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Butterfly Center Horticulture Technician


The Cockrell Butterfly Center, housed within the Houston Museum of Natural Science, is looking for a horticulture technician to assist with maintaining a 7500 square foot simulated rainforest environment as well as 3 supportive greenhouses, and an outdoor butterfly garden. These facilities include not only abundant plant life, but also hundreds of live butterflies, as well as other animal life. The Horticulture Technician’s duties will include the watering, pruning, fertilizing, re-potting/planting, and propagation of plants housed in the rainforest area, greenhouses, and demonstration garden, as well as maintenance of these areas themselves. They will also assist with feeding and rearing of butterflies, animal husbandry, and pest control.  The Horticultural Technician may be asked to do some outreach and public speaking, as well as interact with museum guests.


Employment Status: Full Time, Hourly
Reports to: Director of the Butterfly Center
Department: Butterfly Center


Responsibilities Include (But Are Not Limited To):

Rainforest:

  • Water, fertilize, prune, and dead head plants.
  • Keep pathways clean and free of leaves and debris.
  • Keep beds free of leaves, dead butterflies, and debris.
  • Distribute baits to combat various pests.
  • Help lay down new soil.
  • Plant, relocate, and remove plants.
  • Coordinate with volunteers working in the area.

Greenhouses:

  • Water, fertilize, prune and dead-head plants.
  • Re-pot plants as necessary.
  • Help propagate plants for plant sale.
  • Feed caterpillars, gather pupae, and release adult butterflies.
  • Distribute insecticide and/or beneficial insects to control pest populations.
  • Coordinate with greenhouse volunteers daily.
  • Assist with maintaining the greenhouses.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Coursework in Entomology or at least a strong interest in the field is desirable
  • Stellar educational presentation skills for groups of all ages
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Commitment to providing stellar customer service
  • Must be able to safely operate a vehicle
  • Ability to quickly learn and aptly communicate new material in a compelling educational format

Job Requirements:

  • Must have, or be working towards, a degree in Horticulture or biological sciences.
  • Must be able to work weekend and evening hours, as necessary.
  • Must be able to handle a wide variety of live insects and spiders safely in and around groups of all ages.  (Museum will provide training).
  • Must be able to spend several hours on their feet and work outdoors, sometimes in hot or cold weather
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, kneel and bend knees.
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Jessica Warren at jwarren@hmns.org. Resumes will be accepted through November 2, 2018.

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