Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
OVERVIEW: This position provides 9-month technical support for the maintenance of apple research and production orchards located at the Landscape Arboretum - Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen. This position is a full-time, seasonal (9-month) position; typically beginning February 15 and ending on November 15th annually.
(50%) Research plot maintenance • Plant, prune, train and overall care of fruit plants to maintain optimum growing conditions within horticultural research and production orchards. • Identify and control pests and weeds. Apply herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, fertilizer, and other materials as needed to maintain optimum growing conditions within research plots. Hand weeding and mulch application as needed. • Mowing and other activities requiring the use of tractors and other farm equipment to maintain optimum growing conditions within research plots. • Assist in bud-grafting and other forms of propagation needed to reproduce and grow fruit trees required for research purposes.
(30%) Apple harvest and grading • Determine maturity and pick apples for sale in the Applehouse • Grade apples and pack in bags for sale • Clean, set-up, organize and stock apple displays • Train and monitor temporary, student and volunteer workers in the Applehouse and orchards • Provide friendly and helpful customer service
(15%) Other research project maintenance • Work on other research projects or on Arboretum grounds as directed
(5%) Other duties as assigned. May include activities such as maintaining equipment, cleaning and organizing greenhouses and facilities, plowing snow, taking supply inventory, etc.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS • High school diploma and two years of related education and/or related experience in Horticulture or Biology • Experience caring for fruit trees, particularly at a research facility • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather and lift 50 pounds for extended periods of time
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience working outdoors, preferably in a farm or garden setting • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and ability to work respectfully and effectively with individuals from culturally diverse populations
Internal Number: 340223
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