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Harvesting Coordinator - Harrisonburg, VA

SUMMARY: The Harvesting Coordinator supports the harvesters of all the greenhouse areas following sustainable harvesting practices. The Coordinator works in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. He/She must be self-motivated and take the initiative on daily tasks. The coordinator will make sure the team has the proper supplies to harvest. The coordinator will also report any quality concerns, staffing concerns, or any other issues. Coordinator will also help train harvesters. This team member will be responsible to report production rate and make sure targets are met. The Coordinator reports to and takes direction from the Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Non-Essential Functions are preceded by an *)
• Be receptive to learning new methods of harvesting
• Assist others with various additional projects and work-related errands as needed
• Assist with harvesting and packaging of Living organic Herbs (LOH)
• Support the harvesting at the harvesting area by following sustainable harvesting practices
• Notify Grower of irrigation system issues for the greenhouse
• Assess LOH growing conditions (by manually feeling the weight of the plant, the harvester can notice the water content)
• Ensure quality standards and health safety of all harvesting practices
• Accept responsibility and personal ownership for actions, results and risks
• Keep accurate records of products on the carts
• Help with organization and training of new teammates harvesters at the harvesting area throughout the year
• Clean and maintain the working zone area and maintain all tools/supplies organized
• Verbally report any problems with the plants such as diseases and insects to Harvesting/Line Coordinator
• Place sleeves manually in the LOH products
• Perform other duties as assigned

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• 1- year experience working in a Greenhouse environment o growing organic herbs and microgreens
• Good attendance

PREFERRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• 2- years’ experience working in a Greenhouse environment o growing organic herbs and microgreens
• Knowledgeable of primary organic herbs production including harvest and post-harvest
• Show proficiency in propagation, transplanting and pest/disease management
• Knowledge of harvesting hand tools
• Botanical knowledge – Some familiarity with plants, plant care, harvesting, and managing air, soil, and water quality
• High school diploma or GED certificate
• Ability to read and understand English

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to follow directions and comply with all BMP (Best Management Practices)
• A self-starter
• Use scissors and other hand tools
• Must have current, valid driver’s license
• Attention to detail – To identify when plants are ready for harvesting or need special care and attention
• Communication skills – Ability to communicate and coordinate activities with his/her team during a shift

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• The Greenhouse Harvester works at the harvesting area, helping to complete all tasks, and reporting to the Greenhouse/Harvesting Coordinator or Line Coordinator
• He/She enthusiastically develops competency in and complete all tasks established by the Greenhouse/Harvesting Coordinator and Operations Manager to effectively and efficiently harvest quality organic herbs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• This position requires typical physical demands for greenhouse labor, such as walking, standing, reaching, stooping, squatting, lifting 30 lbs. Moreover. working indoors and outdoors in cold, hot or wet conditions on uneven surfaces.
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must have a flexible work schedule, ability to work weekends or off-hours as needed.
• Ability to work flexible hours (8-10+ Hrs.)
• Must be able to stand for periods of 8 – 10+ hours during a regular workday
• May involve some repetitive motions
• Constant handling/grasping and frequent fine finger manipulation

TRAVEL: N/A

COGNITIVE/SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
• Ability to observe and identify surroundings
• Ability to communicate with Production Manager, coworkers, and rest of the team
• Ability to examine and products to ensure that specifications are correct
• Ability to identify different colors and herbs
• Ability to count products and materials

 

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 reasonable accommodation to apply for this job, please contact our company and appropriate assistance will be provided.