Horticulture Researcher II

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West Central Research & Outreach Center (WCROC)
The WCROC is located in Morris, Minn., on the edge of the prairie. Our location allows us to research the power of the wind and stufy prairie landscapes for pollinator habitats. We also maintain cropland and research plots and conduct swine and dairy research.


About the Job

The position is located at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, MN. The WCROC conducts applied research in the areas of crop production, dairy production, horticulture, water quality, renewable energy and swine production. The WCROC is part of the U of MN’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

This is full-time position as a horticulture researcher at the WCROC, Morris, MN. Forty hours per week, mainly Monday-Friday with minimal weekend work during the months of January-May.


  1. (30%) Manage and care for trial and demonstration plant materials in the greenhouse. Independently follow proper research protocols and record all experimental data. Includes growing and propagation from seed, vegetative cuttings, transplanting, media management, disease and insect control, monitoring fertility needs, irrigation, crop scouting and operating greenhouse growing equipment.
  2. (30%) Manage and care for trial plants and systems in horticulture research plots. Perform complex, multi-step research objectives and protocols. Independently record field and greenhouse plant and harvest data including yield, disease and insect tolerance, vigor notes,
    growth, bloom rating, foliage quality, pollinator presence and assist in design of research projects. Provide weed and vegetation management, irrigation, disease and insect control, garden design, mosquito and deer management, crop scouting, irrigation management, spring and fall prep and clean-up in all the horticulture research plot areas. Assist with writing research reports.
  3. (20%) Maintenance, organization and upkeep of greenhouses and various other horticulture structures. Responsible for ordering supplies and plants, maintenance of horticulture equipment including garden hand tools, vehicles, utility tractors, gators, tillers, lawn mowers, chain saw and weed eaters and organization of plot building, cold storage areas and chemical building.
  4. (10%) Manage and care for center grounds. Provide planting, weed and vegetation management of landscape beds, care of turf, landscape design, limited mowing management, fertilizing and pesticide applications.
  5. (10%) Supervise student labor and garden/greenhouse volunteers. Provide training, develop daily work plans, and recruit and coordinate members of our volunteer group.


Required Qualifications:

  1. BA/BS in horticulture or related field plus one year experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal five (5) years.
  2. Interest in horticulture science.
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate in both written and oral forms, possess excellent organization and computer skills, and be able to work effectively in a team setting with good interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in greenhouse growing including propagation of plants from seed or vegetative cuttings, transplanting, media management, fertility, disease and insect control.
  2. Experience with landscape and plant design techniques.
  3. Experience with grounds maintenance.
  4. Willingness to learn operating small farm/horticulture equipment.
  5. Knowledge or ability to maintain horticulture equipment.
  6. Ability to effectively supervise students and volunteer labor.

Job Details

Posted Date
May 1, 2023
, MN
Expiration Date
May 15, 2023