Greenhouse Manager School Description: The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University. H&S encompasses 23 departmentsfrom Art and Art History, English, and History to Economics, Mathematics, and Biologyas well as 23 interdisciplinary programs. As the university's largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.
The Department of Biology seeks a 100% time permanent Plant Growth Facilities Manager. Candidates should have in depth knowledge of plant care and experience managing and performing tasks required in plant growth facilities including growth chambers, greenhouses, and field sites.
Management of plant growth facilities at several sites (greenhouses, growth chambers, seed research fields, seed storage rooms and experimental gardens) and performing tasks as necessary
Oversee and manage computer-controlled growth environments, including monitoring interpreting and archiving data readings on equipment, and distribution of electronic notifications to users and university departments
Schedule, oversee, and apply pesticide applications; maintain pest applicator certification
Coordinate maintenance and repair servicing by university personnel (e.g. departmental staff, facility engineers, Environmental Health & Safety, Emergency Response Teams) and outside contractors
Design and implement plans for facilities monitoring, maintenance, cleaning, and upgrades; recommend new procedures to streamline plant growth and facilities use
Accept supply and mail deliveries at Stock farm site and notify recipients or distribute to appropriate individuals
Monitor stock supplies and their use by research groups
Oversee, inventory, and maintain in working order, shared greenhouse equipment and tools
Supervise technicians and student workers; provide and document required safety training to utilize sites and equipment. Document required police and USDA-requested training for APHIS-regulated growth sites
Assist training of users (e.g. experimental field and greenhouse setup, soil selection, optimizing plant growth conditions, pest management, seed germination, care of native plants, and other horticultural practices)
Oversee the operation and management of a research or teaching facility; schedule and coordinate use of equipment and/or facility.
Negotiate and monitor equipment service contracts and warranties with vendors.
Determine equipment needs, authorize purchase of equipment, and oversee installation of equipment and instruments in collaboration with facilities services staff.
Perform and/or coordinate preventative maintenance and repair of all equipment; determine proper method of repair.
Oversee layout, allocation, and tracking of space among multiple labs; manage logistics of laboratory moves; implement plans for renovations of equipment and or/facilities in collaboration with facilities services staff.
Administer and prepare budgets that include several funding sources.
Administer health and safety programs and ensure safety compliance; act as resource on safety procedures; provide instruction on routine basis; liaise with school and/or university health and safety office as appropriate.
Direct work of other staff, including supervision, hiring, promotions, and terminations; determine staffing needs, and ensure efficient utilization of staff.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
BA or BS degree, preferably in horticulture or related field and experience with greenhouse facilities operations and plant growth chamber controls.
Experience with experimental gardens and research field sites highly desirable; prior experience with research greenhouses is highly desirable.
Interest in plant research is essential; knowledge of pesticide uses and plant nutrient applications, and ability to partner and communicate well with faculty, students, and staff is essential.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Understanding of academic research facility needs.
General background in a discipline related to the work of specific lab(s).
Knowledge and experience in managing facilities, operations, maintenance, space, and equipment administration in a research or teaching setting.
Excellent communication and customer services skills.
Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects in a complex and technical environment.
Familiarity with health and safety compliance regulations.
Detailed recordkeeping and documentation of protocols to comply with safety and USDA-APHIS requirements will be required.
Familiarity with computer systems used to monitor and adjust environmental controls and general knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and communication software is essential.
Requires a pesticide applicator's license (QAL) from the state of California for greenhouse pesticide application.
Mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills desirable; experience with electrical theory, plumbing, construction, and hardware components desirable.
Certifications and Licenses:
Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
May at times be required to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards include, but are not limited to, chemicals, pesticides, and solvents, allergens, blood bourn pathogens.
May require work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
May be exposed to radiation or electromagnetic fields.
Must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, etc.
May work extended or unusual work hours due to research or project requirements and peak work cycles. After hours on-call availability required.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
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Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
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