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Native Plant Grower

NATS Nursery is seeking a mid-level to senior Grower to join our team. Located in Langley, BC, NATS was founded in 1988 and is the largest grower of native plants in BC. NATS is also the BC, Alaska, Washington and Oregon grower/distributor for LiveRoof, a modular green roof system. Our wholesale nursery consists of over 105,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space and multiple outdoor growing compounds on 30 acres of land.

The unique and highly skilled team at NATS is committed to providing the best quality native plants possible to the global market for restoration, reclamation, reforestation, sustainable gardening, construction and more. Whether they be wholesalers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, governments, retail nurseries, garden centres, restoration firms or roofing contractors for vegetative roofs, we strive to help all of our customers find the right plant for the right place, and to share our personal passion for plants, and for improving the world in which we live.

What We Are Looking For:

An enthusiastic self-starter and horticulture professional with a passion for and experience in caring for native plants. NATS is seeking a team player that loves working outdoors, trouble-shooting and can work in a fast-paced work environment. Efficiency, time-management and commitment are key.

Reporting to our Head Grower, your responsibilities may include: 

Duties:

  • Responsible for growing a wide variety of native plants. Duties may include irrigation, fertilizing, pruning, pest scouting and spraying in assigned area.
  • Coordinate with IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program to ensure timely and effective biological or chemical treatment of insects & diseases.
  • Supervise and work with crew of up to 8 people.
  • Development and implementation of specific growing protocols and procedures.
  • Identify crop problems, execute corrective measures and report to Head Grower
  • Getting quality plant material ready for scheduled shipment dates
  • Perform soil, water, and disease tests as required.
  • Work in all weather conditions
  • Available to work overtime and weekends on short notice
  • Work with standard landscaping equipment (Hedge trimmers, sprayer, blower, etc.)

Education & Experience Required:

  • Relevant propagation/growing experience
  • One to four years Horticulture/Biology/Science education an asset
  • Pesticide Applicators’ Certificate or willing to enroll in program
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest native plants an asset
  • Driver’s License (Class 5)

Skills Required:  

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and motivational skills required.
  • Can work well independently and as part of a dynamic team
  • Able to work with competing priorities and organize these in conjunction with weather
  • Quick learner with ability and capacity to adapt to new plants, crops, tasks, and situations.
  • Maintain personal standards of work, i.e. speed and quality.
  • Physically able to lift heavy objects on a regular basis (<50lbs) and complete the job safely
  • Attention to detail, strong observational skills and quick on ones feet 
  • Having appropriate gear is considered an asset

Compensation:  Subject to experience and education.  Offer Group Benefits. Annual Boot Stipend.

Shifts:  Full-time Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Weekend and holiday duties required on a rotation basis in busy season.

Email applications to our Head Grower Shailesh Patel. shailesh@natsnursery.com


Inventory and Administrative Assistant

Job Description

NATS Nursery is seeking an Inventory and Administrative Assistant to join our team. Located in Langley, BC, NATS was founded in 1988 and is the largest grower of native plants in BC. NATS is also the BC grower/distributor for LiveRoof, a modular green roof system. Our nursery has over 105,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse and cold frame space on a total of ~30 acres.


Reporting to the Production and Inventory Manager your responsibilities will include:

Responsibilities:

  • Accurately enter and manipulate a large variety of alpha & numeric data in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  • Assist with managing nursery stock in nursery database reflecting accurate real inventory quantities.
  • Assist the sales team by confirming plant quantities and quality.
  • Organize and catalogue seed based on species and seed ownership, and update seed inventory counts yearly.
  • Create product availability lists and catalogues.
  • Source and purchase native plant seeds, material and resources.
  • Assist with clerical work (printing invoices, booking freight pickups, answering the phone and directing calls).
  • General administrative support to Sales
  • Occasional participation and travel to trade shows
  • Assist on special projects as assigned by Manager

Education & Experience:

  • Post-secondary education and/or experience with data management using Excel.
  • Knowledge of North American native plants, especially for the Pacific Northwest, their Latin and common names is an asset.

Skills Required:

  • Aptitude to communicate well in English in written and oral form.
  • Able to work outdoors and in greenhouses in all weather conditions.
  • Quick learner with ability and capacity to adapt to new plants, crops and situations.
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Open to learn in-house software (eGrow).
  • Good math skills.
  • Capacity to handle multiple tasks and prioritize accordingly.
  • Ability to take short and long term responsibility for specific tasks and work under pressure.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and provide support to other team members.
  • Maintain personal standards of work, i.e. speed and quality.
  • Attention to detail and strong observational skills.
  • Extraordinary character and passionate about plants; someone looking for ‘more than just a job’ and wants to be a part of our NATS’ Team.

Compensation: $22-26/hour Subject to experience and education. Offer Group Benefits.

Shifts: Full-time Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Start Date: August 2024

Posting Date: July 2, 2024

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time