Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Farm Supervisor I for SEBS-Plant Biology. This position reports to the Faculty Director of Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research and Extension Center and provides services for the faculty who conduct research at the Center. The position provides direct supervision and coordination of tree fruit, nut, small fruit and woody ornamental management to ensure the highest possible research standards are achieved in the focus areas of breeding and pathogen, insect and weed management.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Provides support for research using specialized equipment, integrated management practices, and applications of a variety of experimental and registered herbicide, fungicide, insecticide, and other chemical and biological compounds specified in field and lab research protocols developed by the faculty and/or IR4 program coordinators.
Responsible for maintenance and functionality of all facilities and equipment including buildings, greenhouses, pesticide facility, cold frames, pole barns, backup generators, equipment, machinery, vehicles, irrigation and cultivated and uncultivated areas, including the irrigation pond and dam at the Center.
Oversees financial record keeping and document preparation for all purchases, improvements, and field management inputs.
Works independently and provide day-to-day supervision of field staff and seasonal employees, if available.
Responsible for coordinating maintenance activities with faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate research assistants to ensure the successful operation of the Center.
Serves as a liaison with local County Extension Office for the completion of the NJDEP Agricultural/Horticultural Annual Water Use Report of ground and surface water at the Center; liaisons with NJ Forest Fire Service, with the Allentown Fire Department, and the Monmouth County Board of Health.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a Bachelor of Science degree, or an equivalent combination of work experience in horticulture/agronomy management .
A minimum of five years related experience.
Requires a New Jersey Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License including: Core, Category 1A and/or 10.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have extensive experience conducting management of perennial fruit crop species. Requires extensive experience in managing and training hourly workers with little or no horticulture management experience.
This position is required to work until the job is completed and/or work flexible hours including evening or weekends as required to complete time-sensitive projects and establishment of fruit, nut and ornamental trials in a timely manner.
Requires experience and proficiency with software applications including spreadsheets, word processing, internet, and e-mail.
Must have good communication and inter-personal skills. Requires purchasing and inventory skills.
Ensures compliance with REHS, DEP and EPA safety regulations and training requirements concerning storage and handling of pesticides and fertilizer.
Requires a valid driver’s license, and successful completion of the Rutgers Defensive Driving Course.
10 or more years' experience in a management position similar to horticulture/agronomy management.
Proven experience with irrigation systems, hydraulic systems repair, fabrication, automotive and small engine repair, welding, braising, soldering, PVC pipe repair, plumbing and drainage, electrical, carpentry, surveying and mapping.
Certification in good laboratory practices (GLP) for non-clinical laboratory studies that conform to regulations and best practices established by key regulatory agencies, such a as IR4, is preferred.
Must be able to operate heavy equipment such as tractors skid loader, fork-lift, backhoe, bulldozer, front-end loader, transport equipment, and must be able to maneuver a trailer into tight spaces.
Must have advanced knowledge of field preparation for planting and plant establishment, and have experience and ability to supervise people using agricultural equipment such as plows, discs, cultivators, tillers, and harrows.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Requires the applicant to be a qualified applicator of fertilizers.
Must be able to lift 80 pounds.
Clean Driving Record
Posting Number: 19ST3951
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 99283
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