Available Employment Opportunities
Positions will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established. Please refer to the job number when you submit a resume or complete an application for a posted position.
Positions Available as of Oct. 20, 2014
Asian Gardens Specialist Gardener
Job Number: 008-14
Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Hourly, 40 hours per week
Working under the supervision of and reporting to the Curator of the Asian Gardens, maintains and oversees the Tea Garden and cut-flower garden, and performs related specialty tasks throughout the Japanese Garden in general (pruning and training woody material, planting, and specialty grooming). Ensures that assigned gardens maintain high standards. Performs garden maintenance and planting as necessary. Must be present in the botanical gardens, working along with gardeners in all weather conditions. Use of tools and equipment is common.
Essential Functions: Responsible for pruning and shaping of trees and shrubs in Japanese style and pruning techniques. Assisting with documentation, tracking, labeling of plants in collections. Works with volunteers, interns, outside contractors and other staff to insure Tea Garden and cut flower garden are properly planted and maintained to the highest standards and Japanese tradition. Responds to issues and concerns with Japanese Garden landscape when curator is not present. Assists with maintenance, preservation, and use of Tea House. Works with curator to select and layout plants for cut flower garden, plants and cultivates. Assists Curator on special projects.
The Specialist Gardener is also responsible for hands-on planting, pruning, watering, weeding and cultivation of plants in garden areas. Ensures that assigned areas are maintained with high standards - assumes general garden duties. Applies fertilizers, mulch, and pesticides as necessary. Meets regularly with curator for scheduling activities relating to staff and gardens. Notes and reports conditions relating to irrigation, water features, structural elements, paths and plants. Assists with management of assigned garden areas, which may include supervision of garden staff and coordinating volunteer and intern activities. Ensures that gardens are safe and that staff work safely. Maintains equipment and ensures repairs are done as needed. Keeps inventory of equipment and supplies.
May assist with minor construction. Monitors the impact of construction on plant materials during construction and during other non-related activities in the gardens. May purchase equipment and supplies. Works extra hours on weekends or evenings for a specific function connected with area of responsibility.Assists with monitoring condition of structures and walled systems.Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Special knowledge, training, and skills in Japanese style pruning and shaping of plants, as well as garden design and rock placement. Thorough knowledge of gardening such as may be obtained through completion of college-level coursework in Horticulture or related education or experience. Knowledge of plant material. Able to learn accessioning and inventorying system of plants in the gardens. Knowledge of safe gardening and work practices. Basic knowledge of garden chemical usage. Able to perform physical work in the gardens which may include bending, pulling, stooping, hauling, working from ladders, walking long distances, and lift moderate and occasionally heavy loads. Able to assess quality (including the visual appeal) of work done within the garden. Good communication skills. Able to work extra hours (sometimes on weekends) for specific functions such as symposia, events, festivals, etc. Self-motivated and capable of working alone or in a group. English and Spanish speaking preferred.
Experience: 5 years experience with all aspects of gardening including planting, pruning, weeding, irrigation, care of equipment, etc. Experience supervising employees and/or volunteers desirable.
Job Number: 031-14
Classification: Regular, Full time, Salaried, 40 hours per week
As a working supervisor, the arborist manages crews, contractors, and resources dedicated to maintaining a healthy, highly diverse tree collection and canopy. Working with Curators and other Supervisors, the Arborist and reporting staff (and contractors):
- Establish and conduct a complete program of tree care and maintenance
- Evaluate condition, potential hazards, and needs of woody plants in Huntington collections and material to be acquired;
- Advise and assist with decision-making and acquisition of woody plants;
- Collaborate with curators and other supervisors to plan placement of additions and changes to the woody plant collections and displays;
- Acquire, receive, and relocate trees and woody plants;
- Plant, prune, secure, and train trees and woody shrubs for proper development;
- Ensure trees are properly labeled and mapped;
- Respond to storm events through clearing, pruning, and restoring canopies;
- Manage green waste recycling through relocating, processing, composting, and distributing organic materials;
- Assist with management of woody fruit tree collection;
- Support construction and other institutional programs and needs through planning, managing, and conducting necessary tree work;
- Support research into disease, pests, orchard crops, and plant introduction; stay current and respond to current information concerning these issues;
- Operate, maintain, rent, and ensure safe operation of equipment necessary for tree work, including chainsaws and trimming devices, trucks and dump trucks, boom trucks & telehandlers, tub grinders, loaders.
Direct Responsibilities: Manages staff, volunteers, and contractors. Oversees safe operations and trains staff in best practices and safety. Operates equipment, responsible for quality and appropriate pruning and treatment. Works collaboratively and continually with Curators and other managers to determine needs and activities related to trees and woody plants. Institutes the Living Plants Collections Policy for tree collections and protected specimens.
Qualifications & Experience: Appropriate field experience in equipment operation and arboriculture. Artistic, balanced, and ecologically-sound approach to tree training and cultivation. Thorough knowledge of tree identification and biology. Understanding and appreciation of traditional styling and treatment appropriate to different landscapes. Current knowledge as to tree planting, training, and treatment research and standards. Certification (through ISA or equivalent) as an Arborist and/or Tree Worker. Fluency in English and Spanish.
Job Number: 022-15
Classification: Regular, Hourly, Part Time, 20 hours per week
Working under direct supervision, provides cashiering, restocking, and sales support for the bookstore. Has extensive contact with the public. Reports to the Bookstore Sales Floor Supervisor.
Essential Functions: Rings customer purchases on the cash register following proper procedures for cash, check and charge payments, returns, and voids. Informs other bookstore assistants and bookstore manager of customer needs, customer complaints, merchandise outs, and restocking needs. Assists in shrinkage control by remaining aware and reporting merchandise loss and merchandise damages. Utilizes non-peak hours to become familiar with merchandise, prices, offers assistance to customers, cross sells items, and performs stock keeping functions that will assure a neat and effective presentation of the sales floor. Restocks and maintains presentation for assigned area. Responsible for balancing register. Accountability for cash, accurate and complete check and charge media, and paperwork for corrected transactions. Other Functions: Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Must have a high level of integrity and accuracy in handling merchandise, counting change and balancing a cash drawer. Must have good verbal skills. Must be able to handle heavy customer traffic while remaining accurate, tactful, and courteous. Must have physical strength in order to lift boxes of books and other heavy materials. Interest in Literature, History, Art History, or Horticulture helpful. Must be able to work rapidly with accuracy. Must be able to work weekends. Experience: Previous cash handling and retail selling experience preferred. Experience with personal computer helpful.
Senior Development Officer for Strategic Initiatives
Job Number: 028-15
Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Hourly, 37.5 hours per week
The Senior Advancement Officer for Strategic Initiatives works as part of a team of development officers and other personnel responsible for the comprehensive fundraising efforts at The Huntington. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the position is responsible for managing relationships with major donor prospects from strategic constituencies locally, nationally, and internationally. An ability to work with international prospects is an asset. This position is charged with developing and implementing strategies for securing financial support from a portfolio of major donor prospects, including identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts as appropriate. In addition, this position will have primary responsibility for continuing The Huntington's fundraising efforts with the Chinese American community.
Essential Functions: Develop and manage a caseload of active major gifts prospects, develop, coordinate and implement fundraising strategies to secure major gifts for strategic initiatives including capital, special projects, and endowment support. As a member of the department’s senior management team, the position helps evaluate ongoing fund raising efforts as well as develop and recommend strategies to maintain high standards and consistent results.
Additional duties: Develop, prepare and present formal fundraising proposals to prospective donors. Collaborate with Advancement and program staff to define funding opportunities and refine objectives. Determine whether an individual is capable of making a major gift and devise appropriate strategies to bring this individual to successful solicitation and ongoing stewardship. Make ongoing decisions on cultivation time committed vs. expected gift response, determine who needs to be involved in the relationship with the prospective donor, and decide the most effective and productive use of travel time. Facilitate/leverage new and existing relationships between program staff, individual prospects, and donors. Ensure an effective stewardship plan for each donor which is functional and systematically implemented. Identify volunteers who will assist in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major prospects, and evaluate volunteers as major gift prospects. Responsible for following all protocols for prospect and donor management, contact reports, and any other prospect and donor reporting and monitoring. Supervision of one support employee. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: This position requires outstanding interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and superior organizational abilities. Must possess the ability to aggressively pursue funding leads and make connections with prospective donors. Ability to speak and read Chinese is highly desirable. Must have proven success working under pressure to meet deadlines and must also thrive within a collaborative team oriented environment. Must also have experience in planning, managing and evaluating programs. Bachelor’s degree is required. Preferred Experience: Any combination of skills and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. Typically a minimum of 3-6 years of experience in a fundraising setting with exposure to major gifts, campaign planning, planned giving, or similar work.
- Experienced senior fundraising professional with a demonstrated track record of personally closing gifts of $100k – $1M+.
- Solid relationship-building skills, able to interface with international prospects, program staff, administrators, board members, and trustees.
- Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and fundraising proposal writing.
- Demonstrated technical proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and skill in using digital technology to manage prospect contact documentation and portfolio.
- A valid driver's license is required; some weekend and evening work expected.
Membership and Visitor Services Lead
Job Number: 029-15
Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Hourly, 32 hours per week
The Membership and Visitor Services Lead works under the supervision of the Membership and Visitor Services Supervisor and Assistant Supervisors. The Lead supports and assists with the implementation of all policies and procedures; services visitors through admission transactions with an emphasis on converting daily visitors to become members; provides support by giving excellent customer service; leads by example and sets a tone of professionalism. Working weekends and holidays is a requirement of the job. The lead will be required to work at select indoor/outdoor locations, while standing for extended periods of time. The lead will be responsible for scheduling lunches, breaks, daily station assignments and setting up work stations prior to opening. He/she will also pull the guest list from the Human Resource website, printing it for each work station while ensuring that the daily funds and all supplies are readily available for the day’s business. This individual will be responsible for opening and closing procedures, including the balancing of the cash drawers and the printing of all closing reports. Reconciling the day’s new memberships as well as the renewals will be an important part of the job. The Lead will create an inventory supply list and update the Membership and Visitor Services Supervisor on a bi-monthly basis.
As we prepare to relocate to the new Education and Visitor Center in January of 2015, the Membership and Visitor Services Lead will assist with the implementation of the brand new servicing areas that will further enhance the visitor experience.
Essential Functions: Manages membership and admission lines. Maintains full on-site servicing at all work stations. Welcomes visitors and informs them about membership and membership benefits, with a thorough understanding of all levels. Utilizes on-site strategies to acquire new members, renew members, and promote upgrades. Processes all necessary paperwork pertinent to all types of membership and admission transactions. Is fully informed and clearly relays information to members and visitors regarding current and future exhibitions, events, educational programs, and lectures. Effectively interacts with visitors and members by answering questions and orienting visitors through the property. Ability to resolve visitor and member issues. Contributes to a positive guest experience at The Huntington through communication, hospitality, information, and servicing.
Qualifications: Previous sales/customer experience required with demonstrated outstanding customer service skills (1-3 years of Retail cashier experience or Box Office cashier experience preferred). The candidate must be: detail oriented, highly organized, able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment, proactive and productive at all times. Basic computer skills in a Windows environment with experience using Patron Edge and Raiser’s Edge preferred, but not necessary. Ability to speak additional languages is helpful. The Membership and Visitor Services Lead is a team player, and is outgoing and personable with all members, guests, volunteers and Huntington Staff.
Huntington Ranch Apprenticeship
Job Number: 023-15
Classification: Regular limited term, hourly, part time, 16 hours per week
The Ranch Apprentice reports to the Plant Conservation Specialist, working under the direct supervision of The Ranch Coordinator, Ranch Apprentice performs duties that support staff in maintaining and improving The Ranch site and project, and in conducting related research. The Ranch Apprentice will also be involved in The Ranch-sponsored Professional Development series, “Train – the – Trainer”. The Apprentice position is designed so that the intern can receive specialized training on maintaining and documenting an urban agriculture site in the Southern California region.
Essential Functions: Interprets, researches, and documents the Ranch, including interacting with visitors and workshop participants, and development of written and visual material. Works with The Ranch’s FileMaker13 Databases – Annual Crops, Fruit Trees and Natives Plants. Includes mandatory training through the Ranch’s Professional Development series, “Train – the – Trainer”. Initially, Apprentice will be expected to work weekends according to programming schedule. Trains and works with the Ranch’s Horticultural Research Interns in their daily maintenance of the Ranch site. Trains and works with Ranch volunteers. Actively gardens through mulching, planting, weeding, watering, grooming, cleaning, composting, improving soil, and managing pests. Establishes new planting areas through digging planting beds, amending soil, and installing irrigation. Prunes, shapes, transplants, and amends collections. Adheres to written safety policy, follows all precautions and directions in use of equipment and chemicals. Ensures the Garden and surrounding area is clean and orderly, that plants are protected and healthy, and that the garden is safe and attractive for staff and the public.
Supports staff, researchers, and educators in the use of Ranch for conservation, scientific study, interpretation, and advancement. Will be asked to perform duties related to other aspects of the development and operation of the Huntington Ranch and related gardens and programs. Other Functions: Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Familiarity with organic crop gardening in Southern California. Knowledge of California Natives.
Knowledge of the Soil Food Web and compost a plus. Knowledge of the principles of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is a plus. Computer literacy, including ability to work with Excel and FileMaker 13 databases and Mac – based computers and software. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Word Press is a plus. Physical capacity to work in gardens and field. Ability to work with staff and management and volunteers. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds on occasion. Familiarity with the safe and proper use of hand tools and garden equipment. Must be able to work independently without constant supervision or be able to work in teams. Experience: Horticultural or Agricultural background desired but not necessary.
Security Officer (2 Positions)
Job Number: 032-15, 033-15
Classification: Regular, Hourly, Part Time, 20 hours per week
Working under direct supervision, is assigned to work in galleries or gardens to protect visitors, collection and property. Duties may include performing security patrols by foot, answering visitor inquiries, respond to emergencies according to defined procedures; and monitor movement of staff, visitors, assets, equipment and materials. Must be available to work weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
Essential Functions: Patrols assigned areas to protect visitors, collections and property. These areas may be regular or special posts; assignments may change daily and within a single shift. Observe, detect and report on damage to property as well as safety and or security hazards. Maintain a high level of customer service to staff and visitors. This position requires standing for long periods of time (up to 6 hours per shift) and wearing of a radio earpiece at normal volume setting. Greets visitors; provides information, direction and other assistance to ensure visitors have a positive experience.
May be assigned outdoors and construction posts which may include inclement weather, dust, dirt and noise. Enforces Huntington and Security policies and regulations within guidelines provided, using good judgment and excellent public relations skills; refers unresolved concerns or problems to supervisor. Responds to alarms according to established guidelines. Assists staff, visitors and others in the safe evacuation of buildings and other areas. Responds to incidents and emergencies according to Huntington policy – same for On-Call Security Officers.
Other Functions: May be asked to administer first aid to staff or visitors. May be asked to perform security responsibilities for special events, construction activities, filming, and other special functions, at any hours of the day and during any days of the week. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent. Able to understand and explain policies and procedures thoroughly and clearly. Able to speak and articulate clearly for radio and personal communication. Must be able to hear communications accurately over the radio and in person. Must be able to read written documentation, pamphlets, and computer screen. Able to see with clarity up to 75 feet. Sufficient mobility and strength to patrol assigned areas for up to 6 hours standing, and to assist others to evacuate buildings and other areas, including such activities as holding a heavy door open for several minutes at a time and climbing stairs. Able to exercise good judgment at all times. Have a high level of integrity; be tactful and courteous in dealing with visitors, staff, vendors, readers and others. Valid California driver’s license. Able to work a varied schedule which is subject to change.
Experience: Experience interacting with others in a professional setting, where courtesy, a positive demeanor, and tact are required. Experience in a security related field preferred but not required. CPR and First Aid qualifications preferred. Experience in building evacuations and emergency response preferred.