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The Department of Biology has an outstanding opportunity for a Greenhouse Manager to oversee the Biology Greenhouse operations and facility management.
The Department of Biology anticipates that our Greenhouse operations will fully relocate to campus and the new facility by mid- 2021. That move will be determined, staged, and managed by the Greenhouse Manager. In the meantime, we will have some operations at the campus facility (including operational planning for the future and becoming familiar with the systems in the new facility) and the majority of operations at an offsite location in the Redmond/Woodinville area. This current operational mode will require someone who is very well organized, can function in a dual mode, and can stage and complete a full move back to the UW campus.
Current permanent staffing in addition to the Greenhouse Manager consists of three Plant Technicians (total of 2.0 FTE), student hourly employees, and volunteers.
RESPONSIBILITIES Greenhouse Operations (Research/Teaching Operations and Greenhouse Collections)
Oversight of daily and long-term care of all plants in the greenhouse (research and teaching collection) with other staff, students, and volunteers.
Design, develop, maintain, and improve displays in the teaching collection rooms as well as accompanying interpretations for visitors of all ages.
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. -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.). -Carry out effective integrated pest control and management protocols. -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 for Greenhouse users. -Advise on the design and completion of projects that utilize the Greenhouse for research and teaching. -Provide guidance and advice to Greenhouse users on plant cultivation, plant health care, and plant maintenance procedures. -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, irrigation solutions, plant care, and a collegial place to learn.
Seek valuable species to expand and enhance the collections, relying on seed lists from other universities and botanic gardens, and other mostly free or low- cost sources, to develop a more effective instrument for teaching, learning, and conservation
Coordinate use of Greenhouse Facilities (assign bench space, schedule tours, schedule class visits, etc.).
Provide horticultural and botanical training and/or classes for faculty and students as needed. Participate in undergraduate and graduate 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 and direct curation of plants in the Greenhouse Collection
Collaborate with Facilities Services Staff assigned to manage the Medicinal Herb Garden operations.
Maintain plant labels, digital plant records, and work with departmental IT staff to upgrade the Greenhouse database.
Supply data about greenhouse growing conditions to researchers when requested.
Greenhouse Facilities/Building Management
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 control and 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
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 equipment for the Greenhouse, including materials for research faculty that use the facility.
Maintain a regular schedule for public access to the Greenhouse, with input from the Greenhouse Advisory Committee.
Develop and implement a Collection policy
Communicate and collaborate with the education and research greenhouse community.
Develop and implement a community and pre-K through 12 outreach plan.
Schedule, lead, and train others to lead tours for pre K-12 classes, garden clubs, senior centers, etc.
Provide plant material for Seattle and other public school science classes.
Respond to inquiries from the public on plant-related questions.
Facilitate tours, departmental gatherings, dinners, and donor cultivation activities.
Build relationships with other botanical and horticultural entities on campus and in the Seattle and Puget Sound area, including the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, UW Botanical Gardens, UW Herbarium, UW Medicinal Herb Garden, and garden and plant clubs in Seattle and surrounding areas etc.
Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Horticulture, Agriculture, or related field.
5-6 years of greenhouse management or related experience.
Experience with plant research protocols and working with transgenic materials.
Certified pest control applicator license.
General plant knowledge including, but not limited to, general plant ID, plant nutrition, plant propagation, and ability to identify and control greenhouse pests and diseases.
Must be able to use scientific equipment such as photosynthesis and fluorescence system, spectroradiometer, and pH and electrical conductivity meters.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.
Ability to effectively prioritize competing demands.
Experience with greenhouse control systems, integrated pest control programs, and troubleshooting greenhouse mechanical systems.
Washington State Pesticide applicator license.
Experience working in an educational setting with faculty, researchers, and students.
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.
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