Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Horticulturist (Greenhouse IPM) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/29/2021

Requisition Number PRN28211B

Job Title Assistant Horticulturist

Working Title Assistant Horticulturist (Greenhouse IPM)

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Tuesday thru Saturday, with occasional evening shifts required

VP Area President

Department 00340 - Red Butte Garden & Arboretum

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 16.83 - 19.22

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Red Butte Garden is seeking an Assistant Horticulturist for our greenhouse team, with a focus on IPM . The purpose of this position is to lead in implementing the Integrated Pest Management program within the Garden’s greenhouse production facilities, seasonal container displays and indoor plant displays. Assists in the implementation of all Greenhouse team responsibilities, including: ensuring plants are properly irrigated, ensuring the operation maintenance and repair of greenhouse facilities and equipment, implementation and care of the outdoor container and indoor display programs, implementation of plant production, and that job responsibilities avoid impact to garden events.

Assists with providing leadership and training for part-time staff and volunteers in accomplishing department goals/duties.

This position requires the performance of chemical applications as required/assigned and requires a non-commercial pesticide applicators license.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at the work site if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


Leads in programming and implementing the Integrated Pest Management Program; Duties include and are not limited to: scouting, monitoring, sanitation, identifying and diagnosing plant health concerns, researching and confirming appropriate controls for indoor spaces and greenhouse production, applying appropriate controls, and tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of control measures. Pests include plant feeding insects, diseases, weeds, and structural pests. IPM tools include sanitation, disinfecting, a variety of beneficial controls, bio-rational (derived from mature), soft (environmentally low impact) products, herbicides, insecticides, etc. as required; the former are strongly encouraged. Maintains a current chemical inventory and SDS sheets.

Serves as a professional member of the horticulture safety sub-committee and other committees as required. Assists in training staff on safety regarding but not limited to pesticide and workplace safety.

Assists in providing leadership and training for seasonal staff and volunteers in the performance of department responsibilities. Daily assists with oversite and irrigation of all plant materials, including in the greenhouses, holding area, outdoor containers, and interior displays. Assists with implementing the Plant Production Program, the outdoor container and indoor seasonal displays, receiving and inspecting plant material deliveries, ensuring the ongoing functioning of greenhouse facilities and equipment, and the Seasonal Trial Plant Program. Teaches programs in the area of expertise, and assists in responding to public inquiries; providing content for garden publications, website, TV and radio spots.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in Horticulture, Biology or a related field, or equivalency and 1 year of related experience required. A valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License, or the ability to obtain license within 6 months of hire required. A general knowledge of plant identification and nomenclature and specific knowledge of grounds and garden maintenance. Demonstrated oral and written communications skills to deal effectively with a diverse clientele.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


- Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, design, floriculture, or related field or equivalent.

- 2 or more years’ experience in pest management in a production greenhouse or similar environment.

- 1 year experience in greenhouse plant production.

- 2 years’ experience leading others.

- Must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.

- Proficient computer skills including use of spreadsheet and database programs.

- Proven communication skills in written and oral presentation.

- Commitment to provide excellent customer service.

- Specific knowledge of common greenhouse pests and diseases, common insecticides and fungicides, beneficial insects, and common application techniques and sanitation protocols.

- Specific knowledge of integrated pest management programming including sanitation techniques and biological products.

- Specific knowledge of a wide variety of plants and their care needs.

- Knowledge of plant water needs including quantity and frequency of irrigation, and standard irrigation techniques.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.