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We have an exciting opportunity for a Head Grower to join our team in Watsonville, CA.

This key position is responsible for cultural practices related to all plugs, liners, and containers grown at the Watsonville site and for the growth and development of the growing team. Success is measured through continued development of the growing organization in systems, knowledge and expertise as well as specific objectives regarding quality, and order fulfillment.

Essential Functions: (Include but not limited to)

  • Collaborating with other Head growers and other company leadership in development of systems and processes to improve safe, sustainable and on time execution of production plans
  • Leadership and development process of the growing team focused on plant quality, shrink reduction and order fulfillment
  • Responsible for greenhouse environments, irrigation practices, Intergraded Pest Management and plant growth regulators
  • Promote high moral, team approach and an overall great place to work
  • Lead growing departments in management, cost control, and innovation in each of these areas:
  • Chemical, fertilizer and media strategy
  • Biological control strategy
  • Growth regulation strategies
  • Section grower development, Training and Succession Planning
  • Trouble shooting crop problems
  • Recordkeeping database
  • Equipment use/adaptation
  • Safety/Compliance
  • Testing, lab and internal
  • Trialing and Documentation

Successful candidate will possess the following:

•   Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field
•   5 years industry experience – young plant and liner experience preferred
•   3 years' previous supervisory experience
•   Comprehensive knowledge of production of quality plant material. Knowledge of perennial and annuals
•   Pesticide applicator's license (can be obtained upon hire)
•   Knowledge of biological controls and IPM programs,
•   Knowledge of ARGUS environmental control systems
•   Strong leadership, teambuilding, managerial and interpersonal skills
•   Positive customer service attitude and work ethic
•   Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize for results within a fast-paced working environment.

We offer a competitive wage and benefits package which includes: Medical/Dental/ Vision, 401k with match, Company-paid LTD and Profit Share Plan.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and resume to:

We Look Forward to Hearing From You!


Smith Gardens provides equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.