Plant Care Facilitiy Coordinator

Hiring Organization: University of Illinois Colleges of ACES
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Application Deadline: April 13, 2020

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) seeks a Plant Care Facility Coordinator to oversee and develop research programs in the College’s greenhouse complex. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Research, in the Office of Research, College of ACES.  It is expected this position will provide college-wide direction for the Plant Care Facility in all aspects of teaching, research and outreach operations at the approximately 90,000 square feet greenhouse complex. 

The Plant Care Facility is a year-round operation focusing on providing services to faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will oversee a team of six professionals providing day-to-day management and operations. Responsibilities include:

The coordinator will lead the operations of the Plant Care Facility in research protocol planning, personnel management and policy development to ensure effective and efficient research operations in coordination with the Plant Care Advisory Committee. The Plant Care Facility Coordinator will be responsible for managing the operational budget and engaging external stakeholders in revenue generating contracts. Enforce research methodology and protect research integrity by providing expertise and guidance to staff and users to develop and implement daily and periodic plant maintenance programs to provide proper plant care in the greenhouse and associated areas. Provide recommendations and application of fertilizers and pest management, understand and implement new advances in technology and the application of technology within greenhouse and growth chamber operations. Oversee and coordinate the Plant Sciences Laboratory Soil Mixing Operation. Implement and oversee biohazard programs as they relate to research involving regulated organisms (i.e. plants, pathogens, arthropods). The Plant Care Facility Coordinator will implement decisions that improve the greenhouse complex while working closing with the Senior Director of Facilities and Administration, the PSL Building Operations Engineer and the Director of Safety.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Crop Sciences or other related field, required.

Experience: At least 3 years of project management related to scientific research or work experience in a greenhouse or similar environment.

Knowledge of safety and in-service trainings, conform to all safety requirements and regulations.

Ability to work under pressure, solve multiple problems.

Demonstrated supervisory experience.

 Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects in a complex and technical environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Crop Sciences or other related field


Prior experience in a research environment with environmental control systems and current or prior certification in the use and application of pesticides and herbicides is preferred.

Prior experience with greenhouses within a research setting is desirable.

Prior experience working in customer service.

Position Requirements:

To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside (for instance in a greenhouse, outside in fields etc.), and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors including, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well including, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. Ability to climb a ladder is also required.

This position will require occasional weekend and holiday availability.

Application Deadline: April 13, 2020

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Start Date: As soon as possible after the close date.

Appointment Status: This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.

Application:  To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by April 13, 2020. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application/interest, resume and contact information for three professional references (include name, title, address, phone, e-mail) by close of business on April 13, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

For further information, please contact Dr. Brian Diers, Search Committee Chair, via e-mail at