Research Manager

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Research Manager

OverviewAt Monrovia, we Grow Beautifully?.? To Grow Beautifully? is a core part of what makes Monrovia great. It is how we describe our pursuit of a ?culture of excellence?. ?And in today?s world, what Monrovia does ? working outdoors; working with one?s hands; propagating and growing exceptionally healthy and vital plants; stewarding the environment; delivering great service to customers; inspiring and sharing knowledge with consumers that will enhance their success ? makes the world a more beautiful place.?Monrovia is a leading wholesale supplier of ornamental shrubs and container plants to retail garden centers and horticultural distribution centers across the country.? Founded in 1926 and headquartered in Azusa, CA, this privately-owned business (www.monrovia.com) has developed an enviable reputation for sales and marketing sophistications and commitment to quality.? Monrovia has a total of four nurseries located in California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Georgia.?Position SummaryWe have an immediate opening for a self-driven, energetic Research Manager.? Candidate will collect samples and conduct laboratory tests on water, soil, and plant tissues; diagnose and evaluate plant diseases / disorders and recommend preventative and curative treatments; and conduct research trials on all areas of nursery production.? This is a great opportunity for a qualified candidate who enjoys conducting research trials related to the growing the best woody ornamentals in the industry!?Duties and ResponsibilitiesMaintain and operate and analytical laboratory for testing water, soil, and plant tissue samples.Write and distribute reports of quality control testing.Manage our domestic water system for the nursery and ensure compliance with the State of California Department of Health Systems.Maintain accurate records and filing system of quality control testing to meet business needs.Diagnose plant diseases and disorders.Communicate with production personnel to understand production conditions and practices to accurately diagnose problems.Write reports to communicate preventative and corrective recommendations for diagnosed disorders.Maintain accurate records and filing systems of plant disorder diagnoses to meet business needs.Evaluate and improve laboratory procedures associated with plant pathology to increase effectiveness and reduce laboratory cost.Work with company management, Production personnel, and other Research Coaches in evaluating current and new plant production processes.Plan and conduct research trials related to all aspects of nursery operations that will improve product quality, improve product readiness, or reduce production costs.Conduct trials according to generally accepted research protocols.Write reports of research findings.Train and assist other craftsmen in research duties, such as sample collection, sample preparation, data collection, data entry, research trial set-up and maintenance, and other activities associated with the Research Department.Provide expertise and training to the Production Department in the form of teaching sessions and materials.Make recommendations to company management with regard to staffing needs and performance.QualificationsMinimum of a B.S. Degree in Plant Science or related field.Minimum of two (2) years? experience working in an agricultural laboratory including analytical chemistry, plant pathology, and soil science.Knowledge and ability to conduct accurate research trials using basic experimental design and statistical analysis.Excellent organizational and communication skills.Proficient in Microsoft Office and especially Excel.Basic knowledge of the nursery industry is highly desirable.Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.?CompensationCCompensation Salary is commensurate with education and experience.?? Monrovia offers a competitive base salary and an excellent benefits package.???Thank you for your interest in Monrovia!?We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including: Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans

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