This position will assist with the care and maintenance of plants in the UCR citrus breeding program in both greenhouses and field. Greenhouse duties would include filling pots with soil, emptying and cleaning pots, weeding, assist with rooting cuttings, grafting, pruning and staking trees. Field work would include fruit collection, counting seeds in fruit, assist with pollinations, harvesting fruit from field trials in Riverside and other locations (this may involve extra long days or overnight trips). Laboratory work would include assisting with fruit quality evaluation, seed extraction and treatment. Other duties may be assigned as needed. This position will require a post offer pre-employment physical. The budgeted hiring range is between $37, 876 - $44,818. Education Licenses License Requirement Applicants must have a valid California driver's license Required
Certifications Certification Requirement EPA blue card Required
Experience Experience Requirement 2 years of training and experience in nursery techniques; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. Required
Special Conditions Special Condition Requirement The work schedule for this position is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm five days a week of which two days must include Saturday and Sunday, as greenhouse plants require daily irrigation and monitoring. Weekend work will be required as a routine part of the schedule. The applicant must work most holidays. Some activities, such as harvests, will require starting earlier or staying later than the normal work schedule of 8 am - 5 pm. Required Valid Drivers License Required Travel Required Travel Outside of Normal Business Hours. Some work activities, such as harvests, will require starting earlier or staying later than the normal work schedule of 8 am - 5 pm, and may require in-state travel and sometimes overnight travel of which transportation and accomodation will be provided. Required Applicants must pass a physical exam before confirmation of employment. Required
Minimum Requirements Knowledge of Cultural Operations: Knowledge of and experience in cultural operations.
Abilities: Ability to work in the greenhouses/field in inclement weather, e.g., hot humid conditions above 100 F, cold damp foggy conditions, windy weather or in the rain. They must also be able to routinely work in the greenhouse when temperatures exceed 90 degrees for several hours of the day and relative humidity exceeds 55%, given appropriate breaks and water.
Communications Skills: Ability to speak, read, and write in English.
Math Skills - Basic: Ability to record data accurately and legibly on data sheets or hand held computers. Skills in performing basic arithmetic calculations, such as add and subtract whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, as is necessary to perform the job responsibilities.
Knowledge of Plant Care: Knowledge of and experience with plant and horticultural care, preferably of citrus. The knowledge should cover plant irrigation requirements (including signs of overwatering or underwatering plants), plant propagation by seed and cuttings, grafting, seed collection, pruning methods, seed germination, recognizing off-type seedling plant, and recognizing rootstock suckers in the field and greenhouse.
Ability to lift 60 pounds and, at times, lift 20 pounds repeatedly for several hours. The job will sometimes require spending several hours standing and/or walking with repeated bending. Examples of such work include moving potted trees, full cone racks of seedlings, and five-gallon buckets containing fruit.
Ability to work in "APHIS Exclusionary Structures" where strict rules and practices are enforced in order to retain clean and protected citrus plant material and comply with state and federal regulations.
Preferred Qualifications Additional Information In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.
UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.
- UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.
- UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020
- UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.
- Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019
- Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings
- UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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