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Trial Garden Manager
Category: Horticulture

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013






JOB SUMMARY: Oversees the daily operation of the Annual Trials in the MSU Horticulture Gardens; coordinates and reports to garden manager and Faculty coordinator for Trial Gardens; sows seed, transplants seedlings, grows plant materials, and monitors and evaluates progress of annual trial materials; prepares planting beds by spraying herbicides, edging, adding organic material, and rototilling; organizes, prepares, installs, and evaluates trial material; prepare reports in collaboration with Faculty coordinator for Trial Garden clientele; assists in the maintenance of the water features in the annual gardens; provides assistance for daily operation and class preparation of the PSSB teaching greenhouses; assists in selection and production of plants for the annual Plant Sale; designs and installs display beds; supervises and trains students/temps and volunteers in horticultural methods and procedures; maintains records; performs routine maintenance, painting, and general repairs; orders materials and supplies; conducts visitor tours and garden workshops; organizes and teaches Master Gardener classes, gives presentations to garden clubs; assists with MSU Horticulture Garden-sponsored conferences and workshops; assists in producing interpretive materials such as brochures and handouts.

REQUIRED: Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in horticulture, botany, or related field; more than three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in landscape maintenance and/or greenhouse operations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; computer skills with at least with Microsoft Word and Excel.


DESIRED: Experience in coordinating students, employees, and volunteers; proficiency with gardening and landscaping tools and equipment; experimental design and data collection; writing skills; design skills.


MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer


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