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The specialty crops program in the Department of Horticulture includes research and Extension activities related to greenhouse, nursery, and field production of specialty crops such as hops and floricultural crops (annuals, perennials, etc.). The program includes an emphasis on undergraduate education through individual student research projects, applied research, and the communication of research results to the grower/producer audience and other stakeholders.
Position Description: To oversee and manage the daily research operations of the Hops and Floriculture Program as conducted by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The manager will also participate in Extension activities related to delivery of program research results as well as manage undergraduate and graduate student workers and research projects.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1) general research requirements such as experimental design and setup, collecting data (experience with spread sheets, statistical analysis in JMP and Excel); assisting with the preparation of grant proposals and research reports (technical writing); and personnel management/supervision; 2) horticultural responsibilities specific for field production of hops and greenhouse production of floricultural and other greenhouse crops, including propagation, production systems, growth regulation (chemical growth regulators), insect and disease scouting and control (pesticide applicator’s license required), harvest and post-harvest handling of plants; and 3) assist with integration of field, greenhouse, and research skills into the Department's undergraduate curriculum.
B.S. degree in related field or significant experience in horticultural production or research experience; Knowledge and experience with greenhouse and field culture of plants, experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis, and reporting required; Self-motivated, organized, and have the ability to facilitate a research program with minimal supervision; Must have pesticide applicator's certification and application experience; Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds in order to move research materials including potted plants and bags of growing media; The application of pesticides will be required on a regular basis.
M.S. degree; Managerial experience.
Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Review Date: 01/25/2017