly
  • Valid NC Driver’s License
  • Experience working in large outdoor gardens/landscapes a plus
  • Experience/license in plant pest management is desired
  • Knowledge of local plants, growing conditions, and environment
  • Experience in operating tractors and skid steer loaders is a plus
Shift Days  
Pay Range $14/hr  
EOE Statement The Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
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