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Landscape Grounds Technician

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Founded by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, Crystal Bridges is a public non-profit charitable organization.

Job Description:

Position Title: Landscape Grounds Technician

Position Type: Full-Time

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Division: Operations and Administration

Department: Trails and Grounds

Reports to: Manager of Horticulture Development

Position Summary

The Landscape Grounds Technician is responsible for performing general assigned garden activities in turf, hardscape, and landscape areas occupied by Crystal Bridges, and other facility related assignments that may arise from time to time. While the position requires scheduling flexibility, the work schedule is primarily 40 hours per week.

Position’s Principal Responsibilities

  • Lawn, Tree, and Shrub Maintenance – perform assigned lawn, tree, and shrub maintenance
  • Annual and Perennial Ornamental Garden Maintenance – maintain assigned garden areas including seasonal flower displays and perennials
  • Paved Area Maintenance – perform routine cleaning, basic repair, and snow and ice removal of the parking lots, walkways, and other paved areas
  • Leaf Removal – perform removal of leaves from lawns, shrub, and planting beds
  • Equipment and Ornamental Mechanical Fixture Maintenance – maintain and repair tools and equipment as needed for proper function, as well as garden restrooms, drinking foundations, and garden furniture and fixtures
  • Security/Public Relations – greet visitors, maintain the security and integrity of the grounds and museum, and serve as a source of information for visitors.
  • Irrigation Maintenance – monitor and maintain irrigation systems
  • Landscaping builds – which includes dirt work, rock work, and other hardscape installation. It also includes installing all manner of plants, mulch, drainage and low voltage lighting

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, and Traits

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English
  • Basic general computer skills required
  • Possess a strong commitment to customer service
  • Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of business
  • Ability to work independently and with initiative
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve

Work Experience

  • At least one year of experience in landscaping, garden maintenance, or a related field; previous work experience in public horticultural gardens a plus
  • Must be able to identify, care for, and maintain annuals, perennials, woody shrubs and trees, weeds and wildflowers, and other local and native plants. Expertise in plant care with knowledge of cultivated ornamental and native plants, and knowledge of plant taxonomy preferred.

License and Certifications

  • Valid Arkansas Drivers License with clean driving record
  • Able to obtain an ODA Pesticide Technician’s license

Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge and documented skill in turf care, arboriculture, ornamental plant maintenance, and basic small engine operation and maintenance

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sitting or leaning while on post will not be permitted.

  • Physical demands: Work is very strenuous, requiring standing and walking 95% of the time, with kneeling, crouching, turning/twisting, and reaching required for the majority of job activities. Must be able routinely to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Work Environment: Majority of work is performed outdoors where worker is subject to climate changes and inclement weather. At times, worker will be exposed to potential hazards associated with use of mechanical tools and pesticides common to gardening, landscaping and lawn care.

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. Crystal Bridges requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, or meet Arkansas state requirements, subject to accommodations. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.

Crystal Bridges is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.