Greenhouse or Field Technician

These positions are for people who like to work with plants, enjoy being more outdoors, but also like to understand science.  They care for plants that have been created through genetic engineering and have to understand how to plant seeds, pollinate flowers, water and weed plant beds, plant root

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Education & Training: 

An Associates degree is required for many of these positions.

Common requirements and abilities:

  • Able to work on your feet in a hot environment
  • Able to life 50 lbs repeatedly
  • Able to perform heavy labor

These positions are for people who like to work with plants, enjoy being more outdoors, but also like to understand science.  They care for plants that have been created through genetic engineering and have to understand how to plant seeds, pollinate flowers, water and weed plant beds, plant rooted plants, nurture root cuttings, treat plants for disease and pest infestation, and be able to use a computer for documentation purposes. They can work in a greenhouse and or out in the fields and may need experience with farm equipment. Employers hire people with two year degrees in plant science, crop science or botany, or four year people with degrees in agriculture, agronomy, plant science, biology or botany. 

Some positions will require preparing plants for research groups to ensure a consistent supply of plants for bioassays. Includes understanding of technical planting needs for multiple functional groups. All plants are to be maintained on specified watering and feeding schedules.

Greenhouse technicians assist in pest management, including pest monitoring and application of pesticides. They perform general greenhouse maintenance, including maintaining fertilization solutions, preparing various soil media, watering, and daily plant care.

They must be familiar with APHIS-regulated materials and autoclave them before discarding. APHIS is the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. It is part of the US Department of Agriculture. APHIS protects U.S. agricultural health, regulates genetically engineered organisms, administers the Animal Welfare Act, and manages wildlife damage.

Alternative job titles:  Cultivation technician, Research technician, Associate plant technician, Agricultural research technician.

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