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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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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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Librarian & Archivist (Part Time)

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.

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The Plant Records Assistant will support the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator in all Plant Records activities. This will include entering and maintaining computer-based plant records, production of accession tags and identification labels, conducting periodic inventories, and assisting staff with Mt. Cuba Center’s living collection information. The Plant Records Assistant operates under the daily supervision of the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator.

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The Plant Records Assistant will support the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator in all Plant Records activities. This will include entering and maintaining computer-based plant records, production of accession tags and identification labels, conducting periodic inventories, and assisting staff with Mt. Cuba Center’s living collection information. The Plant Records Assistant operates under the daily supervision of the Plant Recorder & Assistant Curator.

Essential Functions

Plant Records & Mapping

  • Assist the Plant Recorder in completing mapping activities and operate mapping equipment
  • Conduct periodic inventories of Mt Cuba Center’s living collection
  • Assist in the production of accession tags and identification labels

Database Maintenance

  • Enter and maintain computer-based plant records into database system

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Living Collections

  • 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
  • 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 

  • 1 year of experience in plant records, curatorial, or horticulture-related field
  • General knowledge of plant identification, plant growth and cultural characteristics
  • Familiarity with database maintenance and GIS software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and current knowledge-sharing technologies
  • Must possess a strong interest in native plants, shrubs, and trees, and naturalistic landscaping
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively 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 outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • 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 30 pounds

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

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.  

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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. This position provides ongoing support to the Horticulturists.

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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. This position provides ongoing support to the Horticulturists.

Essential Functions:

Horticultural Planning & Documentation Assistance
– Assist with horticultural design development as needed in support of the Horticulturist team
– Maintain plant record documentation on behalf of the Horticulturist team as needed and adhere to the Living Collection Policy

Gardens Care & Maintenance
– 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
– Maintain well-groomed and safe garden pathways and assigned areas that are free from debris, including snow/ice removal as needed

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Horticulture
– 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
– 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:

– 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
– Broad knowledge of native herbaceous and woody plant identification, growth and cultural characteristics, pest/disease recognition and control
– Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, small and large engine equipment and vehicles
– 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

Please note this is a full time, non exempt position.

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.  

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The Seasonal Public Safety Officer provides an exceptional guest experience by maintaining a safe and secure environment for Mt. Cuba Center guests and employees. Using excellent customer service skills, the Public Safety Officer circulates throughout the site, responds to guest and staff concerns as they arise, and assists in the daily operations of the Guest Experience Department by providing parking and setup/breakdown support. Please note this is a seasonal, part time position.   

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The Seasonal Public Safety Officer provides an exceptional guest experience by maintaining a safe and secure environment for Mt. Cuba Center guests and employees. Using excellent customer service skills, the Public Safety Officer circulates throughout the site, responds to guest and staff concerns as they arise, and assists in the daily operations of the Guest Experience Department by providing parking and setup/breakdown support. Please note this is a seasonal, part time position.

Essential Functions

Public Safety
– Patrol and monitor Mt. Cuba Center’s premises to maintain a safe and secure environment for visitors and employees
– Work with the designated supervisor on duty to provide written reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, accidents, safety and fire hazards, and other public safety related situations
– Provide first response in emergency situations (CPR, AED and First Aid). Inspect medical equipment, audit and replenish medical/safety supplies.
– Follow established protocols and procedures and work with the designated supervisor on duty to address any guest or staff member concerns related to their safety or property, the safety or property of others, or the property of Mt. Cuba Center
– In concert with the designated supervisor on duty, make sure that all visitors have departed at the end of the general admission day or special event

Guest Services
– Greet guests in a friendly and enthusiastic way, answer questions, and attend to guest needs to ensure a positive experience while visiting Mt. Cuba Center
– Shuttle guests and staff in a golf cart and vehicles when needed

Provide Support for Parking & Operations
– Assist in visitor parking and traffic support
– Operate electronic applications to assist with departmental data collection
– Assist in the regular setup and breakdown of department programs and events as needed

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Guest Experience
– 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
– 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 high school diploma or GED
– An active certification in First Aid, AED and CPR through a program recognized by the American Heart Association or a willingness to complete the certification within 30 days of hire
– An active certification in a State of Delaware approved Alcoholic Beverage Servers Program or a willingness to complete the certification within 30 days of hire
– 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 with a high level of professionalism
– Capable of independently making quick decisions with sound judgment and discretion
– 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 mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
– Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
– Must be at least 21 years of age
– This position requires moderate physical work including frequent standing for extended periods of time; frequent walking up and down hills on uneven terrain; lifting, pushing, and pulling objects up to 40 lbs.
– Must have a valid drivers license and be able to pass a MVR check. Certification to drive a passenger van a plus but not required.

Bilingual skills are preferred but not required.

Please note this is a part time, seasonal position. During our open season (April to November) a typical schedule includes 4 or 8 hour shifts Wednesday – Sunday between the hours of 9:00 am – 6:00 pm for an average of 24 hours per week (weekend heavy).  These hours are weekend heavy and occasional early mornings or later evenings may be required. Hours may flex up or down depending on the organization’s needs. Interested candidates must have the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.

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

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.

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The Seasonal Guest Experience Assistant greets and assists visitors, while providing clerical support to the Guest Experience Department. Please note this is a seasonal, part time/non exempt position.

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The Seasonal Guest Experience Assistant greets and assists visitors, while providing clerical support to the Guest Experience Department. Please note this is a seasonal, part time/non exempt position.

Essential Functions: 

Ticketing & Cash Handling 
Sell tickets, memberships, public programs, and Mt. Cuba Center merchandise and ensures accurate cash handling procedures with great attention to detail

Guest Services 
Greet guests in a friendly and enthusiastic way, answer questions, and attend to guest needs to ensure a positive experience while visiting Mt. Cuba Center

Clerical & Support 
Support the clerical needs of the Guest Experience Department and provides support for guest events as needed

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 high school diploma or GED
– An active certification in a State of Delaware approved Alcoholic Beverage Servers Program or a willingness to complete the certification within 30 days of hire
– Basic math skills
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and general computer skills
– Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills
– Ability to effectively communicate with the staff and the public
– Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
– 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 mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
– Physical requirements include the ability to stand for extended periods of time, ability to lift up to 30 lbs and the ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.

Bilingual skills are preferred but not required.

Please note this is a seasonal position working 16-24 hours per week throughout the visitation season (March – November) between the hours of 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. The hours are weekend heavy and occasional early mornings or later evenings may be required. Hours may flex up or down depending on the organization’s needs. Interested candidates must have the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.

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

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.  

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Mt. Cuba Center is seeking an experienced human resources professional to help us further our mission. This is a generalist position with a focus on recruitment. This individual will support all areas of human resources including attracting, identifying, and welcoming highly qualified talent aligned with our core values of mission above self, collaboration, remarkable experiences, respect for the individual, curiosity and creative license, and responsible stewardship. The successful candidate will be a strong team player and a collaborative partner who seeks to influence our organization’s diversity and inclusion and positively impact our community.

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Human Resources Assistant, Full Time

Mt. Cuba Center is seeking an experienced human resources professional to help us further our mission. This is a generalist position with a focus on recruitment. This individual will support all areas of human resources including attracting, identifying, and welcoming highly qualified talent aligned with our core values of mission above self, collaboration, remarkable experiences, respect for the individual, curiosity and creative license, and responsible stewardship. The successful candidate will be a strong team player and a collaborative partner who seeks to influence our organization’s diversity and inclusion and positively impact our community.

Responsibilities

Recruitment

Act as point person for the recruitment process for open positions. This includes creating job requisitions, advertising and networking to source diverse candidate pools; assisting in the screening and selection process by evaluating candidate qualifications, participating in interviews and extending job offers; recommending recruitment protocols and policies; and training and supporting the management team in the hiring process. Delivers an exceptional staff and applicant experience, providing accurate, thorough and responsive guest service.

Screening, Onboarding and Orientation

Conduct new hire screenings and administer the onboarding / offboarding and orientation processes including conducting orientation and employee handbook training; make recommendations on best practice process improvements and content.

Administrative & Department Support

Support the director of HR by completing administrative duties including performance appraisal process assistance, compliance reporting, HRIS and payroll maintenance, audits, filing workers compensation claims, employment verifications, benefits administration, compiling HR analytics, assisting with the payroll function, responding to questions from applicants and staff about policies, benefits, hiring processes, etc., and maintaining employee and HR files.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Communications or related field with 2 years of experience in a human resources role. Must have knowledge of recruiting best practices, HRIS, and payroll systems, proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with the ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology, and the ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy. One year of recruiting experience is preferred. The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills and a guest service approach with the ability to effectively communicate with staff at all levels and our external communities; be a strong team player with initiative and the ability to multi-task to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; be self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently with strong time management skills; and have exceptional attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply. This is a full time, benefits-eligible position. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and outstanding professional development opportunities.

Please provide a resume, letter of interest and contact information including current email address for three professional references.

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The Operational Services Assistant supports a remarkable guest experience at Mt. Cuba Center by performing custodial duties as well as room and event set up and breakdown in support of the Education and Guest Experience Division.

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The Operational Services Assistant supports a remarkable guest experience at Mt. Cuba Center by performing custodial duties as well as room and event set up and breakdown in support of the Education and Guest Experience Division.

Essential Functions:

– Perform custodial duties for Mt. Cuba Center, maintaining areas assigned; clean, dust, and wipe furniture; sweep, mop, or vacuum floors; empty/clean wastebaskets and trash containers; sanitize and maintain restrooms.
– Set up and break down interior spaces, providing programs with the necessary number and configuration of tables and chairs
– Set up and break down exterior spaces for outdoor programs, placing chairs, tables, trashcans, and tents in their proper places
– Provide custodial support during and after programs and events
– Support food and drink service when necessary
– 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:

– 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
– Ability and willingness to interact with guests on occasion, providing excellent customer service
– Ability to work both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting
– Working knowledge of custodial practices, supplies, and equipment preferred
– Requires moderate physical work; Frequent standing, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 pounds

Please note this is a seasonal position working 12-16 hours per week throughout the visitation season (March – November). The hours are evening and weekend heavy and may flex up or down depending on the organization’s needs. Interested candidates must have the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed.

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

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