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Plant Science Operations Manager

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Plant Science Operations Manager

Department: CAFES-Horticulture & Crop Sci (100500)

College/Division: CAFES-College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected.

Position Description:

The Horticulture & Crop Science Department (HCS) is in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Department is comprised of department head, 9 full-time faculty, 10 part-time faculty, 275 undergraduate majors, 6 support staff, and student-assistants. This position will have dual reporting responsibilities. 1) to the HCS Department Head and 2) to the Dean of CAFES.

In consultation with department head, Manager will assume responsibility for the tasks and daily operation of Crops and Horticultural Units. Incumbent will have overall management responsibilities for HCS agricultural production fields and greenhouses. Manager will ensure that Crops and Horticultural Units and all field operations are running smoothly, efficiently, and safely. Manager will advise and oversee technicians and students and will work directly with faculty to facilitate specific instructional and field research activities. Optional on campus housing.

In consultation with the Dean, incumbent will serve as the lead in strategic planning and management for college's plant production lands. Incumbent will work with leads in animal production operations and Agricultural Operations along with directors or department heads of related centers, institutes, and academic departments to provide input to Dean on land use issues. This includes ensuring sufficient land resources for teaching, research and outreach activities of the college.


Bachelors' degree from an accredited university, preferably in the field of agriculture (horticulture, agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, or similar field). Five years of increasingly responsible farming experience including crop production, row agronomics and/or fruit crop production.


Possession of a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.

Required Qualifications:

Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn and apply University infrastructure, policies and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Conditions:


Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

Review Begin Date: 02-23-2018

Requisition Number: 104720

To Apply: All applicants must apply online at:

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Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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