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University of North Carolina Wilmington-Greenhouse Manager-Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:23pm

Greenhouse Manager


University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington , NC 28403
United States
North Carolina US

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Job Description 

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Biology and Marine Biology Department supports both an excellent undergraduate program, with an emphasis on hands-on involvement of undergraduates in research and other activities, as well as nationally recognized Master’s Programs. We also have a Ph.D. in Marine Biology that takes advantage of the wide array of local coastal and offshore habitats and the facilities of the Center for Marine Science, located 6 miles from the main university campus. We have an active faculty involved in a variety of research interests including molecular biology and systematics, coastal and estuarine ecology, invertebrate and vertebrate biology, and environmental biology.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The primary responsibility of the Greenhouse Manager is to maintain the greenhouse and surrounding gardens to support UNCW’s teaching and research mission. The duties include maintaining the live collections, maintenance and basic repairs of greenhouse equipment, purchasing materials to support teaching and research, and seeking funds to support the greenhouse mission. Additionally, the Greenhouse Manager will supervise undergraduate Directed Independent Study projects and volunteers and contributes to courses depending on expertise. Opportunities to contribute include undergraduate and graduate courses and public outreach. The Greenhouse Manager will also, if needed, consult with the Office of Facilities on appropriate plantings in areas around the greenhouse.

Recruitment Range: $48,154
FTE: 1.0 (40 hours per week)
Months Per Year: 12 Months
Work Days: Monday - Friday
Work Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Position Number: 1998

Education and Experience 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment + 1 year of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of training and/or related experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Preferred education, professional skills and experience

Formal education in plant sciences or organismal biology, broadly defined
Experience with working with plants in a controlled setting
Familiar with plant-based research
Knowledgeable of other appropriate biological/ horticultural training and directly related experience
Knowledgeable of experimental procedures and protocols
Experienced in the horticulture of common plants
Understanding of (or willingness to obtain and understanding of) plants native to Southeastern North Carolina
Skilled in working and communicating with a broad audience (students, faculty, groundskeepers, administrators, public citizens/officials).
Capability to reconcile a budget
Required Certifications or licensure
NC Pesticide License should be obtained in the first 6 months of employment.

Application Instructions 

Please apply online at

Special Notes to Applicants
The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a full-time Greenhouse Manager to support and contribute to the teaching and research missions of the university beginning as soon as possible. This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Preference will be given to candidates with formal education in horticulture, plant sciences, or organismal biology, broadly defined, and to those with experience with working with plants in a controlled setting. We would also prefer someone familiar with plant-based research.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment + 1 year of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of training and/or related experience.

The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service and/or teaching, to building and sustaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive academic community. To apply, complete the online application and electronically submitting separately: (1) a letter of application and a brief statement of qualifications with particular attention to the applicant’s knowledge, skill and abilities to this department; please add any relevant teaching experience or aspirations. (2) Candidates must include a separate statement that addresses how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) contact information for three references. MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. References will be requested during the screening process. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Darin Penneys, Chair, Greenhouse Manager Search Committee, . For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Rachel Gentry, at Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm on 12/12, 2020. Several other positions are available in the department and dual-career couples are welcome to apply; see

UNCW Diversity and Inclusion Statement
In the pursuit of excellence, the University of North Carolina Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Diversity is an educational benefit that enhances the academic experience and fosters a free exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives.

Diversity includes, but is not limited to race, sex, age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, gender, educational disadvantage, socio-economic circumstances, language, and history of overcoming adversity.

Purpose of the Biology and Marine Biology diversity statement:
In addition to excellence in teaching and research, the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW is committed to building an educational environment that promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity. We are therefore interested in faculty and staff who share that commitment, and are willing to engage, through teaching, research, mentoring, leadership, community outreach or service, to promoting campus diversity and equity efforts. In completing your diversity statement, you are welcome to provide your own unique perspective on past experiences and/or, present skills, and in particular, your future aspirations to enhance diversity in this position. This statement is an integral part of your application package and the committee values and welcomes all voices.

Additional information is on The Department’s Diversity and Inclusion resources webpage More about UNCW Diversity and Inclusion efforts can be found here and the Chancellor’s Campus Climate Initiative can be accessed here: . Resources and events developed by the UNCW Racial Justice Learning Community can be found here:

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified individuals from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Full Name 
Theresa Williams