Career Services - Project Wingspan Natural Resource Plant Propagation Technician


Project Wingspan Natural Resource Plant Propagation Technician

Job posted on August 16, 2019

Contact Information

Organization: Pollinator Partnership
Topeka, Illinois



Job Description

Location: Mason State Nursery, Topeka, Illinois. 9 month, full time position. Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire a motivated and detail oriented Project Wingspan Plant Propagation Technician. The Plant Propagation Technician will provide technical assistance to conservation resource professionals, participate in all phases of nursery cultural practices related to cleaning seed collections and propagating native plant plugs, maintain records, and participate in the preparation of reports as requested. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Provides technical assistance and physically participates in implementing all phases of seed cleaning, seed preparation, seed storage, seeding, weed and insect control, soil management, irrigation, greenhouse and prairie for production area, inventory, lifting, sorting, packaging and shipping plants and plant materials. Operates and maintains specialized nursery tools, equipment, and facilities such as seed cleaning equipment. Performs inspection related to seedling quality and quantity, insect and disease problems, packing methods, storage procedures etc; implements procedural and other changes as assigned; applies fertilizers and as assigned. Collects and compiles related data, prepares and maintains reports and programmatic records. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above. Works efficiently and able to work independently. Personal and Professional Qualifications: Plant Propagation Technicians should possess the following minimum qualifications: Knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of high school. Requires two years experience in conservation nursery operation activities or relevant coursework. Requires prairie plant identification. Requires a working knowledge of methods and techniques used in plant propagation, soil management, seed handling, and seeding and other plant material production. Dependable, well organized and detail oriented. This position will begin October 1, 2019 and conclude June 31, 2020. There may be an opportunity for an extension. Compensation: This is a contract position at $22,500 for the 9 month period. Individuals will be paid on a monthly basis and are not eligible for health benefits. HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should email the following information to the email address listed above: Resume. Cover letter describing why you are a good fit for the position. Attach the resume and cover letter as 1 PDF. Please name the email subject and attached PDF "Project Wingspan Plant Propagation Technician_Last Name. Note: An inability to follow the instructions above will result in an automatic rejected application. No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: September 13, 2019


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