• Propagate, cultivate and maintain teaching materials in greenhouse, growth rooms, and/or outdoor plots for advanced as well as introductory courses. Establish daily schedule to meet course needs, inspect teaching collections weekly, maintain for use over more than one term or for re-use over a lapse of time. Set up and maintain records on this work.
• Serve departmental faculty and graduate students in the care and maintenance of their research work and teaching collections.
-Maintaining proper settings for temperature control (regulating heating, cooling, and venting procedures),
-Watering of plant collections, potting, transplanting, and sowing of seed flats.
-Monitoring the plant collections for insects, diseases, plant growth problems (under watering or overwatering), recognizing the problem and applying appropriate measures for remedy in consultation with horticulturist and faculty member/grad student conducting the research.
-Assisting the faculty or grad student in preparation of research project and in the “harvest” and data collection at conclusion of the research project
- Maintaining the integrity of data and protocols and confidentiality of data
• Maintain greenhouse facility and grounds, including
- general cleaning and upkeep of greenhouse rooms,
- removal of plant and soil refuse,
- white-washing of greenhouse room, maintenance and upkeep of outdoor cold frames,
- care of outdoor plant collections.
• Inspect plant collections for disease and pest control, and take appropriate measures for health of plants. Monitor environmental conditions, daily maintenance of growth rooms, report problems, and remedy as needed.
• Assist in special seed or plant propagation. Assist research investigators, including graduate students, with setting up special conditions for plant growth and study, or plant use.
• Act as supervisor of greenhouse in absence of the horticulturist, with full authority to make timely purchases, direct student or other helpers, order repairs, approve payroll (of student or extra help workers). Hire, train and supervise hourly helpers for regular maintenance or special tasks such as setting up outdoor plots.
• Assist in maintaining apiary and other special projects as required.
Three (3) years (36 months) of professional work experience in gardening and/or gardening management at a greenhouse, nursery, or garden center.
-A gardening certificate (USDA), or 2 year Associates Degree or higher degree in horticulture or plant related discipline preferred
- University research related greenhouse experience preferred
- Employee must be knowledgeable in the operation of freestanding greenhouse operations, including appropriate heating, cooling, and ventilation and maintenance procedures. Experience in plant growth requirements, propagation methods, and fertilization and pest identification and management preferred. Employee must be able to distinguish among types of insecticides, soil mixes, plant foods, and fertilizers.
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