Job Description: The Propagation Coordinator is responsible for the care and maintenance of all rooted and unrooted plant material in the T4, P1 AND 855 growing areas, and is ultimately responsible for supplying a quality rooted cutting or microcutting to Briggs Nursery. This position will determine how to best utilize the Propagation staff to meet yearly departmental goals. This position works closely with the Propagation Supervisor and Growers. This position carries significant responsibilities and accountabilities within the Propagation Department.
1. Directly supervise a staff of 3-5 people. Make decisions regarding hiring, provide training, and conduct performance and wage reviews. Supervise 15-30 people indirectly through supervisor and crew leaders. Monitor employee conduct to make sure it conforms with company policies and procedures and take appropriate corrective action when necessary.
2. Keep accurate time cards and attendance records for all crew members either directly or through the MP Supervisor.
3. Conduct preformance and wage reviews.
4. Participate in / conduct crew meetings with all propagation staff, and solicit new ideas to help improve departmental efficiency / effectiveness.
5. Advocate for areas of responsibility and staff.
6. Possess problem solving abilities, and be accountable for decisions made. Be able to follow and communicate complex instructions for work to be done.
7. Be able to plan for events that need to be resolved within a 3-24 month time frame.
8. Responsible for generating and adhering to planned supply and labor budgets.
1. Communicate and coordinate with other departments and off site locations to insure a smooth flow of plant material for propagation purposes.
2. Conduct propagation tours and be willing to assist with other nursery activities as required.
1. Provide monthly progress reports based on labor and production to the Propagaton Manager and Accounting.
2. Provide weekly reports to the Production and Efficency (PE) Manager.
3. Attend weekly walks in propagation areas to monitor plant health and rooting, solicit assistance from Environmental Services in insect/disease control as needed.
4. Work with the PE and Inventory Quality Control (IQC) managers to develop standard propagation priorities to meet SP goals and oversee the completion through the SP crew leader.
5. Participate in the review of production crop windows for both TC and standard propagation.
6. Work with Prop Manager on coordination of tipping of TC material.
7. Confirm monthly supply needs (pots, soil, etc) and order accordingly to maintain adequate supplies.
8. Oversee inventory management of all plants in propagation areas.
9. Conduct research to develop standard propagation protocols with new plants as planned for from the New Plant Meeting priorities.
10. Work with Growers, Environmental Services (ES), and IQC Manager on research to determine optimal/minimal plug establishment, growth, and timing of shipment protocols.
1. Oversee propagation growers in both microprop and standard prop.
2. Monitor and control the greenhouse environment to achieve optimal results (includes proper venting, mist cycling, supplemental light and heat control).
5. Plant maintenance to include mowing, PGR applications, and weeding of crops.
6. Coordinate plant movement and associated inventory control.
7. Coordinate with Growers and ES to accomplish best IPM practices.
8. Schedule, coordinate, and perform weekend/holiday/vacation checks with other staff as needed
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty at minimum training rates. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Must have excellent attendance history.
· Must be able to read and write.
· Must be able to work safely. Safety is always the highest priority.
· Able to work additional hours as required to meet department objectives.
Required Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in horticulture-related field with at least 5 years experience in propagation and growth of young plants in a supervisory or managerial role
Years of experience may substitute for education requirements
Experience with growth of plants via tissue culture preferred
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as the department handbook, work assignments and safety rules.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to work in extremes of Washington weather (hot, cold, rain, wind).