Greenhouse Grower (SO-7) Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ithaca, New York
Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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.
The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (Cornell AES) - an integral part of three colleges - advances research on food and agriculture systems, the environment, applied economics, and community and individual development. By doing so, Cornell AES improves people's lives and contributes towards Cornell's Land Grant mission of discovery, engagement, and advancement of learning.
What You Will Do
As a Greenhouse Grower, you will assist the Greenhouse Supervisor with the daily operations of the CALS Greenhouses and Growth Chambers. You will be responsible for providing superior care for diverse and high-value plant material, using the best horticultural techniques in all aspects of plant culture. You will need to be able to anticipate plant growth needs and potential problems and have the ability to collaborate with project personnel and supervisor to attain satisfactory outcomes. Additional responsibilities include you:
Performing advanced plant care: propagating (vegetatively and by seed), transplanting, staking, training, disbudding, pinching, pruning, and harvesting.
Monitoring and adjusting the greenhouse and growth chamber environment, including temperature, airflow, and lighting - manually or using automated controls.
Setting up and operating greenhouse equipment including irrigation, mist and fog systems, sprayers, growth and photoperiod lighting, shade, and black-out cloth.
Scouting daily for pests and diseases; applying pesticides or use biological controls as project-appropriate.
Following and promoting pesticide and other applicable safety regulations.
Training staff and clients in plant culture and hygiene techniques.
What We Need
We are looking for an individual that excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders such as faculty, staff, and students. We need someone that has strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence as well as adhering to high standards of reliability and timeliness. Additionally, we need someone who has:
Associate's degree in a plant sciences disciplines with 1+ year formal training in greenhouse management or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated horticultural skills and 2+ years of greenhouse experience.
Proven competence in scouting for and identifying greenhouse pests/diseases, pesticide selection, and resistance management in an Integrated Pest Management program.
Familiarity with biocontrol concepts and organisms.
Willing and able to regularly work with and apply pesticides, including the use of personal protective equipment.
Must possess and continuously maintain a New York State Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification (category 1A or 3A) or obtain within one year from start date.
Proficiency with greenhouse sprayers, fertilizer injectors, and related calculations.
Physically able to regularly work from a ladder to hang lamps, black-out curtains, etc.; climb under various types of equipment; shovel dense materials; regularly lift over 50 pounds; work in high-temperature conditions and with a wide range of plant material.
Able to work with shop hand tools, portable drills, and saws to construct benches, greenhouse equipment, and related projects.
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, e-mail, and web browsers to create plant care notes and reports.
Maintain inventory and pest management records.
Communicate on a daily basis with coworkers and clients.
Research plant cultural and pest control information.
Demonstrated ability to work productively in a team as well as independently.
Must be flexible, service-minded, and respectful.
Exhibit good organizational skills and close attention to detail.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for coordination with clients and staff.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
Must be able to obtain OSHA forklift operator's certification within one year from start date.
Have reliable transportation and be willing to respond for emergency duty.
Requires periodic weekend and holiday hours, and occasional extended hours.
If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:
Associate's degree in greenhouse management or Bachelor's degree in the plant sciences or related field.
Research greenhouse or growth chamber plant care experience.
Experience in the care of a wide range of tropical and perennial plants.
Expertise with computerized greenhouse and growth chamber environmental controls.
This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York. There will be a requirement to work periodically on weekends, holidays, and the occasional extended hours.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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