Assistant Head Grower-Pacific Plug and Liner

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Job Description: 

The Assistant Head Grower is responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of the cultural techniques used to grow our crops. The Assistant Head Grower has an active role in trials and crop cultural needs and leads the Section Grower team with a focus on Plugs and Liners, Tissue Culture and Integrated Pest Management program.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Oversee crops to ensure environment and cultural needs are met for superior quality, yield, and timing
  • Manage all aspects of Tissue Culture (TC) crops, such as weaning, fertility, incoming quality and standard size. Create and execute SOP’s
  • Communicate in a timely manner on potential crop questions and issues. Work proactively with Head Grower to find solutions and take necessary actions to solve or minimize potential challenges
  • Maintain greenhouse software and make adjustments to provide optimum environment for all crops
  • Work with Production to troubleshoot TC crops and communicate to breeder/supplier for quality related issues
  • Lead daily Section Grower meeting and weekly training
  • Assist in development of Trial Garden
  • Manage IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program that uses biological and conventional controls
  • Partner with Head Grower on PGR (Plant Growth Regulator) SOP and help monitor implementation
  • Work indoors and outdoors, in seasonal temperatures and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Continuously walk, stand, bend, kneel as well as reaching overhead, and from side to side for long periods of time
  • Wear respirators and other PPE for a long period of time

  • Capable identification of pests and diseases
  • Thorough understanding of pH and fertility
  • Computer and Microsoft Office skills
  • Bilingual (English and some Spanish) preferred.
  • Ability to work longer hours during busy season (typically December – April)
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced working environment
  • Bachelor degree in Horticulture (preferred) or related field and 3 years of growing experience in greenhouse/nursery/field
  • 2 years or more of supervisory experience
  • Current valid pesticide applicator license
  • Experience with beneficial insects (biological control) and pesticide (chemical control)

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