About SyngentaSyngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown.We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.About This JobThe role is responsible for executing outlined growing procedures and processes for Syngenta Asters and Chrysanthemums to deliver quality cuttings that meet customer requirements on a consistent basis.Accountabilities
Visually inspect assigned growing area minimum one time per week. Area assignment is usually 5 to 15 acres.
Monitor water and fertility needs of mum and aster crop for all stages of crop from un-rooted cuttings to mature stock plants.
Monitor soil and fertilizer E.C. conditions and adjust based on established criteria and computer control systems.
Monitor and diagnosis crop for insect and disease issues. Respond in compliance with IPM and WPS practices.
Implement weekly plant growth regulator crop model, insect and disease control strategies and weed control.
Maintain proper pinch schedules to insure on time cutting harvest.
Responsible for physical integrity of growing equipment and structures and have in proper working order.
Supervise and instruct assigned hourly employee (usually 1-8 people) to daily tasks.
Conduct field trials to improve on current practices.
Frost Water and Weekend work will be required.Skills:
Essential Knowledge & Experience
Ability to maintain and execute established procedures
Problem solving abilities- especially related to disease expression symptoms on mums and asters
Being aware of current state of horticulture industry
Work closely with operations team in weekly harvest of cuttings
Experience looking for ways and methods to continually improve current practices
Soil fumigation techniques
Understanding of vapor deficient concept and its use in mist and irrigation controlPreferred Knowledge & Experience Bilingual-Fluent in English and Spanish is desirable
Cutting propagation experience is desirable Qualifications BS Degree Horticulture/Agriculture/Biology related disciplines
5 years of horticulture growing experience is required
A Florida pesticide license or the ability to obtain this license within 6 months of hire
An applicator license to use chemicals or the ability to obtain this license within 3 months of hire
Familiarity with IPM Integrated Pest Management and Horticulture environmental control systems
Working knowledge of WPS Worker Protection Standard requirements and applications
Familiarity with insecticides and fungicides used in greenhouses
Experience with growing crops in a greenhouse green skills
Must be available to work nights and weekends
Basic computer skills-Knowledge of MS Office SuiteAdditional Information All applicants must be eligible to work in the US without visa support
Relocation support is not available
10% – International and Domestic
Flexible work hours-night and weekend work is required for this
Relocation support is provided
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