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Battlefield Farms is seeking highly motivated candidates with a passion for working with plants. Successful employees are self-starters with a positive attitude, a capacity for learning and enjoy working in a changing, fast pace, outdoor environment as a team. The company offers eligible employees competitive compensation and benefits including insurance, retirement plan, and paid time off. Battlefield Farms values inclusion and respectful equal treatment; we work our best when diverse perspectives are embraced.

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EEO Statement

Battlefield Farms is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Reasonable accommodations that enable employees and applicants with disabilities to apply for employment, perform their jobs and enjoy equal employment can be requested by contacting Human Resources.

Research and Development- Assistant Grower, Full-Time

Summary: The R&D Assistant Grower assists the Research and Development Manager in Trials and Experiments and supports the Horticulture Department by evaluating new plant products, and developing better practices.

R&D Assistant Grower Responsibilities:

  • Irrigate plants outdoors and indoors. Techniques include watering by hand, installing drips lines and operating automated irrigation systems.
  • Read and Interpret Chemical Labels, mix concentrations for chemical applications, wear personal protective equipment, (gloves, goggles, spray suit, respirator, boots)
  • Dig holes, plant in the ground by hand, pull and spray weeds, trim plants in trial garden, maintain garden areas, move fertilizer bags, ride a bicycle and wear a backpack sprayer up to 50 lbs.
  • Collect data, take photos with a camera, use computer and software to record and upload data, save files to appropriate locations on computer or portal.
  • Collect samples of soil, water and plant material for testing.
  • Transplant trials. Move, carry, pick up and space plants by hand. Dispose of plant materials when directed.
  • Drive an electric cart carrying rolling carts with shelves loaded with plants. Travel to several areas of the facility and property, carrying equipment, plants and tools

Qualifications

  • Horticulture education or related field is highly preferred
  • Must be able to obtain a VDACS Pesticide Applicator Certification from VDACS within 6 months of employment.
  • At least 3 months Greenhouse, nursery or agricultural experience is required

Skills and Attributes:

  • Knowledgeable of moisture levels
  • Must operate agricultural equipment safely, including but not limited to a Dosotron Chemical Injector, Backpack sprayer, and watering tools.
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions, (heat, rain, cold), and work with soil, plants and possible allergens.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced physically demanding environment
  • Comfort working with basic science and math concepts is required
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekdays, evenings and weekends
  • Electronic Recordkeeping and competence with Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.
  • Comfort operating a camera, tablet, computer or smart phone for data collection.
  • Observation skills in regards to plant health and identification of insects, diseases and plant pathogens.
  • Must have reliable transportation to work, regular attendance is essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English. (Spanish conversational skills are helpful)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Benefits:

  • Medical Plan Options
  • Health Savings Account
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life and AD&D
  • 401 K Retirement Plan
  • Paid time off
  • Paid Personal time
  • Paid Vacation time
  • Employee Assistance Program
Grower- Young Plant Manager, Full-Time

Summary: This position is responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of the cultural techniques we are using to grow our young plant crops making sure the details of the growing operation are not missed. Under the direction of our Director of Horticulture, this role will work in the greenhouses scouting, identifying issues with crops, working with the irrigation booms and sprayers, and performing culture trials. The Propagation Manager will train and manage a small team of helpers and/or assistants.

Young Plant Grower Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for assigned propagation of either young plant plug seedlings or liners from unrooted cuttings.
  • Monitors growing conditions and discusses changes in humidity, moisture and temperature and cultivation procedures with Head Grower to ensure conformance with quality control standards.
  • On a regular basis inspects crop to ascertain conditions such as leaf texture, bloom size and the existence of pests or disease; removing substandard or diseased plants to maintain quality standards.
  • Demonstrates proper use of injectors, electrical conductivity and pH meter, boom and irrigations systems.
  • Applies and safely handles chemicals such as fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.
  • Meets expectations for attendance and punctuality.
  • Water crops
  • Fertilize crops
  • Mix fertilizer
  • Determine & verify pH, EC of fertilizer solution
  • Monitor plant and root system health
  • Chemigation such as fungicide drenches/insecticide sprenches
  • Mix and spray pesticides, growth regulators and fungicides
  • Maintain and or obtain a pesticide license registered in Virginia
  • Scout for insects and diseases
  • Monitor and record insect populations with sticky cards
  • Weed
  • Clean boom and drip line filters
  • Clean boom tips
  • Clean and adjust echo water breakers
  • Check operation of greenhouse equipment (shades, fans, HAF, vents etc) and report needed maintenance and repair to Head Grower and Maintenance
  • Collect soil samples to be sent out for testing
  • Test soil in house for pH & EC
  • Track crop height using Graphical Tracking
  • Record keeping: maintain accurate crop records, spray records, etc.
  • Keep chemical and fertilizer areas clean and organized
  • Maintain cleanliness of sections
  • Consolidate product to maximize floor turnover
  • Follow OSHA and EPA rules and regulations in addition to Battlefield Farms, Inc. rules
  • Any other tasks assigned by Head Grower

Qualifications

  • 2-4 year degree in Horticulture or related field or equivalent related work experience is preferred.
  • 10 or more years of Growing plants in a commercial greenhouse setting
  • 1 or more years managing experience with 2 or more direct reports
  • Must have a VDACS Pesticide Applicator Certification

Skills and Attributes:

  • Must have a passion for plants and take ownership of responsibilities
  • Ability to calculate figures amounts, proportions, percentages, and volume in relation to the application of fertilizers, chemicals, and water
  • Self-driven, organized, and able to prioritize multiple projects
  • Flexible to a changing, fast-moving environment
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a team and work closely with the production department.
  • Ability to perform work outdoors and indoors in greenhouse and warehouse conditions
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Computer and Microsoft Office skills
  • Must have reliable transportation, regular punctual attendance is essential.
  • Ability to communicate verbally in Spanish is preferred.
  • Must be able to work 50 hours per week or more when necessary and cover evenings and weekends. Busy season could go above 60 hours per week. Flexibility in hours is an important part of the job.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Benefits:

  • Medical Plan Options
  • Health Savings Account
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life and AD&D
  • 401 K Retirement Plan
  • Paid time off
  • Paid Personal time
  • Paid Vacation time
  • Employee Assistance Program

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23190 Clarks Mountain Rd,
Rapidan, Virginia 22733

(800) 722-0744