Greenhouse Assistant Manager
Gilroy, CA /
We believe that good food should also be good for the planet and all of its inhabitants. By harnessing the power of plants, we are creating delicious and affordable substitutes to animal products that use a fraction of the resources, allowing us to feed more people with less. If you believe in our mission and enjoy working with plants, we would love to hear from you.
As our greenhouse assistant manager you will support the agronomic activities, active projects, organization and operations of our greenhouse in Gilroy, California. You will be using your previous greenhouse experience, applied agriculture skills, maintenance skills, problem solving capability and team leadership capabilities to support the growth, development and overall success of the greenhouse operation. You will play an important role in supporting our company by executing on critical greenhouse operations projects that will lead to increased efficiency and productivity. Your role reports to the Greenhouse Operations Manager.
- Develop and advance productivity and reliability of the greenhouse operation with a focus on maintenance, PMs, maintenance planning, materials inventory, troubleshooting and overall site projects.
- Lead and support the development of our greenhouse team. Provide training, support and oversight on agronomic activities associated with greenhouse operations (e.g., seeding, watering, staking, transplanting, trimming, repotting, harvesting, cleaning/sanitation, fertilizing, irrigation, growing techniques).
- Support the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program: identify and develop solutions for plant pests and other biological/non-biological agents that can obstruct the proper development of our plants.
- Directly engage in all greenhouse repairs and maintenance as well as site maintenance.
- Procure and maintain greenhouse systems and equipment.
- Manage greenhouse inventory (consumables, chemicals, etc.). Maintain positive relationships with external vendors to receive the highest quality and most cost competitive materials.
- Maintain full regulatory compliance. Manage all guidelines for proper handling and containment of USDA regulated plant material.
- Closely monitor and document all observations of plant development, plant health and phenotypic anomalies.
- Support research and protocol-optimization projects and keep all stakeholders informed. Maintain complete, accurate and timely tracking of all data.
- Execute greenhouse tasks, track the progress of these tasks and ensure they meet assigned deadlines.
- As a member of the greenhouse leadership team, support hiring and onboarding efforts for any open positions in the greenhouse team.
- Serve as a point of contact for any greenhouse maintenance and construction projects.
- Support our research laboratory team in South San Francisco.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Applicants must reside within the state of California.
- Applicants must have 2-3 years of industry greenhouse management experience OR 3 years of academic greenhouse maintenance management experience in a greenhouse larger than 2,000 square feet.
- Previous experience working with soybeans is preferred but not required.Understanding of concepts of electrical, programming and controls in a greenhouse or indoor farming environment.
- Passion for quality, and productivity in a hands-on environment.
- Experienced in written communication, verbal communication and interpersonal interactions.
- Skilled with data management and tracking.
- You possess creative and problem-solving skills to make process improvements. An understanding of continuous improvement methodology.
- You are self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, resourceful and adaptable.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, quickly changing startup environment.
- Ability to perform a variety of tasks under time constraints and strict deadlines.
- Ability to handle stressful situations, in an efficient and professional manner.
- Ability to work productively with minimal to no supervision.
- Applicants will be required to acquire and maintain a pesticide applicator’s license and forklift certification.
- PHYSICAL DEMANDS FOR THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THIS ROLE: You are comfortable working in a wide range of temperatures, humidity, and sunlight and/or other extreme temperatures. Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs. Ability to do repetitive tasks that can be physically demanding such as sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting, crouching, squatting, kneeling, and reaching for extended periods of time. Exposure to pollen, allergens, chemicals, cleaning products, spaces with no air conditioning, loud noises, uneven ground, dust, and/or strong odors is to be expected
$60,000 - $80,000 a year
The pay range is currently between $60,000 to $80,000 in annual gross compensation. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.
Nobell Foods offers competitive compensation, generous healthcare, dental and vision plans, 401K and commuter benefits.