Research Associate II Plant Growth Facility

Updated: about 9 hours ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 24 Oct 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Research Associate II Plant Growth Facility
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101091AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate II
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $42,000 - $50,000 plus comprehensive benefits packet.
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 10/24/2021
Description of Work Unit
Centrally located on the CSU main campus, the Plant Growth Facility (PGF) is a comprehensive plant science research facility available to all Colleges and departments at CSU, including: College of Agricultural Science, College of Natural Sciences, Warner College of Natural Resources and Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.  With over 65,000 square feet of specialized research space, PGF supports over 40 research labs and 12 teaching labs, external research, independent studies, clubs, extension programs/classes, tours, workshops and other community programs.  PGF is committed to creating an efficient, effective and safe research environment by creating and implementing standard operating procedures to promote plant and researcher health.  
Within the PGF space, there are 25+ growth chambers, 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space, classroom and teaching greenhouse, plant imaging lab, cold rooms, root washing stations, various labs and a public conservatory.  In addition, PGF maintains regulatory compliance from agencies including Colorado Department of Agriculture, USDA/APHIS, Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. 
For additional information about our CSU community, and prospective employee perks and benefits, please consult the university’s website at
Position Summary
Under the supervision of the PGF manager, this position will focus on the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which will meet the diverse needs of ongoing research.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: routine pest scouting, monitoring and recording; weekly scheduled preventative sprays; formulation of pesticide treatment plans;  purchasing of pesticides, beneficial insects and related supplies/equipment; and ensuring timely communication of required pesticide application information in accordance to Federal, State and internal standards.  This position also involves  assisting PGF manager and Assistant Manager with greenhouse related tasks including greenhouse maintenance; research support; development and implementation of SOP’s  conservatory plant care; and other duties as needed.  
Required Job Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources or highly relevant discipline.
Minimum three years experience; to include two years of experience and training on identifying plant insect pests and pathogens and Integrated Pest Management practices.
Experience with using basic hand and power tools (such as screw drivers, pliers, channel locks, etc.) 
Good mechanical and troubleshooting skills (such as assembling/disassembling equipment like Dosatron fertilizer injectors, sprayers, carts, etc.)
Ability to balance and prioritize tasks.
Ability to work independently without direct supervision in a diverse team environment.
Excellent communication, planning and time-management skills.
Demonstrated computer skills (Internet, Microsoft Office, mobile apps, data base platforms).
Valid Colorado Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide applicators license or ability to obtain such within 90 days of hire.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Ability to accommodate a flexible work arrangement such as a flextime schedule, including occasional weekends and holidays. 
Ability to meet physical demands of the position and ability to frequently lift and carry 30-60 lbs. Examples include lifting bags of potting soil, empty pallets, full trash cans, trays, etc.  Use of carts, wagons and team lifting is also an option.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Experience in a research greenhouse environment.
Knowledge and experience with various agricultural and horticultural crops. 
Experience leveraging agricultural knowledge in a research environment.
Experience in various propagation methods, fertilizing techniques, maintenance and/or identification of diverse plant species.
Demonstration of greenhouse best management practices such as cultivation techniques, greenhouse environmental control systems, and/or IPM strategies.
Experience supporting researchers and/or graduate students in research projects.
Diversity Statement
Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Pest & Inventory Management
Perform weekly routine scouting and record keeping to properly identify pests and problem areas; perform scheduled preventative sprays; distribute and maintain sticky traps; distribute and maintain beneficial insects where appropriate; maintain spray schedule. Maintain constant up-to-date understanding of product labels, Safety Data Sheets, personal protective equipment (PPE) and insect resistance. Communicate with PGF community on pesticide application information; assist in Worker Protection Standard training; ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations. 
Earn, maintain, and actively use a valid Colorado Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide applicators license or ability to obtain such within 90 days of hire.
Purchase pesticides, pesticide sprayers and applicators, biological controls, sticky cards, and other supplies/materials while adhering to University P-Card and Business & Financial Services policies; maintain an up-to-date inventory of all products uses including Pesticide cabinet, PPE, spare equipment parts, safety kits, etc.
Percentage Of Time 60
Job Duty Category Conservatory and Plant Care
Maintain and water the Conservatory and teaching plant collection. Complete plant material requests for classes and demonstration. 
Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Customer Relations
Assist in the day-to-day operations and customer service; collaborate and consults with PI’s on research projects; provide tours, presentations and outreach activities to students, volunteers, research clients and vendors.
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Supervision
Oversees and trains hourly employees and volunteers to work in a controlled research environment.
Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, please apply online no later than Oct. 24, 2021. Please upload: (1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) contact information for three professional references.  References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Unofficial transcripts may be requested at a later date from finalists. 
If you have any questions, please contact PGF Manager Tammy Brenner at 
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
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