Tree Improvement Manager

North Carolina State University
September 21, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number PG192513EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Tree Improvement Manager Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; occasional evening and weekends. Job Location Raleigh, NC Department Tree Improvement Cooperative About the Department

The North Carolina State University Cooperative Tree Improvement Program (www. is one of the largest Tree Improvement programs in the world. The Program started in 1956 to genetically improve southern pines. The program remains strong with aggressive breeding, research, education, and outreach efforts. Currently, the Program has 31 members, representing large forestry companies, small landowners, state and federal forest agencies, consulting firms, nursery vendors, real estate investment trusts, timberland investment management organizations, and forest foundations. The Program continuously works to discover innovative ways to accelerate tree breeding, while increasing efficiency.

Essential Job Duties

The Cooperative Tree Improvement Program in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites applications for a research associate position as Tree Improvement Manager.

The major responsibilities include:

  • Participate in and help lead research projects carried out by the program faculty, staff, and graduate students.
  • Take the leadership role in developing and managing the breeding and testing programs of the Cooperative. Duties include developing and implementing breeding, testing, and selection plans; assigning breeding, testing, and selection tasks to full members; working with Cooperative members to accomplish breeding, testing, and selection assignments; updating the database with current data; and management of seed, pollen, and graft inventories.
  • Assist in analyzing and summarizing data and writing technical documents, including manuscripts for publication.
  • Make technical presentations at professional conferences and Cooperative meetings.
  • Advise cooperators on seed orchard management.
  • Extensive travel to visit with Cooperative members and to field sites, including the Cooperative's breeding center in Georgia.
  • Coordinate the genotyping of orchard and progeny trial samples.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the annual breeding plan at the Cooperator's breeding center in Georgia.
  • Other Responsibilities

    Other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Education and Experience

  • MS (or BS with minimum of 3 years of experience) in forestry, plant sciences, natural resources, or other relevant biological or social science.
  • Other Required Qualifications

  • The candidate must be able to manage program goals (manage the operational tree improvement program and delivery of results) in a specified time period with minimal supervision.
  • Strong operational tree improvement and analytical skills are needed.
  • A willingness to take on new challenges is essential.
  • The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and interest in working with a wide range of individuals and organizations including students, faculty, forest landowners, consultants, forest industry, and public agencies in the southern US.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Excel is required, as is working knowledge and/or expertise with R statistical environment and SQL (or other data analysis and management software).
  • Attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and fluency in oral and written communications are essential.
  • A team-player attitude is required, including the ability to motivate coworkers and students, maintain strong positive morale and “can-do” perspective, and promote an environment of strong work ethic.
  • Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds occasionally.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with all aspects of breeding, progeny test design and implementation, and seed orchard management are preferred.
  • Working knowledge and/or expertise with ArcGIS, SQL, R, and ASReml are preferred.
  • Capabilities in quantitative genetic analyses would be a strong benefit.
  • Required License(s) or Certification(s)

  • Valid driver's license required.
  • Valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire.
  • Valid NC Driver's License required Yes Commercial Driver's License required No

    Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

    Job Open Date 07/31/2023

    Anticipated Close Date Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please include as attachments a resume/CV, cover letter, and contact information for at least 3 professional references.

    Position Details

    Position Number 00062013

    Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Non Mandatory - Emergency Event Department ID 150405 - Tree Improvement Cooperative AA/EEO

    NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected].

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn of this opportunity?
  • NCSU Website
  • Job Alert (automated email from our system)
  • NCSU Executive Search Services
  • Other Online Job Board
  • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
  • Job / Career Fair
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Professional Journal
  • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
  • Radio / Television Advertisement
  • Professional Organization
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
  • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
  • NCSU Employee Referral
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
  • Other
  • If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Describe your level of experience in Tree Improvement or plant breeding.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Describe a time you have had to organize and execute a project(s) from start to finish.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Please describe your experience with the following software programs: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, ArcGIS, SAS, ASReml, PostgreSQL, or MySQL, and R.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • A valid driver's license (DL) is required and a North Carolina Driver's License (NCDL) must be obtained within 60 days of hire and maintained as a condition of employment. Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to start date, and the ability to obtain a North Carolina Driver's License within 60 days of hire?
  • Yes, I have a valid NCDL and will maintain it as a condition of employment.
  • Yes, I have a valid DL from another state and will obtain a NCDL within 60 days of hire and maintain it as a condition of employment.
  • Yes, I have a valid DL from another state but cannot or will not obtain a NCDL within 60 days of hire.
  • No, I do not have a valid DL from any state, but I will obtain a it within 60 days of hire and maintain it as a condition of employment.
  • No, I do not have a valid DL from any state and cannot or will not obtain it.
  • Application Materials Required

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents

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