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Research Operations Grower

Role: Full-time

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 Research Operations Grower to join our Plant Science team. The Plant Science team is responsible for conducting research experiments that will help to expand our capability to grow a wide variety of crops and to transition these new crops to commercial farms. In this role, you will coordinate our efforts aimed at optimizing all aspects of hydroponic growth through routine growing activities, including team management, plant handling, and analysis and collection of environmental and production data. A basic component of the position will be the ability to consistently deliver on several high priority projects simultaneously and assist all Plant Science and Farm Development-Operations teams in a wide range of different activities.

What you'll do

  • Operate in a hands-on role where you will be managing grow processes and/or teams, monitoring and controlling plant nutrition & health, and operating and managing high-intensity plant production equipment
  • Steer a variety of farm-wide and laboratory activities, including monitoring, data collection, experimental testing, cross-departmental projects, as well as basic laboratory tasks such as cleaning and maintenance of tools
  • Create and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) as we standardize and scale practices
  • Work closely with the Research & Development (R&D) and Farm Development-Operations teams to improve all aspects of plant growth
  • Provide strategic and operational guidance to the leadership team, as well as technical input for cross-functional project teams
  • May work mid or night shift based on business needs
  • Others duties as assigned

What you'll bring to the table

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, Agronomy, Plant Science, Botany or a related field
  • 4+ years of experience growing at-scale
  • Self-direction and motivation with extensive plant science, horticulture, integrated pest management, crop production, plant nutrition, agronomy or related backgrounds to assist in a wide array of activities in plant growth and product development
  • Experience supervising and/or leading teams
  • Understanding of safe work practices, tools, cleaning techniques, and personal protective equipment to meet food safety requirements
  • Experience with data analysis and documentation tools
  • Collaborative problem solver that can communicate well with other managers, team leads and associates
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to implement and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong decision-making and execution skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc). Ability to perform basic functions and updates to spreadsheets and Word documents
  • Superb technical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to push, pull, lift, and handle heavy objects 
  • Humble, teachable, team player

Type of role



What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary on a biweekly basis, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce 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 and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply