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Grower Assistant

Company: Family Tree Nursery
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Basic Functions: This position will build a foundation to take on a leadership role in our growing facility. The assistant grower is considered a partner and assistant to the manager of the growing processes and a leader of a team. They have the ability to be aware of not only their own responsibilities but what their team needs to be aware of and directed to do. They are naturals at overseeing multiples tasks at once. They can communicate in a manner that multiple people and personalities can relate to. They think in terms of systems, processes, and efficiencies all while managing and facilitating growth of plant material that leads to a superior product for our customers. Grower Assistant Grower responsibilities may include, but not be limited to:

  • Open and closing their area
  • Temperature control
    • Setting appropriate temperatures
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    • Double checking equipment in morning and night and before, especially before inclement weather!
    • Adjusting during the day to clouds or sun/temperature fluctuation
    • Controlling light-shade clothe/blackout systems/forced lights
    • Manage fertility tanks
      • Mixing and adjusting
      • Making fertility decisions
        • What type and rate
        • Acidify or not?
        • Watering
          • 3 watering checks a day
          • Decision making must be done at the proper time
          • Spot water
          • Aware of weather and light level changes
          • Checking roots for salts and disease (E.C.)
          • Aiding in Scouting/Monitoring Pests
          • Cleanliness of range
            • Rolling hoses up, cleaning sidewalks, organizing shelves/flagging material, leftover pots, flats in aisle, etc.
            • Weed prevention and control
            • Grading crop/pulling out dead or runts
            • Pulling orders
              • In communication with stores about outages or substitutions
              • Knowing when things are green, ripe, rotten. Motive is to ship only the ripe material
              • Aiding grower with holding or flagging presold material
              • Able to work in all weather types and potentially the extremes; wet and cold, or hot and dry.
              • They can stand and walk on their feet for multiple hours at a time with minimal breaks.
              • They can comfortably lift 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day.
              • Comfortable around a high paced setting involving many people, and in a team type situation.
              • Comfortable working with computers and technology based devices.
              • Willingness to be coached in order to excel in one's position.
              • Willingness to move around and to fill in any other areas where team member support is needed, and as directed by leadership.
              • Needs two year of direct work experience or schooling specific to horticulture. PI3eb503ed5e74-31181-33389091

Keywords: Family Tree Nursery, Kansas City , Grower Assistant, Other , Kansas City, Kansas

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