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About AppHarvest
 
AppHarvest is redefining American agriculture by developing modern, large-scale controlled environment agriculture facilities in Central Appalachia.  We’re combining conventional agriculture techniques with the most recent proven to grow fruits and vegetables that are locally grown, climate resilient, free of chemical pesticides, and resource efficient. We provide access to a nutritious and safe U.S.-grown food supply for consumers. 
 
We’re currently operating one of the largest greenhouses in North America, 60-acre controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, KY, and have an active development pipeline for additional facilities. These facilities grow more with fewer resources. When compared to traditional agriculture, we grow 30x more efficiently and with 90% less water. Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they are at peak nutrition and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%.
 
AppHarvest is proud to verify our commitment to people and the planet by being a Certified B Corporation. As one of only four public B Corps in the United States, we are focused on balancing people and profit. Our goal is to promote a future of sustainable change in the agriculture industry while reducing our impact on the planet.  And we're doing it all while creating jobs and helping Appalachia build a more resilient economy!
 
This is Farming Now. 

About the Role:

As a Head Grower at AppHarvest, you will be joining a team at the forefront of reinventing sustainable agriculture by leading all growing operations teams within the 60-acre hydroponic greenhouse facility. This position will be responsible for developing and training a team that is made up of Growers, Assistant Growers, and Crop Care Specialists as well as managing growing operations for tomatoes and vine crops for AppHarvest’s – 60 acre hydroponic controlled environment agriculture facilities. This role will be based in Eastern Kentucky.

What You’ll Do:

  • Manage and lead a staff of 250+ greenhouse staff
  • Oversee IPM manager to establish biological solutions for regional-specific pests and pathogens
  • Confirm the effective management of pest and disease control
  • Participate in budget preparation and develop a growing plan to meet production goals
  • Ensure that growing schedule maximizes production yield while minimizing expenses
  • Consult with Growers on matters including crop and climate registration data, scouting reports, food safety regulations compliance, health safety standards compliance, and the implementation plant health plan directives
  • Manage fertilization, irrigation, and climate control needs
  • Ensure the administration of soil, water, and disease tests as necessary and ensures that proper follow up actions are taken
  • Work with VP to maintain inventory of growing supplies
  • Oversee trials of new products prior to use within the facility
  • Manage recordkeeping of growing techniques to review and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Oversee and advise on the training of new employees and techniques

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. AppHarvest reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agriculture, or equivalent experience
  • Experience growing tomatoes and or vine crops
  • Minimum ten year’s experience in horticulture
  • Previous experience as an Assistant or Head Grower in greenhouse growing facilities preferred
  • Knowledge of PRIVA and experience with technical greenhouse systems
  • Knowledge of horticultural pest and disease identification
  • Familiarity with industry food and health safety standards
  • Pesticide License or Assistant’s License
  • Advanced degree in Horticulture or Agriculture a plus
  • Ability to move/lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits:

  • 100% company paid insurance premiums (Medical, Dental and Vision Plans) 
  • 401K Company Match 100% of First 3%- 50% of next 2% and is vested immediately – it is automatically yours
  • 9 company paid holidays 
  • Generous PTO Packages starting at 15 PTO days
  • 2 Paid Mission Days for volunteer work 
  • Company provided uniforms and shoes (for Greenhouse Employees)

 

 

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  • Company Address 401 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
  • City Lexington
  • Location Kentucky
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