Phone: (847) 742-1790 Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm

 Assistant Grower – Greenhouse  

Midwest Groundcovers – Virgil, IL

Full Time Year Round

Responsible for day to day involvement in the growing of plants and the implementation of reliable growing processes including pesticide/fungicide application and PGRs; under the direction of the greenhouse manager. Making growing decisions and monitoring the overall health of plants. Also responsible for reporting inventory movements, production reports, team participation/support, and equipment/facility maintenance.

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Essential Responsibilities:

  • Growing Responsibilities: 
    • Facilitate and assure the proper cultural care of all crops in the greenhouse areas. 
    • Program booms and monitor the programming for proper irrigation and misting. 
    • Running the Ebb & Flo bench system. 
    • Use/change greenhouse environmental controls as needed to optimize growing conditions. 
    • Mixing and application of fertilizer at the proper rate. 
    • Mixing and applying pesticides, fungicides, and PGRs at the proper rates. 
    • Conduct weekly soil tests for EC and pH in all greenhouse areas to make cultural decisions. 
    • Responsible for pest and disease scouting and weed control. 
    • Ensure that all system filters and probes are cleaned on a regular basis. 
    • Direct and participate in proper cultural practices and timing in the tasks of consolidation, grading, spacing, staking, and plant maintenance. 
    • Support the greenhouse manager in maintaining records and providing input to assist in future planning  (production planning, crop timing, space utilization, etc.). 
  • Area Responsibility: 
    • Support policy and procedure. 
    • Make daily plans to ensure the productive use of time and efficient use of labor and materials. 
    • Report plans, activities, and needs to supervisor in a timely and appropriate manner. 
    • Assist in inventory tasks in the area (location move and loss reporting, production reports). 
    • Participate with support team goals, meetings, and quality improvements projects. 
    • Supervise and direct team members especially during peak times of seasons. 

Knowledge & Skills Required:

  • Ability to make quick decisions in pressure situations. 
  • Excellent time management and strong attention to detail. 
  • Good organizational, problem solving and communication skills. 
  • Some mechanical knowledge: ability to operate pumps, fertilizer and acid injectors, and irrigation controllers. 
  • Capable of taking instruction and following through. 
  • Willingness to work with any team to accomplish projects as well as department and company goals. 
  • Capacity to stand for long periods of time, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. 

Preferred Experience:

  • At minimum 2 year degree in horticulture or related field or the equivalent growing experience. 
  • Must be able to obtain an Illinois state pesticide operator’s license within 3 months of employment. 
  • Strong desire to work in a greenhouse environment. 
  • Proven ability in watering techniques and plant care. 

About Midwest

Join the Midwest team! We strive to attract and retain the best talent in our industry and consider our employees to be our most valuable asset. We offer full-time, full-time seasonal and part-time employment across many different types of positions and experience levels. Midwest has grown through dedication to customer service and we are continually seeking those who share that desire to join our team. Our past accomplishments and success in the Green Industry are a direct reflection of the quality of our employees – join us and help us to build the future!

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Contact Info

Phone: (847) 742-1790
Fax: (847) 742-2655

Street Address

6N800 IL-25
St. Charles, IL 60174

Current Hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm


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