Field/Greenhouse Manager

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 8, 2021
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Job Description

This position acts as the primary field and greenhouse manager at the SPES Turfgrass Research Center (TRC). Responsibilities include standard maintenance and operation of small farm machinery, mowers, and handheld mechanical devices such as trimmers, chain saws, tillers, etc. This position will also perform and record maintenance on equipment such as automobiles, tractors, mowers, and specialized research equipment used in field and greenhouse settings and other agricultural research procedures. The successful candidate will be engaged in supervising wage employees and training new employees in equipment use and safety procedures, will maintain all pesticide/fertilizer records and will serve as the certified pesticide/fertilizer applicator for the facility. They will keep records, inventory, and safety protocols for agrichemicals, assist in establishing research trials, laying out plots, and mixing and applying experimental treatments. They will assist in data collection and entry as needed and are expected to interact and cooperate with faculty, staff, students, industry and extension personnel to enable quality research and educational projects and programs. In addition, this person coordinates the use of TRC facilities and equipment with both school and university personnel, as well as other stake holders.

Required Qualifications

Required: B.S. in Agronomy or Horticulture (Landscape/Turf emphasis) or equivalent experience; Virginia pesticide applicator license (3a, 3b, and 10) or ability to obtain within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred: Experience as a mechanic or performing equipment maintenance and/or turfgrass management and maintenance.

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Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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