Plant Care Facility Coordinator - Office of Research, College of College of Agricultural, Consumer


Plant Care Facility Coordinator- Office of Research Plant Care Facility

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Plant Care Facility Coordinator is a full-time, twelve-month academic professional position in the Office of Research Plant Care Facility in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This position reports to the Associate Dean, Office of Research as well as the Department Head of Plant Biology. This position coordinate the operations and activities of the Plant Care Facility (PCF) for the Office of Research, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Specifically, the responsibilities are:

1) Manage the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the PCF by assisting and coordinating the activities of greenhouse users and staff. This includes personnel supervision, personnel hiring and termination, annual evaluations, safety and in-service training, and public relations. 2) Implements greenhouse policies and procedures as established by the PCF Advisory Committee. 3) Receive and review Project Request Forms, make greenhouse space assignments, maintain records of greenhouse space use and associated service charges. 4) Oversee the Plant Science Lab (PSL) soil mixing operation, which includes supervising staff in their daily routine. 5) Order and maintain inventories of general greenhouse supplies and commodities. 6) Oversee the budgets for the PCF. Summarize budgets quarterly and annually for review by the PCF Advisory Committee. 7) Coordinate facility repair and maintenance activities with the Director for Operations for the College of ACES. 8) Work with greenhouse users and staff to develop and implement daily and periodic plant maintenance programs to provide proper plant care in the greenhouse and associated areas. 9) Participate in strategic planning to improve greenhouse operations, facilities, equipment, and staff. 10) Assist greenhouse users in planning, setting up, maintaining, and dismantling greenhouse projects. 11) Act as a liaison to maintain good working relationships between greenhouse users and staff. 12) Monitor the greenhouse control system and respond to greenhouse alarms nights, weekends and holidays. 13) Work weekends and holidays as needed. 14) Work to procure additional funding sources to advance greenhouse operations. 15) Oversee biohazard programs as they relate to research involving regulated organisms (ie plants, pathogens, arthropods) 16) Provide expertise and guidance to staff with their duties and workload as needed. 17) Juggle multiple priorities and time sensitive deadlines as effective and smooth management of this facility is essential. 18) Use growth chambers/technology for highly controlled and replicable research. 19) To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside (for instance in a greenhouse, outside in fields etc.), and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. Climbing a ladder is also required. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Angie Graham at This position partially reports to the Department of Plant Biology and therefore includes occasional management and day-to-day operational responsibilities for the Plant Biology greenhouse sections and observatory as prescribed by the Department Head of Plant Biology. Assume additional related responsibilities to enhance the mission of the Plant Care Facility.

  • Required: BS in horticulture, agricultural, or biological sciences, or related field. At least five (5) years of experience operating a greenhouse and/or conservatory in either a research or commercial situation required. Demonstrated leadership skills and supervisory experience required. Must possess or be able to obtain an Illinois Pesticide Public Applicator's license. A driver's license is required. Excellent knowledge of greenhouse plant care and pest management is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Demonstrated organizational and budgeting skills, computer skills, and a technical knowledge of greenhouse operations, including computer-bases, environmental control systems.
  • Preferred: MS. Five (5) years of supervisory experience strongly preferred. Experience in long-term planning, greenhouse renovation, and equipment upgrades is preferred. An understanding of the value and importance of plant related research is preferred.


The starting date is as soon as possible after closing.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by September 27, 2017. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, and email) by close of business on October 11 2017. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. Interviews may take place prior to October 11 but a hiring decision will not be made until after the close date.

For further information, please contact Dr. Brian Diers, Search Committee Chair via e-mail at For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email .

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College Name or Administrative Unit: College of ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Plant Care Facility Coordinator - Office of Research, College of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science (A1700532)
Open Date: 08/30/2017
Close Date: 10/11/2017
Organization Name: OR/Plant Care Facili