The Strong Foundation of Nourse Farms

For 90 years, Nourse Farms has produced and sold premium quality small fruit plants to national and international commercial fruit growers, home gardeners, and resellers. Nourse Farms’ commitment to providing customers with virus-indexed, highly productive plants drives the organization to stay on the cutting edge of the latest developments in the industry. By identifying and testing new varieties and growing techniques, Nourse Farms stands behind its promise to deliver quality.

The Future of Nourse Farms

The berry plant propagation industry is evolving, and Nourse Farms is actively participating in the evolution. We are expanding to meet our growers’ needs, with plans for a state-of-the-art tissue culture lab and greenhouse dedicated to foundation material and a 15-acre greenhouse near Asheville, North Carolina. We are currently recruiting a variety of roles to support the growth of our plants and our business in both locations.

Looking ahead, Nourse Farms is poised for an exciting future in berry propagation, fueled by an infusion of increased capital. This financial boost will enable us to expand our acreage, allowing for a greater volume of high-quality berry production. We plan to invest in cutting-edge technology to enhance consistency and improve yields, ensuring we continue to deliver the premium plants our customers have come to expect. The integration of advanced technology will not only streamline our operations but also enable us to adapt swiftly to changing market demands. Furthermore, we're planning to construct new facilities to support our growth and enhance our production capabilities. As market demand presents itself, we are ready and equipped to answer the call, scaling our operations to meet and exceed expectations. Our commitment to innovation and quality remains unwavering as we embark on this new chapter. With these strategic investments, we aim to solidify our position as a leader in the industry, continuing our legacy of excellence in berry propagation. The future of Nourse Farms is one of growth, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to our customers and the quality of our products. We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you.

The Value of Being a Part of the Nourse Farms Team

Every member of the Nourse Farms team works toward one common goal: to deliver quality. Whether you’re working in our fields, in our greenhouses, in our packhouses, or in our offices, you contribute to our customers’ success.

Apply for a Position on the Nourse Farms Team

If you are as enthusiastic about delivering quality as we are and want to be part of the team leading growing innovation and customer success, please review our current openings below. To be considered for an open position, follow the instructions provided at the end of the job description. No phone calls, please.

Job Title: Team Lead
Department: Greenhouse                 
Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                  
Reports to: Grower
Job Type: Regular                    
Amount of Travel Required: N/A
Positions Supervised: 0                     
Work Schedule:    Monday–Friday, rotating weekends

Position Summary: 

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Team Lead to support our facility in Mills River, North Carolina greenhouse operations. Working closely with the Growers, the Team Lead will develop responsibility for managing and inspiring the work crew in the greenhouse and field, including problem-solving, doing quality control, and generally ensuring that farm systems are maintained. The ability to delegate and effectively keep track of people, time, tasks, and systems is key. This position requires quick hands, a positive attitude, and strong observation skills. Expect the work to be physically and mentally demanding, with long hours indoors and outdoors in all weather. Most tasks require quality work at a quick pace, often under pressure. This role is crucial in ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the department and across the organization. 

Primary Duties: 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Daily task list management and problem-solving in collaboration with Growers and Head Grower
  • Participating in all aspects of greenhouse and field work
  • Work alongside the crew modeling quality & efficiency of work which includes ground preparation, seeding, cultivating, planting, weeding, pest control, washing & packing, fertilizing, spraying, thinning, irrigating, and harvesting
  • Tunnel & greenhouse production (primarily strawberries)
  • Ensuring that harvest, post-harvest handling, task protocols, infrastructure, and maintenance systems are maintained & improved
  • Interpreting harvest and planting plans and keeping accurate records of actual activities
  • Engaging in constant observation and oversight of the crew
  • Supporting staff and labor contract workers in their responsibilities and ensuring the farm is prepared for the weekend
  • Providing training, direction, motivation, and oversight for our work crew - delegating tasks and supervising completion
  • Facilitating a positive and efficient work environment
  • Communicating between staff and farm managers as needed to address clarity of work tasks

Qualifications:

  • Education: High School diploma preferred, or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience: 2 years greenhouse experience with demonstrated team leadership experience
  • Leadership Abilities: Strong leadership and team management skills with a track record of building and motivating high-performing teams. Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.  Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with various departments and other stakeholders.
  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Problem-Solving: Proactive approach to identifying and resolving challenges
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, stand for extended periods, and work in varying temperatures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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Job Title: Agricultural Equipment Operator
Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                      
Reports to: Substrate Manager
Job Type: Regular                                  
Amount of Travel Required: None
Work Schedule: Monday- Saturday        
Positions Supervised: None

Position Summary: 

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a highly skilled and experienced heavy equipment operator to support our facilities in Whately, Montague, Hatfield, Deerfield and Northfield MA nursery operations. The Heavy Equipment Operator will be responsible for managing and operating our machinery across various Massachusetts sites and is vital for upholding our operational efficiency, safety, and environmental standards. This role is crucial in ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the department and across the organization. 

Primary Duties: 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate Equipment: Safely and expertly operate a range of agricultural equipment, including tractors, harvesters, and pesticide spraying machines, mowers, and other ancillary equipment.
  • Pesticide Application: Apply pesticides in accordance with Massachusetts regulations, ensuring the health and safety of crops, workers, and the environment. Must have a pesticide spraying license.
  • Routine Checks: Conduct daily equipment inspections to ensure machinery is in optimal working condition.
  • Maintenance Coordination: Report equipment malfunctions or damages to the Maintenance Manager promptly for repair coordination.
  • Safety and Compliance: Strictly adhere to safety protocols and Massachusetts pesticide application regulations.
  • Training: Offer training and insights to team members on proper equipment and pesticide usage as necessary.
  • Transportation: Transport equipment between various Massachusetts sites as required.
  • Record Keeping: Maintain thorough logs of equipment usage, pesticide applications, hours of operation, and maintenance checks.
  • Site Cleanliness: Ensure machinery and equipment storage areas are clean and orderly.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay abreast of the latest operating procedures, best practices, and regulations related to equipment operation and pesticide application.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Education: High school diploma or GED, or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience: 3+ years of progressive experience in operating heavy or agricultural equipment. A background in mechanics and equipment maintenance or farm work is also useful.
  • Leadership Abilities: Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Valid Massachusetts Pesticide Spray License.
  • Valid driver's license with a clean driving record.
  • Strong knowledge of safety protocols and Massachusetts pesticide application regulations.
  • Ability to troubleshoot basic equipment problems.
  • Flexibility to work under varying weather conditions and adapt to changing schedules.
  • Willingness to travel between sites in Massachusetts.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with various departments and other stakeholders.
  • Problem-Solving: Proactive approach to identifying and resolving challenges
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, stand for extended periods, and work in varying temperatures.

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Job Title: Director of Growing Operations
Department: Operations                       
Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status:  Exempt                             
Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer
Job Type: Regular                                  
Amount of Travel Required: 20%
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday            
Positions Supervised: 5

Position Summary

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced manager to lead our Nourse Farms facilities in the Massachusetts and North Carolina growing operations.  The Director of Growing Operations will also oversee our greenhouse strawberry propagation operations. This role will be responsible for leading a team, implementing effective growing techniques, ensuring optimal plant health, and maximizing production yields. The ideal candidate has a strong background in horticulture, a passion for strawberries and raspberries, and a desire to contribute to sustainable food production. This role is crucial in ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the department and across the organization. 

Primary Duties

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the growing operations for the company.
  • Develop and implement strategies to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to develop and execute strategic plans.
  • Manage and optimize processes to ensure smooth operations.
  • Identify areas for improvement and implement process enhancements.
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements with vendors and suppliers.
  • Monitor key performance indicators and implement corrective actions as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulations and standards.
  • Drive business development initiatives to expand the company's market presence.
  • Manage Greenhouse Operations: Oversee day-to-day activities in the greenhouse, including planting, irrigation, nutrient management, pest control, and disease prevention.
  • Crop Planning: Develop and execute comprehensive crop plans, considering factors such as planting schedules, variety selection, and space utilization. 
  • Irrigation and Nutrition Management: Monitor and optimize irrigation systems, ensuring proper water and nutrient delivery to plants at each growth stage.
  • Pest and Disease Control: Implement integrated pest management strategies to prevent and control pests and diseases, minimizing the need for chemical interventions.
  • Quality Control: Maintain high-quality standards throughout the propagation process, ensuring consistent plant health and exceptional fruit production.
  • Research and Innovation: Stay up to date with industry trends, new technologies, and scientific advancements in strawberry cultivation, and apply them to enhance production practices.
  • Budget Management: Collaborate with the management team to develop and manage the greenhouse budget, optimizing expenditures while ensuring efficient production.
  • Health and Safety Compliance: Ensure compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations, promoting a safe working environment for all staff.
  • Strong background in operations management, including process improvement, project management, and strategic planning
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, business administration, operations management, or a related field
  • Experience: Minimum of 10 years of experience in greenhouse management, with a focus on strawberry propagation, operations management, or related field.
  • Proven track record of success in driving operational excellence
  • Knowledge: In-depth understanding of greenhouse operations preferably worked and have good knowledge with Priva climate, irrigation and labor tracking system, plant nutrition, irrigation systems, pest and disease management, and crop planning. Familiarity with sustainable growing practices is a plus.
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to collect and interpret data, make data-driven decisions, and optimize cultivation techniques accordingly.
  • Leadership Abilities: Strong leadership and team management skills with a track record of building and motivating high-performing teams. Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.  Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Problem-Solving: Proactive approach to identifying and resolving challenges, including those related to plant health, productivity, and greenhouse operations.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with various departments, team members, and other stakeholders.
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to work in a physically demanding environment, including lifting heavy objects up to 50 lbs., standing for extended periods, and working in varying temperatures.

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Job Title: Laboratory Director: Plant Tissue Culture and Operations — Whately, MA
Department: Lab                                               
Job Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt                                          
Reports to: General Manager

Job Type: Regular                                              
Amount of Travel Required: None

Work Schedule: Monday–Friday                         
Positions Supervised: 2–5

Position Summary

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. We are embarking on an exciting expansion project that includes the construction of a state-of-the-art tissue culture lab with automation. This expansion will be instrumental in our future growth, and we are seeking an experienced Laboratory Director to play a pivotal role in developing the team, creating standard operating procedures (SOPs), and ensuring the timely and successful operation of this cutting-edge facility, while overseeing our current lab. This role is also critical to our production planning efforts as we prepare for this significant development.

Primary Duties:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General Management and Lab Development:

  • Oversee the development of the new tissue culture lab, including team building, support of recruitment, creation of SOPs, and setting up operational protocols.
  • Provide training, organization, motivation, and encouragement for lab staff, collaborating with the Lab Manager to build a cohesive and skilled team.
  • Manage inventory and procurement planning for necessary chemicals and supplies for the upcoming lab expansion.
  • Be available to provide support for the development requirements associated with the new laboratory build project. Collaborate with greenhouse personnel and other team members to align the lab's operation with planting, acclimation, and growing schedules.
  • Establish protocols to follow production through to the greenhouse, ensuring stock quality, quantity, and schedule adherence.
  • Foster coordination with other department managers through regular meetings and strategy sessions, contributing to production planning efforts.
  • Supervise various tasks related to lab development and construction as needed to ensure the successful establishment of the new facility.
  • Ensure continued support and connection of current lab facility and team as new lab comes online.

PCR Lab and Micropropagation Lab:

  • Oversee the PCR Lab and Micropropagation Lab, setting up equipment and protocols.
  • Collaborate with technicians to develop and maintain efficient and high-quality processes in both labs.
  • Ensure proper media preparation, pouring, autoclaving, and lab maintenance procedures are documented, followed and established.
  • Work on scheduling and supervision of lab propagation (transferring) to meet future sales goals.
  • Initiate new growth room cultures, maintain inventory, and establish procedures for regular meristem initiation.

New Varieties/Trials:

  • Prepare for the integration of trial varieties of strawberries and raspberries into the lab as it moves from quarantine to post-quarantine readiness.
  • Collaborate with the PCR Lab to document and establish screening and virus indexing processes.
  • Provide feedback and assessments of new varieties to Director of Production and other managers.
  • Plan and execute the pruning and maintenance of new plants in the stock house, aligning with production planning requirements.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, plant pathology or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience: 10 years of experience in a plant tissue culture lab, supervisory or management position with proven ability to manage, develop, and mentor staff.
  • Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Stellar organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic agricultural setting with shifting priorities.
  • Problem-solving prowess, especially when under pressure.
  • Resource Management (People & Equipment) - Ability to obtain and appropriate the proper usage of equipment, facilities, materials, as well as personnel.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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Job Title: Maintenance Manager

Department: Facilities                           

Job Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt                              

Reports to: Facilities Director

Job Type: Regular                                  

Amount of Travel Required: 20%

Work Schedule: Monday–Friday            

Positions Supervised: 0–1

Position Summary: 

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a highly skilled and experienced manager to lead our facilities in Massachusetts. The Maintenance Manager will be responsible for upholding the upkeep and repairs of the company’s physical assets and facilities in terms of maintenance, development, expansion, and sustenance.  This role is crucial in ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the department and across the organization. 

Primary Duties: 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, manage, and direct all maintenance procedures and operations. Develop and implement maintenance procedures, including preventive maintenance schedules
  • Adhere to and enforce all health and safety rules and regulations according to state/federal laws and company protocols
  • Implement workplace safety policies and standards
  • Supervise maintenance staff and contractors
  • Negotiate contracts with outside vendors for the execution of maintenance work
  • Maintain vendor relationships and order new materials as needed
  • Ensure operational efficiency of electrical equipment and mechanical systems through timely inspection and repair
  • Troubleshoot and repair any piece of machinery to ensure it works properly and is safe for employees to use.
  • Ensure that company premises and facilities are kept in clean and hygienic condition
  • Assist, create, and adhere to maintenance budgets
  • Knowledge of equipment and facilities machines
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business administration, facility management, or a related field preferred, or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience: 10 years of progressive experience working as a maintenance manager, repair manager, or in a related maintenance role.
  • Experience managing multiple vendors
  • Leadership Abilities: Strong leadership and team management skills with a track record of building and motivating high-performing teams. Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.  Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems
  • Ability to consistently maintain positive client relationships
  • Can effectively and efficiently handle both administrative and mechanical responsibilities
  • Familiarity in drafting and understanding blueprints and schematics
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with various departments and other stakeholders.
  • Problem-Solving: Proactive approach to identifying and resolving challenges
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, stand for extended periods, and work in varying temperatures.

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Job Title: Maintenance Technician
Department: Maintenance                    
Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                      
Reports to: Maintenance Manager
Job Type: Regular                                  
Amount of Travel Required: None
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday            
Positions Supervised: 0

Position Summary

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for their commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a diligent and hands-on Maintenance Technician to join our dynamic team. As a Maintenance Technician, you'll work closely with the Maintenance Manager to ensure that our facilities and equipment are in optimal condition, furthering our mission of providing high-quality small fruit plants.

Primary Duties:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Routine Maintenance: Execute daily checks and carry out routine maintenance tasks on machinery, equipment, and facilities.
  • Respond to Breakdowns: Quickly respond to and diagnose faults and breakdowns, taking corrective actions to minimize downtime.
  • Follow Maintenance Schedules: Adhere to preventive maintenance schedules set by the Maintenance Manager to proactively maintain all equipment.
  • Document Work: Maintain detailed records of all maintenance work performed, including parts used and time spent.
  • Safety Compliance: Ensure all work is done in compliance with company safety policies and relevant regulations. Use personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Tool Maintenance: Maintain, clean, and store tools and equipment in an orderly and safe manner.
  • Support Larger Projects: Assist in bigger maintenance projects as directed by the Maintenance Manager.
  • Provide Feedback: Regularly provide feedback on potential improvements or concerns regarding equipment and facilities.
  • Continuous Learning: Keep up to date with the latest maintenance techniques and best practices, attending workshops or training courses as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent; technical certification is a plus.
  • 2+ years of experience in a maintenance role, preferably in agricultural or plant production environments.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • Ability to work with a variety of hand and power tools safely.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors and in varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical manuals, schematics, and blueprints.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in a team environment.
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Physical ability to perform tasks such as climbing ladders, lifting 50 lb., bending, and operating equipment.
  • Eagerness to contribute to a dynamic and collaborative team.

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Job Title: Grower – Mills River, NC
Department: Production          
Job Status: 
Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt                         
Reports to: 
Head Grower
Job Type: Regular                    
Amount of Travel Required: 
None
Positions Supervised: 10          
Work Schedule:    Monday – Friday, rotating weekends

Position Summary:

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for their commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a motivated and dedicated Grower to support the Head Grower in the management and care of small fruit plants at our facility in Mills River, NC. The Grower will play a vital role in maintaining plant health, implementing growing practices, and ensuring the success of our horticultural operations.

Primary Duties:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plant Husbandry: Assist in the planting of crops in our facility’s gutter, and . engage in ongoing plant maintenance activities, such as removing flowers, pruning leaves, and adhering to a preventative spray schedule to ensure plant health. 
  • Greenhouse Operations: Collaborate with the Head Grower to manage all aspects of greenhouse operations, including monitoring environmental conditions, runner production tasks, irrigation and nutrition management, and integrated pest management strategies. Ensure efficient and timely completion of all greenhouse activities while maintaining optimal growth conditions for plants.
  • Inventory Management: Assist in maintaining accurate inventory records of plant varieties,   maintain accurate records of tasks related to grow bags, planting, plant maintenance, tip inventory and other greenhouse-related activities. 
  • Quality Control & Sanitation: Support quality control efforts to ensure that all plants meet or exceed established quality standards.  Assist in greenhouse clean-out and sanitation before transition to new production.
  • Team Collaboration: Collaborate closely with the Head Grower and other team members to execute growing plans, communicate plant care needs, and contribute to the success of the growing operations.
  • Standard Operating Procedures and High Standards: Collaborate with Head Grower to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the facility, ensuring the highest standards of cultivation and production are consistently met. 
  • Priva Software Utilization and Data Analysis: Proficiently utilize Priva climate and labor management software to monitor and control greenhouse climate conditions, labor activities, and collect data related to plant growth, yield, and environmental conditions. Use this information to fine-tune cultivation techniques, optimize greenhouse operations for efficiency and productivity, and contribute to the optimization of plant growth.
  • Equipment and Facility Maintenance: Participate in the maintenance and repair of equipment and facilities as needed to ensure a safe and efficient working environment.
  • Training and Development: Engage in continuous learning and training to enhance horticultural knowledge and skills.
  • Additional Duties: Collaborate with Head Grower on other tasks and responsibilities related to greenhouse operations, as required. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, or a related field (preferred).
  • 2 years experience in greenhouse operations or agricultural work.
  • Basic knowledge of greenhouse operations, including Priva experience a plus 
  • Strong attention to detail and a willingness to learn and adapt.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Physical ability to perform tasks such as climbing ladders, lifting 50 lb., bending, and operating equipment.
  • Eagerness to contribute to a dynamic and collaborative team.

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Department: Operations                       
Job Status: 
Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt                              
Reports to: 
Production Director
Job Type: Regular                                  
Amount of Travel Required: 
10%
Work Schedule: Monday- Saturday        
Positions Supervised:
 12-22

Position Summary: 

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a highly skilled and experienced manager to lead our facility in Whately, MA and Pasco, Washington for the Farm/Nursery soil-based propagation operations. The Head Grower will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of plant production, crop management, and maintaining the highest standards of plant health and quality. This role is crucial in ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the department and across the organization. 

Primary Duties: 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Propagation Leadership: Direct and monitor every stage of soil-based propagation, ensuring processes comply with our protocols, resulting in robust plants.
  • Team Guidance: Lead the farm team, ensuring they receive instruction, mentorship, and a high proficiency in propagation practices.
  • Resource Optimization: Collaborate with the Whatley General Manager to allocate resources efficiently, aiming to maximize propagation processes and achieve production goals.
  • Data Analysis: Launch data capture methods for tracking propagation efficiency and growth rates. Utilize this data to identify trends and make informed decisions to bolster propagation outcomes.
  • Quality Assurance: Implement rigorous quality checks, ensuring propagated plants meet our quality standards. Address concerns like pests, diseases, or other hazards promptly.
  • Documentation: Maintain detailed records of propagation activities, covering plant schedules, inventory, and quality assessments.
  • Pesticide Management: Retain an active pesticide applicator's license, apply pesticides safely and adhere to all relevant regulations.
  • Safety Advocacy: Promote the well-being of all staff by endorsing adherence to safety protocols and nurturing a safety-first culture.
  • Progressive Development: Regularly identify areas for improvement, advocating innovative solutions to uplift farm operations.
  • Performance Reporting: Diligently report on weekly, monthly, and quarterly KPIs, ensuring the alignment and achievement of departmental targets.
  • Site Collaboration: Travel to and collaborate with our Pasco, Washington soil-based propagation site several times a year, especially during planting, digging, and packing of raspberries and asparagus.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, Plant Science, or a related field preferred, or equivalent experience required. 
  • Experience: 7+ years of progressive and hands-on experience in soil-based propagation and farm management, including leadership experience. Analytical Skills: Ability to collect and interpret data, make data-driven decisions, optimize cultivation techniques accordingly, and meticulous record-keeping.
  • Leadership Abilities: Strong leadership and team management skills with a track record of building and motivating high-performing teams. Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.  Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with various departments and other stakeholders.
  • Problem-Solving: Proactive approach to identifying and resolving challenges related to plant health and productivity.
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, standing for extended periods, and working in varying temperatures.
  • Deep understanding of plant propagation techniques.
  • A valid pesticide applicator's license.
  • A staunch commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly farming methods.

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Job Title: Grower, Greenhouse—Whately, MA
Department: Production                       
Job Status: 
Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt                              
Reports to: 
Head Grower
Job Type: Regular                                  
Amount of Travel Required: 
None
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday, Rotating weekend duty            
Positions Supervised:
 0

Position Summary:

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for their commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a motivated and dedicated Greenhouse Grower to support the Head Grower and Greenhouse Manager in the management and care of small fruit plants at our facility in Whatley, MA. The Grower will play a vital role in maintaining plant health, implementing growing practices, and ensuring the success of our horticultural operations.

Primary Duties:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Greenhouse Operations: Collaborate with the Head Grower to manage all aspects of greenhouse operations. This would include monitoring environmental conditions, irrigation and nutrition management, and integrated pest management strategies. Ensure efficient and timely completion of all greenhouse activities while maintaining optimal growth conditions for plants.
  • Inventory Management: Assist in maintaining accurate inventory records of all plant varieties,
  • as well as grower activities such as scouting, applying pesticides and biological controls. 
  • Quality Control & Sanitation: Support quality control efforts to ensure that all plants meet or exceed established quality standards. Assist in greenhouse sanitation before transition to new production.
  • Team Collaboration: Collaborate closely with the Head Grower and/or Greenhouse Manager as well as other team members to execute growing plans, communicate plant care needs, and contribute to the success of the growing operations.
  • Standard Operating Procedures and High Standards: Collaborate with Head Grower to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the facility, ensuring the highest standards of cultivation and production are met. 
  • Environmental Controls Utilization and Data Analysis: Proficiently utilize Priva/Argus environmental software to monitor and control greenhouse climate conditions. Use this information to fine-tune cultivation techniques which will contribute to the optimization of plant growth.
  • Equipment and Facility Maintenance: Participate in the maintenance and minor repair of equipment and facilities as needed to ensure a safe and efficient working environment.
  • Training and Development: Engage in continuous learning and training to enhance horticultural knowledge and skills.
  • Obtain a pesticide license within four months of hire.
  • Additional Duties: Collaborate with Head Grower and/or Greenhouse Manager on other tasks and responsibilities related to greenhouse operations, as required. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, or a related field (preferred).
  • 2 years experience in greenhouse operations or agricultural work.
  • Basic knowledge of greenhouse operations, including Environmental Controls (Priva/Angus) experience a plus 
  • Attention to detail and a willingness to learn and adapt.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Physical ability to perform tasks such as climbing ladders, lifting 50 lb., bending, and operating equipment.
  • Eagerness to contribute to a dynamic and collaborative team.

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Job Title: Grower, Substrate
Department: Substrate                          
Job Status: 
Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt                              
Reports to: 
Head Grower, Substrate
Job Type: Regular                                  
Amount of Travel Required: 
10%
Work Schedule: Monday–Saturday        
Positions Supervised:
 9

Position Summary: 

Nourse Farms is a leading player in the plant propagation industry, known for our commitment to excellence in providing high-quality plant stock. Nourse Farms is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Grower to lead our facility in Whately, MA and Northfield, MA substrate operations. The Grower in Substate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of plant production, crop management, and maintaining the highest standards of plant health and quality. This role is crucial in ensuring smooth operations and effective communication within the department and across the organization. 

Primary Duties: 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the daily activities relating to crop health, irrigation, climate, pest management, and labor planning.
  • Strawberry Tray Plant and Plug Program Oversight: Assist in managing strawberry tray plants and plugs, ensuring they grow optimally and conform to our stringent quality standards.
  • Raspberry Long Cane Production: Oversee the full lifecycle of the raspberry long cane process, ensuring the plants thrive and meet our established quality benchmarks.
  • Blackberry Long Cane Care: Aid in the nurturing and growth management of blackberry long canes, keeping in sync with our quality expectations.
  • Plant Care: Monitor plants with precision for indications of pests, diseases, and potential growth issues, implementing the right remedies under the guidance of the Head Grower of Substrate.
  • Resource Management: Coordinate effectively to allocate essential resources, such as tools, equipment, and materials, ensuring streamlined substrate production.
  • Data Collection: Regularly gather and log data relevant to plant growth rates, health, and other critical metrics to refine our substrate methods further.
  • Site Maintenance: Maintain the production spaces in pristine condition, ensuring they're organized and devoid of hazards.Safety Protocols: Strictly adhering to safety protocols, championing a safe work environment for all team members.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay updated and delve deep into learning opportunities to further expertise in substrate plant propagation techniques, with a focus on our specific plant programs.
  • Oversee KPI consistency, collaborate with the Labor Director on forecasting, and strategize on labor allocation and planning.
  • Analyze performance data for improvement, communicate with stakeholders about labor needs, and stay updated on industry best practices for efficiency.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, plant science, or a related field is preferred.
  • Experience: 2+ years in greenhouse management, substrate propagation, farming, or relevant agriculture domain, with a focus on strawberry propagation. Previous leadership experience is highly desirable.
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to collect and interpret data, make data-driven decisions, and optimize cultivation techniques accordingly.
  • Leadership Abilities: Strong leadership and team management skills with a track record of building and motivating high-performing teams. Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse team.  Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with various departments and other stakeholders.
  • Problem-Solving: Proactive approach to identifying and resolving challenges
  • Physical Stamina: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., stand for extended periods, and work in varying temperatures.

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