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WALTERS GARDENS LEAD GROWER

Walters Gardens Inc.
Zeeland, Michigan

About us:
Headquartered in Zeeland, MI with over 70 years of industry leadership, Walters Gardens Inc. (WGI) is North America’s leading grower of perennials.  We view our greenhouse operations as an essential building block for our ability to offer our customers a broad range of greenhouse liners and bare root perennials.  It is our extensive knowledge and expertise in both greenhouse growing, field growing, and hybridizing that sets us apart.

With efficiency, quality, and integrity, WGI uses tissue culture (TC), unrooted cuttings (URC) and seed facilities around the world to produce and develop innovative perennials for the growing marketplace.  A powerhouse partnership between WGI and the #1 plant brand in the world, Proven Winners (PW), has created the top destination for growers looking for outstanding genetics in top performing perennials.

About the Opportunity:
The Lead Grower’s responsibilities would include:
•    After items are moved into your environment, work with Section Grower on establishing irrigation programs to deliver necessary amount of water.
•    Conduct plant growth regulator trials and implement rates that have worked, to minimize budding and prevent stem elongation on material coming into your area.
•    Review environments and make adjustments multiple times a day through our Priva Environmental Control system.
•    Review Greenhouse Processing Reports with Section Grower to determine best methods for working on batches.
•    Ensure items in your area are prepared for the shipping department to cover upcoming orders.
•    On a weekly basis, generate move lists of items to provide necessary space needed for incoming items from Acclimation range.
•    After reviewing soil EC and pH test results from Assistant Grower, make recommendations to Section Grower for adjustments to meet crop needs.
•    Help determine growing times and schedules for various items.
•    Assist in the hiring, training, managing, and motivating of growing staff.
•    Collaborate with Plant Health team on ways to manage insects and diseases.
•    Be an active member of the Greenhouse Leadership team.  
•    Participate with weekend and holiday watering rotations.

Job Requirements:
•    2+ years of Greenhouse/Nursery growing experience preferred
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or related field ideal  
•    Strong organizational skills
•    Computer skills in Microsoft Office
•    Desire to work in a collaborative environment

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to blo@waltersgardens.com

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