R&D Specialist (Strawberries)

Kearny, NJ (R&D) /
Operations – Farm Operations /
/ On-site
At Bowery, we’re making wildly delicious food more accessible to everyone. Driven by our proprietary end-to-end technology, our farms are transforming the entire fresh food supply chain to be simpler, safer, and vastly more sustainable.

We have 5 farms in operation (including state-of-the-art R&D and innovation farms) and we’re just getting started. We’re backed by tech and agriculture industry leaders with $647M in equity and debt capital, and our products are sold in over 1,400 locations.

Working at Bowery is more than just a job. It’s a chance to make a global impact with first-of-its-kind technology and ridiculously good food. We’re always looking for passionate minds to grow (and eat) with us! Ready to make a real difference? Join us. We’d love to have you here.  

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About The Role:
Bowery Farming is looking for a passionate and committed R&D Specialist to join the R&D Farm Operations team. The R&D Specialist will be responsible for execution of strawberry farming and related tasks in the R&D farms. With the goal of operational excellence, the R&D Specialist will work with the Supervisors, Team Leads and Scientists to execute the day to day operations of the R&D farms including seeding, transplanting, data collection, irrigation and harvesting. The R&D Specialist will also work to collect specialized R&D data, crop measurements and recipes configurations partnering with R&D Experiment Coordinator, R&D Team Leads and scientists on experiment design, execution, crop monitoring and on continuous improvement projects.

What You'll Do:

    • Execute Strawberry Farming tasks
    • Set up and maintain Strawberry production systems
    •  Assist breakdown of production growing rooms - maintain trays, reservoirs, pipes, and rafts
    • Plant, harvest and pack our crops to get ready for customer shipment 
    • Keep the farm, farm equipment and work areas clean and organized using the 5S methodology
    • Be a leader when it comes to using personal protective equipment (PPE) and adhering to workforce safety and food safety practices
    • Collection of compliance data
    • Plant Culture - work involved in planting, transplanting, irrigation, pollination, harvesting, plant maintenance, shelf life data

Who You Are:

    • Strong attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently in a highly collaborative team environment 
    • A high level of ownership of the strawberry farming operations
    • Drive for innovation and continuous improvement 
    • Ability to work full time (average 40 hours per week) on a rotating shift schedule

Who We Are:

    • Bowery is a place where everyone is welcome, included, and empowered to reach their full potential 
    • We live our shared values every day in both big and small ways: opt-in, think wildly different, break barriers together & be kind to the core 
    • We are a mission-driven team of unconventional thinkers, problem-solvers, optimists, and activators 
    • We share a passion for giving back more to the planet than we take, growing deliciously abundant food without abundant harm
    • We are excited to hear from you!

Benefits and Perks:

    • Free benefits from Day 1 for employee (Medical, Dental, Vision) 
    • Heavily subsidized benefits for your family from Day 1 
    • 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all new parents (full-time employees)
    • Competitive vacation and sick time off
    • 401K & company stock
    • Company paid Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability 
    • Free Mental Health Resources and Wellness Benefits including Spring Health (personalized quality therapy and psychiatry for mental health needs), Headspace (unlimited access to guided meditation sessions, Aaptiv (virtual fitness classes), Carrot (family forming support), Quit Genius (support for quitting addictive habits)
    • Uniforms and PPE provided by Bowery
    • Free leafy greens & more…

Bowery Farming celebrates unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures that enrich the workplace. Join us in creating an inclusive work environment that is free of bias and discrimination, where everyone can be their authentic self. We strongly encourage people from all walks of life and underrepresented backgrounds to apply and join the Bowery Farming team. We are an equal-opportunity employer.

We gladly evaluate accommodations and do our very best to provide them to anyone who needs them. If you need any accommodations during the application or interview process, please send a note to recruiting@boweryfarming.com just letting us know you’d like to discuss an accomodation and we’ll respond right away. Please let us know if you have any questions about this process!

Our commitment to eliminating bias and ensuring pay equity goes beyond pay transparency. Click here (https://bit.ly/3hwUyq1) to learn more about how compensation works at Bowery, how we came up with the salary on this job posting, and what we’re doing to ensure your compensation is internally and externally equitable.

We think the starting salary for this role is $18.00 per hour, but it might vary depending on skills and experiences. If this role is of interest to you, you should apply no matter what. You can trust us to make an assessment based on your unique skills and experience and communicate that with you.