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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.

We are looking to add a part-time Greenhouse Assistant to our Greenhouse team!

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This position provides hands-on support to assist all greenhouse operations and helps grow a diverse collection of native plants and a limited number of ornamental floriculture crops. This position is non-exempt will work 16-24 hours per week on a part-time basis and is limited to a maximum of 1,000 hours per year.
 
A typical day includes the following duties:
  • Watering, weeding, and maintaining our greenhouse crops
  • Mixing soil and fertilizing plants
  • Staking, pruning, and potting plants
  • Inventory and data entry 
  • Manually adjusting the ventilation, temperature, and humidity systems in the greenhouse
  • A variety of other support tasks as assigned
Qualifications:
  • Must have a strong interest in greenhouse maintenance or related field
  • Ability and willingness to learn about culture and production of a wide range of crops
  • Basic computer skills and ability to learn new technology programs to complete job duties
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed 
  • Previous related experience preferred

Work Environment: Require moderate physical work;  Significant time spent standing and limited reaching, carrying, and lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds; Position works outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

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2 year Postdoctoral 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 post-doctoral candidate to study native terrestrial orchids in the state of Delaware on a 2-year fellowship.The Orchid Research 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, 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 post-doctoral candidate 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 a pre-requisite. 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 at the top of the screen. If you need any assistance, please emailcareers@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 Seasonal Horticulturists’ Assistant is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities in support of the Horticultural Team for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center.

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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 Horticulturists’ Assistant is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities in support of the Horticultural Team for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. This position will assist the Horticulturist Team in maintaining the health and care of living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural tasks including, but not limited to, site/soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, fertilizing, herbicide/pesticide application, and pruning. Additionally, he/she will assist other divisions with horticultural projects and activities.

 

Qualifications: A qualified candidate will possess 1 year of field gardening or horticultural experience as well as the following desired qualities:

  • Good working knowledge of plant identification, plant growth and cultural characteristics, disease recognition and control
  • Possess a strong interest in native plants, shrubs, and trees, and naturalistic gardening
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of tools, vehicles, and small and large-engine 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 able 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 moderate physical work: frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 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 Seasonal Natural Lands Assistant is responsible for a broad range of activities in support of the Natural Lands Division in order to promote the ecosystem health and function of lands owned by Mt. Cuba Center, the habitats they contain, and the larger systems to which they are connected.

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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 natural lands restoration and preservation tactics! The Seasonal Natural Lands Assistant is responsible for a broad range of activities in support of the Natural Lands Division in order to promote the ecosystem health and function of lands owned by Mt. Cuba Center, the habitats they contain, and the larger systems to which they are connected.  Work includes a variety of land management tasks, flora and fauna habitat restoration, and ecological monitoring. This position will assist the Natural Lands team with the monitoring and removal of invasive plant species using mechanical and chemical control methods; this can include use of bladed trimmers, hand loppers, and backpack herbicide applications. The position will assist with a variety of maintenance, preservation, and restoration duties as well as contribute to team projects that support our land management plans.

Qualifications:

A qualified candidate will possess a High School Diploma or GED as well as the following desired qualities:

  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and small and large engine equipment including the use of chain saws, brush chipper, and manual transmission vehicles
  • 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, 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 Assistant Horticulturist is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center.

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Essential Responsibilities:

This is an exciting hands-on opportunity to advance your career and obtain exposure to a diverse skill set in horticulture! The Assistant Horticulturist is responsible for a broad range of garden maintenance activities for the continued development and refinement of the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center. This position provides ongoing support to the Horticulturist team. The incumbent will assist with horticultural design development as needed in support of the Horticulturist team. Additionally he/she will assist the Horticulturist team in maintaining the health and care of living plant collections by performing a variety of horticultural maintenance activities including, but not limited to, site/soil preparation, planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, implementing Plant Health Care practices, monitoring for pests and disease, herbicide/pesticide application as appropriate, and pruning.

Qualifications:

A qualified candidate will possess an associate’s degree in horticulture or plant science from an accredited college, university (or recognized certificate in horticulture) and 2 years’ experience working in a public garden setting or equivalent experience. Additionally, the following characteristics are desirable:

  • Broad knowledge of native herbaceous and woody plant identification, growth and cultural characteristics, pest/disease recognition and control
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and 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 moderate physical work; frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds. A Physical exam will be required upon offer of employment.

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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