Biltmore Careers Scavenger Hunt
Preventative Conservation Specialist
Kara Warren, a Preventative Conservation Specialist, oversees the care of the outdoor statuary. A Preventative Conservation Specialist job is to minimize future deterioration or loss of historical objects. Examples of preventative conservation are appropriate measures and actions for registration, storage, handling, packing and transportation, security, enviromental management (light, humidity, polution and pest control,) security and public awareness of historical artifacts.
Most archivist, curator, and conservator positions require a master’s degree related to the field in which they work. People often gain experience by working or volunteering in archives and museums. Museum technicians must have a bachelor’s degree. The median annual wage for archivists, curators, and museum workers in North Carolina was $44,410 in May 2012.
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Floral Display Manager
Floral designers, also called florists, cut and arrange live, dried, and silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays. They also help customers select flowers, containers, ribbons, and other accessories.
Most floral designers have a high school diploma or the equivalent and learn their skills on the job over the course of a few months.
The median annual wage for floral designers in North Carolina was $23,810 in May 2012.
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Undergraduate professional degrees available for Landscape Designers are Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. These four-year degrees can be earned in a variety of subjects like design, construction techniques, art, history and natural and social sciences. A Master of Landscape Architecture is also available for candidates who already hold an undergraduate degree. Licensing is based on the Landscape Architect Registration Examination, which is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.
The median annual wage of landscape architects in North Carolina was $62,090* in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,880, and the top 10 percent earned more than $101,530
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Agricultural engineers—also known as biological and agricultural engineers—work on a variety of activities. These activities range from aquaculture (raising food, such as fish, that thrive in water) to land farming to forestry; from developing biofuels to improving conservation; from planning animal environments to finding better ways to process food.
Agricultural engineers must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in agricultural engineering or biological engineering. Employers also value practical experience, so cooperative-education engineering programs at universities are valuable as well.
The median annual wage for agricultural engineers was $74,000 in May 2012.
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Provides supervision of all staff to insure a comfortable room, good food, and a helpful staff can make being away from home an enjoyable experience for both vacationing families and business travelers.
Front Office Manager
Front office supervisors -- also known as front office managers -- coordinate reservations and room assignments and train and direct the hotel's front desk staff. They ensure that guests are treated courteously, complaints and problems are resolved, and requests for special services are carried out. Any adjustments to bills often are referred to front office managers for resolution. Front office supervisors, particularly at smaller hotels and lodging establishments, may perform some of the same duties as desk clerks. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks are always in the public eye and are usually the first line of customer service for a lodging property. Their attitude and behavior greatly influence the public's impressions of the establishment.
Front Desk Clerk
Front-desk clerks perform a variety of services for guests of hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments. Regardless of the type of accommodation, most desk clerks have similar responsibilities. They register arriving guests, assign rooms, and check out guests at the end of their stay. They also keep records of room assignments and other registration-related information on computers. When guests check out, desk clerks prepare and explain the charges and process payments.
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