Chief Plant Science Technician

McGill University

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New technical position in the Department of Plant Science, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, located in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Position Summary:
Oversees the day-to-day operations of plant science facilities that include teaching and research greenhouses and plant-growth chambers (Phytorium).   Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of other technicians working in the facilities.  Carries out specialized technical duties in the field of plant science.  Monitors equipment and control systems.  Maintains plant collections.  Acts as knowledgeable resource person, resolves problems and implements corrective solutions.  Maintains equipment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
(i) Oversees the day-to-day operations of a plant science facility including greenhouses and growth chambers. Organizes, distributes and verifies the work of others and participates in their training.
(iii) Provides information concerning policies and procedures of the unit. Schedules and monitors usage of the facility.
(iv) Monitors computer control systems and ensures correct equipment setting with regards to temperature, humidity, photoperiod, etc. Responds to emergencies such as power or equipment failures and takes appropriate action.
(v) Develops, selects or modifies methodology in order to ensure optimal growing conditions, including variables such as temperature, photoperiod, irrigation, nutrients.
(vi) Acquires, propagates and maintains plant collections. Monitors pest control measures. Coordinates provision of plants and plant samples for projects.
(viii) Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.
(ix) Ensures compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials.
(xi) Maintains inventory. Recommends and purchases equipment and materials.
(xii) Performs accounting functions such as monitoring expenditures, verifying ledgers and resolving discrepancies.
Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Demonstrated experience with practices and production of plant material in greenhouse and growth chambers, including demonstrated knowledge of pesticide application.  Knowledge of botanical plant families & climatic requirements of each.  Proven organizational and communication skills.  Ability to take initiative, be resourceful, work independently and act proactively in carrying out duties.  Must possess a team-orientation approach, and a solid understanding of scientific research methods and phases of research projects.  Attention to detail in all aspects of work.  Ability to guide students and facility technical staff and interact well with others. 

Strong proven ability to resolve problems with a critical thinking approach. Must be able to perform strenuous physical duties, such as frequent lifting, carrying, and climbing ladders.  Ability to work in a computerized environment, using e-mail, Internet, MS software (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), databases, Minerva and MMP.    

 McGill University is an English-speaking university where most research, teaching and business activities are conducted in the English language, thereby requiring the ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing.    Candidates for this role will also need to be proficient in spoken French. 

Note:  Work schedule may require occasional work on Saturday and/or Sunday and/or holidays. 

Minimum Education and Experience:

DEC III – Horticulture 3 Years Related Experience / DEC III – Farm Management

Hourly Salary:

(MUNACA Level G) $30.28 – $37.52

Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)


Associate Professor

Position End Date (If applicable):

Deadline to Apply:


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