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The Initial Review Date for this job is: 06/22/2020
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Dept Marketing Statement
The UCSC Greenhouses are a support facility primarily for the
Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB),
Environmental Studies (ENVS) and other campus units, e.g., Natural
Reserves and the Island Conservation Group. 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. The facilities consist of 20
greenhouses for instruction and research, 25 environmental
chambers, 5 outdoor areas and various work areas (headhouses,
storage rooms, pesticide rooms, etc.).
The instructional greenhouses provide materials for courses in
the plant sciences as well as other related courses and serve
primarily faculty/instructors, TAs, and undergraduates. The
facility also serves individuals or groups from public schools,
community colleges or other educational groups. The research
greenhouses provide support for faculty, post docs, researchers,
visiting faculty, graduate and undergraduate students performing
Involves the on-site administrative, research, facilities
management and / or cultivation functions involved in establishing
and maintaining field research sites/ studies for a variety of
disciplines (including environmental, public health, social and/or
biological sciences). Field research sites / studies span a diverse
range of domestic and international regions to support research
Under general direction of a faculty Director and working in
conjunction with stakeholders from each of the departments and
divisions, the incumbent directs the operation and management of
the Greenhouses, develops and maintains professional collaborations
with campus and external groups, and participates in an advisory
capacity to related campus units.
Starting Salary Range: $65,000-$75,000/annually. Salary
commensurate with qualifications and experience
Benefits: This position is eligible for Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%
Days of the Week: Monday - Sunday, with the ability to work a
variable schedule including occasional evenings and weekends to
ensure coverage 7 days a week with other staff
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
Union Representation: No
Work location: UCSC Main Campus and/or Coastal Science
40% - PLANT MANAGEMENT:
General Research Support
Consult with researchers on research projects. Provide technical
advice related to overall experimental design, cultivation of
research plants, choice of soils/containers/fertilizers, light
intensity and timing, etc., ensuring that controls are designed
into the experiment and that it will satisfactorily address the
Ensure proper disposal of plants according to the EPA and NIH
containment guidelines. Adhere to biological containment guidelines
during or at the termination of an experiment. Develop & update
emergency response protocols to plants and experiments exposed to
overheating, overcooling and over drying conditions.
Conduct greenhouse tours at the instructional and research
facilities as needed.
Instructional Plant Support
Consult with faculty/instructors/TA's on materials for new,
revised or ongoing coursework. Determine material covered in course
by reading text, obtaining handouts, attending lectures, etc.;
consult published lab manuals, courses given at other institutions
and previous courses taken for ideas on activities; advise, suggest
and recommend materials and activities.
Present instructional content (restoration, propagation, native
plant identification, plant taxonomy, ecology, biotechnology,
botany, evolution, growing techniques, collection development and
management). Advise students on development of senior theses or
independent studies in conjunction with greenhouse usage.
Perform preliminary research to establish experimental schedules
and parameters. Record and maintain records on environmental
conditions, timing, treatments, cultivation methods and
Maintain and update catalogs of plant and seed sources. Develop
and maintain a plant inventory and vendor database.
Provide technical expertise and information to instructors from
local schools, community colleges and members of the community.
25% - ADMINISTRATION:
Prepare budget requests, staffing justifications, and
participate in development of shared funding agreement with Social
Sciences Division. Meet with Divisional Resource Manager to
determine and discuss budgetary constraints and alternatives;
monitor budgetary report
Initiate and/or authorize purchases for materials, supplies and
equipment in accordance with established University policies and
Manage recharge operations, including tracking of rechargeable
activity within the facility, monthly processing of recharge fees,
communication to customer base and renegotiation of recharge fees
Work with the development office and stakeholders to promote
Operate computer-based environmental control systems for the
greenhouse, for environmental chambers and for related research
equipment such as digital cameras, CO2 analyzer, leaf area meter,
data logging equipment, etc.
Oversee and maintain the facility website.
Safety and Security
Develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures governing
facilities use by staff, researchers, students and visitors,
including equipment scheduling, use, maintenance and repairs.
Create instructional materials and train researchers and staff
on equipment use.
Assess and evaluate users' needs when determining policies
concerning allocation of space, quarantine of introduced plants,
research restrictions, and responsibilities of greenhouse
Establish and oversee personal and equipment safety, security
and emergency procedures in conjunction with state (UC) and county
(County Agricultural Commissioner’s) rules and regulations.
Know locations of electric panels and location of equipment on
each panel. Take preventative actions before disruptions and
outages occur in order to minimize equipment damage.
Hire, train and supervise 1.0 FTE greenhouse staff (SRA II
level); oversee supervision of 10-15 student employees. Define
roles and responsibilities, assign work, and establish short- and
long-term priorities. Lead staff meetings and provide on-going
guidance, advice and consultation. Facilitate employee
30% - FACILITIES MANAGEMENT:
Oversee the unit’s facilities spread across two campuses and
four main building locations. Rooftop facilities exist on three
buildings which include 7000 sf under glass, 285 sf of
environmental growing space, 11,000 sf of outdoor growing areas and
3000 sf of laboratory, support and special equipment rooms. A
fourth primary location at the Coastal Science Campus includes the
4,200 square feet (sf) under glass, 96 sf of environmental growing
space, 2,500 sf of outdoor growing areas and 3000 sf of laboratory,
support and special equipment rooms
Allocate space and schedule use of environmental chambers and
greenhouses depending on space needed, environmental parameters
required (light levels, daylength, temperature, humidification,
pathogens and pests), available space, order of request, and type
of containment (isolation) needed.
Design, modify, and upgrade existing greenhouses, growing areas,
work areas, etc., to accommodate long-term users' needs. Maintain
and update files on systems, layouts, current products, new
technology, etc., gathered from journals, visits to other
facilities, independent research, and calls to vendors.
Maintain equipment by developing procedures for preventive
maintenance to maximize life of equipment and minimize research
disruption due to downtime. Monitor and maintain utilities such as
electric service, industrial, domestic, and deionized water
services, compressed air and drainage plumbing. Arrange for repairs
when appropriate. Oversee yearly inventory of equipment.
Oversee purchase of seeds, plants, materials, and equipment.
Consult on equipment purchases for research, including preferred
manufacturers names, specific parameters, and design and
Maintain safety, security, and cleanliness of facilities by
identifying and arranging for mitigation of potential hazards for
chemical storage, walkways and floors, etc. Maintain security of
equipment and facilities susceptible to theft or vandalism.
5% - EXTERNAL COLLABORATIONS AND OUTREACH:
Develop and maintain collaborations outside the Greenhouses to
enhance educational opportunities, research, and local land
management. Develop partnerships and coordinate efforts for campus
projects to share expertise and resources and further develop
instructional and research opportunities across divisional and
departmental boundaries. Provide technical expertise to the
Chancellor Office’s site stewardship program managed by UCSC
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience
Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's or a
Master’s degree in Botany/Plant Science, including knowledge of
botany or plant sciences emphasizing plant molecular biology, plant
physiology, plant pathology, soil science, plant propagation, and
Knowledge of the scientific method as applied to biological
research (especially in the plant sciences), including experience
providing technical advice on experiment design and methods and
ability to identify needs and develop innovative solutions to
Extensive experience managing a multi-departmental plant growth
facility preferably in a university setting, including knowledge of
electronic control and ventilation systems, experience growing
research plants with consistently reproducible outcomes, experience
with water and fertilizer requirements, diagnosing and treating
diseases and pests, pruning and propagating, etc.
Experience using and maintaining plant biology equipment such as
light meters, microscopes, plant growth chambers, supplemental
lighting, pH meters, hand lens, data loggers, leaf area meters, co2
analyzers, autoclave, etc.
Experience with NIH and/or EPA guidelines for biological and
physical containment, including restrictions for recombinant DNA
plant research. Experience in handling and disposing of rare and
endangered plants and seeds, plants with diseases, transgenic
plants and their seeds, invasive plants and non-local soils.
Ability to stay apprised of laws and regulations regarding handling
and disposal for each group.
Experience using lab chemicals and pesticides (fungicides,
insecticides, herbicides, growth hormones, etc.) and Integrated
Pest Management practices, including developing and implementing a
pesticide safety program.
Excellent communication skills to collaborate with and support a
diverse group of faculty, researchers, and students with varying
levels of expertise and to develop and maintain cooperative
relationships with campus units and external agencies. Presentation
skills sufficient to lead class sections, conduct tours, and
address large and small groups.
Writing skills sufficient to develop policies, procedures,
funding proposals, experimental protocols, budget justifications,
job descriptions and correspondence.
Skills and experience using standard computer software for email
and to create documents, spreadsheets, databases, and websites.
Experience using computers to program and operate environmental
equipment, computer controlled greenhouse environments, and
microprocessor-based equipment used in ecological research,
Organizational and time management skills sufficient to
independently establish priorities, complete competing assignments
within established timeframes, and maintain close attention to
detail. Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and
Ability to stand for long periods of time, often reaching,
bending, pushing or pulling. Ability to work in warm conditions and
withstand continual noise of machines, fans and other equipment.
Ability to lift and transport containers weighing 50-75 lbs., and
maneuver bags weighing 100 lbs. with the aid of handcarts. Ability
to perform tasks while standing on a ladder.
Preferred Qualifications Master's degree in related area and /
or equivalent experience / training.
Ability to develop and manage budgets.
Supervisory experience sufficient to hire, train, and evaluate
professional and technical staff.
Special Conditions Selected candidate will be required to pass a
pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of
May be asked to report to either the main campus or the Coastal
Science Campus depending on the needs of the unit. The candidate
must be able to travel between the two campuses.
Ability to work a variable schedule including occasional
evenings and weekends.
No known allergic reaction to plants, pesticides, fertilizers,
Effective Tetanus booster required (University can provide).
All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures,
attend required health and safety training, proactively promote
safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents
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religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
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for the contributions of all students and employees.
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