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At Mt. Cuba Center, we cultivate people as well as plants. We are always looking for talented, enthusiastic professionals we can help develop into tomorrow’s leaders. With competitive compensation and benefits, Mt. Cuba Center is a great place to work. See our current openings below for information on how to apply.

Two-year Fellowship (Non-exempt position for a temporary time frame of two years)

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Field:    Plant Identification and Ecology: Orchid Ecology

Responsibilities:    Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden with a focus on native plants and ecosystems, seeks a  candidate to study native terrestrial orchids in the state of Delaware on a 2-year fellowship.The Fellow will lead the Native Orchids of Delaware project, a two year study, funded by Mt. Cuba Center.  The fellow will conduct fieldwork on 23 native terrestrial orchid populations found in the state of Delaware. This position will collect orchid seed and root tissue and develop and maintain the database. The research fellow will create and manage an orchid conservation group to monitor the orchids in the study as well as coordinate with state botanists and orchid collaborators. The final deliverable will be a written research publication describing the state of Orchids in Delaware and future recommendations.

Purpose The purpose of this project is to discover “The state of native orchids in Delaware,” and from this data craft an integrated conservation plan for the orchids of Delaware with our collaborators. To this purpose, Mt. Cuba Center will assess orchid site conditions and collect orchid seeds and root fungi of 23 species, across two years.  Our staff will work collaboratively with our state botanist, and other orchid conservation entities. We intend to hire a research fellow for two years to coordinate this process. The seeds will be seed banked and used for in-vitro seed germination studies. The root tissue studied for fungal isolation and identification. The fungus preserved and used for future symbiotic germination studies.

Qualifications/Requirements: The successful candidate will have experience in plant identification, natural community surveys, plant ecology, and be able to communicate well (verbally and in print) with the public and our conservation collaborators.  Familiarity with taxonomic keys and guidebooks for plant identification is necessary. Must have proficiency in ArcGIS, Microsoft (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and other common applications. Ph.D. in plant science or ecology based discipline is preferred; Masters degree will be considered. Valid driver’s license and ability to conduct field work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions is required.

Application Review Begins: Immediately

Compensation: 40 hours/week, $18.50/hour plus healthcare and 401(k) benefits

Apply: Click the blue “APPLY” button below. If you need any assistance, please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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Mt. Cuba Center is seeking highly qualified instructors to teach classes at our botanical garden in Hockessin, DE.

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Mt. Cuba Center is seeking highly qualified instructors to teach classes at our botanical garden in Hockessin, DE. Classes can fall under one or more of the following categories: gardening, horticulture, landscape design, plant conservation, art, or wellness. Instructors with expertise in one of these specific fields and who teach with an ecological perspective are invited to apply online. These are contract positions.

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The Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Assistant supports the Grounds team in the overall maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s landscape, including woody and herbaceous plantings, lawns, woods, garden features, paths and roadways.

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This position is a seasonal position with a flexible schedule. Our season typically runs from March-December (weather dependent and flexible to candidate’s schedule). This position will be limited to 1,000 hours maximum for the season.

Essential Responsibilities:

This is an exciting hands-on opportunity to expand skills and knowledge in ecological gardening tactics!  The Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Assistant support the Grounds team in the overall maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s landscape, including woody and herbaceous plantings, lawns, woods, garden features, paths and roadways. This position will assist in maintaining the health and look of turf through mowing, fertilizing, watering, weed-eating, aerating, and applying compost and compost tea. Additionally, he/she will maintain roads, pathways, and parking areas through surface maintenance, renovations, and leaf, debris, and snow removal. The position supports horticultural activities such as planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, and other general maintenance activities for the care of plants, shrubs, and small trees.

 

Qualifications:

A candidate will preferably hold previous experience in basic landscaping duties such as lawn mowing, mulching, weeding, etc. Candidates should also possess the following desired qualities:

  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and small and largeengine equipment Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and the ability to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
  • Requires strenuous physical work; Frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds

Work Environment: 

Mt. Cuba Center offers seasonal staff competitive pay, access to our employee discount program, a fun atmosphere, and a balanced work-life environment. We are looking for highly collaborative team members that will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests and hold a passionate enthusiasm for their work!

 

HAVING TROUBLE APPLYING? PLEASE EMAIL CAREERS@MTCUBACENTER.ORG FOR HELP!

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The Interpretive Specialist develops and implements interpretive content at Mt. Cuba Center with the goal of inspiring an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and motivating conservation action. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for native plants and creative ability to translate broad horticultural knowledge into meaningful interpretive content.

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The Interpretive Specialist develops and implements interpretive content at Mt. Cuba Center with the goal of inspiring an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and motivating conservation action. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for native plants and creative ability to translate broad horticultural knowledge into meaningful interpretive content.

Essential Responsibilities:

The Interpretive Specialist will develop and implement interpretive content for Mt. Cuba Center. This includes developing media, such as signage, brochures, tour content, and also programming for activities, such as guided tours, special events, roving interpretation and presentations.

 

This is a highly collaborative position that will work with key stakeholders in developing content that meets Mt. Cuba Center’s mission and also work to train staff to effectively utilize and deliver interpretive content. Additionally, as a member of the Visitor Experience Team, this position will support the department as needed by providing excellent service to our guests to ensure a remarkable experience!

Qualifications:

A qualified candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Public Horticulture, Museum Studies, Plant Sciences, Environmental Education or a related field
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in creating original interpretive content is required, preferably in a public garden, museum or related cultural institution
  • Broad horticultural knowledge required; knowledge of plants native to the Eastern United States is strongly preferred
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage independent projects simultaneously with great attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the staff and the public
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
  • Willingness to work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Exceptional computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Work Environment: 

Mt. Cuba Center offers competitive pay commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package including employer-matching 401k, health, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, employee discount program, and a balanced work-life environment. We are looking for highly collaborative team members that will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests and hold a passionate enthusiasm for their work.

HAVING TROUBLE APPLYING? PLEASE EMAIL CAREERS@MTCUBACENTER.ORG FOR HELP!

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