Greenhouse Assistant (Part-Time) - Arts & Sciences

Washington University in St Louis

Date: 2 days ago
City: St. Louis, MO
Salary: $16 - $21 / hour
Contract type: Full time
Washington University in St Louis

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

Assist in plant maintenance in the Biology Greenhouse, growth chambers facility, the Eisendrath garden, and interior landscape within the Biology department on the Danforth Campus

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Re-pot, water, fertilize, relocate plants in the greenhouses, garden, and growth chambers.

  • Assist in maintenance of plant growth facilities and infrastructure, such as cleaning, washing reusable containers, and moving supplies to needed areas. Provide assistance and/or guidance to growers as appropriate.

  • Monitor environmental conditions in greenhouse and chambers, making adjustments as need and calling for assistance when necessary.

  • Advice faculty and students in determining proper protocol for plant care.

  • Communicate with facility users on making appointments and scheduling times for accessing the area.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Working Conditions

  • This position is part-time and works approximately 20 hours per week, including one weekend day, possibly two.

  • Occasional holiday work hours may be required.

  • Typical greenhouse and growth chamber conditions—dirt, dust, fertilizers, chemicals, stooping and bending, standing and walking on hard and slippery surfaces, frequent lifting of 45 lb. bags of soil, and coping with heat and humidity indoors and outdoors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Four year degree and/or an associate degree in horticulture with experience working in a research environment.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ambition to learn plant care, including watering, fertilization, pest identification, plant health monitoring, and different growing environments.

Required Qualifications

Associate degree in horticulture and one year of experience working in a greenhouse or equivalent work experience and some horticulture education.



Salary Range

$15.60 - $20.83 / Hourly

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget


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Benefits Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits

EEO/AA Statement

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Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply

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