Plant Growth Facilities Superintendent

University of Georgia
May 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number S09321P

Working Title Plant Growth Facilities Superintendent Department CAES-Greenhouses About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https: // www. The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life's necessities, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

The CAES is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia.

The CAES Plant Growth Facilities (PGF) provides controlled environment greenhouses and growth chambers and dedicated staff to support faculty and student agricultural research in Athens.

College/Unit/Department website https: // Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Full/Part time Full Time Work Schedule Additional Schedule Information

To be determined by Assistant Dean for Research.

Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience Posting Date 10/19/2022 Open until filled Yes Closing Date Proposed Starting Date 05/01/2023 Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Position Information

Classification Title Research and Public Service Manager

FLSA Exempt FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications Position Summary

The primary responsibilities of this position include the management and operation of the plant growth facilities in support of the research, teaching, and extension missions of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Athens, GA. This includes the oversight and participation in the maintenance and operation of facilities and equipment, budget development, and personnel management. Responsibilities also include working with the faculty advisory committee to develop, execute, and enforce policies regarding facility use and services and to develop and enhance public relations.

The incumbent will report to the CAES Assistant Dean for Research.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

  • B.S. degree pertaining to horticulture, agronomy, or a related field.
  • Experience in the management, operation, maintenance, and repair of greenhouse and growth chamber facilities.
  • Experience with cultural, biological, and chemical control of greenhouse pests.
  • Experience with operating automated environmental control systems.
  • Candidates will currently hold or will obtain and maintain a Georgia private or commercial Pesticide Applicator License and will be needed to lawfully operate a motor vehicle on public roadways.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competences

  • M.S. degree pertaining to horticulture, agronomy, or a related field is desired.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a research greenhouse setting.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and management experience.
  • Excellent communication and team-building skills.
  • Physical Demands

  • Lift bags of fertilizer and soil.
  • Work in hot, humid conditions while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Walk/move and/or stand for extended periods and to climb ladders.
  • Driving for work-related duties.
  • Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? Yes Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

    Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



    Physical Plant Management:

  • Manage and operate a complex set of greenhouses, growth chambers, and affiliated spaces and equipment.
  • Coordinate and participate in the operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment. Includes meeting the immediate and long-term budgetary and financial requirements to operate the enterprise.
  • Serve as the on-call emergency contact for greenhouses and affiliated facilities.
  • Coordinate the purchasing of supplies and necessary inventory, and efficiently manage the use of financial resources.
  • Work with staff to monitor facility operations and to develop and execute short- and long-term plans for prioritizing the repair and maintenance of facilities and equipment, including facilities improvements.
  • Oversee the general upkeep and cleanliness of the facilities.
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and the application of that knowledge within greenhouse and growth chamber operations.
  • Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

    Project Management:

  • Coordinate with faculty to support and manage their research and teaching projects according to CAES policies and procedures.
  • Simultaneously manage multiple projects from faculty representing a range of academic departments and disciplines.
  • Establish strong working relationships with faculty, students, and staff to ensure effective communication among all parties pertaining to the proper scheduling and execution of projects.
  • Provide support and be a resource for faculty, students, and staff by solving plant growth and pest management challenges, and provide advice on methods to obtain satisfactory plant growth by ensuring environmental conditions meet project needs.
  • Oversee the coordinated management of essential activities including temperature and light control, pest management, and procedures for biocontainment greenhouses and the materials in them.
  • Oversee and support all phases of project establishment, maintenance, and termination as needed.
  • Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

    Personnel Management:

  • Recruit, develop, supervise, and organize part-time and full-time employees to achieve short- and long-term goals for the unit.
  • Train and communicate short and long-term goals and policies for the plant growth facilities, conduct annual performance evaluations, resolve disputes, mentor, and identify professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Promote and implement a culture of teamwork, diversity, and sustainability.
  • Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

    Policy Management:

  • Collaborate with the faculty advisory committee to develop, execute, and enforce policies, procedures, and protocols for the use of the facilities and equipment.
  • Adhere to and promote UGA policies regarding finances, ethics, safety, biocontainment, and research procedures. Includes maintaining necessary operational records, licenses, and certifications.
  • Ensure all safety policies are followed and oversee all necessary safety training, and that access is restricted to current personnel who have completed such training.
  • Continuously evaluate and, as appropriate, communicate relevant human resource, financial, and operational issues to the advisory committee and direct supervisor.
  • Percentage of time 15 Duties/Responsibilities

    Public Relations and Communications:

  • Promote the plant growth facilities by developing good public relations, both internal and external to CAES.
  • Increase the visibility of the plant growth facilities as a specialized resource for research and teaching.
  • Promote research, teaching, and demonstration activities that address current relevant issues.
  • Contribute relevant information about plant growth facilities and their capabilities to grant proposals where appropriate.
  • Communicate and develop positive relationships with staff, faculty, administration, extension personnel, the ag community, and consumers at large.
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop, organize, and generate outreach materials and associated activities.
  • Percentage of time 10

    Contact Information

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    For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

    Recruitment Contact Name Bob Stougaard Recruitment Contact Email [email protected] Recruitment Contact Phone

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  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • List of References with Contact Information
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