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HAMPSHIRE FARMS is seeking a quality oriented GROWER, a hands on individual that is motivated, forward-thinking that is interested production growing with skills in climate control systems, irrigation, fertility. The individual must be able to learn, communicate and collaborate in a team environment. Compensation based on relevant experience/education and perennial knowledge. The individual's primary responsibility is to perform all duties related to plant production and produce the highest number of salable plants possible in his or her area of responsibility.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Effective pest and disease control through regular scouting, judicious and appropriate use of pesticides in conjunction with biological control efforts
Training and direct supervision of the crew in all procedures and processes related to plant production
Environmental control (heating, cooling, venting)
Crop stage monitoring
Judicious and appropriate use of plant growth regulators
Irrigation and fertility
Implementation and enforcement of WPS and participation in overall company compliance
Implementation and enforcement of general and specific safety policies
All other functions related to greenhouse production

Growers are expected to work a weekend in rotation with other growers. Normally this would be one out of every 4 but may be subject to change given adjustments in staffing levels.

Weekend responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
General supervision of all crews and/or personnel assigned to work Saturday and Sunday
Monitoring all greenhouse systems and equipment for proper operation and response
Making spot decisions regarding production/shipping questions, with consultation from the production manager, sales manager or general manager as needed
General enforcement of WPS and general safety and company policy

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Knowledge and/or experience in Horticulture, Botany, Entomology and other plant science training and/or experience in agriculture/horticulture/landscape. Knowledge related to the botany of plant growth and the biology of fungal, mite and insect life cycles. Knowledge of pest and disease control mechanisms is essential. This includes cultural techniques, chemical control and biological control methods.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
Illinois pesticide applicators license
Ability to train and effectively supervise greenhouse workers
Plant knowledge
Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with co-workers, management and other industry professionals

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