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Job Listing: Horticulturist Museum Educator

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Science Museum of Virginia - Richmond, VA

Closes - 10/3/2021

Position Title – Horticulturist Museum Educator

Salary - $37,042-$98,371/Annually

Job Type - Full-Time

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The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. For more than 40 years, the Museum has served as the state’s flagship institution for informal STEM learning, employing a broad range of experiences to inspire and engage guests of all ages. Through experiential exhibits, inspiring artifacts, interactive technologies, live science demonstrations, features in the Dome Theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and touring exhibitions from around the world, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Museum is located in the iconic Broad Street Station in Richmond. The Museum also has a satellite location, the Danville Science Center, located in Danville, and is currently developing another satellite location in Northern Virginia.
The Science Museum is looking for a dynamic individual to provide leadership and coordination of the work required to maintain and repair ‘The Green’ (our soon to be developed 6 acre green space), as well as the rest of the Museum’s campus grounds, assist in planning landscape designs/changes, and coordinate ongoing and new workforce development and educational partnerships for Museum collaborators. This position is a ‘working’ horticulture position and leads the hands-on maintenance of plant collections, grounds upkeep and landscaping.
This position will also oversee the development, research and implementation of a wide variety of nature-based programs for the purpose of engaging Museum guests, facilitate learning and enhance the guest experience with The Green, as well as actively partner with community groups to develop content and present workshops focused on topics such as native plantings and environmentally friendly gardening techniques, and train and supervise Museum staff and volunteers to support both maintenance and educational programming for The Green.
Minimum Qualifications
A passion for horticulture, garden design and plant collections, and a commitment to the ‘public’ in public horticulture. College level education in horticulture, botany, plant science, dendrology or a related field, or equivalent experience and training. Horticultural and ecological knowledge, hands-on experience and the ability to perform the labor the work requires. Extensive knowledge of native plantings, low impact landscape design and sustainable landscape practices; knowledge of regional natural history, especially native species, interpretive principles and techniques.
The ability to perform multiple tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions; knowledge in grounds maintenance and use of lawn tools and equipment.
The ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with a diverse public; knowledge of outdoor interpretation and informal science education best practices; ability to plan, write, and implement informal science education programs; ability to effectively interact with the general public, school groups, volunteers and staff, and to collaborate productively with community partners.
Must be able to work out-of-doors in Central Virginia seasonal extremes.
Preferred Qualifications
Sustainable/Green landscaping certification preferred. A pesticide applicator’s license is required, or the ability to obtain one within 6 months. Work experience at a public garden or not-for-profit organization preferred.
Special Requirements
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all Executive Branch employees, including new hires, rehires or transfers to disclose their vaccination status upon hire. Disclosure of vaccination status (and for those fully vaccinated, proof of vaccination) will be required during new employee orientation on your first day of work. If you are not vaccinated for any reason or choose not to disclose your vaccination status, you will be required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis. If you have questions, please contact the Human Resource Office.

The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check.
Special Instructions to Applicants
The Science Museum of Virginia will accept ONLY online applications for all Museum employment opportunities. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide detailed information. Submitting an application lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Please refer to “Your Application” in your Account to check the status for this position. Computers are available for applying for jobs in public libraries, and the Virginia Employment Commission offices. Science Museum Human Resources will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of accommodation in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. If any assistance is needed when applying online, please contact Museum HR at 804-864-1477. The Science Museum of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse workforce. Equal Opportunity Employer/AA Notice: SMV HR will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization. Equal Opportunity Employer