Careers in the Plant Sciences

Greenhouse Manager

University of Washington - Seattle, Washington, usa

Position Title: Greenhouse Manager
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, July 24, 2017
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2033
Institution: University of Washington
Department/Division: Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): Biology
City: Seattle, Washington, usa
General Information: The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Biology at the University of Washington has an excellent opportunity for a Greenhouse Manager for our newly constructed Biology Greenhouse facility. This contemporary facility is part of the new Life Sciences Complex on the Seattle Campus, expected to be substantially completed by July 2018, with official opening of the Greenhouse in Fall 2018.

The Greenhouse Manager serves a crucial role in ensuring that the Greenhouse is run effectively, efficiently, and that the facility serves the research and academic missions of the Department of Biology and the University. Our goal is to have a Greenhouse Manager on board by December 31, 2017.
Qualifications/Requirements: Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Horticulture, Agriculture, or related field.
• At least 6 years of greenhouse management or related experience.
• Experience with plant research protocols and working with transgenic materials.
• Must be able to use scientific equipment such as photosynthesis and fluorescence system, spectroradiometer, and pH and electrical conductivity meters.
• Certified pest control applicator license.
• Knowledge of plant nutrition and ability to identify and control greenhouse pest and disease.
• Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.
• Ability to effectively prioritize competing demands.
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
• Weekend, evening, and holiday work is expected depending on academic and research project load. After hours on-call and emergency response may also be required.
Responsibilities: Position Purpose
The Greenhouse Manager serves as the manager of the day-to-day horticultural and botanical operations of the Greenhouse. We seek a highly organized, energetic, flexible person to lead our Greenhouse Operations. Responsibilities include managing staff, developing policies and procedures to ensure smooth operations and to maximize efficiencies, plant cultivation and pest management, managing the control systems to maintain environmental conditions, allocation of Greenhouse research space, managing the Greenhouse Cost Center budget (including monthly billing, quarterly reports, and annual rate proposal), maintaining records, and coordinating maintenance needs with the Biology Facilities staff. The Greenhouse must be staffed 7 days per week for plant care, requiring the flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Current permanent staffing in addition to the Greenhouse Manager consists of three 50% FTE Plant Technicians, student hourly employees, and volunteers.

The Department of Biology Greenhouse Manager reports to the Department Chair, the Chair of the Department’s Research Committee, and the Department Administrator.

Greenhouse Operations (Research/Teaching Operations and Greenhouse Collections) (45%)
• Develop Greenhouse operations plans, policies, and procedures, including plant care, health and safety (including transgenic materials), pest control, equipment usage, waste management, and general operations; train and lead staff on policies and procedures.
• Oversee, prepare and maintain plant materials used in research experiments, instruction, and in the Greenhouse Collections.
o Implement best practices for plant health and care, paying attention to any specific cultural needs of specimens (watering, weeding, fertilizing, propagation, re-potting, pruning, custom soil mixing, etc.).
o Carry out effective integrated pest control and management protocols.
o Perform other horticultural tasks associated with the Greenhouse Research and Teaching operations and curating a unique nationally recognized collection of plant specimens.
• Coordinate with and provide consultation and services Greenhouse users.
o Advise on the design and completion of projects that utilize the Greenhouse for research and teaching.
o Provide guidance and advice to Greenhouse users on plant cultivation, plant health care, and plant maintenance procedures.
o Advise on proper soil types, fertilizer regimens, production methods, pest control, and sanitation procedures.
• Provide support for undergraduate courses and faculty-mentored research projects by providing plant material, consultation, and a collegial place to learn.
• Seek valuable species to enhance the collections, relying on seed lists from other universities and botanic gardens, and other mostly free or low- cost sources.
• Coordinate use of Greenhouse Facilities (assign bench space, schedule tours, schedule class visits, etc.).
• Provide horticultural training and/or classes for faculty and students as needed. Participate in botanical diversity classes with UW and other nearby institutions.
• Collect, analyze, and maintain data on Greenhouse operations (usage, tours, outreach activities, budgets, etc.) to aid strategic planning and operational decisions and activities. Communicate the information to the Department administration at least annually.
• Curate plants in the Greenhouse Collection
• Collaborate with Facilities Services Staff assigned to manage the Medicinal Herb Garden operations.

Greenhouse Facilities/Building Management (15%)
• Supervise the operation of the Greenhouse facility including the growing room temperature controls, energy curtain, glazing, lighting, and watering systems.
• Monitor climate equipment status and adjust as necessary to ensure proper functioning.
• Coordinate maintenance needs and repairs with Biology Facilities staff, with UW Facilities Services, or with others as necessary.
• Collaborate with the Biology Facilities staff during Greenhouse improvements and renovations.
• Maintain inventory of all supplies and chemicals.
• Ensure compliance with all UW environmental health and safety requirements.

Greenhouse Administrative Operations (35%)
• Hire, train, and supervise staff, student workers, and volunteers (includes scheduling, oversight, training, and annual performance reviews).
• Manage the Greenhouse budget and accounts, including the cost center and monthly billing. Analyze usage records to adjust the cost center rates as necessary. Monitor expenses and budget balances, forecast future expenses, and create budgets for the Greenhouse.
• Purchase supplies and occasional equipment for the Greenhouse, including materials for approximately 25 research faculty that use the facility.
• Maintain regular schedule for public access to the Greenhouse.
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Compensation Range: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Contact Name: Linda Anderson,