San Carlos, CA
Iron Ox is reimagining the modern farm, utilizing robotics and AI to grow fresh, consistent, and responsibly farmed produce for everyone. Our experienced team of growers, plant scientists, engineers, and innovators are passionate about deeply understanding and developing this new wave of technology to feed an ever growing population. Iron Ox is a well-funded startup backed by Y Combinator, conveniently located near the CalTrain station in San Carlos, CA.

Who we're looking for:

We are looking for an experienced grower that will help us bring up and expand our new greenhouse facility in Gilroy, CA.  Candidates must have a holistic understanding of the many factors that affect plant growth and be prepared to think out of the box when solving problems.  The ideal grower is a motivated, organized individual with a passion for agriculture and innovation.

What will you do here?

As a grower at Iron Ox, you will assist with daily farm operations and be a key member of the Iron Ox team. Our Growing team will be focused on optimizing plant growth to produce a consistent and high quality product.  You will be leveraging your extensive background in greenhouse production to inform the development and integration of a fully automated growing system. This is a full-time position with time split between San Carlos and Gilroy locations.  Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

Duties & Responsibilities

    • Monitor plant health and performance from seed to harvest
    • Collaborate with other members of the Grow team to improve crop efficiency and yield
    • Follow and implement company standards for quality and food safety
    • Day to day greenhouse operations such as transplanting and harvesting crops
    • Manage greenhouse crew
    • Maintain a safe working environment for humans and robots
    • Communicate with cross functional teams within Iron Ox
    • Partner with engineering team to integrate robots and automated systems into the greenhouse


    • 3 years of experience working in a production greenhouse
    • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in horticulture, plant science or equivalent
    • Holistic understanding of factors that affect plant growth
    • Champion of an effective food safety program
    • Experience with fertigation and climate control technology typically used in CEA
    • Ability to organize projects and maintain timelines for tracking progress
    • Experience leading a crew
    • Basic computer skills, including experience with Google Suite would be ideal
    • Self starter who has great attention to detail and a willingness to learn new subjects
    • Proactive, goal oriented individuals who take pride in their accomplishments
    • Team player

Nice to Have

    • Experience growing vegetable crops in hydroponic systems (leafy greens and herbs)
    • IPM program experience, any DPR certifications
    • Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish

Physical Requirements

    • Ability to lift 25 pounds regularly, and up to 50 lbs occasionally
    • Ability to bend at the waist, crouch, stoop, squat, and kneel
    • Fine manipulation with hands, pinching and other work done primarily with fingers
    • Ability to work in greenhouse conditions, a wide range of temperatures, humidity, and sunlight
    • Stand for extended periods of time


    • Iron Ox is a small startup with big dreams, you’ll be a part of a team founded on transparency, creativity, and impact on our mission to feed people.
    • We’re in the heart of San Carlos walking distance to Caltrain and great restaurants
    • We’re a tight-knit group that likes to work hard while also having fun with company outings and team events
    • We offer medical, dental and vision
    • We have a fresh salad bar for employees 5 days a week