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Plant Growth Specialist

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

Responsible for supervising the operation, maintenance and management of Biological Sciences plant facilities. Provides expertise in plant growth requirements for greenhouse, field, and lab conditions to faculty and students in support of teaching, research, and outreach. This position will be full-time with benefits.

Required Qualifications

High level of expertise in plant growth requirements under greenhouse and field conditions, including plant propagation, pest management and maintenance; knowledge of basic botany and nomenclature of plants; demonstrated knowledge of greenhouse operations including maintenance of facility; ability to exercise judgment and work independently; ability to effectively communicate with a diverse clientele; ability to mentor and supervise students and greenhouse staff.

Preferred Qualifications

4-year or advanced degree in horticulture, plant science or a related field; at least two years' experience in greenhouse facilities; experience in plant science research or research support including experimental design and data management; experience in teaching support involving the propagation, maintenance and display of plant materials for teaching purposes; previous budget preparation experience; previous pesticide management experience and certification as a pesticide applicator by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; previous experience in a supervisory or mentorship role.

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Salary Information

$55,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience

Review Date

February 27, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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