Gardener

State of North Carolina

Craven County,  North Carolina
Horticulture

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

Tryon Palaces' mission is to educate growing numbers of North Carolinians and visitors to this state about the contributions made by the inhabitants of New Bern and the central North Carolina coast to the history and culture of this state and the United States from the time of initial European-American contact through the nineteenth century. This mission will be carried out through historical research; acquisition, interpretation, and preservation of historic objects and buildings; re-creation of period room settings and gardens based on historical documentation; public outreach in the form of tours, symposia, workshops, and seasonal interpretation; and dissemination of historical information through staff presentations and by other means. All historical interpretation conducted as part of this mission shall be based on factual, balanced scholarship.

Description of Work:
This position is responsible for general daily care of landscape including lawns, trees, shrubs, annual and perennial beds which includes; weeding, watering, fertilizing, mowing, pruning, shearing hedges and applying pesticides. Provides daily care of marl paths, sidewalks and mulched beds by raking, blowing and weeding. Prepares seasonal high quality horticultural displays in assigned garden areas for public view. Reviews planting plans, selects culturally adapted and historical plantings. Works to improve appearance of the gardens. Contributes to educational quality and historical accuracy of horticultural exhibits. Answers public questions regarding gardens and plantings. Supports special events by preparing gardens and grounds for interpretive/educational events and third party events. Assists in the planning and growing of heritage plants for bi-annual sale. Requires weekend work on a regular rotation and as needed for special events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. **

  • Considerable knowledge and experience in plant maintenance procedures used in landscape installation and ground maintenance.
  • Must have knowledge of plant maintenance such as pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing and spraying of plant material.
  • Knowledge of procedures for the safe handling and application of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Requires lifting some heavy materials, and performing manual tasks and operating power equipment.
  • Must be able to perform heavy lifting unassisted.
  • Must have knowledge of basic computer skills for research, record keeping and time entry.
  • Must be able to work weekends and special events as needed.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Applicant must be able to obtain their NC Pesticide License within 9 months of employment.
  • Ability to observe and identify plants and plant problems; assess condition and health of plants and propose solutions to problems.
  • Ability to organize work schedule, determine priorities and maintain effective work relationships.
  • Management Preference: Associates Degree in Horticulture and two years of continuous garden experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
High school or General Educational Development diploma and two years of progressive experience in horticultural work; or associate's degree in agriculture and natural resources, greenhouse and grounds maintenance, horticulture technology, landscape gardening or closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Necessary special qualification: may require NC Pesticide License or NC Commercial Driver's License.



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