Greenhouse Technician

Position Summary

The Greenhouse technician position is in the Albion facility, and reports to the Greenhouse Manager. Under general supervision, this position is focused on plant care, including watering, feeding, pruning, propagation, testing and plant management: operate environmental control equipment, help maintain greenhouse facilities, including installation, maintenance, and repair of special equipment: and assist in special projects. It also supports the Research and Production team in growing and maintenance of variety trials, breeding workshops, and seed production crops at the Albion Research Facility and surrounding contracted fields during the growing season when needed.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with planting, transplanting, and crop maintenance of greenhouse seedlings poly tunnel crops, and other greenhouse crops from planting to crop removal.
  • Insect, disease, and weed scouting, identification and management in field and greenhouse.
  • Keep the greenhouses in a clean and presentable condition.
  • Assist the Greenhouse Manager with assorted daily tasks.
  • Conduct general maintenance of greenhouse structures.
  • Crop maintenance which includes trellising, thinning, pruning, plastic, and row cover installation and removal.
  • Harvesting of trial plantings, breeding projects, and seed production crops.
  • End of season clean-up of fields, equipment, and facilities.
  • Assist in other functions as needed.

Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • An agricultural/farming background is preferred but will train the right applicant.
  • Prior greenhouse experience preferred.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to capture detailed recordkeeping.
  • Safety conscious always.
  • Positive, can-do attitude; self-motivation and initiative.
  • Analytical and creative problem solver.
  • Be creative and energetic regarding innovative ideas and methodologies regarding greenhouse operations.
  • Ability to prioritize, focus, and seek help when necessary.
  • Work independently, build consensus and function as part of a team.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Punctuality and readiness to work.
  • Work mandatory weekend hours, assigned holidays, and overtime as needed.
  • Apply or release chemical and biological materials to manage insects, disease, and weed pests. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques application and release.
  • Help Maintain greenhouse facility, including installation and repair of structures, ventilation, irrigation, and other equipment.
  • Must understand this is a research facility and the priority is supporting our internal departments.
  • Hold a valid Maine driver's license for travel from office to fields with company vehicle/personal vehicle. Mileage reimbursement available for employees using their own vehicle.

Essential Physical Requirements

  • Ability to operate, maintain, and perform repairs to greenhouse machinery and equipment.
  • Ability to read, count, and write to accurately complete all documentation.
  • Ability to work varied hours/days as business dictates.
  • Ability to work in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
  • Agility to work and navigate on uneven, rocky ground.
  • Ability to bend, pull, and lift up to fifty pounds.
  • Ability to climb and work with ladders.
  • Able to work in an extremely hot, humid environment for 8 or more hours per day.
  • Able to wear proper personal protective gear when required.
  • Able to work around bees and other pollinators.

JOHNNY’S SELECTED SEEDS was established in 1973 by our Founder, Rob Johnston, Jr. Today we are 100% Employee Owned. Johnny’s mission is Helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information, and service.

Johnny’s is renowned for our exceptional customer service offering seeds, tools, supplies and information to direct-market growers and avid home gardeners. We source, breed, trial, and sell outstanding selected varieties of vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and farm seed, as well as thoughtfully designed tools and equipment. We take pride in the wealth of information and depth of experience we offer our customer base, nationwide and globally.

We are a strong, stable company focused on growth while still maintaining our small company feel and staying true to our roots. Beautiful Central Maine, where our research farm, warehouse, and offices are located, is the perfect launching point for an active, four-season lifestyle. Geographically situated halfway between Maine’s mountains and its 4500-mile-long coastline, we’re a short drive away from resorts, parks, and harbors renowned for a rich diversity of recreational and cultural opportunities.

If you are passionate about good, healthy food and would choose to work for a company with fellow co-owners who are passionate about our mission and values, Johnny’s may be the place for you!

Johnny’s Selected Seeds is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

01/31/2024

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