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International Horticultural Intern Program

Spring Meadow Nursery offers international horticulture students and recent graduates the opportunity to intern at our nursery. This internship is available only to those who are fluent in English.

This is not a formal program and interns will learn by working. We will make the effort to get interns out to view other local nurseries and assist the intern in finding local housing. Interns are paid a decent hourly wage that should adequately cover room, board and provide some spending money.

This is a great opportunity to learn from a leading U.S. nursery. Interns are encouraged to ask plenty of questions and to use every opportunity to learn.

Applicants are responsible for obtaining a study visa. We recommend that you contact the one of the programs below to obtain visa information:

To Apply or to learn more:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc., 12601 120th Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 or email to jeremy@springmeadownursery.com

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Foreign Interns are require to obtain a student or work visa before we agree to an internship. Contact either of the organizations below to obtain a visa:

The Communicating for Agriculture Exchange Program
112 East Lincoln Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone (218) 739-3241
Fax (218) 739-3832
caep@cainc.org

Ohio International Agricultural and Horticultural Intern Program
113 Agricultural Administration Building
The Ohio State University
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1067
Phone: (614) 292-7720
Fax: (614) 292-2757
email OSU
http://top.osu.edu

Assistant Growing Manager posted January 6, 2017

Specific responsibilities:

1) Monitor plant growth and quality on a daily basis within assigned area.
a) Keep assigned area clean and weed free at all times.
b) Maintain an accurate product inventory with proper quality codes.
c) Monitor and adjust projected finish dates of each crop while continuously evaluating plant salability.

2) Develop and maintain a watering schedule.
a) Monitor assigned houses daily.
b) Assess watering requirements based on individual crop needs.

3) Daily record keeping of crew activities while monitoring efficiency and work flow.
a) Determine activity rates.
b) Adjust work activities to ensure production goals are met.
c) Complete incentive worksheets and inform crew members of incentive pay.

4) Work with Growing Manager and other assistants to develop, maintain, and continuously evaluate IPM program.
a) Monitor pest and disease activity and maintain records.
b) Determine control methods and procedures.
c) Follow through with pest control as needed.
d) Train new applicators on safety and proper techniques.

5) Assign placement of plant material to best utilize available space.
a) Group plants together according to cultural needs.
b) Change locations in the inventory database within timely manner.
c) Determine target dates of plant material and group plants together as best needed for cultural needs.

6) Monitor and adjust nutritional program based on soil test results and plant growth requirements.
a) Set up schedule for in-house soil sampling and outside laboratory testing.
b) Maintain records and make recommendations to improve plant growth.
c) Determine fertilizer use based on plant requirements.
d) Assess results of fertilizer applications based on plant growth and test results.
e) Develop fertilizer experiments to further optimize plant growth.

7) Develop and maintain schedule of herbicide applications where appropriate and follow up with hand weeding.
a) Determine timing of herbicide applications.
b) Assess results of herbicide application based on plant growth and weed activity.
c) Trial new herbicides to expand rotational chemicals.

8) Develop and maintain pruning procedure and schedule.
a) Determine timing and method of pruning based on plant size, shape, and the need for cuttings.
b) Assess the results of pruning activities and continuously improve.

9) Monitor, maintain and repair equipment and facilities used in production.
a) Daily inspection of greenhouse roofs, fans, louvers, shade curtains and heaters.
b) Implement and perform preventative maintenance on heaters before winter use.
c) Perform regularly scheduled inspections of irrigation systems to ensure functionality and uniformity of water delivery.
d) Monitor fertilizer/chemical injection systems.

10) Perform special projects, as assigned

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Warehouse and greenhouse environments. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Requires a flexible schedule during the growing season to accommodate volume.    

Performance Requirements:
1) Must maintain a level of performance equivalent to company standards, that being a “Meets Expectations” in all areas of your performance evaluations, (Self and Management reviews).

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resumé to Dave Joeright.

* The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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