LiveRoof Grower

Position Summary

To be hands on in all production and growing of live roof product and stock material. Including control and maintenance of hard goods, field beds, cutting material and equipment to placement in the appropriate growing location, growing on, and shipping.

About Us

Riverbend Nursery is a progressive, container wholesale growing operation that sells quality ground covers, perennials, and ornamental grasses to retailers, landscapers, and re-wholesalers. The nursery is situated on 100 acres in Riner, Virginia and is located in the southwestern portion of the state, between Christiansburg and Floyd. The scenic Little River surrounds the property on three sides in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Thirty-four acres are utilized for production; 31 acres in container crops and 3 in field production. A total of 4 million containers are grown yearly in 227 cold frames. Over 1800 varieties are produced in both heated and unheated greenhouses and 70% of these are propagated in house. Our distribution area extends from New Jersey to the upper portions of South Carolina with the majority of the product shipped by our own truck fleet. Orders taken for outside of our trucking area and smaller orders are shipped UPS daily. Riverbend Nursery has been in operation for 17 years. During peak growing seasons Riverbend Nursery employs approximately 120 employees with the year round staff totaling around 70 persons.

Tools & Equipment Used

Farm tractor with plow, chassis, and other attachments
Irrigation equipment
Chemical application equipment
Microsoft Office software
Telephone
Printer
Calculator
Digital Camera

Job Context

The Liveroof Supervisor generally works from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the busy season, overtime is necessary to complete tasks and work hours may peek at 50 hours per week, including some Saturdays. The Liveroof Supervisor works independently. Stress is moderate, except for during the busy season, when the workload is heavy. The work environment varies from a controlled office setting to unpredictable outdoor weather conditions. Walking for long distances over uneven terrain and significant physical activity including routinely lifting modules weighing 20-60 lbs is required.

Competencies

Upon Hire

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher
Ability to visually distinguish colors and identify plant conditions
Plant knowledge and/or farming experience
Oral and written communication skills
Creativity
Reasoning skills
Ability to direct crew members using the Spanish language

After Hire

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