Greenhouse Operations Manager

Bloomaker USA
WAYNESBORO, VA 22980-7300
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
From $45,000 To $55,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description


Reports to:          Head Grower

Direct reports:   8-10 people, Greenhouse Team Lead and Teamlead Plantline


Responsibilities and tasks

You will be responsible for the execution of the daily operations in the greenhouse and associated buildings. Manage space available, calculate resources needed and manage equipment to secure a healthy crop that is properly and timely staged.


You will manage a multi-lingual (English-Spanish) team of eight people, motivate them and give them a good example by helping in the daily tasks wherever needed.

Job Requirements
Registration and data flow
• Receiving party for Rooting stock numbers from Team lead Planting and verify numbers to secure accuracy of data,
• Count and register all the crates that go INTO the greenhouse,
• Count and register all the crates that go OUT of the greenhouse and hands over the data to the Supervisor Assembly and Production Controller
• Participates in the data entry process of the pin tray stock in different stages:
Rooting → GH-in,
GH-out → semi-finished product.

Space/material/resource planning
• Calculate required COOLER space for JOBS that are planned to be planted,
• Calculate required GH space for JOBS that are planned to go INTO the greenhouse,
• Calculate required COOLER space for JOBS that are planned to go OUT of the greenhouse,
• Calculate required number of INBOUND storage-racks for JOBS that go OUT of the greenhouse,
• Calculate required number of INBOUND pallets for rooting stock,
• Make sure that all materials and space are available for the execution,
• Organize JOB labels, rack labels,
• Keeps greenhouses in orderly and clean conditions,

Staging of product
• Grow products to specified staging as efficient as possible based on years of experience and data collected,
• Make sure that products are stored in the proper cooler,
• Be available after hours and weekends to check crop development,

• Make sure that all JOBS that go INTO the greenhouse get water in a timely manner,
• Also check for additional watering or refreshing of water when JOBS are in the greenhouse for several days,
• Ensure water levels in the crates is never too low, be aware of sunlight intensity and temperature affecting the water need of the crop,
• Operate water booms for applying water, have a basic understanding of programming the water booms and keep spare parts in stock,

PGR applications
• Make decisions on PGR rates and timing based on years of experience and data collection
• Daily registration of PGR applications
• Maintain a Virginia Pesticide Applicator license

Quality check
• Check JOBS on root development, make decisions on refreshing water,
• Make sure water in the crates is fresh, if water has issues make decisions on refreshing,
• Check that all JOBS are being checked on cap removal, bulbs are set straight on the pins and pin-trays are upright in the crates and broken crates are replaced,
• Make sure that equipment in the greenhouse and associated buildings is functioning properly to prevent quality issues,

Organize materials
• Make sure that at the end of each work day the greenhouse is organized and tidy. The facility should be kept clean of plant debris as much as possible to prevent sources of plant pests,
• Organize a tool area and have tools on hand to do repairs and maintenance on greenhouses and growing equipment at any given time,

Greenhouse and equipment
• Stay on top of greenhouse and equipment maintenance and repair tasks, you are responsible for the following equipment: Water Booms, Crate Filling Machine, Bulb Dip Tank, Crate Washing Machine, PRIVA system and greenhouse parts such as Screens and Window Motors.
• Keep a log of greenhouse glass sizes, replacement quantities and dates. Have a spare glass of each size in stock.
• Communicate with the Maintenance Technician for needed glass replacements, maintenance and repairs,
• Organize yearly repairs of inbound racks and pallets, keep track of losses and order materials accordingly

Crate Washing
• Check Crate Washing area regularly for proper cleaning and sterilization of crates
• Mix hydrogen peroxide solution when needed

Alarm system
• Be aware of the conditions throughout the facility and set alarm levels,
• Be available after hours and weekends to check alarms,
• Have a basic understanding of the alarm system,

Degree and Area of Specialization:
• Bachelors degree required or 3+ years of experience in related position.
• Knowledge of how to utilize computer and IT resources is essential for success in this position.
License or Certificate:
• Valid Driver's License.
• Hold or ability to obtain a Virginia pesticide applicator license.
Physical Abilities:
• Must be physically fit and able to lift heavy material (i.e. up to 50lbs).
• Bend, climb, stand, sit, walk and kneel for prolonged periods of time.
• Must be able to work in a temperature controlled environment reaching 90-100+ degrees Fahrenheit.
• Continuous problem solving on routine matters. Frequent attention to detail.
• Continuous performance of basic numeric calculations, as well as writing, reading, comparing, and analyzing.
• Deductive reasoning, continuous alertness, precision, and concentration to ensure accuracy of work.

Hours may vary dependent upon seasonal needs. Occasional travel required. Exposed to potentially hazardous, conditions; weather, chemical or slippery conditions of work area.