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Aris Horticulture, Inc. – Lancaster, PA
Seed Propagation Grower - Green Leaf Plants (Lancaster , PA)
Summary: Responsible for all aspects of seedling production, including seed sowing, germination and finishing seedlings for both internal use and sales to customers. Responsibilities include vegetative propagation at certain times of the year.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities are to grow the appropriate Quantity of plants to Quality Standards by the Ready Date. Other duties may be assigned.
Supervise, manage, train technicians and growing staff
Coordinate staffing needs with Growing, Production and /or Human Resources
Rotate within the growing department as directed by Growing Operations Manager
Sow seeds according to production plans while recognizing and responding promptly to germination issues. Assign seedling locations in greenhouse, keeping crops with compatible cultural needs together as is practical.
Manage germination room and greenhouse environment for to meet specific cultural requirements
Transfer seedlings to appropriate environments as needed.
Manage crop culture to include but not limited to environmental controls, irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease controls, pinching /trimming plants to achieve quality standards on ready dates
Determine and apply chemicals / biocontrols based on personal observation, Crop Health Scouting Reports and diagnostic reports to control insects, disease and growth
Manipulate Argus controlled environment system for overall crop culture
Operate equipment to complete tasks, including but not limited to seeders, tractors, sprayers, power washers, etc.
Evaluate and report inventory accuracy for location, quantity, quality, ready dates and yield percentages
Following consultation with Production Planning and Inventory Control (PPIC), take appropriate action (for example, re-sow) if yield is low
Interact with PPIC to review production and sow schedules; modify as needed to meet on-time delivery
Maintain a computerized seed inventory To provide appropriate crop culture, attend training opportunities, read industry magazines, trial products or techniques with supervisor’s approval Maintain greenhouses in safe, clean and orderly condition; report conditions that require repair to Maintenance in a timely and appropriate manner.
Train and supervise growing staff and technicians (1 to 4 people) in their supporting roles. Insure that time cards are updated with labor codes. Perform job reviews periodically.
Work is performed primarily in a greenhouse environment. Conditions include temperatures varying from below freezing to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on crop requirements and outdoor seasonal conditions. By nature of the job, high relative humidity and wet floors frequently exist. Exposure to sunlight. Use of toxic and caustic chemicals with appropriate personal protective equipment is routine
Work is occasionally performed in outside weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may at times involve exposure to noisy motors and equipment.
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and / or Experience:
Associates degree or equivalent in Horticulture from two–year college or technical school plus two years related experience and / or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related discipline from four-year college or university plus two years related experience and / or training preferred.
Demonstrated accomplishment in driving improvements in growing systems in a team environment.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively one-on-one or before small groups of customers or employees of organization. Ability to speak Spanish, Burmese a plus.
Previous experience with computer controlled environment preferred.
Basic computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Window, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access desirable.