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IPM Technician
Job Code:SG10BH-2022-MB-1290
Reports To:Head Grower
Job Class:Full time
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Location:Bellingham, WA
  

JOB FUNCTION:  The IPM Technician is responsible for managing pests in the greenhouses, fields, and non-crop areas. The IPM Technician coordinates pest information with the Growing team and applies crop chemical, spray, and feed applications

JOB DUTIES:

  • Complete spray applications
  • Review scouting and sticky card data collected by the team and see that proper treatments are being made when needed.
  • Plan and direct action to be taken to keep plants and property clean
  • Ensure that chemical application equipment is operating correctly
  • Take monthly inventory of chemicals and enter adjustments in the software system (Picas or Sage)
  • Prepare and submit samples to laboratories for identification as needed
  • Regularly meet with Head Grower to review crop health and department needs
  • Meet with sales reps, consultants, and other technical advisors to ensure that we are on the leading edge of IPM.
  • Continue to stay current on best IPM practices through workshops, conferences, and other means
  • Maintain growing department chemical and BCA expenses within set annual budget
  • Develop and train growing team on IPM practices including spraying, scouting, pest identification and beneficial insects
  • Staying current with changes in laws and regulations as it applies to WPS and pesticide worker and handler safety to ensure WPS compliance and pesticide safety site wide
  • Inventory control – Ordering and inventorying of chemicals and PPE for the site.Working with grower supervisors to make sure products are being used in an effective way.
  • Forecast chemical and BCAs for the following year, for the purpose of bulk buying to drive price and overall costs
  • Effectively communicates needs and concerns to other department leadership
  • Keep work area clean and organized
  • Operate mobile equipment
  • Conduct yourself with high level integrity, adhering to Company standards and values
  • Promote a safe work environment, upholding company safety policies and procedures
  • Ability to cross train in other areas and serve as backup for other positions when necessary
  • Attend and participate in meetings and trainings as assigned
  • Train Staff when necessary

 

SKILLS AND ABILTIES:    

  • Able to communicate in verbal and in writing, in person, and via phone or radio
  • A valid Private Pesticide Applicator’s License must be obtained within 60 days of starting this position and kept current
  • Able to wear a respirator for extended periods of time
  • Basic computer and math skills and some mechanical aptitude
  • Able to work independently, self-motivated, and flexible
  • Organizational skills and able to coordinate work with other teams
  • Positive attitude and eagerness to help Smith Gardens achieve its goals
  • Performs other related duties as needed
  • Excellent time management
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Respectful and professional attitude toward all employees
  • Ability to be flexible with department needs
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to comply with employee handbook
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Ability to operate mobile equipment

 

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:

  • 0–1-year experience in the horticulture setting
  • Strong experience and skills computer programs, emphasis with databases.
  • Intermediate Math skills as needed
  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Wiling to work long days or weeks
  • Must be Detailed and safety oriented
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Able to operate mobile equipment

 

PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS:

  • Able to be cleared to wear a full-face and half-mask respirator
  • Work long hours as needed. Including weekends and holidays.
  • Continuously walk, stand, squat, kneel (and remain working below knee-level) as well as reaching overhead, and from side to side for long periods of time and wear PPE in greenhouse settings.
  • Work indoors and outdoors, in seasonal temperatures and conditions
  • Lift up to 50 pounds in an environment that is often hot.