Nursery Production Manager – Bentley Ridge Tree Farm & Nursery

Posted on Jul 1, 2020 in Job Postings

Nursery Production Manager

Bentley Ridge Tree Farm & Nursery is looking for a motivated Nursery Production Manager who is in charge of the supervision and direction of all horticultural functions related to inventory for
the nursery; including: pruning, weeding, fertilization, irrigation, disease and pest control, and monitoring of general plant health. Our ideal candidate should have a passion for trees and the
processes involved in growing and establishing the highest level of nursery stock. This individual should also possess strong leadership skills and the ability to lead a team of up to 10 people. Good communication and problem-solving skills are a must.

Responsibilities and Duties

• This position reports directly to the Nursery Manager and is responsible for all of the plants and planting materials present at the farm.
• Planting, maintaining, and harvesting of all nursery stock, including but not limited to: planting bareroot stock, root pruning, irrigation maintenance, corrective and tip-pruning, fertilizing, insect and disease control, and the harvesting of sellable nursery stock.
• Use knowledge of plants and diseases to assist in corrective treatment and application of nursery stock.
• Coordinate with Retail and Wholesale Manager regarding future plant needs and different plant options.
• Injection System Maintenance – replacing acids and chemicals to keep water at the correct pH to sustain healthy plants.
• Developing and updating cost of plants charts to assist in the pricing of plant material.
• Analyzing future farm needs: forecasting staff and materials required to complete future jobs
• Work effectively and efficiently with specialized equipment, such as, but not limited to: Skid loaders, mini skid steers, tractors, mini excavators, articulating loaders and hand equipment.

The Right Candidate has

• Passion for creating and developing healthy trees
• Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or similar field (preferred, but not required)
• 2+ yrs experience in Nursery production or Horticultural management position (preferred, but not required)
• 1+ yr experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word) (preferred, but not required)
• Pesticide Applicators License (preferred, but not required)
• Punctual, Reliable, Dependable
• Extreme attention to detail
• Knowledge of plants, funguses, insects, and diseases related to Iowa
• Knowledge of water injection systems and the testing associated with water
• Knowledge of irrigation systems
• Ability to run a crew of 10 or more
• Ability and desire to work in all weather conditions
• Ability to stand and perform strenuous tasks for 8+ hours a day
• Capability of lifting 50+ pounds over extended periods of time
• Good communication skills
• Problem solver and critical thinker
• Knowledge of Commercial Pesticide Handler Employer (CPHE)
• Valid driver’s license

This is a full-time position that requires 40+ hours per week. Some weekends and evenings may be required during busy season. We are looking for enthusiastic attitudes and team players to
join in our success. We offer benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as IRA, Paid Time Off, Holidays, and Bonuses!

To apply, please send resumes to Andrea Gnat at [email protected].