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Farm Operations Associate

Role: Temporary

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet. 

About the role 

Plenty is looking for a Farm Operations Associate to join our Farm Operations team. In this role, you will assist in 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, farm operations information monitoring and collection of environmental and production data.

Reporting to the Supervisor, Production, the Farm Operations Associate will be working in seeding, transplanting, harvesting, packing produce in a refrigerated environment, cleaning, sanitizing before and after, packaging and order fulfillment.

What you'll do

  • Seeding, transplanting, harvesting and packing crops in a hands-on role
  • Lead with proper use of personal protection equipment, workforce safety and food safety practices.
  • Perform post-harvest packaging of a variety of produce harvested daily
  • Follow standardized work process and defined work instructions and sequences at a defined pace, repetitively for an extended period of time, and rotating as required
  • Perform sanitation procedures following company guidelines (SSOPs)
  • Perform data entry (hand written and electronic)
  • Work in cold environments (32 degrees) for extended periods of time if assigned to post-harvest
  • Pitch in and help other Farm Operations Associates as needed
  • Quickly communicate any health and/or safety concerns to Lead or Supervisor
  • Maintain a safe and collaborative environment
  • Follow proper use of personal protection equipment, workforce safety and food safety practices
  • Operate complex manufacturing equipment, such as packing machines, harvest machines, transplanter, etc.
  • On the job training will be provided for the role once an associate starts (Training includes: Food and Worker Safety Training and other role specific skills training as applicable)

What you'll bring to the table

  • Ability to practice safe work habits in a food safe work environment at all times
  • Self-starter, gets involved quickly, takes on difficult tasks with enthusiasm. Takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required
  • Maintains high activity/productivity level. Operates with sense of urgency, efficiency, effectiveness and determination over extended periods of time
  • Strives to understand the details. Solid planning, detail oriented and organization skills
  • Presents ideas effectively, actively listens, and works across functional boundaries
  • Can work in group or alone; oriented towards teamwork and the goals of the farm
  • Ability to effectively document seeding, transplanting or harvesting activity accurately
  • Maintains stable and professional performance under pressure or opposition
  • Enjoys working in an active environment with the majority of the day being spent on your feet
  • Ability to effectively take direction and implement changes quickly
  • Humble, teachable, team-player who is enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds and at times work in refrigerated environment

Type of role

Contract

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive wage on a biweekly basis. If you reside in NYC or Colorado, please send an email to [email protected] to receive compensation information for this role
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical benefits after 90 days and in-office gyms 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new products in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill 
  • Sick leave & holidays; we offer 24 hours of sick leave and double pay for any holidays worked

Food & Safety requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Comply with GMP/GAPS in the Facility
  • Conduct monitoring activities to assure finished product comply with food safety and quality specifications
  • Assist in the maintenance of Food Safety and Quality system