Lead Farm Operations Associate

Compton, CA

At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible. And to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.

About Role

Plenty is seeking a Lead Farm Operations Associate who will assist in leading all aspects of indoor farming and food processing. Your skills and training will be applied to plant production in a modern, fast paced, high-technology hydroponic farm.

You will be involved with our efforts aimed at optimizing all aspects of locally grown and packaged commercial produce using hydroponic indoor farming. Your role will include routine activities across a variety of stations, including plant handling, harvesting, packaging,  farm operations information monitoring, and collection of environmental and production data. Your primary responsibility is to support Operations Management in the day to day processing functions, and to help ensure that the team drives towards meeting all safety, quality, and sanitation guidelines.

Start Dates

We are looking to onboard Lead Farm Ops Associates in May and August of 2021 (subject to change). That being said, we are prioritizing roles that will start with us sooner so we will get in touch with you closer to the start date.

Type of Role

Full-Time

What You'll Do

  • Collaborate with Supervisor to communicate and execute operational goals

  • Support Supervisor in training and supervision of Farm Operations Associates

  • Lead associates on a day to day basis to ensure daily tasks are accomplished in a safe and compliant manner

  • Ensure farm inventory data accuracy

  • Be hands-on and assist in seeding, transplanting, and harvesting crops

  • Perform routine end of shift daily cleaning of the farm, farm equipment, and work area

  • Provide clear and timely communication to Supervisor and/or Manager on issues, concerns, and task completion

  • Assist in a broad range of farm operations activities including but not limited to plant monitoring, data collection, inspecting for proper climate operations, packing product

  • Lead with proper use of PPE, workforce safety and food safety practices

  • Mentor and assist in the development and growth of the team

  • Assist Supervisor and Line Technician in troubleshooting faults throughout the farm and effectively use escalation procedure if unable to address fault

  • Potentially work in a cold environment for prolonged period of time

  • Work with Quality team to ensure all product is within our quality specifications and adjust accordingly to meet specifications

What We're Looking For

  • Ability to lead a team by setting a good example

  • Experience functioning as a proactive team player

  • Experience in performing new product development experiments

  • Good communication skill

  • Having passion in your work and a positive attitude while taking on difficult tasks

  • Ability to operate with efficiency and determination under pressure over extended periods of time

  • Ability to effectively document activities accurately

  • Ability to effectively take directions and implement changes quickly

  • Ability to be on time and follow shift schedule

  • Required one year of experience working in a greenhouse or food production environment

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time and life up to 40 pounds intermittently, potentially in a refrigerated environment

  • Qualify as a trainer level on all stations across the farm and be able to fill-in at those positions as needed.

About Plenty

Plenty is here to change the way people eat, making extraordinary flavor and nutrition more available in a way that's better for people and the planet. We build farms that can put craveable flavor first while delivering exceptional yields. And our produce is always pesticide-free and grown using less than 1% of the land and 5% of the water of outdoor farming.