Greenhouse Grower
Weyerhaeuser Company - Rochester, WA

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At Weyerhaeuser, our most valued resources aren't just the trees and timberlands we oversee. Our employees are the real reason we've been in business for over 100 years. Their skill and ingenuity have made Weyerhaeuser one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of wood products in the world. Discover your career path at Weyerhaeuser!

This position is part of the Western Regeneration businesses in Rochester, Washington. The position reports to the Facility Grower Technologist. The position will be expected to develop skills for leading the growing, delivery of consistently high-quality and cost-competitive container seedlings and for the aggressive development and implementation of technology and reliable processes to improve quality, consistency and cost of container growing, as part of a close-knit facility and cross-business team with a strong safety, teamwork and customer service focus. Weyerhaeuser NR Company is committed to leadership and excellence in forest regeneration, forest management, forestry and nursery research and stewardship.

Key Functions:
Develop skills to ensure error-free implementation of reliable & cost-effective growing processes for a range of container crops.

This person will be a hands-on, working grower with a high day to day involvement in growing and production activities.

Provide daily leadership in organization, supervision or monitoring of production operations involving company and seasonal contract crews with a strong emphasis on safety, productivity and quality. This includes crop tracking, development/testing of improved methods and equipment to solve problems, improve cost and maximize value delivery, and keeping management informed on crop and production activity status.

Will also be expected to lead or assist facility Technologist and Manager in site, safety, budget and cost tracking tasks.

Be willing to lead by example, particularly regarding safety and professional job behavior, integrity, fairness and positive work attitude.

Train and inspect that proper job and safety rules are followed

Must be willing to lead and administer a portion of the site safety program.
In addition to safety leadership and crew supervision, the primary growing responsibilities are:

Monitoring crop development and learning the skills required to make appropriate changes necessary for production of healthy seedlings with growth and conditioning required to meet customer specifications

Performing crop walks to observe and monitoring for disease or other crop issues and develop the skills to make recommendations to correct them, including pesticide applications

Working closely with a team of up to 3 growers on day to day growing activities with high standards of safety, efficiency and quality

Effective communicate and coordinate responsibilities with peers and team members.

Monitoring and maintaining high safety, quality and production standards by contract crews performing growing and production work

Coordinating and evaluating trials of new products to improve stock quality and cost

Learn to maintain detailed records including fertilizer and pesticide applications, growth records, sowing and packing records and chemical inventories/MSDS

Learn how to operate and troubleshoot environmental, growing, and production equipment

Share administrative responsibilities for maintaining our Nursery production management system which will include data input for sow, transplant, pack and ship processes.

Requirements:
BS degree in Forestry, Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture or related fields or a minimum of 5 years of experience in the Horticultural field.

Commitment and ability to successfully supervise or monitor contract crews to meet challenging safety, cost and quality targets in a fast paced production environment with tight production deadlines.

This must include a willingness to work long hours and weekends when needed, sometimes under unpleasant weather conditions, to get the job done.

Strong working knowledge of seedling biology/physiology, pathology, and key biological leverage points in container seedling production, and an orientation to continuously seek out and test improved methods.

Good working knowledge of nursery equipment operation and maintenance.

Strong familiarity with pesticides and their use/effects.

Must get a pesticide applicators license.

Must have a genuine interest in personal development and be flexible regarding work hours.

The job requires lifting up to 50 lb.

Ability to plan and manage complex projects to successful completion with minimal or no supervision.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well with others.

Strong value systems and ethics demonstrated in fair treatment of all employees.

Strong commitment to Safety.

Computer skills and aptitude for Microsoft Office applications and mobile devices.

Strong customer focus.

Effective written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills

Highly motivated and demonstrating strong self initiative

Ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable.

Weyerhaeuser is an Equal Opportunity Employer building a capable, committed, diverse workforce.

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