Tree Improvement Program (TIP) Operations 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 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 weekends 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 efficiency.

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 Responsibilities

    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 science.
  • 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 settings.
  • 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 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.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge and/or expertise with ArcGIS, statistical analysis, and inventory management.
  • 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 Details

    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 - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure 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
  • Craigslist
  • Carolina Job Finder/Employment Guide
  • NC Works
  • Dress for Success
  • Technical/Trade School Program
  • Job Fair (Identify Job Fair in question #2 below)
  • Direct Contact from NSCU Representative (identify person in question #2 below)
  • Other
  • Other online job board
  • NCSU employee referral
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Ohter)
  • If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
  • (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/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents

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