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Planting Associate - Harrisonburg, VA

JOB SUMMARY:

The planting associate supports the planting department of all the bio farm areas following sustainable planting practices. The planting associate works in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. He/She must be self-motivated and take the initiative on daily tasks. The planter reports to and takes direction from the Operations Manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

– Aligns nursery tables near planting stations

– Transports pots from propagation trays to the growing lines

– Handles both full and empty propagation trays

– Throws away excess pots

– Unloads gutters from growing line wagons

– Meets a minimum production level of 130 pieces per hour

– Assists in Bio Farm Department as needed

– Reports any departmental discrepancies or problems to the Operations Manager

– Adheres to Food Safety guidelines

– Reports and is accountable for notifying the Operations Manager of observed safety concerns

– Maintains a clean working environment

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:High school diploma or GED certificate.

Experience: 1- year experience working in a Greenhouse environment or growing organic herbs and microgreens, knowledgeable of primary organic herbs production including harvest and post-harvest.

Language Fluency: No specific language requirements; bi-lingual English/Spanish fluency preferred.

Technology: No specific technology requirements; basic computer and keyboarding skills preferred.

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES:

Manual Dexterity: Ability to quickly move your hands and arms sufficiently to grasp, hold, finely manipulate and assemble herbs and packaging.

Muscle Strength & Flexibility: Ability to bend, reach, stoop, squat, pivot, turn, balance, walk, pus, pull, and lift and carry up to 50lbs.

Trunk Strength: Ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support a standing position for sustained periods over time without ‘giving out.

Withstand Cold: Ability to perform duties, responsibilities, and assigned tasks with maximum efficiency while working in a sustained cold work environment.

Sustained Fast Pace: Ability to work at a very fast sustained pace without reduction in quality, food safety and workplace safety compliance.

Not Allergic: Ability to breathe, touch and work around fresh herbs and leafy produce safely.

SGI utilizes E-Verify and is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. In the event you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this job, please contact our company and appropriate assistance will be provided.