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Controlled Environment Operations Associate

Location: San Diego, California
Position Type: Contract
Required Education: H.S. or B.S.
Area(s) of Expertise Desired: The ideal candidate will have a B.Sc. degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, Agronomy, Biology, or related field and a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in research and/or production greenhouse environment.
Job Code: PD2265


Cibus is a biotechnology company with advanced technologies to precisely target and direct a plant’s natural gene-editing processes. This approach accelerates natural plant breeding that has been a staple of farming for thousands of years and has resulted in a rapid, versatile and low-cost way to produce sustainable industrial and agricultural products and improve human health by safely harnessing nature's own genetic diversity.

The company has a worldwide presence, with subsidiaries in Europe and North America and a state-of-the-art research and development center in San Diego. Cibus has a pipeline of traits for canola and rice and is developing crop platforms and a pipeline of trait products in other major global crops including soybean, corn, and wheat. The broad applicability of Cibus’ technologies is highlighted by the company’s strain-advancement program, which develops sustainable products in microbial platforms for the food, flavor and fragrance, and personal care markets.

Cibus has an immediate opening for a Controlled Environment Operations Associate to help us to revolutionize plant breeding.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Support the operational requirements of growth room facilities and including space planning, storage, and maintenance of the facility inventory.
  • Develop proposals for cultivation systems improvements with Greenhouse Operations team and coordinate plan for implementation.
  • Supervise contractors and technicians on installation and maintenance projects related to warehouse storage and growth room facilities.
  • Coordinate with different stakeholders on cultivation and storage scheduling, this includes ensuring that the climate control systems are functioning.
  • Participate in the improvement of controlled environment infrastructure or processes as needed.

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated expertise in the following areas: plant propagation methods, plant nutrients, soil and growth media, automated irrigation systems, Conviron or Percival plant growth chambers
  • Familiarity with local greenhouse and/or horticultural supply vendors and procurement strategies.
  • Experience working with field row crops in a controlled environment facility (greenhouse or growth chamber) is a plus.
  • Managing inventory and scheduling

Core Capabilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong organizational and motivational skills, accurate record keeping, and attention to detail.
  • Able to use judgment and make routine recommendations for resolving problems in moderately complex assignments.
  • Basic proficiency in Excel and MS Office suite is a must.
  • Manage multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
  • Strong foundation in following SOPs. Able to develop and review SOPs and perform troubleshooting on procedures.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in routine to achieve objectives.
  • Coaching and supervisory responsibilities may include supervision of interns and assistant level support staff.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work in greenhouse or indoor grow, including lifting, bending, standing, and tolerating high temperatures for brief periods is required.
  • Must be able to lift 20-50 lbs with or without accommodation, help with logistics and movement of plant materials between sites
  • Must be able to work in high temperature and humidity conditions periodically throughout the summer months.
  • Willing to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.
  • Willing to monitor plants and experiments during the weekend on a rotating schedule or as needed.
  • Willing to travel to offsite greenhouse and field station locations in San Diego area to conduct business and project needs.

Cibus provides an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision, flexible spending, 401(k) plan, vacation and sick leave. If you enjoy working as part of a team and want to participate in this exciting research, please e-mail resume to and put down job code: PD2265.