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Plant Health Specialist

Company: Growers Transplanting Inc
Location: Salinas
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Description:Plant Health SpecialistCompany: Grower Transplanting, Inc. Job Title: Plant Health Specialist Job Classification: Regular, Full Time Job Status: Salaried, Exempt Department: Growing Management Reports To: VP of Ops/Grower ManagerLocation: Salinas, CA
Job SummaryAt Growers Transplanting, Inc., we relate our success as the world-leading vegetable and fruit seedling producer and transplanting company to the strength of our leadership teams. To continue delivering best-in-class seedlings and innovative agriculture solutions to field growers, we are seeking a Plant Health Specialist. The Plant Health Specialist is responsible for providing technical assistance, analysis, observations, scouting, and recommendations regarding the overall plant growth and transplant production.The specialist is responsible for accurately recording plant observations, participating in material trials, and developing SOPs and recipes for pest control materials and fertilizers. The specialist also partners with our Safety and Compliance department regarding applicable laws and regulations regarding water, fertilizer, and pest control material use.
Essential Responsibilities

  • Scout nursery, greenhouse transplants, and ornamental production for any plant issues regarding pest damage/presence, nutrient deficiencies, and other abiotic/biotic disorders.
  • Keep detailed notes regarding their observations and report timely to Growers, Production, Operations, and Sales departments.
  • Partner with Growers, Seedline Staff, and Production regarding trialing novel materials, growing practices, and production technologies.
  • Research and implement pilot testing regarding applicable technologies focused on plant growth and vegetable/ornamental health diagnosis, fertilizer, water, and chemical use.
  • Work with the Growing, Transplanting Ops, and Sales departments to implement corrective actions related to customer feedback.
  • Report back results of trials using statistical and observational methods.
  • Sample for water suitability tests, tissue nutrient levels, and pathogen analysis.
  • Work closely with Growers and Purchasing regarding chemical and fertilizer inventory.
  • Participate in monthly chemical inventory exercises
  • Support and communicate with Accounting regarding financial audits and cost analysis
  • Maintain and submit records of monthly use reports to the Ag County Commissioner's office for all facilities.
  • Renew pesticide licensing and permitting in the counties where the company maintains operations.
  • Support the Safety department in pesticide handler and applicator training
  • Participate in Organic, Ag County, Water Board, and other audits related to chemical and fertilizer use.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • High sense of ownership and accountability
    • Sound work ethic
    • Excellent level of professional integrity
    • Bachelor's Degree in Plant Science or related field
    • CCA certification and PCA license or the ability to obtain one within a year after hiring. The company provides training, mentorship, and sponsorship for licensing and certification.
    • +1 year experience in the Agricultural/Horticultural industry preferred
    • Intermediate level Microsoft Office required (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)
    • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish is strongly preferred but not required
    • Valid CA driver's license and eligibility for company vehicle insurance.
    • Business Travel: 40% Growers Transplanting Inc. (GTI) - is the ag industry-leading seedling producer and transplanting company with over 5.5 million square feet of fully inclusive vegetable and fruit producing greenhouses.As one of the most technologically advanced field operations in the US, GTI continues to deliver value-added partnerships leading some of the biggest names in fresh produce through the entire process of growing, shipping, and transplanting by developing solution-driven processes that cater to individual agricultural needs.
      Physical Requirements While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; frequently required to talk or hear; and occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities by this job include close distance and color vision. *This position description does not promise or imply that the functions listed in the Position Summary are the only duties to be performed or that the position may not change or be eliminated. Employees interested in learning more about the essential duties and responsibilities of this position should complete the Position Interest Form and submit it to the Human Resources Department.


Keywords: Growers Transplanting Inc, Salinas , Plant Health Specialist, Professions , Salinas, California

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