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Mastronardi Products Assistant Grower in Oneida, New York

  • Greenhouse

  • ASSIS02579


Oneida, NY, USA


Mastronardi Produce is North America’s leading greenhouse grower and distributor of gourmet vegetables. Our produce is packed under the award-winning SUNSET® brand and can be found in leading grocers throughout North America. Family owned for over 65 years, we pride ourselves on having the most flavorful products and the best people in the industry! We seek individuals that deliver PRIDE: Passion | Respect | Innovation | Drive | Excellence… to our customers and one another.

Green Empire Farms, a high-tech fresh produce greenhouse in Oneida, New York, and a member of the Mastronardi Group of Companies, is currently seeking an Assistant Grower to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for the achievement of strategic plan goals for overall management and oversight of the greenhouse. The position is also responsible to plan, organize, lead and control the daily crop caring tasks. This will include managing the employee annual performance and regular reviews, disciplinary actions, performance awards, preparing the annual labor budget and working towards meeting the established goals and meet our customer demands.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Follow direction of (head) grower and work with computer and other equipment to ensure optimum crop growing. Carry out daily production activities.

  • Manage daily crop care efforts to maximize production and ensure proper techniques and sequence of tasks to benefit crop growth.

  • Responsible for planning and coordinating with assistant crop care manager all crop care tasks in assigned area during regular and interplant season.

  • Document, assist and consult with Grower with various trials being performed in the greenhouse, along with interpretation of weekly recordings of important plant measurements.

  • Working with IPM Manager, share responsibility for pest and disease control. Monitor pests and manage bio control and bee pollination.

  • Responsible for submitting water samples, interpreting results and adjusting fertilizers accordingly

  • Weekly and daily crop and Climate registration.

  • Fertilizer preparation. Water sampling.

  • Variety recording and verification of data.

  • Ensures crop work is completed within time and quality parameters.

  • Responsible for ensuring that employees using equipment appropriately and maintain equipment in good working order.

  • Manage inventory of daily use tools and supplies for crop care workers. Investigate and implement more effective tools while keeping costs controlled.

  • Involved in disciplinary actions when required with staff in accordance with company policies.

  • Ensure cleanliness, adherence to all food safety policies and procedures and organization within the designated greenhouse areas.

  • Available to supervise yearly activities such as crop clean out and planting of new crop in areas where required.

Education/Background Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • At least three years of agricultural or related experience required.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.

  • Able to supervise a team.

  • Be innovative, possess analytical skills, result-oriented, composure under pressures, attention to detail, perseverance.

  • Independent and able to drive other functions in achieving the goals.

  • Has good technical skills, knowledge and capabilities in packaging technology and applications.

  • Ability to set priorities considering short and long-term needs of the business.

  • International travel required between greenhouse operations.

Working Conditions:

  • Greenhouse Environment, where the temperature averages 70°F and background noise approaches 70 dcbs.

Posted: July 18, 2019