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Generic Job Description - Phytotron Technical Assistant

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Phytotron Technical Assistant
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Job Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, performs technical duties related to the maintenance of a Phytotron and greenhouse facility. Performs duties related to plant care. Trains others and demonstrates techniques. Maintains departmental van. Provides carpentry and handyman service not requiring a certified trade.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Cleans and sterilizes Phytotron growth chambers and greenhouse areas according to established protocols.

2. Performs routine maintenance and minor repairs of Phytotron service equipment such as the vacuum system, glass panes, hoist etc. Ensures adherence to maintenance schedules.

3. Trains others and demonstrates techniques to others. Monitors the safe and correct use of the facility and equipment. Oversees and ensures proper execution of specific cleaning tasks.

4. Following established protocols, performs duties related to plant care such as watering, applying fertilizers, pruning, repotting and applying insect pests and pathogenic control treatments. Prepares fertilizer solutions.

5. Maintains departmental van. Arranges for repairs.

6. Provides carpentry and handyman service not requiring a certified trade.

7. Moves heavy loads of materials and supplies. Keeps inventory and monitors supply of materials and products used in work area.

8. Completes simple reports.

9. Maintains equipment, performs minor repairs. Ensure cleanliness of work area.

10. Uses equipment such as soil mixer, autoclave, scales, carpentry and hand tools, power tools, computer.

11. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.
Education and Experience: 
High School Leaving
Six (6) months experience