Job Info
Job Title: Section Grower 2
Location: Aurora, OR
Job Number: 11141
Posted Date: 1/6/2020
Job description

Smith Gardens, the largest annual and perennial grower in the Pacific Northwest, has an exciting opportunity for a Section Grower 2 to join our team at our Aurora, OR site.

Smith Gardens is a Wholesale Nursery company that is headquartered in Bellingham Washington, and is family owned for over 100 years with facilities in three states. 

The Aurora site opened in 1997, and is located just 30 minutes south of Portland, Oregon in the beautiful Willamette Valley. The site has 37 acres of greenhouse and 3 acres of field space. In 2013, we added a 3-acre State-of-the-art glass greenhouse which has allowed the facility to re-purpose 40,000 gallons of water every day helping to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Responsible for daily irrigation, fertilization and misting of crops. Coordinate with Head Grower to determine crop cultural needs. Maintain environmental controls, assists with pest controls, sanitation of area, and crop layout.

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE (not limited to):

  • Responsible for 2-4 acres of greenhouse or 5-10 acres of field, or an area of 25,000 square feet of plugs and liners.
  • Coordinates the work of 2-4 Irrigation Staff.
  • Responsible for daily irrigation, fertilization and crop watering.
  • Apply pesticides in a safe and effective manner.
  • Maintain environmental controls, assist with pest controls, area sanitation, and crop layout.
  • Adjust & maintain misting schedules of propagation areas.
  • Responsible for reporting fertility results to head grower.
  • Communicate problems to Head Grower.
  • Willingness to work longer hours seasonally as crops required.


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing, in person, via phone, and over the radio with all levels of staff.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred, both verbal and written.
  • Able to follow the culture sheets in order to induce flowering.
  • Able to follow detailed instructions, and pass them to subordinates.
  • Able to check EC and pH of downstream water and monitor accuracy, as well as basic trouble checks.
  • Personal leadership skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude and work ethic.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Solid computer and Microsoft office skills.


  • Work indoors and outdoors, in seasonal temperatures and conditions.
  • Lift up to 50 pounds in an environment that is often hot.
  • Continuously walk, stand, bend, kneel (and remain working below knee-level) as well as reaching overhead, and from side to side for long periods of time.


  • Associate's level degree in Horticulture or related field, and at least one year work experience.
  • Familiar with the uses of the different chemicals and a basic knowledge of pests and diseases and knows related safety regulations.
  • Understands plants that are run especially dry (1-2) to cause flowering.
  • Needs direction on fertilizers to apply and appropriate rates for each plant.
  • Needs direction on the safe applications of all pesticides and fungicides.
  • A valid pesticide applicator’s license must be obtained within 60 days of starting this position and kept current.
  • Previous leadership experience a plus.
  • Able to use spraying equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic bedding plant identification.
  • Some mechanical aptitude.

To learn more about our company & view a more detailed job description, visit our website at We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including immediate PTO accrual, Medical, Dental and Vision after 30 days plus matching 401(k) and Company-Paid LTD after one year. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Smith Gardens provides equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. 

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