Arboretum Specialist

Arboretum Specialist


Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
Phone: 828-627-2821

Job Location

Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Dr, Clyde, NC  28721


$31,200.00 - $33,272.00 Annually


Full comprehensive benefit package. HCC participates in the NC State Health and TSERS pension plans.

Job Category

  • Service/Maintenance

Application Period

Opens: Monday, August 15, 2022
Closes: Friday, September 30, 2022

Target Start Date

Monday, October 3, 2022

Expected Work Hours

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm with occasional variance

Reports to

Arboretum Supervisor

Employment Type

Full-time Staff; Non-exempt

Minimum Qualifications

Education: High School Graduate or equivalent.  Must have a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A.A.S Degree in related field. 
  • Pesticide certification / license.
  • Experience in working with large grounds keeping servicing position.
  • Deep knowledge of local plant and tree life.
  • At least one year of experience in grounds maintenance work.  
  • Experience with heavy equipment.
  • Forklift Certification.

Position Description




Assist in the overall grounds maintenance of the College campus and satellite locations. 


* Applications reviewed as received.  Position only opened until filled. *




  • Mowing and trimming of assigned areas.  Assist with replanting of lawns when necessary Removal of grass clippings, sticks and limbs on roads, sidewalks and lawns, assist with leaf removal.
  • Assist with landscaping projects on campus and satellite locations.
  • Pick up litter across campus each morning. Empty outside trash cans weekly and replacing liners.
  • Assist with snow removal from sidewalks, steps, stairs, and building entrances. Spread chat and salt on roads and sidewalks as needed. Place caution signs on sidewalks and steps where needed.
  • Assist with maintenance of equipment, to include oil and filter changes, washing off of mowers and mower decks as needed, and grease mowers when needed.     
  • Assist with decorations and greenery for college functions.
  • During winter months, may handle minor facilities maintenance tickets/requests as directed. 
  • May be asked to complete maintenance related tasks such as work orders, in house construction work, moving furniture, and helping with event setups. 
  • Spread mulch and spray herbicide as needed.
  • Assist with other grounds and arboretum projects as needed.
  • Routine housekeeping functions of arboretum facility and greenhouse to include sweeping, etc.
  • Provide holiday decorations for campus buildings such as Christmas trees and greenery.
  • During winter months may handle minor maintenance tickets/requests are directed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Continued educational development in regards to arboretum care.





Knowledge of:


• Principles and practices of customer service 

• Use and purpose of general grounds maintenance tools and equipment 

• Basic grounds maintenance methods and terminology of trade 

• Principles and practices of work safety 

• Understanding basic safety principals 


Ability to:


• Represent the College in a positive manner 

• Establish, maintain and foster cooperative working relations with others from diverse backgrounds, including

 elected officials, co-workers and the public effectively and with courtesy, in person, via e-mail and over the phone 

• Follow written and oral instructions and procedures from supervisors 

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

• Perform a wide variety of semi-skilled and unskilled tasks in the construction, maintenance and repair of facilities 

• Operate trucks and a variety of power-driven equipment 

• Perform heavy manual labor 

How to Apply

The following is necessary for consideration:


  • Official Haywood Community College employment application online found at our jobs page: Please call Beverly Balliot with any questions or if you are unable to complete the online application for any reason.
  • The application must be complete for consideration - do not reference resume. A resume is suggested but does not take the place of any questions or details that you need to provide in order to be qualified for the position.  Unofficial transcripts must be included for the application process. Most unofficial transcripts can be downloaded from college/university websites. Official transcripts of all secondary education must be submitted to Human Resources within 10 days of any offer of employment. 
  • References may not be a current HCC employee. Candidates must provide three professional references with email addresses.  At least one reference must be a current or previous supervisor.  
  • College screening committee is responsible for application review, interviews, and recommends the candidate to HR. Upon completion of the hire process in HR, President approval is required in the hire of a candidate. 
  • HCC is a tobacco free campus


Haywood Community College provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or status as a covered veteran in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Upon request, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities so that they may be able to perform the essential functions of their job unless doing so would result in an undue burden for the College.



Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to foster an environment that meets the educational needs of the communities it serves, promotes student success in higher education and in the workplace, and facilitates economic development. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, a productive greenhouse, dahlia gardens, an orchard garden and a rhododendron garden.   

Job Post Contact

185 Freedlander Dr

Clyde, NC 28721