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Holiday Lights Technician 2017

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Please note that this position is in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number HS350P
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Working Title Holiday Lights Technician 2017
Department Architecture Garvan Gardens
About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 26,700 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance, as well as 12 official holidays and a choice of retirement programs.

About the College/Department

Garvan Woodland Gardens are the Botanical Gardens of the University of Arkansas, located on a 200 acre peninsula on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. The gardens are composed of 60 acres of landscaped areas including Asian, English, and wildflower Gardens, a 45 acre nature preserve, and a number of special events and educational venues that attract over 150,000 annual visitors and is supported by over 3,000 member households.
Hot Springs is the home of America’s first National Park and is the hub of the Diamond Lakes Recreational Region, one of the most popular areas for hiking and water recreation in the mid-south. The city is located in the scenic Ouachita Mountains and features low cost of living and great quality of life.

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Job Type Hourly/Student
Summary of Job Duties

The Holiday Lights Technician will supervise, coordinate, and assist senior volunteers creating decorative display pieces for the Holiday Lights show. This position will inventory, organize, and pack millions of Christmas lights and large decorations. This position will be a team leader to a decoration crew of 15, installing lights and decorations in wrapped trees, set-pieces, and interiors.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma
Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? Yes
If yes, please specify Valid Driver's License
Preferred Qualifications
  • At least two years of experience in a professional design-oriented environment
  • Self starter with little need for supervision
  • Uncommonly organized, efficient, and professional
  • Over-achiever with an extreme sense of responsibility to Garvan Woodland Gardens and the University of Arkansas
  • Believe that hard work is its own reward mind set
  • Must love outdoors, all weather, and very hard work
  • Impeccable attendance and work ethic a must
  • Full-time weekday availability is non-negotiable as is reliable transportation
  • Excellence and patience in working with elderly volunteers
  • Self-directed and motivated
  • Substantial mechanical aptitude
  • Uncommon attention to detail and willingness to frequently do things over at manager’s discretion
  • Outstanding independent and creative problem solving is a must
  • Must not be afraid of heights or electricity
  • Computer skills a plus
  • Design skill or artistic talent a plus
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Knowledge of the following:
  • Computer networking
  • Crowd control
  • Heavy machine operation
  • General construction
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Budgeting
  • Abstract analysis/troubleshooting/problem solving
  • Heavy lifting
  • Team leadership
  • Machine shop
  • Creative design
  • Disciplinary counseling of supervised workers
  • Arboriculture
  • Interior design
  • Graphic design
  • Floral design
Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

  • Bending
  • Crouching
  • Hearing
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Reaching
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sharps
  • Standing
  • Stooping
  • Talking
  • Walking
Work Schedule Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (schedule may vary based on department needs)
Overtime Eligible Yes
Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. Yes
Work Location/Building Garvan Woodland Gardens - Hot Springs, AR
Benefits Eligible No
Appointment Percent 0
Salary/Hourly Range $8.50 - $10.00
Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No
Does this position require a background check? No
If yes, please specify
Does this position require a substance abuse test? No
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date
Close Date 12/05/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Start Date 09/05/2017
Anticipated End Date (for hourly postings) 02/01/2017
Recruitment Contact Information

Robin Carlan

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Please note that this position is in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.
EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No
City, St. Hot Springs, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have the formal education of a high school diploma or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least two years of experience in a professional design-oriented environment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * This position requires significant attention to detail. Please describe how your attention to detail helped to achieve the goals of a previous employer.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application