Plant Growth Facilities Superintendent

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Plant Growth Facilities Superintendent


CAES Assoc Dean for Research

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research is responsible for the administration of research programs at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Major activities include oversight of Agricultural Experiment Stations and Research and Educations Centers, management of Hatch and multistate projects, and support of grantsmanship efforts.

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Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

To be determined by supervisor.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should be submitted by January 5, 2021 to ensure complete review.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Research and Public Service Manager





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. or Ph.D. degree pertaining to horticulture, agronomy, or a related field
Demonstrated experience working in a research greenhouse setting
Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks
Demonstrated supervisory and management experience
Excellent communication and team-building skills

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities of this new position include developing and executing policies and procedures for the management and operation of the plant growth facilities supporting the research, teaching, and extension missions of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Athens, GA. This includes overseeing and participating in the maintenance and operation of facilities and equipment, budget development, and personnel management. Responsibilities also include working with the faculty advisory committee to develop, execute, and enforce policies for facility use and services and to develop and enhance public relations. The incumbent will report to the CAES Assistant Dean for Research.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Relevant Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position
B.S. degree pertaining to horticulture, agronomy, or a related field.
Experience in the management, operation, maintenance, and repair of greenhouse and growth chamber facilities.
Experience with cultural, biological, and chemical control of greenhouse pests.
Experience with operating automated environmental control systems.
Candidates must currently hold or have the ability to obtain and maintain a Georgia private or commercial Pesticide Applicator License and will be required to lawfully operate a motor vehicle on public roadways.

Physical Demands:

Lift bags of fertilizer and soil
Work in hot, humid conditions while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Walk and/or stand for extended periods and to climb ladders

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Physical Plant Management: Manage and operate a complex set of greenhouses, growth chambers, and affiliated spaces and equipment.

Coordinate and participate in the operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment. Includes meeting the immediate and long-term budgetary and financial requirements to operate the enterprise. Serve as the on-call emergency contact for greenhouses and affiliated facilities. Coordinate purchase of supplies and necessary inventory, and efficiently manage the use of financial resources. Work with staff to monitor facility operations and to develop and execute short- and long-term plans for prioritizing the repair and maintenance of facilities and equipment, including facilities improvements. Oversee the general upkeep and cleanliness of the facilities. Keep up to date with new technologies and the application of that knowledge within greenhouse and growth chamber operations.

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Project Management: Coordinate with faculty to support and manage their research and teaching projects according to CAES policies and procedures.

Involves the simultaneous management of multiple projects from faculty representing a range of academic departments and disciplines. Establish strong working relationships with faculty, students, and staff to ensure effective communication among all parties pertaining to the proper scheduling and execution of projects. Provide support and be a resource for faculty, student, and staff by solving plant growth and pest management challenges and provide advice on methods to obtain satisfactory plant growth by ensuring environmental conditions meet project needs. Oversee the coordinated management of essential activities including temperature and light control, pest management, and procedures for biocontainment greenhouses and the materials in them. Oversee and support all phases of project establishment, maintenance, and termination as needed.

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Personnel Management: Recruit, develop, supervise, and organize part-time and full-time employees to achieve short- and long-term goals for the unit.

Includes training, communicating short-term and long-term goals and policies for the plant growth facilities, conducting annual performance evaluations, resolving disputes, mentoring, and identifying professional development opportunities for staff. Promote and implement a culture of teamwork, diversity, and sustainability.

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Policy Management: Collaborate with the faculty advisory committee to develop, execute, and enforce policies, procedures, and protocols for the use of the facilities and equipment.

Adhere to and promote UGA policies regarding finances, ethics, safety, biocontainment, and research procedures. Includes maintaining necessary operational records, licenses, and certifications. Ensure all safety policies are followed and oversee all necessary safety training, and that access is restricted to current personnel who have completed such training. Continuously evaluate and, as appropriate, communicate relevant human resource, financial, and operational issues to the advisory committee and direct supervisor.

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Public Relations and Communications: Promote the plant growth facilities by developing good public relations, both internal and external to CAES.

Includes increasing the visibility of the plant growth facilities as a specialized resource for research and teaching. Promote research, teaching, and demonstration activities that address current relevant issues. Contribute relevant information about plant growth facilities and their capabilities to grant proposals where appropriate. Communicate and develop positive relationships with staff, faculty, administration, extension personnel, the ag community, and consumers at large. Collaborate with faculty to develop, organize, and generate outreach materials and associated activities.

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Posted: 12/9/2020
Application Due: 2/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time