Iwasaki Bros., In. is a family owned Wholesale Greenhouse Business located in Hillsboro, OR recognized for quality bedding plants grown on 60 acres. We supply retail customers with annuals, perennials, baskets, vegetables, herbs and planters for retail chain garden centers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
We are looking for a Seeding Propagation Assistant to oversee the seeding propagation department of 4 to 5 people. Overseeing the seeding process, productivity, accuracy of sowings, and making adjustments to procedures, when necessary with supervisor's approval. Assist grower in managing sowing to meet seeding projections of crops. Apply chemicals under licensed applicator. Operate all seeding equipment. Able to train, supervise, schedule, direct multiple crews and coordinate distribution of labor in English and Spanish. Must have basic mechanical skills, good organizational skills, read, write and count accurately. Must understand; follow procedure and chain of command then, direct laborers accordingly. Consistent productivity is expected.
*Has advanced knowledge of the seeding process, overseeing productivity, accuracy of sowings and making adjustments to procedures, when necessary with supervisor’s approval. Assist grower in managing sowing to meet seeding projections of crops. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
•Oversees seeding area, storage and seeding chambers. Work from sowing schedules and follows protocols to make independent crop care decisions; organize and prioritize daily tasks; and assist in adjustment of crew, with grower. Provides detailed instruction for clear understanding of expectations and work performance. Reports to supervisor all crop and personnel needs, as they occur.
•Directs and oversee the sowing propagation and growing process (i.e. trays labeled, properly placed seeds, operating seeding machine, monitor sowing quality, identifying proper location for seed germination, evaluate space and determine locations for plug trays). Moves product from germination chambers timely. Monitors pest and disease, irrigation, fertilization. Coordinates cleanup of growing areas. Monitors and adjusts germination chamber settings, when necessary.
•Responsible for proper operation and utilization of irrigation systems.
•Work from sowing schedule reports to oversee the process of accurate quantities and timing. Enters sowing data and running reports in industry-specific software.
•Responsible for sufficient supply of materials on hand, notifying Supervisor when running low on seed inventory and material needs (i.e. soil and plug trays). Verify and organize seed material (i.e. seeds and seeding trays).
•Applies chemicals, as directed. Follows established chemical application protocols and procedures.
•Train and oversees level 1 through 2B employees in required seeding area skills (i.e. crop and plant id, weeds, pests, irrigation, fertilizer and chemicals).
•Communicate to appropriate chain of command effectively between Production and other departments to maintain efficiencies.
•Assist Grower in scheduling and distributing labor for regular and weekend shifts.
•Perform counseling and disciplinary corrections as needed with grower. Work with Grower to document performance issues. Assist with employee reviews for level 1 through 2B
•Able to operate all equipment and vehicle assigned with training/certification. Able to train employees on use of equipment, vehicle and tools.
•When used, check and record conditions of all vehicles. Fuel vehicles, as necessary.
•Promote company safety culture and policies. Ensure employees are appropriately using required PPE for tasks. Report safety issues to supervisor.
•Safeguards all section equipment/tools and return to proper storage.
•Other related work duties required by supervisor.
•Assists other departments when work load requires, at direction of supervisor.
•Adheres to all company polices.
•Advanced production skills including identification of plant seeds, weeds and pests with minimal supervision.
•Direct and train multiple crews, delegate tasks and monitor their work for quality and productivity per management guidelines. Must be able to assist and supervise crews according to daily needs. Communicate issues with Grower.
•Able to organize and prioritize daily tasks.
•Ability to irrigate plants at an advanced level.
•Able to communicate in English and Spanish to provide direction and communication within the various departments. Work well and communicate with other employees
•Ability to use intermediate math to count product and measure accurately. Intermediate reading and writing skills.
•Intermediate computer skills. Able to input and maintain department databases, use word processing, spreadsheet and industry-specific software.
•Ability to operate all vehicles. Demonstrates safe working habits in all tasks, to include reporting all accidents, property damage, problems with vehicles and equipment immediately to supervisor.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duties and skills satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
High School Graduate or General Education Degree (GED) preferred.
At least one year experience working in Greenhouse Seed Propagation.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:
Oregon Private Pesticide Applicator License desirable.
Job Type: Full-time
•Seed Propagation: 1 year
•Supervising: 1 year
•Seeding machine and germination chamber: 1 year