Grow Assistant

The Verdes Foundation
Barry, IL
$18 / hr

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Job Description

It is the policy of The Verdes Foundation to provide equal employment (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, The Verdes Foundation, will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Non-Exempt/Benefits Eligible/Full-time (~40 +/- weekly hours)

Job Summary:

Perform grow-related tasks and procedures at assigned facility.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Routine daily tasks include hand-watering, transplanting, pruning, spraying, room/row turnovers/sanitation, container washing, work area and facility cleanliness, and moving plants throughout the facilities.
  • Pest and plant issue identification.
  • Ensure all corporate and grow policies and procedures are carried out safely and accurately.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Work a 40 +/- hour work week including holidays, weekends, snow days, etc. based on needs. Consecutive scheduled days off not always possible.
  • Shall work in adverse environmental conditions at times including hot, cold, humid, confined, strong smells, and others.
  • Shall work with dirty, wet, and laborious activities at times.
  • Works well in team-based systems: accountability, communication, reliability, time management.
  • First year of employment will be focused on transplanting, watering, pruning, harvesting, and pot washing activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional job experience or higher education; minimum two-year degree or equivalent work experience to demonstrate ability to operate in a professional business setting.

General Housekeeping:

  • Cleanliness is paramount to proper cultivation. All grow rooms and cultivation areas shall be cleaned daily including all equipment and tools used throughout the day.

Computer Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intra-office email, calendar, and SharePoint usage using Microsoft Office software.
  • Task management software app on PC and smart phone.
  • Data logging of grow activities to SharePoint documents.

Physical and Emotional Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, up to 8 hours a day
  • Able to remain stationary, while performing repetitive motion for up to 8 hours a day
  • Can repetitively lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, climb, & reach
  • Must be able to tolerate a reasonable amount of work stress
  • Will work in adverse environmental conditions at times including hot, cold, humid, confined, strong smells, and others
  • Will work with live & dry plants some of which can be irritants to the skin, eyes, ears, and nose
  • Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, relationship management

Additional Notes:

  • A successful candidate would be someone who has a passion for growing and the cultivation of cannabis. This is a dirty, hot, humid, and labor-intensive job at times, and is only for individuals who enjoy, handle, and be fulfilled by the work.?
  • Initiative, reliability, and team commitment are required to work as an Assistant Grower.
  • Can readily exhibit our core values through cultivation work:?Collaborative, Ingenuity, Excitement, Quality, and Integrity.

Compensation/Hours:

Compensation: $18/hour; 40 +/- hours/wk., Required Mon – Sun (depending on final schedule), some holidays and weekends, 8:00am to 5:00pm (exact schedule to be determined with supervisor); Candidates must be willing and able to work on most days of the year.

Benefits

  • $1000 Professional Development
    • Two days of paid time off in addition to standard PTO allotment.
  • PTO
  • Health Insurance with employer contribution
  • Vision Insurance with employer contribution
  • Dental Insurance with employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program: 100% employer paid premium
  • Employer paid Basic Life Insurance ($10k coverage) plus Voluntary Life Insurance (100% employee paid)
  • 401K (automatic enrollment at 3%)
  • 20% Employee Discount
  • Loyalty Program - 3% cash back to be used towards any Verdes purchase

It is the policy of The Verdes Foundation to provide equal employment (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, The Verdes Foundation, will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.