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Senior Grower - Harrisonburg (VA) USA


 

 

 

Shenandoah Growers is at the forefront of developing ‘organic’ ‘state of the art’ indoor multi-level indoor controlled growing sites, using our decades of commercial-scale growing expertise. Our commercial unit at R11 is the commercial test center of this exciting technology which is helping to change US horticulture. This unit is the vital link between R&D and the future. We are looking for an experienced senior grower who is not afraid of a challenge, hard work, continuous improvement, and pushing the boundaries of horticulture. We need an analytical, well-organized grower, obsessed with detail, data, and maximizing quality and taste. You will be working closely with R&D, our grow teams, and sales to help develop growing protocols that will form the basis of future US growing techniques on a commercial scale. Do a good job at this site and the world is your oyster! This really is a unique opportunity at a very exciting time for LED lighting technology and USA horticulture. Be part of the future!

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The Senior Grower will work with the location’s management team to ensure that all aspects of growing processes are operating effectively. The Sr. Grower coordinates efforts aimed at optimizing all aspects of the site’s product growing function throughout the entire growth process, including but not limited to, team management, plant handling, collection and analysis of environmental and production data. A big component of this position is the ability to consistently deliver on high priority projects simultaneously as well as assist all Farm Operations teams and management in a wide range of different activities. This position reports to General Manager.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Responsible for the environmental climate control, overseeing agriculture equipment and instruments, such as heating systems, humidity controls, irrigation systems, fertilizer units, water storage tanks, electrical and computer systems and controls
  • Utilizes and integrates new and existing growing technology
  • Oversees crop production in assigned areas
  • Analyzes insect and disease conditions and implements appropriate control measures
  • Develops crop fertilization plan and oversees fertilization of crops by Growers and Grower Assistants
  • Maintains pesticide and irrigation records up to date
  • Researches and compiles safety controls procedures
  • Performs fertilizers calculations
  • Supervises and directs the assigned Assistant Growers and Growers
  • Determines biological orders based on scouting & reports
  • Works closely with the Site General Manager to achieve maximum growth & crop production
  • Responsible for developing seeding plan with the site General Manager
  • Assists the General Manager with budget development and expense allocation
  • Reports any departmental discrepancies or problems to the site General Manager
  • Monitors production at off-site facility Leads ongoing growth activities and communicates effectively with all management
  • Provides technical expertise to Greenhouse personnel
  • Assists in scheduling of planting, fertilization, and harvesting
  • Monitors crops for optimal growth
  • Ensures safety as number one priority and conducts daily self-checks of all assigned areas as also, promotes safety with actions and corrects unsafe findings immediately
  • Adheres to all safety and food safety guidelines
  • Reports and is accountable for notifying the site General Manager of observed safety concerns.
  • Maintains a clean working environment
  • Leads and motivates people

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, foreign equivalent or related field required
  • 7 Years of growing experience in greenhouse and irrigation systems.
  • Working knowledge of quality systems, food safety programs, GMPs, food defense, and HACCP
  • Ability to identify insects and plant diseases
  • Highly proficient in knowledge of fertilization calculations

 

PREFERRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bi-lingual English & Spanish preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record

 

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork and flexibility to get the job done
  • Effective communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate ability to lead and motivate people
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office 365

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to work flexible hours (8-10+ Hrs.)
  • Must be able to stand for periods of 8–10+ hours during a regular workday
  • May involve some repetitive motions
  • While performing the duties of this job, the teammate is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
  • The teammate must occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds · with occasional lift up to 50 lbs. .
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

 

SGI utilizes E-Verify and is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. In the event you require reasonable accommodation to apply for this job, please contact our company and appropriate assistance will be provided.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $75,000.00 - $90,000.00 per year

Location: Harrisonburg, VA

 

 

To Apply:  PCastillo@thatstasty.com        

 

 

 


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