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Horticulturist II 

Category Collections/Exhibits  
Position Horticulturist II  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Compensation Initial Step $16.25 per hour. Position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement  
Description

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert Region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

The Desert Museum is seeking a motivated, creative, and passionate Horticulturist to join our talented team in the Botany Department!

Brief Summary of Position
The Horticulturist II 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.

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Note: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please understand that if offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide the equivalent of a satisfactory 3-year Drivers History Record as a final condition of employment.

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Job Title: Horticulturist II
Department: Botany
Reports To: Curator of Botany
Compensation: Bargaining Unit Position, Initial Step is $16.25 per hour plus a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, employer-funded health reimbursement account, life and LTD insurance, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, 403(b) retirement plan with Roth option, Dual-level membership, paid holidays, personal business time, sick leave, and vacation. Position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Essential Duties and 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

 
Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience
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.

Language Skills
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.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
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.

Technical Skills
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 are 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 AZ DMV report or out-of-state equivalent

Physical Demands
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.

Work Environment
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.

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The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities 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. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution that values a diverse workforce. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

 
Open Date 11/1/2022  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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