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The University of Virginia Seeks a Greenhouse Manager

March 12, 2020

Position Title 
26956086108Greenhouse Manager

 

Job Summary 
The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applicants for the position of Greenhouse Manager. The Greenhouse Manager oversees all aspects of the research, teaching and outreach operations conducted in the 6000 sq. ft. of greenhouse facilities maintained by the Department of Biology. These facilities are used by faculty, staff and students year-round and depend on the plant growth support services and expertise provided by the Manager. 


Responsibilities include:
Operation a complex of greenhouses and affiliated spaces, playing a major role in planning, personnel management, and the development of policies to ensure effective and efficient operations. The Greenhouse Manager will develop, maintain and administer operational budgets while working with faculty, students and staff to monitor facility operations and work with Facilities Management.
 
The incumbent will provide support for plant growth, including recommendations and application of fertilizers and pest management, in addition to keeping up to date with new advances in technology and the application of that technology within greenhouse and growth chamber operations. The Greenhouse manager will need to make independent decisions that improve the quality of projects conducted across plant growth facilities.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Horticulture, Floriculture, or a closely related field of Plant Biology is required. Must be safety oriented and know, understand, and adhere to and train others to conform to all safety requirements and regulations.
Must have the ability to work under pressure, solve multiple problems /or previous work experience in a greenhouse environment is required. The Greenhouse Manager must have the ability to coordinate multiple tasks, all with effective prioritization. Attention to detail is a must.
Preference will be given to individuals with prior supervisory and personnel management experience and with demonstrated ability to anticipate, perceive, diagnose, prioritize, and remedy problems which make improvements to systems, services, and/or processes in the facility.
Prior experience with environmental control systems and current or prior certification in the use and application of pesticides and herbicides is preferred.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please apply through Workday, and search for “Greenhouse Manager”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).
 
For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• Education: Bachelor's degree in in Horticulture, Floriculture, a closely related field of Plant Biology, or other, required.
• Experience: Knowledge of safety orientated and know, understand, and here to and train others to conform to all safety requirements and regulations.
• Ability to work under pressure, solve multiple problems/or previous work experience in a greenhouse environment.
• Ability to coordinate multiple tasks, all with effective prioritization.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
This position can spend extensive periods of time standing and squatting while conducting experiments or caring for animals. Also requires keyboarding and other bench work and animal procedures requiring finer finger manipulation.

 

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