Greenhouse Manager - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Designis currently accepting applications for a Greenhouse Manager in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
About the Opportunity
As a Greenhouse Manager, you will be responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of the greenhouse and controlled environments including coolers and growth chambers located both in the greenhouse and new agricultural sciences building.You will report to the Greenhouse Director.
The greenhouse consists of 16 bays of new (2012) structures covered with polycarbonate (15,000 square feet), a film plastic covered auxiliary structure (10,000 square feet), two classrooms, storage areas, and laboratory space. The controlled environments also include six coolers, two freezers, six reach-in and six walk-in growth chambers. WVU is in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS), which has two laboratories and two growing rooms at the greenhouse. The Greenhouse Manager position provides primary leadership for the effective operation of these facilities, and directly supports teaching, research, and outreach missions of the university.
We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
- 37.5-hour work week
- 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
- 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
- 18 sick days per year(for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
- WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
- 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
- Wellness programs
What you'll do:
- Consultand coordinatewith faculty, staff and students for their research and teaching projects.
- Recruit, hire, train, and supervisestaff and students as needed.
- Coordinatespace allocation in greenhouse and other controlled environments.
- Applychemicals (e.g. pesticides) and maintaina chemical usage log and inventory.
- Instituteand maintainan integrated pest management (IPM) program.
- Developand enforcewith guidance from the Controlled Environment Committee greenhouse policies, procedures, and rules.
- Directpreventative maintenance and coordinaterepairs with WVU Facilities and/or outside firms.
- Procureand consultin the procurement of equipment and supplies.
- Maintaina safe and clean working environment.
- Maintainenvironmental and facility records.
- Actas building liaison and supervisor.
- Developand providetours and workshopas needed.
- Offerservice learning opportunities for students.
- Coordinatethe upkeep of greenhouse surroundings and plantings, college-based on-campus gardens, and greenhouse.
- Assist in external funding in support of the greenhouse's teaching, research, and outreach mission.
- Continuously pursueand applyknowledge of the newest advances in greenhouse and related technologies.
- May assist in plant-related courses in support of the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, as agreed upon with the Division Director and as time permits.
- May be required to work some weekends and/or holidays to provide care for plants when needed.
- Bachelor's degree in Horticulture or related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience.
- A minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a greenhouse or greenhouse management.
- Knowledge ofsafe application of pesticides and ability to acquire and maintain state pesticide certifications.
- Demonstrated organizational skills.
- Supervisory Skills.
- Public Speaking Skills.
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task.
- Assertive with excellent written and oral communication abilities.
- Ability to work with general public.
- Must adhere to WVU EHS policies.
- Must adhere to WVU cash handling policies.
- Understand teaching and research methods.
- Have an aptitude for simple mechanical repair.
- Required to obtain within six months of start date: Pesticide Applicator's License/Permit
- Required to obtain within six monthsof start date:WVU State P-Card
- Valid US drivers license
- Letter of Interest
- This position will require Medical Monitoring, including periodic health monitoring and/or training.
Physical Demands & Physical Coordination:
- Ability to lift and carry heavy weights (up to 50lbs).
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Jan 12, 2022
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes