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Seasonal Public Safety Officer

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.  

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious or medical reasons.

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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 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.

Essential Functions:

Landscape and Grounds Care & Maintenance
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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

Maintenance & Repair Support
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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 activites to maintain the good condition of tools and equipment
– 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:

– Ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and small and large engine equipment plus the 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.

This position requires strenuous physical work including frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects over 50 pounds.

Please note this is a seasonal, part time position working under 1,000 hours per year between the months of March through December. A typical schedule includes working Monday through Friday during the day.

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. 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 Horticulturist is responsible for developing and maintaining creative planting displays of the living collection within the gardens. This position supports the guest experience and upholds Mt. Cuba Center standards for plant care.

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Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden in the rolling hills of Hockessin, Delaware, with collections focused on plants of the eastern temperate forest, particularly the Appalachian Piedmont. Mt. Cuba Center’s founders, Lammot and Pamela Copeland, were avid gardeners whose ambition was that their Brandywine Valley estate would become a public garden that inspires an appreciation for native plants and healthy ecosystems and motivates conservation action by catalyzing community engagement.

“I want this to be a place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants and to see how these plants can enrich their lives so that they, in turn, will become conservators of our natural habitats.”                                   

-Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland

Comprising 1,083 acres, Mt. Cuba Center features formal estate gardens, exquisite, naturalistic woodland gardens, and over 1,000 acres of natural lands managed to promote diverse habitats for plants and wildlife. Mt. Cuba Center is intent on growing its audience and impact in conserving regional biodiversity.

Position Summary:

The Horticulturist is responsible for developing and maintaining creative planting displays of the living collection within the gardens. This position supports the guest experience and upholds Mt. Cuba Center standards for plant care.

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
– Monitor and maintain 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 5 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

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to diversity and inclusivity and we encourage 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.

 

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The Education Specialist is responsible for the development and design of Mt. Cuba Center’s adult/continuing education offerings, onsite and through distance learning. The Education Specialist collaborates with the Public Engagement team to grow program offerings while increasing participation and revenue.

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Essential Functions

Course Development and Curriculum Design

  • Oversee MCC’s adult education offerings onsite and through distance learning.
  • Develop and implement education programs designed to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.
  • Work collaboratively with intra-departmental MCC staff to prepare a suite of educational offerings for public program guide that meets objectives for the number and diversity of programs related to horticulture, conservation, art, and wellness.
  • Oversee the process of regularly updating and refining MCC’s Certificate in Ecological Gardening program to ensure that the curriculum is of the highest quality and the program is competitive.
  • Identify and recruit outside instructors. Work with instructors to ensure course content is appropriate for MCC.

Education Program Coordination and Execution

  • Work with the Education Coordinator and Manager of Public Engagement to plan program logistics.
  • Lead, guide, and train employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work.

Education Program Administration

  • Work the Education Coordinator and Manager of Public Engagement to regularly analyze pricing models and reports on revenue, cost, and the effectiveness of MCC’s educational offerings.

Support Strategic Initiatives Related to Public Engagement

  • Work cooperatively with the Manager of Public Engagement and Education Coordinator to help to execute the strategic goals of the institution in support of Mt. Cuba Center’s mission.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Public Engagement and Education Coordinator to grow program offerings and increase participation in support of Mt. Cuba Center’s mission.
  • Collaborate with Education & Guest Experience Staff to support public programming and outreach efforts under the direction of the Manager of Public Engagement.

 

Specifications/Qualifications

Education/years & type of experience: Bachelor’s degree in education, horticulture or related field and minimum two years’ experience developing and delivering educational programming.

Certifications, Licenses, Credentials: Must have a valid driver’s license and complete van driver certification within 90 days of hire.

Baseline Knowledge & Skills:

  • Broad horticultural/ecological knowledge required; knowledge of plants native to the Eastern United State preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic educational theory and best practice required.
  • Exceptional writing, communication, presentation and organization skills.
  • Proficient computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of Adobe Suite is preferred, but not required.

Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with staff and the public.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new software and hardware applications to support programming efforts.
  • Self-motivated, attentive to details, and the ability to work effectively without close supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to walk over rugged terrain for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.

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.

Application DeadlineJanuary 21, 2022
Please provide your resume, letter of interest, and contact information for at least three professional employment references including a current email address for each.

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious or medical reasons.

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The Arborist Assistant is responsible for supporting Mt. Cuba Center Arborists in the long term care of all trees located within their zone of responsibility. This employee will be trained to perform arboricultural procedures necessary for maintaining the trees to Mt. Cuba Center’s standards in the areas of safety, health, function, and aesthetics.

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Responsibilities:

Tree Care Assessment & Planning

  • Assist with creation and execution of plans pertaining to tree management
  • Assist with assessments of tree risk and tree health through regular inspections
  • Maintain records for auditing and maintenance activities

Tree Care Maintenance

  • Train to proficiency in ground operations and aerial tree work
  • Perform all phases of tree care, including planting, pruning, cabling, removal through tree climbing or from the ground, and emergency cleanup of storm-damaged trees
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order

Support Guest and Organizational Programs related to Arboriculture

  • 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.
  • Participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community and contribute to related activities as required.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED and 1 year of tree care, landscaping, or related work experience and a general interest in tree care. Must have the ability to safely and effectively operate and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and equipment, including the use of chain saws, brush chipper, and manual transmission vehicles. Must be able and willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, organized team player with attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively and function without close supervision. Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed. This position requires strenuous physical work; frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, as well as occasional lifting, pushing, and pulling of objects over 50 pounds.

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 your resume, letter of interest, and contact information for at least three professional employment references including a current email address for each.

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An exception to the COVID vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious or medical reasons.

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