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Human Resources
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Current Openings

Laboratory Manager / Research Assistant

Full-time. Posted 5/21/15.

This position manages the day-to-day operations of the research laboratory facilities at the Desert Botanical Garden and assists research staff with implementation of externally funded and Garden-sponsored research projects.

Responsibilities include: General Laboratory Management: Maintaining organized, clean, safe, and efficiently operating laboratories; maintaining records of equipment, supplies, samples (plant tissues, DNA) and protocols; obtaining price quotations and ordering supplies and equipment as needed within allocated budget; providing input for development of annual operating budget for laboratories; caring for equipment, including routine maintenance; initiating work orders for in-house (and as required, external) service and maintenance of equipment and facilities; coordinating proper disposal of waste chemicals and hazardous materials; developing and implementing policies for use of laboratory facilities, including safety protocols; providing training and technical support for and assisting in supervising interns, graduate and undergraduate students, volunteers, research associates, and visiting researchers; allocating laboratory space and time to various projects and users; and coordinating tours of laboratory facilities for visitors, classes, volunteers, and others.  Molecular Genetics Techniques: carrying out flow cytometry, DNA extraction, PCR amplification, gel electrophoresis, sample quantification, and preparation and submission of samples for microsatellite genotyping, Sanger sequencing, or next-generation sequencing; conducting post-processing/bioinformatics of molecular data, such as editing DNA sequences, scoring genotype data, and compiling and managing data matrices; assisting with dissemination of research results through presentations, publications, reports, and popular literature by preparing summaries of research methods, tables, and figures.

Requirements include: M.S. degree completed, or B.S. degree with suitable related work experience; demonstrated experience in laboratory management; demonstrated experience in molecular genetics laboratory techniques; strong interpersonal skills; strong written and oral communication skills; reliability, organization, and precision in record-keeping; training in standard laboratory safety procedures and guidelines; and competency in use of computer systems, hardware peripherals, and software applications.

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Full-time. Posted 4/26/15.

The Facilities Maintenance Technician is responsible for the overall care, preventative and corrective maintenance of all facilities, equipment and infrastructure (excluding plant bed areas/systems) throughout the Desert Botanical Garden.

Responsibilities include: General Maintenance: Keeping the Garden’s buildings, roads, parking lots, utilities, fences, gates and fleet vehicles in good operating condition; servicing electrical, plumbing, mechanical and refrigeration systems and following the schedule of planned preventative maintenance activities prepared by the Facilities Manager. Safety: Supporting DBG Safety Coordinator to ensure that safe conditions exist in the Garden at all times by monitoring the condition of public paths, patios, buildings, and equipment and reviewing work practices to ensure maximum safety for all; safely operating all equipment, hand and power tools. Special Projects: Executing and successfully completing maintenance related work orders, performing minor construction duties with limited supervision, and working collectively with outside contractors, vendors, service partners and internal DBG staff; effectively performing preventive and corrective maintenance tasks, including painting, on the Garden’s buildings and structures. Schedule: May be required to work shifts, odd hours and weekends, as necessary.

Requirements include completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Building or Construction Trades, or a minimum of 2 years Building trades; ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid driver’s license; ability to maintain OSHA Safety certifications and/or training levels as required; ability to lift up to 90 pounds; experience at the Journey level; or an equivalent combination of training and experience; good communication skills and ability to manage time to complete tasks properly and within the time allotted; exemplary Guest Service skills; ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions. Must be willing and able to work varied and long shifts, including holidays and weekends, and work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, and walking.


The benefits of regular employment at the Desert Botanical Garden include a competitive benefits package*, complimentary family membership, employee admissions exchange, wellness initiatives and discounts. 

Reasonable accommodation may be made, where necessary, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions. Honored as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal, the Desert Botanical Garden is an equal-opportunity employer.   

*subject to eligibility requirements

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