Head Grower

Hiring Organization: Costa Farms
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Venus, FL
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Description

      1. Obtain and ensure that designated growing department personnel maintain a valid Florida Private Pesticide Applicator’s license within ninety days of hire.
      2. Ensure that all growing department personnel have been trained in and certified by the Human Resources Department utilizing the Costa Farms Moisture Management Training and Certification program.
      3. Ensure that all growing department personnel have been trained regarding The Worker Protection Standards Act of 1992 to include proper Mixing, Handling and Loading of chemicals.
      4. Ensure that all supervisors complete required Employee Evaluations as communicated by the Director of Operations and/or the Human Resources department.
      5. Ensure that all growing department supervisors are correctly trained in and maintain proper FOSA documentation procedures.
      6. Ensure that all required documentation regarding employee attendance and FOSA are completed as directed by the Director of Operations and/or the Human Resources Department.
      7. Identify suitable employees to the Director of Operations for further career path development.
      8. Coordinate with the Production Planning, Data Integrity and Operations teams to review product assemblies for accuracy to ensure that proper cost analysis can be performed as needed.
      9. Submit Assortment Change requests to the Production Planning and Data Integrity departments for review and implementation.
  • Moisture Management: 
    1. Ensure that all growing staff understand and follow the correct time of day and conditions in which to irrigate the crops to avoid disease or fungal infections.
    2. Assist to irrigate crops in emergency situations such as, holidays, labor shortages, unusual weather, etc.
    3. Report, and follow up on, any maintenance issues regarding water handling systems to the Maintenance Manager for repair.
    4. Submit requests for tools, parts or other materials needed for irrigation systems to the Central Purchasing department and the Director of Operations for review.
  • Fertigation: 
    1. Direct the proper selection, rate, frequency and application of fertilizers throughout the farm to ensure high quality plants are produced without a waste of resources.
    2. Ensure that fertilizer injection systems are properly calibrated and that any repairs required are reported to the Maintenance Manager.
    3. Manage random testing of fertilizer outputs from injection systems to ensure proper calibration and rates are being applied.

Pest Management:

  1. Ensure that the appropriate growing department personnel record chemical applications via the SAMII Sprayer Module and that all chemical application records, “Right to Know Centers” and MSDS are accurate and up-to-date in compliance with Federal and State regulations.
  2. Notify the Director of Operations and accompany state or Federal officials when conducting an inspection on-site.
  3. Ensure that pest levels are maintained at or below an acceptable level in order to avoid loss of sales or customer dissatisfaction.
  4. Direct the proper selection, rate, frequency and application of all pesticides throughout the farm to ensure high quality plants are produced in a cost-effective manner.
  5. Assist with actual applications in emergency situations such as; holidays, labor shortages, etc.
  6. Direct the proper scouting, reporting, soil testing and graphical tracking of appropriate crops throughout the growing cycle.
  7. Maintain a financially sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system to avoid losses from pests.
  8. Report, and follow up on, any maintenance issues regarding pesticide application systems to the Maintenance Manager for repair.
  9. Review and submit requests to the Central Purchasing Department for pesticide products, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or spraying supplies to be purchased that are not automatically replenished via re-order level (ROL) inventory demand.
  • Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) Management:
    1. Direct the application of Plant Growth Regulators to various crops to ensure a high quality, saleable product that meet customer expectations without wasting resources.
    2. Assist with actual applications in emergency situations such as; holidays, labor shortages, etc.
    3. Conduct trials to determine the best rates, intervals and PGR chemicals to be used on various products.
    4. Supervise the calibration of equipment to ensure that proper rates are being applied to the crops.
  • Environmental Management:
    1. Oversee the programming and/or set-points of all greenhouse environmental control systems to maintain the most efficient growing environment possible without compromising crop timing or quality.
    2. Oversee the programming, use and maintenance of any supplemental or photoperiod lighting systems.
    3. Report and follow up on, any defective environmental equipment or structural problems (deflated hoops, holes in walls, vents not sealing properly, etc.) to the Maintenance Manager for repair.
  • Miscellaneous Requirements:
  • Manage and supervise soil testing laboratory personnel, systems and methods.
    1. Provide information to and coordinate with the Director of Operations regarding grow times, variety selections, potting media and growing program changes to be incorporated into Costa Farms production systems.
    2. Acquire additional information and knowledge from industry experts, consultants and representatives to continually improve quality and reduce losses or shrink.
    3. Coordinate with the Operations Manager or Field Labor Manager to facilitate spreading, pinching, weeding, grooming, moving or any other operation required.
    4. Report any discrepancies regarding required tasks inclusion and/or timing within product assemblies to the Data Integrity team.

Space Management Requirements:

  1. Evaluate space type and quantity required weekly for products to be produced utilizing SAMII Space Planning module.
  2. Graphically map all farm locations weekly to ensure the proper placement of plant products within the various growing environments and to ensure efficiency regarding placement, spreading/moving, shipping and chemical applications.
  3. Notify the appropriate growing staff of environmental control changes needed to ensure that crops finish on-time and of high quality.
  4. Report any discrepancies regarding crop footprints to the Data Integrity team.
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