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Landscape Technician 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
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.
  • Act to collaborate and cooperate on joint projects with other museum staff (Facilities Dept., Animal Dept., etc.).
  • Additional duties as needed
Position Requirements


  • High School Diploma
  • Valid NC Driver’s License
  • Experience operating mowers, blowers, and trimmers
  • Ability to positively engage customers: greet, interact, identify needs, and assist them.
  • Self-motivated; strong mechanical aptitude.
  • 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
  • Work one day of weekend regularly
  • General computer skills
  • Able to pass background check prior to employment


  • Experience working in large outdoor gardens/landscapes
  • Experience/license in plant pest management
  • Knowledge of local plants, growing conditions, and environment
  • Experience in operating tractors and skid steer loaders
  • Experience in maintaining and operating irrigation systems
Shift Days  
Pay Range $14.50/hr  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
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