Greenhouse Grower/Horticulturalist – The Plant Company of Virginia, LLC – Stuarts Draft, VA
$40,000 – $60,000 a year
Full Job Description
The Plant Company is a newly established business currently under construction for its Phase 1 production facility. Phase 1 construction encompasses a 5 acre greenhouse facility along with a 1.5 acre production barn.
The Plant Company is constructing a state of the art, controlled environment greenhouse for the sustainable production of tropical indoor foliage plants of consistent and exceptional quality.
We believe that “together we grow stronger”, which applies to employees, vendors and of course customers.
Core values that identify this company are; 1. Doing the right thing, 2. Accountability, 3. Us before me, 4. Innovation.
Daily implementation and decision making around crop needs (e.g. climate, irrigation, fertility, EC and pH management, pest management). Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of co-workers directly engaged in cultivating plants.
Finish crops on time, at the correct quantities and according to internal harvest specifications.
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Plant science or related field.
- 2+ Years’ experience growing plants in commercial controlled environment greenhouse setting.
- Ability to identify insects and plant diseases.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Experience working with greenhouse climate control software such as Hoogendoorn, Priva, Hortimax or Argus.
Hours and Pay
- Full time position, 40+ hours a week, regular schedule Monday through Friday with weekend rotation.
- Wage range: $40,000 – $60,000 a year depending on experience.
- Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
- Determine plant growing conditions and verify plants develop in line with planning and quality goals.
- Establish and maintain Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
- Apply biologicals, pesticides and fertilizers to plants.
- Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers.
- Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.
- Assign work schedules and duties to greenhouse staff and supervise their work.
- Explain, promote and enforce safety regulations and policies.
- Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair and perform necessary maintenance work.
- Confer with management to plan facility renovations or additions.
- Maintain clean growing facilities, ensure that areas are free from weeds and debris, both inside and out.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
- Getting Information
- Thinking Creatively
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work and Activities
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Lifting 15-20 lbs repeatedly and up to 50lbs occasionally.
- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself and other individuals to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Teaching others how to do something.
- Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
- Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Persuading others to change their minds or behaviour.
Complex Problem-Solving Skills
- Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Analysing needs and product requirements.
- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Resource Management Skills
- Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
- Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
Desktop Computer Skills
- Basic computer skills – Using spreadsheets, word processing and internet.
- Graphics – Working with pictures in graphics programs or other applications, including creating simple graphics, manipulating the appearance, and inserting graphics into other programs.
- Databases – Using a computer application to manage large amounts of information, including creating and editing databases, inputting data, retrieving specific records, and creating reports to communicate the information.
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