Posting Number PG192512EP
Internal Recruitment No
Working Title Tree Improvement Program (TIP) Operations Manager
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience
Work Schedule Monday- Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; occasional nights and
Job Location Raleigh, NC
Department Tree Improvement Cooperative
About the Department
The North Carolina State University Cooperative Tree Improvement Program 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 30+ 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
Essential Job Duties
The major responsibilities include:
Participate in and direct research projects carried out by the program faculty, staff, and graduate students. This includes training staff and students on proper field, greenhouse, and laboratory operations and safety procedures.
Work with Tree Improvement Manager on the execution of operational breeding and testing plans. Duties include pollen and seed handling, seedling management, greenhouse management, and testing organization/management/establishment.
Assist in analyzing and summarizing data and writing technical documents, including manuscripts for publication.
Make technical presentations at research and Cooperative meetings.
Communicate with Cooperative staff and members to implement the breeding and testing plans.
Extensive travel to visit with Cooperative members and to field sites.
Travel to and management of the Cooperator's breeding center in Georgia, including coordinating grafting and breeding activities, fertilization, pesticide, and land management for breeding orchards.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
BS with a minimum of 3 years experience (or MS) in forestry, plant
sciences, natural resources, or other relevant biological or social
The candidate must be self-motivated and be able to execute program goals
in a specified time period with minimal supervision.
Strong operational tree improvement and analytical skills are needed to
contribute to developing new concepts and management of operations that
will lend to the efficient achievement of Cooperative goals.
Excellent communication skills are required to interact with field
foresters, research scientists, and students in a range of different
A willingness to take on new challenges, such as executing large
greenhouse projects, will be essential.
Other Required Qualifications
The candidate should have excellent operational tree improvement skills.
Expertise in the following is critical: all aspects of greenhouse
management; containerized seedling production; experimental design in
greenhouse, laboratory, and field situations; pollen and seed processing;
fertilizer and pesticide recommendations; grafting and breeding.
Working knowledge and/or expertise with Microsoft Excel is essential.
Attention to detail is an absolute requirement; the ability to work
independently and fluency in oral and written communications are
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.
Working knowledge and/or expertise with ArcGIS, statistical analysis, and
Required License(s) or Certification(s)
Valid driver's license required.
A valid NC driver's license is required within 60 days of start date.
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 Number 00062937
Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.0
Appointment 12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory -
Department ID 150405 - Tree Improvement Cooperative
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
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.
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(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.
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Contact Information for References