Greenhouse Support Technician

Alexandria Real Estate Research Triangle Park , NC 27709

Posted 3 weeks ago

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE) is an urban office REIT uniquely focused on world-class collaborative science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations. Alexandria pioneered this niche in 1994 and has since established a dominant market presence in key locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle Park. Alexandria is known for its high-quality and diverse tenant base. Alexandria has a longstanding and proven track record of developing Class A assets clustered in urban science and technology campuses that provide its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success. For additional information on Alexandria, please visit

We are seeking a Greenhouse Support Technician for the Alexandria Center for AgTech - RTP. The Greenhouse Support Technician will contribute to a high performing greenhouse by assisting in a wide range of tasks from developing experimental design to facility management.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions, marital status, registered domestic partner status, family-care status, veteran status, military status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to a high performing greenhouse by assisting in a wide range of tasks from developing experimental design to facility management.

  • Plan and execute assignments under the direction of the Greenhouse Manager to deliver timely reports and properly operating facilities.

  • Maintain systems and processes to support plant care, computer-based control systems, and greenhouse equipment and machinery.

  • Daily monitoring of greenhouse compartments via computer control system as well as visual, mechanical check, including but not limited to running weekly reports, troubleshooting parameters, checking the alarm status, and be on a rotational call system 24/7 for all greenhouse facilities.

  • Work with Building Engineers to provide services needed/requested, including but not limited to assisting in formulating short and long-range goals for the use of each facility, help in space set up and planned activities, assist in training staff on new policies/protocol or on new equipment, understanding emergency procedures, conduct monthly safety walkthroughs and identify areas for safety or process improvement, general cleaning and organizing, and assist in waste management.

  • Assist in tenant activities by becoming a resource for pest control, specifically helping scout and identify insect pests, pesticide spraying set up, or biological pest control set up. Furthermore, work with tenants to communicate challenges and help improve the environment for all users.

  • Assist in setting up and maintaining the following greenhouse experimental devices:

  • Scientific equipment such as Photosynthesis and Fluorescence System, Spectroradiometers, pH and EC meters.

  • Irrigation lines and soil moisture sensors.

  • Help streamline events in the headhouse such as spray booth use, pot filling, and devitalization.

  • Help write reports and communicate results.

  • Assist in writing and maintaining documents to keep the greenhouse operating properly, including drafting protocols and work instruction, SDS sheets and pesticide labels and application notifications.

  • Monitor procurement needs and stay abreast of inventory. This includes helping develop a shared procurement process and making sure ARE has all necessary spare parts on hand, such as actuators, water solenoids, HPS lamps and other consumables.

  • Interact and communicate with internal and external stakeholders, third party vendors, tenants of the ARE research greenhouses, and building engineers.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Associate Degree, (BS preferred), with knowledge of greenhouse operations and plant health.

  • Use of fertilizers and additives, pest insect identification. Having a NC pesticide license is a plus.

  • Experience with agricultural crops such as soy, corn and cotton is a plus.

  • Must be able to work well in a team, be flexible, and have a keen interest in agricultural biotechnology.

  • Must possess effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to work hands-on, unsupervised, and independently.

  • Must have the ability to prioritize workload, solve problems and coordinate multiple tasks.

  • Must be proficient in computer MS programs, especially excel. Prior knowledge of greenhouse controls systems such as Argus and Priva is a plus

  • Able to lift 50lb bags of soil, and able to drive a forklift

  • Must be able to wear PPE including respirator.

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Greenhouse Support Technician

Alexandria Real Estate