Duke University

United States

February 6, 2022


Duke University and Duke University Health System require all students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines. After you have officially accepted a position at Duke, you may request a religious or medical accommodation.


Requisition Number:: 167779

Date: Jan 5, 2022


Durham, NC, US, 27710


Occupational Summary

Supervise and participate in the installation, maintenance, interpretation and documentation of a variety of botanical specimens for teaching, research and ornamental purposes at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, including the planning and development of horticultural displays, procedures and methods.

Work Performed

Procure, install and maintain plants including trees, shrubs, herbaceous plantings and a variety of botanical specimens in greenhouses, nurseries, formal and informal garden areas to include preparation of soil, planting, watering, fertilizing, and pruning.

Identify plant pests and diseases and make suggestions for their treatment. Must be familiar with Integrated Pest Management.

Must be familiar with calibrating application equipment.

Have a working knowledge of plant nutrition, plant physiology, and basic soil chemistry.

Identify, document, and accurately label plants in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Safely operate and maintain a variety of mechanical equipment to include trucks, tractors and specialized garden tools and a variety of hand-held power tools required to maintain botanical specimens.

Must be familiar with all necessary PPE.

Conduct regular and special tours; give instruction in areas of specialized garden interest.

Maintain supply inventories and operational records.

Make work assignments; supervise and review the work of lower rated employees, students and volunteers; train new personnel.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires knowledge of plant materials and care generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program in horticulture, agronomy, botany or a related field.


Work generally requires two years of experience in horticulture or a related field. Public garden or estate landscape maintenance experience is preferred.



Possess North Carolina's driver's license or equivalent

Must be able to obtain North Carolina Pesticide License

Must be able to lift 50lbs

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Nearest Major Market: Durham Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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