The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
Cornell Botanic Gardens is alive with plants, purpose, and a presence that truly distinguishes the university among its peers. Our mature botanic garden, arboretum, and diverse network of nature preserves help make Cornell one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere. Our leadership in environmental conservation and education is helping protect native species and habitats in Cornell Botanic Gardens' natural areas, throughout the region, and beyond.
This position is full time (39 hours) for 8 months and half-time (20 hours) for 4 months. The individuals will work under general direction provided by the Greenhouse Manager and Director of Horticulture. This role will assist the Greenhouse Manager with the daily operations of the Plant Production Facility. Assist in the care of seasonal plant material to include, but not limited to watering, fertilizing, plant propagation, transplanting, pinching, and pruning with attention to detail. Maintain greenhouse work areas in a clean, sanitary and orderly condition. Monitor greenhouse equipment and environmental conditions and report problems promptly. Monitor plant health on a regular basis to determine nutritional, disease, or insect problems. Report plant health concerns to the IPM Team. Ensure that all protocols and procedures to safety requirements are met and Best Management Practices for Cornell Greenhouses are adhered to. Assist with the care of garden areas throughout Cornell Botanic Gardens with direction provided by horticultural staff and Greenhouse Manager. Duties may include, but are not limited to, planting, amending soil, pruning plants, clearing brush, weeding, mulching, some mowing, raking leaves and edging. Check both plant identification and interpretive labels and notify plant records manager of any missing tags. Complete status change cards recording plant movements into and out of the specified collections, as well as reason(s) for plant loss and failure. Operate small-scale power equipment. Other gardening related duties as needed. Substantial manual labor is involved, requiring physical fitness and awareness of safety issues. Subject to working in weather related extremes of high and low temperatures, snow and rain for extended periods. May be exposed to bees/stings and other environmental allergens. This position requires some weekend and holiday hours and occasional extended hours as needed.
High School diploma or equivalent. Minimum of three years of directly related work experience in a greenhouse and/or nursery, landscaping business or public garden required. Demonstrated horticultural skills including experience operating motorized landscape and snow removal equipment. Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license. Excellent interpersonal (oral and written) skills in order to interact with a diverse range of people. Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team and independently. A strong customer service orientation while providing a helpful and friendly approach to serving the campus community. Is motivated to learn and takes initiative to be proactive. Demonstrated experience utilizing independent judgment and problem solving to ensure a safe and efficient work environment. Requires physical fitness and must be able to lift heavy objects, and move more than 50 pounds.
Must be willing to work under varying climatic conditions (heat, cold, precipitation, etc.). Applicants must have the ability and willingness to work in an environment that utilizes pesticides as a pest management tool. May be required to report to work outside of the regularly scheduled shift to address time-sensitive operational needs, or to assist with departmental emergencies, or to deal with issues of public safety.
Associate's degree in greenhouse management or horticulture. Successful completion of formal coursework in greenhouse management and operations, agronomy, arboriculture, ornamental plant pests and equipment operation helpful. Experience in the care of a wide range of tropical, perennial and woody plants.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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Greenhouse Grower S05
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