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Grower Manager – California
Posted by Mark Teague, Mark@producecareers.com
The successful Grower Manager is responsible to Grow horticultural-specialty crops, such as ornamental plants, vegetables and energy crops, under environmentally controlled conditions and in outside growing areas, applying knowledge of plant culture, environmental control and labor management to meet the consistent quality standards of each customer. Key Responsibilities include ensuring all work is performed in accordance with safety policies and regulations to promote a safe working environment.
Summary of essential job functions:
Responsible for day to day production of top quality plants within specifications that exceed customer expectations. This includes pesticide application and schedules, irrigation, lighting, fertilization, nutrition, monitoring and overall health of plants.
Regulate environmental conditions to ensure optimum growth when crop is grown inside greenhouse.
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of top quality plants.
Motivate, develop, and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Explain and demonstrate growing techniques and cultivation to coworkers and subordinates.
Hire workers, assign duties, and monitor activities to assure adherence to established procedures.
Explain and enforce policies and procedures.
Ensure that accurate crop records are maintained for all crops and locations.
Proactively alert proper staff of any potential issues or concerns with equipment.
Willingness to travel based on company needs
BS in Horticulture and at least five years experience in horticultural production.
Current State pesticide license.
Microsoft Office proficient.
Advanced knowledge of concepts about greenhouse operations, quality and productivity.
Valid Driver License, clean criminal history and drug free
Good physical condition and able to work outdoors for extended periods of time.
Must demonstrate high ethical standards and set a positive example for crew members.
Current first aid/CPR certification, or ability and willingness to obtain one.
Excellent communication skills; able to speak effectively to employees, managers and customers
Outstanding organizational skills
Bilingual – English/Spanish to be able to effectively communicate with staff.
Attention to detail and accuracy, problem solving, managing processes and delegation of responsibilities.
Ability to read, comprehend and interpret operating instructions, training and procedure manuals, government regulations, agreements and contracts.
Ability to run/calibrate irrigation, fertilization and spray equipment required to achieve desired results.
Ability to test or have tested any plant, water or media to maintain the health of each plant variety.
Ability to test/interpret pH & Electrical conductivity and how these, along with alkalinity affect the crops.
Willingness to work nights and/or weekends, hours will change based on business needs.
Ability to tolerate exposure to greenhouse elements such as heat, cold, water and dirt.
Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and able to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Ability to take initiative and work with minimum supervision, self motivated.
Please contact Mark Teague, Mark@producecareers.com