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Maintenance and Facilities Specialist

Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a perennial plant nursery established in Raleigh in 1988, offering unique, rare, well grown and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world. We have one of the most extensive perennial trialing programs in the country. Our concern goes far beyond selling plants! Despite being best known as a nursery, we actually exist for our work as a private 28-acre botanical garden and plant research facility focusing on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position for a Maintenance and Facilities Specialist in a high energy, fast paced, team. We are a family owned company with a mission to support research, education and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants.

We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

Ideal candidates will have at least 5 years of experience in facilities and maintenance work. Preferably in a nursery/greenhouse setting.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrate skill and proficiency with carpentry, electrical, irrigation, plumbing, basic equipment maintenance and small engine repair.
  • Perform and/or oversee all construction projects and all company repairs, both interior and exterior.
  • Be able to maintain all nursery greenhouses and facilities in optimal working order.
  • Maintain the nursery and garden irrigation system, wells and pumps.
  • Be able to assess, troubleshoot and make necessary repairs in a timely, cost effective manner.
  • Have a working knowledge of computer spreadsheets for tracking and prioritizing all open projects.
  • Have good communication skills with the ability to work well with others as well as independently.
  • Possess good manual dexterity, be able to walk, bend, kneel, occasionally lift heavy items and be outside for extended periods of time in varying weather including heat and cold.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
Compensation: Based on Experience
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references to Jobs@PlantDelights.com


Grounds Technician and Equipment Operator

Plant Delights Nursery @ Juniper Level Botanic Garden is seeking a full time 40hr/week grounds technician/ small equipment operator starting immediately. This is a permanent, benefited position. Primary responsibilities include equipment operation and manual landscape related tasks. Qualified applicants must be safety-conscious, physically durable in any outdoor situation, have a good work ethic, follow directions, and work well with others.

Opening in 1988, Plant Delights Nursery @ Juniper Level Botanic Garden has become world renowned for its mail-order plant sales and is recognized for its extensive botanical collections displayed in a garden setting.

Job Description

  • Operate the following equipment safely and efficiently
    • Skid Steer: Caterpillar 236b
    • Tractor: John Deere 855
    • Lawn Tractor: John Deere X300 48"
    • Rental equipment
    • Hand tools
  • Responsible for all grounds maintenance tasks including but not limited to:
    • Mowing
    • Excavation
    • Build and turn compost
    • Earth moving
    • Materials loading/staging
    • Road maintenance
    • Maintain extensive storm water management system
    • Equipment fueling and preventative maintenance
  • Assist in landscape construction projects
    • Irrigation installation
    • Storm water management installation
    • Stonework
    • Garden bed construction
  • Assist general facilities maintenance projects as needed
    • Basic carpentry
    • Basic machine maintenance and repair
    • Irrigation system wiring and troubleshooting
  • Other duties as assigned
    • Assist garden and research crews as needed
    • Ensure large and small fuel tanks are filled and mixed properly

Qualifications

Qualified applicants must be safety-conscious, physically durable in any outdoor situation, have a good work ethic, follow directions, and work well with others.

Compensation: Based on Experience
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send resumes with cover letters of interest with reasons why you are the ideal candidate to Jobs@PlantDelights.com


Nursery / Greenhouse Grower

Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., a perennial plant nursery established in Raleigh in 1988, offering unique, rare, well grown and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world has an open position for a permanent full-time Nursery / Greenhouse Grower.

Qualifications

The grower is in charge of all containerized plant production at Plant Delights Nursery from the time plants arrive on the property until they leave. This is a detail oriented position that requires excellent communication and task prioritization skills, and a thorough understanding of growing and watering of a wide array of containerized plants. The ideal candidate will have excellent problem solving skills and a strong aptitude for greenhouse plant production. The candidate must be familiar with products and techniques used to maintain plant health as well as understand and adhere to label directives on each product. They must also possess a North Carolina Pesticide Applicator License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire date. Successful candidates must have a four year horticulture or related degree or a 2 year horticulture degree with at least 2 years of grower experience. They must have strong problem solving skills, be inquisitive, self-motivated and be able to efficiently supervise staff.

Compensation: Based on Experience
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send cover letter and resume with a detailed description of work history along with 3 professional references to Jobs@PlantDelights.com


Seasonal Garden Support

Juniper Level Botanic Gardens is seeking a Seasonal Garden Staff member to help care for a remarkably interesting world-class garden right here in Raleigh, NC.

JLBG's aim is to be the most unique botanic garden in the world. In the quest for new plants, JLBG has initiated over 80 botanical expeditions both domestic and international, since 1994. JLBG also works closely with the top plant explorers and breeders around the world to grow and evaluate the best in new ornamental plants. The garden currently has over 22,000 taxa - an incredible array of plant diversity.

Job Description

  • Seasonal staff members may work between 32-40 hours a week.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • Those with a passion for plants are encouraged to apply.
  • Internships are available to qualifying applicants.
  • There are no benefits for this position.
  • Some classes and workshops that are given here on the weekends are available to employees at no charge.

Learn how to:

  • Perform horticultural maintenance in the display gardens, including weeding, raking, watering, fertilizing and mulching.
  • Identify plants.
  • Assist with installing new plant cultivars in the display gardens.
  • Collect plant material for propagation.
  • Assist with grounds maintenance, including creating new planting beds and repairing existing ones.
  • Repair irrigation.
Compensation: Based on experience
Standard Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm + eight open nursery and garden sales weekends each year

Send a brief introduction and a resume to Jobs@PlantDelights.com