Assistant Grower/Team lead - JPLANT

Job Details

Assistant Grower/Team lead

Kingston
  • City City: Greater Napanee
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Hourly
  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $21.00
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Full Time
  • Duration Duration: Temporary
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 40-50
  • Schedule Schedule: Days, Evenings, Weekends
  • Education Education: High School, College, University

Jplant is a plant nursery located just north of the 401 in Greater Napanee, Ontario. We grow over 1000 varieties of perennials, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, fruit-bearing shrubs, and bamboo. We carry some unique selections of kiwis (over 30 varieties), bamboo (20 varieties), goji berries. All sales are made online via our website; and shipped to clients across selected Canadian provinces.

Candidates must be able to work flexible hours as required, which may include some weekends.

This position is anticipated to begin with 9 months full time progressing to a permanent full-time position (with annualized hours) dependent on the skills of the candidate; and their success in the position.

A reliable vehicle is needed for this onsite position.

Job Description

This is an opportunity to work under and learn from a Master Horticulturist. Under his direction, the Assistant Grower will be in charge of leading Teams; and a myriad of tasks ensuring a strong, healthy product is propagated, grown and organized for shipping. This will include, but is not limited to:

Human Resources:

  • ensure staff are well-trained and productive; supervise Team as directed; and assist with employee performance review meetings.

Plant Propagation: 

  • implementing and overseeing cutting, division and transplanting planning of over 1000 varieties.

Watering Team and System Management

  • participate in, and oversee the watering Team (using manual and controller controlled irrigation); cleaning filters to ensure proper water quality and pressure; and maintaining an adequate water Ph level by ensuring acid injector is working properly and refilling acid tank when necessary.

Pruning Team Management:

  • participate in, and oversee the Team ensuring plants are pruned according to their needs by using motorized trimmer or hand pruners.

Weed management:

  • oversee the team weeding the plants. Ensure all the areas are weeded on a regular basis.

Anticipating plant needs:

  • proactively planning to space, move, force, and winterize crops.

Fertilizer application:

  • follow safety and best practices guidelines.
  • Oversee plant health and pests/diseases control by using pest management techniques (such as, better irrigation control or spraying phytosanitary products when necessary)

Shipping:

  • help pick plants, dispatching and packing orders on shipping days.

Site Maintenance:

  • help with snow removal during winter months if needed; and help with construction projects if needed.

Qualifications

  • Fast learner (ability to quickly assimilate numerous plant varieties and their specificity).
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively with excellent attention-to-detail.
  • Able to manage and work in a small Team to meet company goals.
  • Able to work under some stress/pressure
  • Self-motivated.
  • Able to work in adverse weather conditions and be physically able to meet demands such as standing for long periods of time, bending, kneeling, lifting.
  • Available to work additional hours as required; especially during seasonal demands from April through August.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Interest in plant propagation.
  • Growing experience an asset.
  • Certificate, Diploma, Degree in Horticulture/Agriculture an asset.
  • Valid G class driver’s license required.
  • A reliable vehicle is needed for this onsite position.

Details:

Expected hours:

  • 40 – 50 per week

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekends as needed

Work Location:

  • In person


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit your cover letter and resume at info@jplant.ca

Application deadline: 2024-02-26

Expected start date: 2024-03-01

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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