Extension Agriculture Technician-Horticulture – Jobs in New Hanover County

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Job Title: Extension Agriculture Technician-Horticulture

Company: North Carolina State University
Location: New Hanover County, NC

Wilmington, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications and events, Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

New Hanover County is a vibrant, prosperous and diverse coastal community committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come. For more information about the county go to https://www.nhcgov.com/

Essential Job Duties

Under the supervision of the New Hanover County Extension Director/Arboretum Director in cooperation with New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Landscape Technician, the Extension Technician – Horticulture will serve with the grounds maintenance team of New Hanover County Parks & Gardens, performing skilled work in the maintenance and improvement of the New Hanover County Arboretum/Display Garden.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The Extension Technician – Horticulture is a member of the staff of North Carolina State University and will have the primary responsibility of maintenance and upkeep of the Arboretum grounds. This includes but is not limited to horticulture, landscape construction, irrigation installation and maintenance, waste management, and special event preparations. This position also requires cooperation with New Hanover County Department of Parks and Gardens to support the mission of both North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Department of Parks and Gardens.

Duties include:

– Operate small to medium-sized equipment including tractors, mowers, chain saws, blowers, edgers and trimmers.

– Repair and install irrigation systems.

– Install decorative retaining walls, paver patios/walkways and privacy fencing.

– Repair and install water features/fountains/ponds.

– Assist in the construction of new garden areas.

– Maintain Arboretum service area including management of vegetative and other debris, construction materials and stored products.

Other duties in support of the total Cooperative Extension/Arboretum program include:

– Assisting with setup of educational and social functions in the Extension auditorium and within the Display Garden.

– Support Friends of the Arboretum/Master Gardener Association with projects and educational/social/fund raising activities.

– Instruct and manage community service workers.

– Assist/manage volunteers working in the Display Garden including but not limited to recurring groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

– Other duties as required and assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education

The minimum requirement for employment with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) is a high-school diploma or equivalent. Advanced training in related fields is preferred.

Departmental Required Skills

General knowledge of tools and supplies used in soil and water management.

Ability to use common garden machines, including power tools, tractors, blowers, chain saws, etc.

Ability to recognize types of soil and to determine soil content and suitability for various uses.

Ability to exercise considerable independent judgment.

Ability to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in contact with Extension volunteers and the general public.

Ability to perform rigorous outdoor work in various types of weather.

Ability to perform physical labor as necessitated by work assignments.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations as necessitated by work assignments.

Botanical knowledge, complemented by horticultural understanding and experience with horticultural practice is required, especially with turf and ornamental tree/shrub care.

Familiar with a subtropical (Zone 8a) climate zone.

Proficient with computers to use email, browse internet, and create/edit documents.

Experience working with and/or managing volunteers is preferred.

Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects up to 30 pounds.

Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a team a must.

Demonstrated ability to work independently.

Strong and effective oral communication skills.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Training and/or experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Strong familiarity with conservation best practices within the parameters of a public botanical garden strongly preferred.

Required License or Certification

Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Certification as a Licensed Pest Control applicator is required within 6 months of hire.

Special Instructions

Job Open Date 12/18/2019

Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time. 12/25/2019

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No

Proposed Hire Date


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

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Application Materials Required

Required Documents * Resume

  • Contact Information for References

Optional Documents * Cover Letter

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