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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.

Mt. Cuba Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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 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.

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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.

What You’ll Do:

  •  Assist in maintaining the health and look of turf through mowing, fertilizing, watering, weed-eating, aerating, and applying compost and compost tea
  •  Assist in maintaining woody and herbaceous plantings through planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, and other horticultural activities
  •  Assist in maintaining roads, pathways, and parking areas through surface maintenance, renovations, and leaf, debris, and snow removal
  •  Support the Horticulture Department teams by assisting with the maintenance of trees, shrubs, and plants through pruning, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, watering, and weeding
  •  Assist the Grounds team in making regular repairs to maintain the fences, walls, garden furniture, drains, catch-basins, bridges, curbing, patios, terraces, courtyards, and other hardscape features
  •  Perform regular repair and servicing activities to maintain the good condition of tools and equipment

Qualifications:

  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power 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 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

Physical Requirements:

  •  Requires strenuous physical work; Frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds.

Please note this is a part time, seasonal position working under 1,000 hours between the months of March and December.

Having trouble applying? Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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The Digital Marketing Coordinator will create, schedule, and maintain content for Mt. Cuba Center’s digital marketing outlets (e-news, social media, website and event listings). This will involve collaboration across departments and within the Audience Development team.

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The Digital Marketing Coordinator will create, schedule, and maintain content for Mt. Cuba Center’s digital marketing outlets (e-news, social media, website and event listings). This will involve collaboration across departments and within the Audience Development team.

Essential Functions:

Digital Content Creation

  • Assist the Marketing and Communications Manager to produce relevant and timely digital content that engages Mt. Cuba Center’s digital audiences
  • Photograph events, classes, garden activities, and plants when needed
  • Write engaging posts and captions in Mt. Cuba Center’s voice, and tailored to relevant social media outlets (Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
  • Create and send monthly and weekly e-news
  • Share press mentions, relevant news and partner projects with Mt. Cuba Center’s online audiences
  • Collaborate with Mt. Cuba Center staff, volunteers, and experts to create compelling content

Coordinate Mt. Cuba Center’s Digital Presence

  • Schedule social media posts and web content; keep web content up-to-date; add Mt. Cuba Center’s events and classes to local event calendars

Reporting

  • Monitor social media outlets and work with Audience Development team to create quarterly reports

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Audience Development

  • Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
  • Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, some college preferred
  • 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Strong writing and communication skills, with experience in writing in a variety of styles for different outlets
  • Proficiency in WordPress, Microsoft Office and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Experience with photography for social media
  • Ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with coworkers
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and able to manage time and effectively function without close supervision
  • Requires moderate physical work including walking throughout Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens and grounds, standing, sitting, kneeling, and lifting up to 10 pounds

Please note this is a part time, non-exempt position.

Having trouble applying? Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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The Grounds Maintenance Technician assists in the overall maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s landscape, including woody and herbaceous plantings, lawns, woods, garden features, paths, and roadways. This position provides logistical support to other departments as needed to ensure the smooth operation of Mt. Cuba Center.

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Grounds Maintenance Technician, Full-Time

The Grounds Maintenance Technician assists in the overall maintenance of Mt. Cuba Center’s landscape, including woody and herbaceous plantings, lawns, woods, garden features, paths, and roadways. This position provides logistical support to other departments as needed to ensure the smooth operation of Mt. Cuba Center.

Schedule: 40 hours per week, Mon-Fri with occasional weekends and evening hours as needed.

Requires strenuous physical work: Frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds

Essential Responsibilities:

This is an exciting hands-on opportunity to expand skills and knowledge in ecological gardening tactics! This position will produce the following tasks:

Landscape and Grounds Care & Maintenance:

  • Maintain the health and look of the turf through mowing, fertilizing, watering, weed-eating, aerating, and applying compost and compost tea
  • Maintain woody and herbaceous plantings through planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, and other horticultural activities
  • Maintain roads, pathways, and parking areas through surface maintenance, renovations, and leaf, debris, and snow removal
  • Support the Gardens, Natural Lands, and Arboriculture divisions by assisting them with planting, pruning, vegetation management, tree removal, and other projects

Structure and Equipment Maintenance & Repair:

  • Make regular repairs to maintain the fences, walls, garden furniture, drains, catch-basins, bridges, curbing, patios, terraces, courtyards, and other hardscape features
  • Perform regular repair and servicing to maintain the good condition of tools and equipment

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will hold a high school diploma or GED and at least 1 year of experience in grounds/landscape maintenance. 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 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

APPLY:

Please apply through our employment web page by submitting a resume and brief cover letter here.

Having trouble applying? Email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help!

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The Trial Garden Assistant is responsible for supporting work in the Trial Garden and other research areas at Mt. Cuba Center. This individual works under the daily supervision of the Research Horticulturist. Duties include garden maintenance, data collection, research assistance and other duties as assigned. We are seeking highly collaborative team members that put our mission first and will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests!

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Trial Garden Assistant (Part Time)

The Trial Garden Assistant is responsible for supporting work in the Trial Garden and other research areas at Mt. Cuba Center. This individual works under the daily supervision of the Research Horticulturist. Duties include garden maintenance, data collection, research assistance and other duties as assigned. We are seeking highly collaborative team members that put our mission first and will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests!

Schedule: Generally 16-24 hours per week scheduled over 3-5 days. We can work with the availability & preference of qualified candidates to set a mutually beneficial schedule.

What you’ll do:

Gardening Maintenance Activities

  • Maintain the Trial Garden and research nursery area through a variety of gardening activities, including watering, fertilizing, dead-heading, planting, weeding, pruning and mulching

Research Support Support

  • Planning, data collection, and data entry for trials and research
  • Assist with record keeping of research plants in support of the Living Collections Policy
  • Assist in the production of Trial Garden publications and web content

Assistance in Executing Projects & Events

  • Assist in executing projects that support the Trial Garden and Research initiatives through assigned tasks and special event support

Qualifications:

  • Basic gardening skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
  • Strong interest and enthusiasm for gardening
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and small and large equipment and 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

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

  • Requires moderate physical work; Frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 30 pounds

Having trouble applying? Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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This position will manage,develop and preserve Mt. Cuba Center’s Library and Archive Collections. The Librarian & Archivist utilizes collection resources to serve the information needs of Mt. Cuba Center and facilitate the preservation and utilization of non-living collections. This position will purchase materials, compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, and other digital documents of value. Additionally, this position will perform archival duties to preserve non-living collections of value

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This position will manage,develop and preserve Mt. Cuba Center’s Library and Archive Collections. The Librarian & Archivist utilizes collection resources to serve the information needs of Mt. Cuba Center and facilitate the preservation and utilization of non-living collections. This position will purchase materials, compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, and other digital documents of value. Additionally, this position will perform archival duties to preserve non-living collections of value.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage Library Circulation Activities
    • Lend, reserve, and collect books, periodicals, videotapes, pictures, digital assets, and other materials at circulation desk and process materials for loans; Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, and returned and file catalog cards according to system used; Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas
    • Provide intellectual stewardship for collections by working closely with staff, volunteers, students, vendors, and consortia partners; Locate library materials for users; Answer routine inquiries and refer users in need of professional assistance to appropriate resources or answers; Instruct users on how to utilize reference sources, catalogs, and automated information systems pertaining to the library
  • Perform Archivist Duties
    • Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents and assets; Participate in research activities based on archival materials; Create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology
    • Monitor non-living collections and determine appropriate preservation priorities and actions to ensure long-term storage and security; Organize and oversee the work of outside contractors performing preservation duties.
  • Special Collections Management
    • Analyze user requests to develop and build collections in support of the organization’s mission, strategic initiatives, and collections priority; Code, classify, and catalog collections based on subject matter or standard classification systems
    • Implement and work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information
    • Create and execute policies, budgets, plans and resource allocation in consultation with Director of Collections & Conservation Lead
  • Support Guest and Organizational Programs
    • Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
    • Lead, guide and train employees, interns and volunteers performing related work
    • Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested. Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or related field and 2 years’ experience in special library function or equivalent experience
  • Working knowledge of copyright law and industry regulatory standards
  • Exceptional written communication and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with: Records management (best practices and workflows) in addition to Archival collections (best practices, platforms and workflows)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively communicate with the staff and the public
  • 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
  • Physical requirements: ability to independently lift 35 lbs.

Please note this is a part time, seasonal position working under 1,000 hours per year.

Having trouble applying? Please email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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The Technology Support Specialist provides exceptional customer service to the organization through various technology services. This position provides first and second tier software, hardware, A/V, telephone, and network support. This position is responsible for technical and how-to support on a wide range of applications including MS office, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS applications, and content management systems. We are seeking highly collaborative team members that put our mission first and will help us deliver remarkable experiences!

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The Technology Support Specialist provides exceptional customer service to the organization through various technology services. This position provides first and second tier software, hardware, A/V, telephone, and network support. This position is responsible for technical and how-to support on a wide range of applications including MS office, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS applications, and content management systems.

We are seeking highly collaborative team members that put our mission first and will help us deliver remarkable experiences to our guests!

What you’ll do:

  • Act as first point of contact for technology support requests throughout the organization. Field requests for service via phone, email, and in person and determines nature and extent of support needed; Utilize troubleshooting and analytical skills to resolve software errors and hardware malfunctions in a timely manner.
  • Maintain ownership of the service ticket through to completion and maintain all components that support the help desk and ticketing processes.
  • Deliver training continuously to users in startup, basic, and advanced use of technical resources; create user-based job aids for routine technical tasks.
  • Install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot a wide range of hardware, software, A/V equipment, and telephone equipment used throughout Mt. Cuba Center operations; Perform hardware/software upgrades to existing computer equipment as needed, outside of standard business hours.
  • Perform administrative tasks on behalf of the tech services department including, but not limited to, ordering and keeping inventory of supplies and equipment, scheduling training rooms, and organizing meetings with vendors.

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years’ experience in computer science or related field
  • Knowledge in software and network support for multiple users with basic skills pertaining to various web and virtualization technology including Terminal Server, Hyper V, HTLML, and CSS.
  • Advanced understanding of computer and server operating systems, including usage of Microsoft Office Suite, Windows Server, and Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Basic understanding of installation, configuration, and troubleshooting process for software, hardware, networking, TC/IP, and accessory equipment.
  • Troubleshooting skills of PBX and VOIP phone systems.
  • Knowledge of assembly/disassembly of computer and server components.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills .
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively communicate with the staff and the public.
  • 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.
  • Physical Demands & Working Conditions: Requires moderate physical work; Frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds

About Us:

Mt. Cuba Center, a premier native plant garden, is dedicated to supporting the environment through the practice and promotion of ecological horticulture. Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens and programs inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.

Having trouble applying? Email careers@mtcubacenter.org for help.

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