Research Greenhouse Horticulturist

Connecticut, United States
13 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

University Job Title: Research Assistant 2 MS
Bargaining Unit: L34 - Local 34 (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Part time
Duration Type: Fixed
If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible? Yes
Other Fixed Duration Date: 01-Jul-2021
Compensation Grade: Labor Grade D
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 227 Mansfield Street New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Research Res Support
Total # of hours to be worked: 20

Position Focus:

Under the direct supervision of the Marsh Botanical Gardens (MBG) Research Greenhouse Manager, provide horticultural support for the university’s plant research programs at both MBG and the Yale Science Building (YSB), a technically complex, state-of-the-art plant growth facility. Daily tasks include, but are not limited to:

1. Plant Care/Health: Assist with advising, training and working with researchers to establish and maintain protocols. In consultation with researchers, assist with establishing and monitoring growth parameters and environmental control settings including temperature and photoperiod regimens, supplemental light intensities, growth media selections, fertilizer and watering regimens, and cultural practices.
2. Pest and Disease Control: Assist with assessing, diagnosing and coordinating treatments for pest control, including biological and conventional pesticide treatments. Conduct pesticide applications, maintain spray equipment and pesticide logs, records and reports.
3. Communication: Interact with faculty and staff to determine project needs and responsibilities. Help communicate policies, plant growth/health, and facility status. Act as a resource person to users about growing methods and techniques.
4. Facilities maintenance. Help maintain, repair, improve and manage mechanical, environmental, and computer systems for state-of-the-art plant growth facilities. Find and remedy problems before they become serious and detrimental. Assist with the general operation of the growth facility to ensure clean, safe and smooth operation. Drive a Yale-owned vehicle to assist with some of the duties for this position.

Please note Essential Duties listed below may not pertain to this particular job description.  Please refer to this Position Focus for more related duties pertaining to this opportunity.

Essential Duties

1. Researches and collects data through complex laboratory/scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for research projects. Interprets, synthesizes, and analyzes data using scientific or statistical techniques. 2. Modifies and plans research experiments, procedures, tests, or survey instruments. Assists in research design. Writes and edits material for publication and presentation. Reports on status of research activities. 3. Oversees and instructs research and support staff on technical procedures, equipment operation, and laboratory maintenance. Schedules and coordinates research activities. Sets up, operates, and maintains laboratory equipment and apparatus. Modifies equipment according to experimental specifications. 4. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May monitor hazardous work areas and laboratory safety. Prepares related reports. May prepare financial information and monitor budgets. 5. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Two years of related work experience in the same job family and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability with taxonomic botany and how this system applies to plants. Ability to multitask, deal effectively with changing priorities and short- and long-term projects. Ability to use good judgment.  

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated proficiency with research plant care, including propagating, pruning, watering and fertilizing.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Must demonstrate a valid motor vehicle driver’s license and ability and willingness to acquire (in a reasonable amount of time after hire) a Connecticut pest applicator’s license.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to assist with pest and disease control.  Ability to assist with assessing, diagnosing and coordinating treatments for pest control, including biological and conventional pesticide treatments.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficient computer skills, including ability to learn greenhouse management software program, greenhouse and growth chamber computerized control systems, inventory software program, and research plant collections database.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

B.S. in horticulture or related field. Commercial or academic horticultural experience. Proven expertise in growing quality plants.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Connecticut pest applicator's license 

Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: