Greenhouse Assistant (Staff Wage) - Biology Department
Job ID: R0036305 | Laboratory Research | Part Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Biology Department is seeking two Greenhouse Assistants. This part-time position requires an average of 8–32 hours per week of weekend and UVA holiday work as an assistant to the Biology Department Greenhouse Manager. Work may also be scheduled during the Monday–Friday workweek. The work schedule may vary from week to week.

The Greenhouse Assistant will assist in all aspects of the UVA Biology Department research greenhouse operations.

Duties include:
  • Caring for research plant material (plant condition assessment).
  • Watering, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, leaf litter removal, potting and repotting.
  • Relocating and organizing research plant material.
  • Pot washing, soil mixing, mixing fertilizer solutions and other material, sweeping and mopping.
  • Greenhouse workspace and growth area cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Completing duty shift log, immediate reporting of greenhouse or plant health and condition problems, and other tasks and duties as assigned.

Workers in a greenhouse may be exposed to fumes, chemicals, vibrations, humidity, cold, heat, wind, full sun, noise and outdoor climate. The Greenhouse Assistant must be capable and willing to work long hours in these and other sometimes unpredictable environmental conditions. The workplace can also be cramped and filled with delicate and valuable research plant material and experimental apparatus and equipment. The Assistant must be able to perform all assigned duties without disturbing or damaging plant material or disrupting experiments in progress. They must also ensure the security of the facility (e.g., locking doors and reporting any unusual activity). The position is moderately labor-intensive, and duties are mostly performed standing. The job requires frequent bending, stooping, walking and the use of a stepladder. Work is often unsupervised and may be performed alone, so a high degree of responsibility and self-management is required.

This is a wage position that is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link: http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-029

This part-time position will remain open until filled.

This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will require an education verification (FSAKA).

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physicians Group, is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience: None.
  • Licensure: None.

Preferred Experience:
  • Interest or knowledge of plants and their care.
  • Careful attention to tasks in a complex and sensitive work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Initiative and good judgment.
  • Ability to learn execute new tasks and procedures in detail.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Job requires standing for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping/traveling, climbing (ladder, steps) and driving. Ability to lift/push/pull >100 lbs. May be exposed to fumes, chemicals, vibrations, humidity, cold, heat, noise, outdoor climate, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.




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