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Nursery Technician
Post Date: 04/15/2021
Close Date: 05/21/2021
PO Box 6150, Dept 3140

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$30,000 - $49,999


Job Description:
Position Description & Details:
This position is located at the Towner State Nursery near Towner, North Dakota.  The position is responsible for all routine operations associated with greenhouse seedling production. Duties also include assisting with packaging of nursery stock, preparing tree orders, assisting with irrigation of field and greenhouse stock, and assisting customers. Special projects include coordinating packaging and delivery of trees for Trees bowl and Arbor Day events.

*Supervise part time employees during grading and packaging procedures
*Oversee quality control of nursery stock during grading to ensure stock is of the highest quality.
*Maintain packaging and shipping equipment
*Assist customers when required
*Assist with preparation of tree shipments as needed
*Implement growing schedules and procedures to maximize greenhouse production of container stock.
*Train and assist part time employees assigned to duties with container stock
*Schedule and apply pesticide applications as prescribed
*Maintain inventory records of container stock and greenhouse supplies
*Note and report disease problems of stock
*Collect media and fertilizer samples monthly and send in for analysis
*Apply test treatments
*Monitor greenhouse controls
*Mix fertilizer solutions
*Prepare reports on test projects
*Assist with daily nursery activities as needed including field production activities, repairs, building and infrastructure improvements, and snow removal
*Report monthly accomplishments
*Participate in team/staff meetings.
*Coordinate tree packaging and delivery of trees for Trees Bowl, Arbor Day, and other special events
*Coordinate with the Systems Irrigation Specialist to assist with periodic weekend watering of bare root seed/transplant beds
*Coordinate seed collection and extraction
*Follow safety rules, help identify unsafe conditions, stop co-workers who are working in an unsafe manner.
*Assist in providing annual safety training to part-time and seasonal employees
*Participate in required baseline safety training and necessary pesticide training
*Participate in NDFS Safety/Loss Control committee and ensure that policies and procedures are implemented at nursery
*Respect the value, creativity and diversity of all persons.
*Resolve differences constructively.  Uses tact and courtesy especially under stress.
*Contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and customers and support everyone’s efforts to succeed.
*Work ethically, with integrity and respect confidentiality.
*Adapt readily to change.
*Provide prompt and efficient service.  Identify and take appropriate action to resolve issues in a timely manner.
*Be a positive role model.
*Follow attendance, punctuality and rest period guidelines. 
*Use effective time management.

Work Schedule: 8-5 Monday through Friday

Advertised Salary: $37,000+ DOE

Applicant Materials Required:  Cover letter and resume. 

NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

Minimum Qualifications:
*High School diploma and 2 yerars of college or equivalent years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
*Two years of college with the major field of study or degree emphasis in horticulture, natural resources, forestry, plant sciences, or related field.

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