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This is advanced greenhouse supervisory work in the conduct of general and specialized greenhouse operations involving a complex of institutional greenhouses and auxiliary support units including hothouses and plant growth chambers.

Work involves responsibility for planning, coordinating, and directing the operations of a complex of institutional greenhouses and specialized subordinate or related units such as hothouses which contain plant growth chambers, soil storage, and handling facilities, and other specialized plant growth and management facilities and equipment. Supervision of a variety of employees including skilled and unskilled greenhouse workers is required. Direction is received from a superior chiefly with regard to required administrative matters such as: general greenhouse plant growth conditions, purchasing, personnel, and budgetary matters.


Coordinates with administrators and research and/or instruction project leaders on work plans and makes recommendations for implementing the greenhouse plant production schemes involved.

Determines appropriate methods for mixing soil and other ingredients to prepare a proper growth medium for greenhouse plant production.

Maintains proper environmental conditions required for the growth of plants used in research and instructional programs.

Inspects greenhouses, hothouses, soil storage, and handling facilities and other auxiliary units supportive of the greenhouse; confer with and advise project leaders on problems relative to plant growth; request equipment and supplies, approve work schedules for supportive staff; sign time cards of supportive staff.

Plans and supervises the cleaning of pots, sterilizing of soil, mixing of potting media, and maintaining plant growth environments free of diseases and insects.

Inspects greenhouse stock for diseases and insects and supervises the application of sprays and chemicals to combat grass, weeds, insects, and diseases.

Assigns greenhouse space to research and/or instruction project leaders upon request and when available.

Makes calculations of equipment and supply needs and keeps records and balances essential to estimating operational costs.

Maintains inventory records.

Determines requirements and produces various types of plants for teaching and research purposes.

Directs the repair and preventative maintenance of greenhouse and auxiliary facilities and equipment.

Directs procedures involving grafting, site preparation, planting, irrigation, pruning, weeding, fumigating, and

insect and disease control.

Complete forms related to work as required.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a BS in an appropriate curriculum; and extensive, responsible experience in greenhouse management including personnel supervision; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Must be capable of passing the Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Application Examination.

Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques essential to practical greenhouse management as related to institutional research and instruction needs.

Thorough knowledge of potting media, techniques used in preparing such media, optimum conditions for a variety of greenhouse plants, and an understanding of the operation of plant growth chambers.

Thorough knowledge of greenhouse and auxiliary facilities to the point of being able to manage such facilities and equipment efficiently and economically.

Ability to plan and direct operations essential to the maintenance of a greenhouse complex, and direct skilled and unskilled employees in various greenhouse management operations.

Ability to plan budgets and keep records essential to estimating needs for various greenhouse production programs as well as ability to estimate cost of such programs and make recommendations on supply and equipment orders.



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