Phone: (847) 742-1790 Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 5:00pm Saturdays: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Horticultural Soil Specialist

Midwest Trading – Maple Park, IL

Full Time Year Round

Assist horticultural soil scientists in implementing our quality program.  Conduct laboratory analysis at Midwest Trading’s Center for Horticultural Soils Testing and Research.  Help provide technical support to grower clients and landscape professionals. 

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Essential Responsibilities:

Quality control Testing 

  • Gain proficiency and run laboratory testing on finished blends with high efficiency to review and post results quickly 
  • Run analysis on raw components according to established protocols and schedules  
  • Process samples for external lab testing 
  • Review and interpret external test reports along with supervisor for specification compliance  
  • Interpret laboratory results as they compare product and specifications 
  • Run laboratory analysis for customer and project work 
  • Maintain sample flow-thru of physical sample and virtual record in LIMS 
  • Maintain a neat and orderly workspace  
  • Work on process improvement projects as well as methodology development to constantly push the Quality program forward 
  • Assist Supervisor with data analysis and review 

Materials management 

  • Scout, test, and monitor raw materials for quality parameters 
  • Temperature; sampling; weed scouting; contamination; physical properties 
  • Provide guidance on material management on sight to ensure quality 
  • Sample and test raw materials from field and bins according to schedule 
  • Advise Production and Soil Scientist of necessary adjustments to production needed based on analysis of raw material stockpiles 
  • Monitor material storage bins and windrows for contamination and report any issues 
  • Work with Soil Scientist and Ottawa team to manage the quality of pine inventories and tracking in Ottawa to maintain consistency of finished blends and improve processing methods 
  • Participate in offsite sampling and source evaluation at supplier source locations 

Technical Support 

  • Troubleshoot and investigate customer and quality issues and provide reporting to Supervisor  
  • Work independently on assigned technical support projects with Scientist 
  • Provide reporting and interpretation of data from projects 
  • Develop proficiency in horticultural soil concepts to apply to project work and technical support 
  • Assist Horticultural Soil Scientist with R&D projects 

Quality Team 

  • Train in tasks of entire Quality Team 
  • Assist Supervisor in overseeing the quality program and the quality assurance process 
  • Provide backup when necessary to other areas of the team 
  • Provide backup interpretation and judgment on quality-related issues for production and QA technician 
  • Implement SOP’s and provide feedback and support in updates and adjustments 
  • Developed understanding of product specification  
  • Maintain effective communication with team members and supervisors 

Knowledge & Skills Required:

  • Strong commitment to quality 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 
  • Good organizational skills 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is a plus 

Preferred Experience:

  • Background in horticulture, plant, and soil science or other related fields 
  • Work as a grower or other technical horticulture professional a plus 
  • 1 to 3 years professional experience  

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: 7:00am - 5:00pm Saturdays: 7:00am - 3:30pm


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