Employment Opportunities

Two agricultural production career opportunities located in north central Florida. Location near Ocala, FL (1 hour north of Orlando and 1 hour south of Gainesville)

  • Hydroponic Farm Manager – Hydroponic, High-Volume Greenhouse Farm

This position is responsible for assisting in the daily operations of The Villages Grown farm operation.  This position will be responsible for assisting in the growing and producing of a wide variety of controlled environment greenhouse and field-grown crops. This role will also include assisting in the management and supervision of labor, equipment, and materials related to the operations on the company-operated farm. This position requires a great attention to detail and an understanding of controlled environment agriculture.


  • Assistant Hydroponic, High-Production Farm Manager

This position is responsible for the production inventory of The Villages Grown Greenhouse, Outdoor Field Farm, and Production Facility.  This position requires a great attention to detail, and a knowledge base in hydroponic growing and controlled environment agriculture and food safety and handling procedures. Field growing expertise a plus but can be trained if there is no prior experience in outdoor production.

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Position: M.S. Graduate Assistantship: Production and/or evaluation of native and non-native alternatives to ornamental invasives in Florida


Location: Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, Mehrhof Hall, Gainesville, FL.  


Salary: Annual Graduate M.S. Stipend with tuition waiver and health benefits.


Applications Open To: Qualified candidates beginning Fall 2018 for Spring Enrollment (2019).  This position will remain open until filled.


RESEARCH FOCUS:  The successful candidate will participate and lead a two-year research project focused on the identification, production and evaluation of native and non-native alternatives to common ornamental invasives in Florida.  Research emphasis will consist of (but is not limited to) propagation, seed biology, plant morphology, greenhouse production, and landscape cultivar evaluation.  For more information about the program go to http://irrecenvhort.ifas.ufl.edu     


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The candidate will work with Drs. Sandra Wilson and Zhanao Deng. The candidate must fulfill research requirements for a half-time assistantship, coursework, and teaching and research assistance as needed.  The candidate will actively publish and orally present their research findings.       


APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Prospective students should provide the following pre-application materials:  (1) a brief statement of the applicant’s research interests and experience, (2) a current curriculum vitae which includes GPA and GRE score information, (3) names and contact information of 3 references, and (4) copies of recent transcripts.  The contact person for pre-applications is listed below.  Upon review, successful candidates will then be asked to submit a formal application to the UF graduate school online at http://cals.ufl.edu/students/admissions.php                    



Sandra Wilson, Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture

University of Florida, IFAS, PO Box 110675 Bldg 550 Mehrhof Hall, Gainesville,

sbwilson@ufl.edu: 772-834-7619 Cell: 352-273-4576 Office


See https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/for information regarding the ENVHORT graduate program, application procedures, and deadlines. 

The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), part of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), is seeking qualified individuals to join our plant breeding team. Please see the job descriptions below for more information.

Plant Breeding Scientist

The plant breeding program at MREC is seeking a highly motivated scientist to conduct studies in Hops breeding. This position requires a strong background and interest in plant breeding or genetics, a desire to work on both applied and molecular approaches and experience in data analysis using R. 

Applicants should also have experience with tissue culture, effective writing and presentation skills as well as a demonstrated record of research productivity as evidenced by quality publications. This position has an anticipated start date of September 2018 and salary is competitive and will commensurate with background and experience. The position term is two years and renewable contingent on funding and performance.

For more information, visit Alfred Huo's website or check out the job description directly here.

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Plant Breeding

Do you have a passion for plants and interest in working with CRISPR/Cas9 during your doctoral program? MREC seeking a highly motivated student to join our plant breeding program, with a graduate assistantship immediately available in the Department of Environmental Horticulture

The candidate's primary project will focus on the development of ornamental plants with enhanced abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance. The candidate will maintain a newly developed mapping population and perform phenotypic evaluation for genetic analysis as well as prepare a DNA library for illumina sequencing and analyze data for genetic mapping. The candidate will also receive training in plant biotechnology to develop gene-edited ornamental and vegetable mutants using CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cplf. This multidisciplinary program combines education in genetics, molecular biology, genomics, tissue culture, plant physiology and plant pathology in the heart of Florida's nursery industry.

For more information, visit Alfred Huo's website or check out the job description directly here.

A&R Greens Nursery Inc. Seeks Motivated Individual for Nursery Duties

Nursery duties would include...

Generally, anything involving the healthy, successful growth of plants. 

Specializing in herbs, annuals, perennials.

Potting, pruning, propagation, fertilizing, pulling orders, routine grounds maintenance, delivery, infrastructure upkeep, etc.

A&R Greens Nursery Inc. would like help from individuals who would genuinely like to pursue a career in the horticulture field. A&R Greens Nursery Inc. is growing quite rapidly with limitless potential and is in need of people who are interested in sticking it out with their team to help the company grow. 

Amir Reoven
(352) 214-5700