Initial Review Date (IRD) The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 09/10/2020
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Dept Marketing Statement UCSC Greenhouses is a support facility primarily for the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Environmental Studies (ENVS). Its mission is to provide plants and plant- related materials for the instruction and research programs of these departments, technical expertise on plant growth, cultivation and experimental design as they relate to instruction and research experiments. We strive to provide excellent customer service, optimal plant growth, and efficient facility and staff utilization. The facility consists of 20 greenhouses (5 instructional and 15 research), 25 environmental chambers, 5 outdoor lath areas and various work areas (headhouses, storage rooms, pesticide rooms, etc.).
Under general supervision, the incumbent performs a variety of duties and technical support to the UCSC Greenhouses. The incumbent's responsibilities include technical support to researchers, care of research plants, preparation and maintenance of the permanent instructional plant collection, equipment operation and maintenance, supervision of student employees, maintaining supplies, and use of a data processing system for record keeping, scheduling, communication, recharge, etc.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $25.51/hour
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits
Schedule Information: Full-time, Fixed Percentage of Time: 100% Average Hours Per Week: 40 Days of the Week: Mon-Fri Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz main campus
Union Representation: Yes - Research Support Professionals - RX Union
Job Duties 45% - Plant Support
In consultation with researchers and director, make decisions regarding the care of research plants. Maintain repeatable consistency in growth of research plants to support validity in experiments.
Under guidance of the greenhouse director, determine cultivation methods for instructional plants that meet the timing constraints of course use, including: watering needs, soils, propagation techniques, transplanting, pruning, and addressing problems including pests, diseases, and nutrition. Using a variety of resources and experimentation, research, determine and implement any unusual cultivation techniques for rare, exotic and difficult-to- cultivate plants.
20% - Research and Instructional Support
Provide technical support to and communicate with researchers using the greenhouse facility for research.
Coordinate spraying, fertilizing, transplanting, etc. to accommodate usage times and needs of the researchers.
Follow biological containment guidelines during or at the termination of an experiment.
In consultation with director, develop and implement unusual protocols for the care of special instructional plant experiments. Modify, vary and adapt standard procedures as necessary, to meet the needs of specific projects.
Monitor plant collection to determine usefulness of particular plants. Provide input to director regarding plants for addition to or deletion from the collection.
Utilizing hand lens, microscope and reference materials, determine accurate plant identification.
Assist students using the greenhouse facility for class study by locating plants or materials needed and answering general as well as in-depth plant related questions. Aid students doing class experiments by giving technical assistance when needed especially relating to cultural methods.
Prepare instructional plant materials for pickup.
Record and maintain records of materials prepared. Update records by including new preparations or modifications to be used in future schedules.
Determine correct settings and monitor greenhouse heating, cooling, humidity, and air circulation systems to promote conditions that provide optimal plant growth.
Monitor and maintain growth chambers/incubators, supplemental lighting, and autoclave.
15% - Equipment/Facility Operations and Maintenance
Set-up, operate and maintain various sensors, dissecting and compound microscopes as well as other equipment used in labs and greenhouse operations.
Maintain safety and cleanliness in the facility by noting any items/areas that pose hazards. This includes storing chemicals in a locked storage cabinet, cleaning slippery floors, calling for repairs to hazardous walkways, participating in building emergency response drills, and remedying, in general, any potential hazards in the facility.
15% - Supervision of Student Employees
Oversee student employees by arranging schedules, assigning projects that correspond with maintenance of the facility and project needs.
Determine, write and update procedures for tasks relating to plant care, facility maintenance and for tasks repeated on a daily and weekly basis.
5% - Pesticide Management and Other Duties
Follow all rules relating to usage, storage and disposal of pesticides. Keep informed of current techniques and newer, safer pesticides and practices.
Maintain current license and knowledge of federal, state and county laws and regulations pertaining to pesticide use by attending seminars.
Post areas to be treated with signs clearly stating which plants, which greenhouse(s) and which chemical(s) are to be applied.
Other duties: Determine supply needs for plant care and maintenance, facility maintenance, equipment maintenance and operation.
Maintain adequate supplies of fertilizers, pesticides, soils, media, cleaning supplies, plant containers, stakes, etc. Maintain daily supply replenishment of bins, cans, etc.
Maintain training and equipment use records. Maintain records of pesticide usage and pesticide storage room. Train greenhouse workers regarding pesticide handling and use of safety equipment if needed.
Education and/or knowledge such as attained through upper division coursework in botany or plant sciences with an emphasis in plant molecular biology, plant physiology, plant pathology, taxonomy, anatomy, ecology and evolution. Experience using reference materials and dichotomous keys to identify plants.
Experience in greenhouse operations, including computerized control systems, greenhouse heating, cooling and ventilation systems, whitewashing equipment, growth chambers, HID lighting, microscopes, light meters and other equipment relevant to plant biology.
Experience in growing large quantities of high quality, containerized research and instructional plants using plant cultural methods which include preparing custom soilless mixes, determining watering and fertilizer requirements; diagnosing, treating and controlling nutritional problems, plant diseases and pest problems; pruning, transplanting, and basic propagation techniques, including grafting.
Experience implementing, developing and operating a pesticide safety program including IPM practices; knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to pesticides, use, storage, and worker safety. Experience using pesticides and lab chemicals (e.g. for adjusting pH, seed scarification, plant propagation, etc.).
Organizational and time management skills sufficient to independently establish priorities and to coordinate and complete competing assignments within established time-frames; maintain organized and accurate research records and files for easy access and retrieval.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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