Greenhouse Supervisor Duties
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
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
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.