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Grower

The role of the Grower is to support the growing team to ensure plant conditions meet VBN quality standards in an efficient way for Shipping and Production while maintaining inventory accuracy.

Van Belle Nursery Young Plants is located in Old Clayburn Village where the scenery is beyond beautiful. At this location we propagate 400+ varieties of plants, many of which are highlighted in our show garden. Van Belle Nursery practices open book management, sharing the finances and giving employees a stake in the outcome through a profit sharing program. We’re committed to the strong culture that has been cultivated through five Core Values:

Best Effort, Always Positive, Respect People, Find A Better Way, and Do It Well.

Every employee is responsible for protecting and contributing to our culture by living these Values.

Goals for this role:

Plants

  • Collaborate with the Production, Trial plants, IPM, and Shipping teams to produce high-quality plants, on schedule in the quantities requested by the Sales team
  • Work with the Senior Grower to research and implement improvements to growing processes
  • Optimize environmental control through Argus/Hunter to provide conditions that are most favorable to maximize the crop yields

People

  • Train FT and PT workers in all growing tasks and keep track of their performance
  • Be an active backup for the Growing team. 
  • Maintain and update SOPs related to the Growing Program that can be used by other team members

Finances

  • Maintain a daily accurate inventory of crops, equipment, and supplies and make purchase decisions
  • Help to establish and monitor the crop protection budget and forecast for all young plant crops

Responsibilities for this role:

People

  • Ensure staff are well-trained
  • Ensure equipment, and machinery is operated in a good and safe condition
  • Report health and safety concerns to the Safety Committee

Plants

  • Create and maintain up-to-date procedures of growing techniques; with the supervision of the senior grower
  • Constantly monitor crops and with the Senior Grower make adjustments to achieve production goals 
  • Responsible for all growing activities in propagation or finishing including
    • Water, Fertilization, Prune, and weed management
    • Planning proactively to space, move, force, and winterize crops
    • Ensuring all growing tasks are completed efficiently and on time for production or shipping needs
    • Updating Standard Operating Procedures for each crop and reviewing and updating growing templates yearly
    • Ensuring that sanitation practices are in place

Finances

  • Establish and monitor the growing budget and forecast
  • Responsible for inventory accuracy of plants (numbers, locations, ready dates)and growing supplies as these directly affect the balance sheet
  • Assist the Senior Grower with other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

  • Be prepared to work additional hours as required; especially during seasonal demands from March through July, spraying duties may need to take place in evenings and weekends
  • Employees provide own rain gear, work gloves and safety footwear (per OHS 8.2)
  • Agree to follow and demonstrate the company core values
  • Work in adverse weather conditions and be physically able to meet demands such as standing for long periods of time, repetitive bending, twisting and pulling
  • Van Belle Nursery is a smoke free workplace.

Requirements to apply for this role

  • 3+ Years of growing experience with ornamental nurseries 
  • Certificate, Diploma, Degree in any field of Agriculture / Horticulture.
  • Spanish skills are an asset.
  • Basic knowledge of climate control systems (argus and/or priva) and irrigation systems
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Experience leading teams of 5+ 
  • Ability to multi-task effectively with excellent attention-to-detail
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Be willing to join the first aid group or health and safety committee 

We Offer

  • A positive and dynamic work environment
  • A competitive salary based on qualifications and experience
  • A company benefit package including extended health, dental and vision coverage
  • A company profit share program;
  • Additional benefits available after 3 years + of continuous employment.

Wages: $28.00/hr

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