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Iowa State University Greenhouse Caretaker in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Greenhouse Caretaker

Job Group:Merit

Required Minimum Qualifications:• Four years of experience in the operations and maintenance of a greenhouse, or any combination of vocational training and experience from which comparable knowledge and ability can be acquired. • Successful completion of commercial certification tests for application of pesticides and be eligible for certification as required.

Preferred Qualifications:Knowledge of horticultural plants and activities relating to culture and care and proper greenhouse environmentKnowledge of pesticide and beneficial insect application, storage, and record keepingKnowledge of plant diseases and appropriate treatments

Job Description:

The Caretaker maintains the facility, environment for optimum plant growth, an inventory of supplies and equipment, and keeps records required for effective operations of the greenhouse.


  • Equipment repair and facility maintenance.

  • Replacing and repairing lamps and fixtures.

  • Monitor growth chambers for problems with lighting and temperature control.

  • Clean chambers.

  • Prepare fertilizer solutions and service equipment used for distribution as needed.

  • Monitor inventory of supplies and report needs to Building Manager

  • Maintains a proper environment including cleaning and maintenance

  • Consult regarding plant problems, possible solutions, and exchanging information related to the facility and its contents.

  • Monitor the plants and the environment for insects and insect damageProperly apply control measures against pestsProperly store, mix, maintain and handle related chemicals and equipmentLog insect control measures and develop new control strategies as insects change or become resistant to current control methods.

This is a part time position which could be benefits eligible.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Ability to lift or move large containers of soil, sand, or other materials.

• Knowledge of horticultural plants and activities relating to culture and care and proper greenhouse environment.

• Ability to collect data and maintain accurate record for class and research activities.

• Knowledge of pesticide application, storage, and record keeping.

• Knowledge of plant diseases and appropriate treatments.

• Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

• Ability to use and care for gardening tools, equipment, and materials.

• Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of others.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Part time

Pay Grade:10

Application Instructions:

Apply for this position by clicking on “Apply” and completing the Merit Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: April 28, 2021

Posting Close Date:May 13, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4798

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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