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Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Garden, is a perennial plant nursery established in Raleigh in 1988, offering unique, rare, well grown and properly named perennials to passionate gardeners around the world.  We have one of the most extensive perennial trialing programs in the country. Our concern goes far beyond selling plants! Despite being best known as a nursery, we actually exist for our work as a private 28-acre botanic garden and plant research facility focusing on ex-situ plant conservation, plant exploration, breeding, and propagation. We have an open position for a Plant Health and IPM Technician as part of a high energy, fast paced team in the Garden and Research division. We are a family owned company with a mission to support research, education and the exploration of plants through the sales of unique perennial plants.

 

We offer a casual dress code, a diverse staff, and a friendly working environment.

 

Job Description:

Position is to oversee the plant health and collections integrity of all outdoor plantings, including the monitoring, researching, and treatment of all pests and plant health related issues.

 

Job Responsibilities:

WEEDS, INSECTS, DISEASE

  • Scout and treat for weeds, insects, and disease in garden beds and lawns
  • Scout and treat for and report stressed/declining plants
  • Alert appropriate staff of weed, insect, and disease issues
  • Determine best treatment options for each pest situation, always opting for biological/less toxic options
  • Take appropriate and timely action to prevent damage
  • Record all pesticide treatments, results, and monitor efficacy
  • Submit all pest samples as needed
  • Maintain a valid NC Pesticide Applicators license
  • Ensure all spray equipment is fully functional and available for use
  • Coordinate purchasing of all pesticides for grounds
  • Oversee vole control program, including scouting and treating
  • Prompt Fire ant monitoring and treatment
  • Follow all legal pesticide requirements, including posting, records, and use of PPE

NEMATODE CONTROL PROGRAM

  • Scout for foliar nematodes
  • Treat and control nematodes appropriately and timely to prevent damage
  • Alert appropriate staff of foliar nematode issues
  • Coordinate cutback foliage as needed to eliminate infection
  • Nursery propagules tested for nematodes

TURF

  • Coordinate with grounds supervisor on mowing schedule
  • Apply appropriate fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals as needed
  • Monitor turf for pest/disease pressure
  • Monitor turf for overly dry/wet areas and make corrections as needed
  • May assist in installation, repair and maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Coordinates application of new seed each year
  • Coordinate annual turf maintenance
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Some formal education or past experience in horticulture is preferred and applicants with the following qualifications will be strongly considered:

  • Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License(or ability to obtain one)
  • Fit testing in the last year
  • Plant Science or Horticulture Degree
  • Horticulture experience
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