Nursery Grower

Phoenix Foliage
Winter Garden, FL

The Nursery Grower is responsible for coordinating and managing the planning, growing and harvesting of the Nursery operation. Focus is on improving production practices, managing plant nutrition

 

Responsibilities

 

·         Oversees soil/media preparation for the nurseries.

·         Manages shipping and pre-plant handling of plant material.

·         Responsible for overseeing the planting and mapping of nurseries.

·         Tracks all varieties; works with Program Team to maintain tracking system.

·         Responsible for all aspects of growing, including watering, fertilizing, spraying, de-weeding and testing

·         Responsible for well water control.

·         Check and record daily EC and PH readings and monthly light readings.

·         Manages plant’s health inspection and irrigated pest/disease management.

·         Manages the nursery and coordinates maintenance and repairs with appropriate parties.

·         Calibrates all equipment and probes.

·         Responsible for leading the documentation function of the nursery operation.

·         Conduct trials/experiments to evaluate possible improvements to the crop

·         Perform/track soil, water, disease tests as needed

·         Identify/track/control insects

·         Assist in the development and implementation of specific fertilization programs

·         Monitor/control computerized greenhouse environments

·         Interact/communicate with a dedicated, knowledgeable, friendly grower team

·         Interpret/implement horticulture consultant’s recommendations

·         Identify crop problems and determine a solution.

·         Maintain a working knowledge of plant identification, cultural requirements, necessary maintenance activities and timing, and disease/insect pressures

·         Proficient knowledge on Integrated Pest Management Practices (IPM)

·         Both curatively and preventatively treat plant material for insects and diseases while following all regulations regarding safety and recordkeeping

·         Develop and complete research programs aimed toward gains in production practices and/or efficiencies.

·         Check and Update growing protocols when needed.

·         Develop a regular and consistent method of scouting, nutrient monitoring and water quality monitoring

·         Report to Production Manager any problems that may require shipping schedule modifications or that will affect plant inventory

·         Identify and develop leaders within the ranks of Team Members

 

Job Requirements

·         Degree in Horticulture or Plant Science or equivalent experience would be considered.

·         Minimum of five years of leadership experience.

·         Pesticide private applicator license

·         Knowledge of Worker Protection Standards (WPS)

·         Knowledge and experience with plant diseases and their controls

·         Good understanding about soil science and nutrient management in substrate.

·         Knowledge and experience with pest control (Chemical/Biological)

·         Bilingual English/Spanish communication skills preferred.

·         Competent in use of Microsoft programs; advanced skills preferred.

·         Experience with environmental control software and hardware

·         Willingness and ability to learn data systems and handle devices.

·         Detailed oriented, accurate, reliable, able to multitask and a team player.

·         Has passion for working with people and plants.

·         Ability to work weekends as needed.