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Greenhouse Technician (Agricultural Worker 2)

JOB SUMMARY

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, seeks qualified applicants for the position of Greenhouse Technician (Agricultural Worker 2). This position provides technical assistance to researchers and faculty members in the establishment and maintenance of greenhouse crops used in research, teaching, and outreach and is under the supervision of the Greenhouse Manager and the Department Head. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to be used during many activities.

This is a full-time position and is designated as an ad-hoc emergency support services/essential staff. Must be willing and able to work during closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations. The standard work week is 37.5 hours (7.5 hours/day; 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM), Thursday through Monday, however, the work week may occasionally change as required to meet operational and staffing needs. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical and criminal background check.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

At UConn, this Agricultural Worker 2 position performs highly skilled agricultural work to include, but not limited to, the following: Responsible for establishing, maintaining, greenhouse crops for research, teaching, and outreach activities; will exercise independent judgment daily to prioritize cultural management of greenhouse crops in consultation with researchers and greenhouse manager. This includes irrigating, fertilizing, and pest scouting; required to prepare and apply pesticides as needed to manage weeds, insects, and diseases in greenhouses; responsible for the operation, and maintenance of greenhouse structure and greenhouse control systems; collect, compile, and distribute growth conditions, and other data to researchers to inform experimental activity of greenhouse crops health management decisions; participate in greenhouse laboratory procedures such as establishment of research trials, treatment applications, soil sampling, plant tissue harvest, and other quantitative and qualitative data collection, as needed for faculty researchers; maintain appropriate digital records and files related to the maintenance of greenhouse sections; assist faculty and researchers in facilitating teaching and outreach missions, including preparation of plant specimens; development and presentation of greenhouse crops instructional content for undergraduate and professional learners; operate equipment, instrumentation and related components including computer software and systems; assist in maintaining proper working order of equipment and tools; ability to lift and carry 60+ lbs; may lead hourly labor, students, and other support positions associated with the greenhouse production.

Performs highly skilled agricultural work in one or more areas related to general farm labor, complex plant science, agricultural functions; leads staff engaged in agricultural work in a related area; assists professional staff in instructional and research work; demonstrates and participates in scientific and technical methods and procedures used in agriculture; uses heavy earthmoving equipment to dig ditches, clean drainage ditches, load gravel and perform general landscape work; transports equipment, grains, and feed; plows snow; assembles and prepares dairy ingredients for processing; repairs complex farm machinery and other equipment; determines proper lighting and ventilation of greenhouses; determines methods and procedures to be used in culture and propagation of plants; manages agricultural products salesroom and sells products; keeps records, statistical research data, logs and prepares reports; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of care and management of greenhouse crops; considerable knowledge of methods used in culture and propagation of crops, produce, plants, flowers, and orchards; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of complex equipment and machinery related to particular agricultural area; ability to follow oral and written instructions; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - General Experience

Three (3) years of experience in one of the following areas related to the specific needs of the position:

General farm labor (crops, produce, orchards, etc.)
Plant science
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - Substitutions Allowed

College training in agriculture or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years for an Associate's degree.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
A physical examination may be required.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be willing and able to work a Thursday through Monday schedule and as an emergency/essential staff during regular and emergency university closures.
Must comply with PPE required for various duties.
Current Connecticut Governmental Commercial Junior Operator Certification pesticide license and a valid motor vehicle operator license are necessary or must be acquired within 6 months of hire.
Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits, and/or certifications.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Three or more years of experience with greenhouse crops production.
Experience conducting greenhouse crops research.
Experience with the operation of research instrumentation and techniques used in greenhouse crops studies, including digital image analysis, volumetric water content, and normalized difference vegetative index measurement.
Self-motivated, independent worker with the ability to prioritize duties.
Effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to identify greenhouse crops and diagnose common weed, insect, and disease problems.
Knowledge and experience in growing and maintaining greenhouse crops.
Experience operating and repairing greenhouse irrigation systems.
Familiarity with calibration, application, maintenance, and repair of large-volume and smaller hydraulic sprayers.
Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management for control of greenhouse crop pests.
Familiarity with computers and electronic record keeping, such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and other related software.
Basic maintenance and repair skills for greenhouse structures and equipment.
Supervisory experience.
Interest in contributing to the promotion and improvement of the UConn Floriculture program.
Willingness to expand greenhouse crops knowledge by attending continuing education programs and professional conferences.
WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class must possess the adequate physical strength, stamina, agility, and fitness to perform the required duties.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and risk of injury from machinery.
A pre-employment physical may be required that will include a functional capacity exam; the job offer will be contingent upon the successful completion of the pre-employment physical. The pre-employment physical will be a requirement for the successful UConn NP-2 candidate or Statewide NP-2 candidate.

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