Posting Summary: The University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm is seeking an Arboretum Specialist.
Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Blandy Experimental Farm is also the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, displaying more than 8,000 trees and woody shrubs. The collections include more than half the world's pine species, the Virginia Native Plant Trail, the Boxwood Memorial Garden, a spectacular grove of more than 300 ginkgo trees, an herb garden featuring culinary, medicinal and ornamental herbs, and much more.
The Arboretum Specialist will assist the Arborist with maintenance and care of the arboretum collection, and the routine care of the grounds of Blandy Experimental Farm.
Required Minimum Level of Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Required
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's degree in Horticulture or related field preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Required Specific Experience: A minimum of two years experience in arboretum maintenance or related area is required.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Considerable experience in all aspects of arboretum maintenance is preferred.
Required License or Certification: A valid driver's license in good standing (i.e-zero or positive point balance)
Preferred License or Certification: Certified pesticide applicators permit is preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: A working practical knowledge of plants and an understanding of their care is required, as is the ability to operate basic power equipment. Clerical, record keeping and computer skills are also required.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Expertise in integrated pest management and aboriculture is preferred as is knowledge of plant taxonomy. Experience using GPS devices is preferred, as is ability to perform minor repairs on grounds/arboretum power equipment. Knowledge of label embossing machines is preferred.
Required Computer Applications: Email, Internet
Preferred Computer Applications: Experience working with computer databases is preferred.
Internal Number: 353_83896
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.