IPM Leader

Keepsake Plants
Alva FL

Summary:

Leader, training, and scheduling of IPM personnel. Development and Deployment of pest management programs. Improvement of IPM equipment and systems including spray equipment, scouting equipment and record keeping.

If individual does not have their pesticide license, they must have their pesticide license within 90 days.

Key Functions:

 

·         Lead an effective spray crew.

·         Conduct respirator fit test for spray men and growing personnel.

·         Schedule pesticide and biological predator applications.

·         Ensure that pesticides are applied in accordance with WPS rules and regulations.

·         Oversee WPS compliance across farm.

·         Order and store pesticides in a safe manner.

·         Conduct pesticide efficacy and phytotoxicity trails as needed.

·         Must have good attendance.

·         Maintain an up-to-date list of MSDS sheets on pesticides used on the farm.

·         Chemical Inventory.

·         Ensures processes are followed within safety guidelines.

·         Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Additional Responsibilities: 

 

·         Cross train in grower duties to assist growers as needed during the peak growing season.

·         Participate in frost patrol as needed.

·         Participate in weekend duty as needed when trained.

·         Active participation in safety program-Safety Meetings-Tailgates-Stop cards.

·         Fill in for others where needed in case of illness, vacations, or meetings.

 

 Work Environment:

 

Some work is completed in a greenhouse environment with temperature extremes with moist,

humid conditions.  Floors are frequently wet.  Walks are uneven and made of concrete or

sand covered with ground cloth.  Work is completed between narrow aisles.  Some work is

with plants grown outdoors under saran and on sand covered with ground cloth.  Work will

be done in natural weather conditions including hot and cold temperature extremes, rain

and wind.  When required, wearing of personal protective equipment, (i.e., Boots, respirator,

Tyvek suits, goggles, gloves, etc.) Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.

 

Job Skills Required:

 

·         Previous experience with document, database, and spreadsheet computer programs. (MS programs preferred)

·         Effectively demonstrate leadership skills through setting a good role model for others.

·         Ability to effectively communicate using verbal and written communication skills.

·         Ability to coordinate between several departments, using good communication and interpersonal skills.

·         Able to maintain good relationships while considering multiple personalities.

·         Willing to work a varied schedule with overtime, evenings, and weekend hours as necessary.

·         Ability to analyze and make decisions on best methods while using good judgement.

·         Mechanical aptitude and familiarity with tractors and spray equipment desired.

·         Current pesticide license required or must obtain one within 90 days of hire.

·         Willingness to adhere to all company procedures, safety, and housekeeping rules and to effectively