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Curator & Assistant Horticulturist

 McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center

This is a part-time position. Continuation past 12 months is dependent upon funding.

Deadline:  06/01/2020

Salary Range CG DH: $12.14 – $16.50/hour

12 months, 75% time


SDSU rated the #2 Best Employer in the State of South Dakota by Forbes is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Curator & Assistant Horticulturist for McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center.


Job Responsibilities:  This position is responsible for maintaining all plant related records including, but not limited to, the plant records database, files of plants received, accession tags and/or display labels, interpretive signage, and electronic maps. In addition to records and data tracking this position aids in the planning, growing, design, installation and maintenance of herbaceous and woody plants throughout the Formal Gardens, as well as items for the vegetable garden.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of: 

Standard plant collections curatorial practices and procedures
BG Base and BG Map collections management software
Horticultural taxonomy
Skill & Ability to:   

Work with staff of all ages and from all backgrounds
Communicate effectively
Lift 25lbs
Work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions
Work as part of a team
Participate in and instruct virtual and in-person educational opportunities

Required License:  Valid Driver’s License. Pesticide Applicator’s License or ability to obtain one within six months of hire is required.


Comments:  This is a part-time position with peak season months May – September which may require evening hours and/or weekend hours. This position is classified as a Grounds Keeper. SDSU is a tobacco free environment. It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check. Posting #: CSA00771P


Benefits:  SDSU offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee, spouse, and dependents; life insurance; long-term disability insurance; paid holidays; educational assistance; retirement plans; and a generous vacation accrual and sick day allowance.      


Application Procedures:  SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site, to apply visit http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.   [SE5985 – 80822]                                                                                                                                                                                                               




South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by calling 605-688-4128 or sending an e-mail to HR@sdstate.edu.  SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, citizenship or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Michelle Johnson, Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.