Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE JOB
The Greenhouse Facility Administrator(GFA)is responsible for issues relative to greenhouse operations, security, budget, maintenance, space usage, contracts & lease agreements. The GFA serves as the overall Safety Officer for the facility and is responsible for pest management, environmental controls and for developing and implementing policy in compliance with federal, state and university regulations. The GFA is responsible for assessing clients the rental charges at the recharge rates, as established by the campus recharge committee. Policy for the facility will be set by Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) in conjunction with a campus advisory committee and implemented by the GFA under the oversight of the Executive Director of Core Facilities.
Responsible for campus wide greenhouses operated as a Core Research Facility by the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED).
This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) bargaining agreement.
MANAGE GREENHOUSE SPACE: Allocates and tracks space assignments to optimize greenhouse space utilization and to achieve the missions of the facility; oversees the use of space by user clients. Ensures users and the facility comply with federal and state regulations. Ensures users follow policies established by the Greenhouse Oversight Committee (GOC). Ensures compatible projects are assigned to multi-user greenhouses. Achieves maximum separation between incompatible projects. When possible, rotates types of plant materials to mitigate pest problems. Evaluates efficiency of assigned space and submits reports to the GOC. Provides consultation to potential clients in design and implementation of proposed projects. Coordinates, oversees and manages the environment in the facilities greenhouses to satisfy requirements of clients; uses electronic environmental control systems to program zone temperature and humidity set points; logs environmental data; automates irrigation schedules when feasible; configures greenhouse control computer systems to set up heating and cooling stages, as well as adds new equipment and sensors; retrieves computerized records of temperature and humidity for clients; regulates light quality and quantity by controlling HID lights using shade cloth or black out cloth, and by the application or removal of whitewash; monitors quality of fertilizer and deionized water lines; diagnoses problems with the environmental control systems; coordinates and oversees repairs. Orders basic materials, equipment and maintains related records. Conducts tours of the greenhouse facility for interested parties.
PEST CONTROL, SAFETY, SECURITY PROGRAMS: Oversees the safety for facilities; organizes meetings; provides safety training for clients, prepares inspection reports; distributes safety information, and coordinates activities with Environmental Health & Safety. Oversees pest control program. Integrates knowledge of pesticide efficacy on target organism(s), pesticide rotation schedules, cultural practices, compatible biological control organisms, and phytotoxicity information to control pests on a wide variety of constantly changing plant species to meet the needs of clients and their research. Oversees, maintains, designs security system for greenhouses & related facilities.
PERSONNEL/SUPERVISION: Selects, trains, supervises and reviews performance of greenhouse student employees. Establishes work standards, completes performance evaluations and updates job descriptions; coordinates work load & responsibilities, encourages team effort & problem solving.
FACILITIES, PLANNING FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: Plans, manages and reviews greenhouse budget. Oversees purchases within prescribed limitations set by the (GOC). Maintains record of actual expenses and anticipated expenses. Advises Director and GOC on potential adjustments of the recharge rates as needed. Makes recommendations for expanding/upgrading facilities. Implements plans when approved by the GOC & Director. Works with Director & GOC on long range facility plans.
Responsible for maintaining condition of buildings/facilities assigned to greenhouse facility. Ascertains repair needs and completes or delegates completion to Facility Services or outside vendor. Acts as liaison between the operation, service units & campus planners on upgrading, remodeling of greenhouses, & new construction once plans are approved by the GOC and Director.
Bachelor's degree in/or either Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Viticulture, Pomology, Nematology, or Agronomic crops.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Five years of agricultural experience in all phases of agricultural operations including heavy and/or complex equipment operation and/or supervisory responsibility; or a demonstrated ability to perform in a highly skilled specialization; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Experience growing greenhouse grown plants in a research environment strongly desired.
Broad knowledge of integrated pest control methods including chemical, biological, mechanical and organic methods. Ability to develop, implement and maintain an Integrative Pest Management program (IPM).
Knowledge and ability to use and maintain a variety of equipment (e.g., power sprayer, electric carts) and tools needed to effectively manage and maintain greenhouses. Knowledge of greenhouse sanitation, safety procedures, pesticide regulations, and methods of application to safely use registered materials injection, cooling, heating, etc.)
Budget experience in an academic & research setting, demonstrated analytic skills strongly desired.
Communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) sufficient to effectively interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and the public at large
Experience with office computers and ability to use database, spreadsheet, and word- processing software
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.