Nursery Technician in Riverside, CA 92521  (University area)

University of California, Riverside

Position Information

The Ramadugu Lab is seeking a Full Time Nursery Technician to work in the citrus breeding program at the University of California Riverside, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. The goal of the program is to generate citrus huanglongbing-resistant novel citrus hybrids, maintain the breeding population in a regulated, APHIS-certified greenhouse, and maintain the experimental trees in the UCR fields. The successful candidate will know plant and horticultural care, especially of citrus.

The full salary range for the Nursery Technician position is $19.24 – $26.92 per hour. However, the expected pay scale for this position is $19.24 – $22.11 per hour. We base salary offers on a variety of considerations, such as education, licensure and certifications, experience, and other business and organizational needs.

Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Education Requirements



Undergraduate degree





2 years of experience


3 or more years of experience


Ability to read, write and perform arithmetic calculations; two years of training and experience in nursery techniques; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.


Minimum Requirements

Knowledge of plant and horticultural care.
Ability to lift approximately 40 pounds.
Ability to speak, read, and write in English.
Good communication skills.
Ability to work cooperatively with team members.
Knowledge of irrigation requirements and plant propagation methods.
Ability to work in the greenhouse/field in inclement weather, eg. hot humid conditions under 95 F, cold damp foggy conditions and windy weather. They must also be able to work routinely in the greenhouse when the temperatures exceed 90 F (but under 95 V) for several hours., given appropriate breaks and water.
Ability to record data accurately on paper or handheld devices
Ability to work for 8 hours

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with citrus

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities’ air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine’s 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings. UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. – U.S. News 2020 UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color. Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. – Business Insider 2019 Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR’s Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. – Center for World University Rankings UCR’s distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.