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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Manager, Greenhouse & Soil Testing Operations

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3670

UW Job Family: 36

SOC Code: 11-9011

Pay Grade: 22

Date: May 01, 2009

Job Purpose:

Manage and supervise the financial, operational, and personnel operations for the Plant Sciences Greenhouse and Soil Testing Operations; hire, train, schedule work assignments, and supervise support staff; develop and administer the operational budget; and oversee facility and multiple greenhouse maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree


2 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Valid Wyoming Pesticide Applicator's License.
  • Valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Horticulture including advanced aquatic growing methods and techniques.
  • Agronomy advanced methods and techniques.
  • Advanced and complex research scientific methods, concepts and techniques.
  • Complex analytical scientific instrumentation.
  • Effective communication, orally and written.
  • Operation and maintenance of complex research instrumentation.
  • Design methods, concepts and procedures for advanced and complex greenhouse and soil testing research.
  • Safety rules and regulations applicable to work being performed in area.
  • Supervision methods and techniques.
  • Purchasing and inventory methods and procedures.
  • Training and teaching methods and practices.
  • Applicable University, federal, state, or building codes, policies and procedures.
  • Computer software and database applications applicable to area.
  • Management of multiple greenhouse research facilities and soil testing methods and techniques.
  • Planning events, such as the State FFA Agronomy Contest. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Manage multiple greenhouse and soil testing operations.
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate assigned support staff and multiple student workers.
  • Work well with researchers at site, meeting the needs of their experimentation areas as appropriate and possible.
  • Advanced usage of scientific analytical instrumentation, including basic repair and maintenance.
  • Work with clients on campus and in the community.
  • Teach master gardening or related courses throughout Wyoming.
  • Teach other soil or plant courses, including courses illustrating how to correctly operation advanced research analytical instrumentation.
  • Handle any and all safety incidents and work with multiple agencies as the need arises.
  • Oversee adherence to safety rules and regulations for the facilities.
  • Develop quality control and quality assurance.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Hire, train, schedule work assignments, and supervise support staff including student workers.

Interact with clients and make recommendations based on analytical results from the laboratory.

Teach classes and present programs to fulfill extension and teaching missions of the facilities.

Develop and perform complex analytical procedures on sophisticated laboratory instrumentation.

Maintain laboratory records, including documentation of recommendations given to the public.

Produce bulletins and other written materials.

Develop and oversee quality control and quality assurance.

Develop and administer the operational budget for the facilities.

Instruct faculty, staff and students in the operation and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation.

Supplemental Functions:

Organize State FFA Agronomy contest.

Serve as University representative to the Rocky Mountain Certified Crop Advisor Program, which is a regional board.

Be the extension representative on the national Western Region Aquatic Center and on the Western Region Soil Fertility.

Working Conditions:

Multiple greenhouse facilities/outside plot areas/classrooms/office areas; growth chambers; storage areas; regular exposure to pesticides, soil, pests, insects, and chemical hazards associated with agronomy and greenhouse operations; temperature changes including humid conditions regularly.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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