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Greenhouse Tech/Groundskeeper
Category: Horticulture

Cornell University
Geneva, NY

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013


Greenhouse Tech/Groundskeeper-19728



The Buildings and Properties Department at Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York is seeking a highly motivated greenhouse technician/groundskeeper to join our team.


Deadline for submitting application materials is Friday, March 29, 2013.  Applications accepted online at:


With more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 400 faculty and 1,200 staff, and upwards of 45,000 living alumni, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second-largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States.  Faculty, staff, and students at CALS are at the cutting edge of research in the life sciences, environmental sustainability, agricultural science, economic development, communication and information science.  The land-grant mission of the College, which encompasses research, education, and extension programs, allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge that makes a difference for students, the citizens of New York, the nation, and people around the globe.  For more than 125 years, Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva has developed progressive technologies essential to feeding the world and strengthening New York economies.  From developing safe and nutritious foods to pioneering means to preserve the environment, NYSAES has been addressing the concerns and serving millions of New York consumers, agricultural producers, food businesses and farm families throughout the state.  Moving into the 21st century, New York must capitalize on new food and agricultural opportunities and NYSAES is uniquely positioned to translate state-of-the art research into industry innovation and economic growth.

Assist with the daily operations of the greenhouses at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station including monitoring facility mechanical and environmental control equipment and weekend watering.  Provide plant care support for research projects, including application of pesticides as part of an integrated pest management program, and proper filing of required documentation.  Mow lawns using large riding mowers and hand mowers, prune and perform other grounds work as needed.  Operate and maintain tractors, mowers, sprayers, edgers, spreaders, and power tools.  Maintain close and effective communication with research project personnel and Greenhouse Manager to provide optimal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies as required by specified protocols.  Run vent compatibility checks; perform minor troubleshooting; inspect, position, and clean temperature-sensing devices.  Provide general cleaning services in greenhouse facilities.  Work schedule will require weekend, evening, early morning and holiday hours.



Required Qualifications:  Formal training beyond a high school diploma of one year college coursework, minimum 6 months experience in greenhouse related to operations, pest management and equipment maintenance in controlled environment.  Must be able to concentrate during repetitive tasks to ensure accuracy; must be able to work outside at any time of year in Western, NY under Cornell health and safety guidelines.  Experience with operation of basic landscape equipment and machinery.  Familiarity with computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and web browsers.  Must be willing and able to become a NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator and maintain license.  Must obtain a minimum of Technician status as a Certified Pesticide Applicator within first six months of employment.  Must possess and maintain a valid driver license.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, and undertake repetitive physical activities.  Must possess sound judgment, excellent reasoning and decision-making skills, meticulous record keeping and ability to work with diverse personalities.  Must be able to work under pressure with a great deal of initiative.  Must have excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects.  Ability to work well with others is required while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment.  Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team.  Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies is a must.


Preferred Qualifications:  Associates Degree in Horticulture, with two or more year’s greenhouse and grounds experience. Experience in a research environment and full NYS Pesticide Applicator Certification. 

Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.


Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.


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