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North Carolina Zoo

Zoo Horticulture Supervisor

JOB CLASS TITLE: Grounds Supervisor II
DEPARTMENT: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $32,703 - $38,928
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
WORK LOCATION: Randolph County
CLOSING DATE: 12/10/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time
***Pay Grade – GN07, Recruitment Range - $32,703 - $38,928***
Re-post - previous applicants must re-apply to be considered.
 *****Job offer is contingent upon passing a pre-employment screen conducted by assigned provider.***** 
Learn about the NC ZOO:   
Learn about employee perks/benefits: 
Primary Purpose of this Position:
The NC Zoo is seeking a highly motivated individual that is experienced in the supervision of a large landscape team. This employee will oversee a team who performs the daily maintenance of the North American Exterior plant collection, Turf program and offsite properties. This position will supervise the North America Exterior Horticulture staff of nine along with the occasional seasonal employees and volunteers. Supervises staff in the pursuit of acquiring, documenting, preserving, researching and conserving plants as collections both physical and conceptual.
The Zoo’s plant collections are one of the essential elements of the Zoo’s purpose to save, understand and interpret the world’s natural resources.  This collection consists of some 12,000 plants which includes zoo exhibits of Deserts of the World, Prairie Native landscape, Streamside Native landscape, Rocky Coast, Cypress/Marsh landscapes, Kids Zone, Wetlands, Solar Pointe, NA Entrance and Veterinary Center. The landscaping and maintenance of these areas and exhibits covers plant types for Native species, grassland, turf, ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials.
This position also manages the Zoo’s day-to-day turf program of 200 plus acres of turf grass along with the Zoo’s offsite property management.
Responsibilities include drafting work schedules for daily coverage, implementing plant maintenance and plant educational programs, implementing work plans and reviews of efficiency and production, goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and standard setting for this team. This position will also be responsible for purchase of plants through the Curator's delegation of authority to purchase.
This Exterior Grounds Supervisor II, under the supervision of the Curator of Exterior Horticulture, will be responsible for maintaining many digital records that impact plant inventory and record keeping, adhering to Environmental Management System (EMS), SOG/SOP/Safety protocols, BEACON time reporting and the State VIP system; requiring general computer skills.  
Job Requirements:
Position is considered “Essential/Mandatory Staff” and required to work on adverse weather days and during Zoo emergencies.
Must have, or be able to obtain, and maintain a valid NC driver’s license to drive a variety of utility vehicles and trucks both day and night. 
Must be able to obtain a North Carolina Pesticide license within 9 months of employment. 
Position requires participation in the North Carolina Zoo's occupational health program, receiving vaccinations and regular health screenings.  Possible occupational exposure to Zoonotic diseases and possible exposure to chemicals, pesticides.
Must have good physical ability, strength, vision & hearing, and the ability to perform some strenuous physical work in challenging physical environments, e.g. outdoor animal enclosures, onsite and offsite natural environment properties. Specifically, walk, stand, bending, hear animal sounds, radio communication and emergency situations.
Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. on a frequent basis.
Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit
The North Carolina Zoo exists for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all our citizens and visitors. The mission of the zoo is to encourage the understanding of and commitment to the conservation of the world’s wildlife and wild places through the recognition of the interdependence of people and nature. The Zoo conserves and protects representative examples of natural beauty, endangered and threatened plant and animal species and ecological features of the North American and African regions it represents.
The NC Zoo’s Horticulture Division’s mission is to advance public awareness of the importance of plants and their role in nature. 
Department Information:
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.
**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**
Qualified applicants must possess the following: 
Demonstrated working experience leading/supervising a large horticulture grounds team in plant maintenance to include watering, pruning, planting, fertilizing, propagation, etc. with diverse plant collections with a wide range of plant species and/or turf management.
Demonstrated experience researching and locating plant sources for large landscape plans/projects.
Demonstrated working experience in the maintenance practices necessary to cultivate the required collections to include watering procedures, Integrated Pest Management, invasive plant identification and eradication, pruning and fertilization.
Demonstrated working experience using computers for research, data entry, inventory and/or record keeping for team/project management.
 ***Management Preferences***
Licensed as a Pesticide Applicator
Associate's degree in horticultural or related degree from an appropriately accredited institution and up to three years of experience in the development and implementation of landscape plans and grounds maintenance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).
  N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
  Division of Human Resources
  4603 Mail Service Center
  Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
  Phone:  919-814-6670
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NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting
An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

Experience Required

Associate's degree in horticultural or related degree from an appropriately accredited institution and up to three years of experience in the development and implementation of landscape plans and grounds maintenance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



$32,703 - $38,928

How to Apply

Deadline - 12/10/2021 - 5:00 PM EST


North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205

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