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22 Dec 2022

Full-Time Greenhouse Grower, Laboratory of Dr. Wolfgang Busch

Salk Institute for Biological Studies – Posted by [email protected] Encinitas, California, United States

Job Description

Job Location is 441 Saxony Road, Barn 7 Encinitas, CA 92024


  • Perform all duties associated with high-quality crop production in a greenhouse setting, including sowing, transplanting, thinning, managing healthy plant growth, watering, insect and disease control, managing pollination, seed processing, and establishing and monitoring optimal plant growth environments
  • Harvest and process seeds of greenhouse-grown crops, properly store seeds, manage pedigree information, and seed distribution
  • Coordinate work with a genotyping team, including harvesting leaf samples for high-throughput genotyping
  • Collect data on plant and seed characteristics for plant selection
  • Manage data using Microsoft Excel and additional plant breeding software
  • Improve plant quality by troubleshooting existing protocols and processes and developing new protocols or improving processes when needed
  • Organize and perform work with high accuracy and attention to detail
  • Independently manage their time, solve problems, and plan tasks to grow crops
  • Support the operational requirements of greenhouse facilities, including space planning, seed storage, and maintenance of the facility inventory



  • Experience growing crops from seed to seed.
  • 3+ years of experience with a master’s degree or 5+ years with a bachelor’s degree


  • Experience in handling crops for seed production
  • Experience in plant biology-related lab work
  • Training and experience in plant breeding
  • Experience growing one or more of the following plant species: canola, rice, soybean, corn, and wheat



  • A Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, bachelor’s degree in Agronomy or Plant Sciences preferred.


  • A Master’s in Biological Sciences, bachelor’s degree in Agronomy or Plant Sciences.



  • Experience growing crops for seed production in a greenhouse setting
  • Perform regular greenhouse activities, including irrigating, fertilizing, weed, pruning, cleaning, transplanting, maintaining healthy plants, harvesting, and proper seed storage
  • Be receptive to learning new methods and sharing existing knowledge of cultivating plants
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team will require very close attention to detail, and the ability to thrive in an interactive, goal-oriented environment
  • Ability to execute and lead multiple projects simultaneously involving several participants
  • Be able to work with detailed project schedules and foresee potential problems and solutions
  • Willing to monitor plants and experiments during the weekend on a rotating schedule or as needed
  • Ability to perform routine, repetitive tasks
  • Ability to communicate required information and keep accurate records of work performed
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Proven skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels


  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation
  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs
  • Must be willing to work on weekends and holidays when necessary
  • Must be willing to frequently participate in lifting, bending, standing, reaching, squatting, walking, twisting, and turning
  • Must be able to work in high temperature and humidity conditions periodically throughout the summer months


This position will be constantly be handling, seeing, sitting, talking and frequently participate in lifting, bending, standing, reaching, squatting, walking, twisting, and turning

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job Categories: Horticulture / Gardening / Landscaping. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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