Cultural Research Grower

West Chicago, IL 60185
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Ball Ingenuity is a division of Ball Seed that partners with outside breeders to commercialize exclusive new products for the North American greenhouse market.  The Cultural Research Grower Position for Ball Ingenuity will play an integral role in the trialing and evaluation of new crops with a strong focus on cultural research to assist in determining crop production strategies at the stock, cutting production, propagation, and finishing stages.  This role will be part of a small, dynamic team to continually improve successful product launches and development. 


Essential Functions


  •    Interact with the Head of Ball Ingenuity and greenhouse staff to create best cultural practices.

  • Assist with developing crucial information that will be entered in product data bases.

  •    Responsible for conducting cultural trials to develop crop culture. .

  •    Communicate trial requirements and results to Ball Ingenuity Product Managers and breeders.

  • Develop internal and external presentations of findings.

  •    Conduct problem solving research post crop introduction.

  • Special projects and other duties as assigned and required.

Job Requirements
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Horticulture, or equivalent work experience in greenhouse production and/or research.
2. Holds or can obtain a pesticide applicators license.
3. Attention to detail and excellent follow-through are required.
4. Self-motivated with the desire to seek out opportunities to contribute to Ball Ingenuity’s success.
5. Proven ability to handle multiple responsibilities at one time and seeing them to completion as well as flexibility are required.
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to work with all levels of an organization.
7. Ability to work with Word, Power Point, and Excel
8. Skilled in using Excel in analysis.
9. Some travel as needed to customers and rooting stations, 10%.

Physical Requirements
1. Ability to stand for period of time in the greenhouse when required.
2. Ability to lift 50 lbs.