IPM Scout

Sunset Grown Oneida , NY 13421

Posted 3 months ago

Mastronardi Produce is North America's leading greenhouse grower and distributor of gourmet vegetables. Our produce is packed under the award-winning SUNSET brand and can be found in leading grocers throughout North America. Family owned for over 65 years, we pride ourselves on having the most flavorful products and the best people in the industry! We seek individuals that deliver PRIDE: Passion | Respect | Innovation | Drive | Excellence to our customers and one another.

Green Empire Farms, a high-tech fresh produce greenhouse in Oneida, New York, and a member of the Mastronardi Group of Companies, is currently seeking an IPM Scout to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible to work hands on, monitoring the crops, implement and carry out instructions from the grower. This involves all aspect of crop growing, crop maintenance/spraying, including IPM.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Daily monitoring and scouting of pest and disease in the Greenhouse.

  • Be able to do an early detection and identification of pests and diseases.

  • Maintain insect traps in designated areas of the greenhouse and do weekly trap counts of insects.

  • Proper management and distribution of bios (live insects or mites) according with instructions of the General Manager.

  • Follow IPM protocols of pest and disease management.

  • Compiling IPM and conventional reports for management review.

  • Verification of pest and disease infestation trend.

  • Fertilizer preparation. Water sampling.

  • Variety recording and verification of data.

  • Ensure cleanliness, adherence to all food safety policies and procedures and organization within the greenhouse.

Education/Background Requirements:

  • Previous experience in greenhouse or produce environment preferred.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Be willing to learn. Training will be provided on pests and disease identification.

  • Basic knowledge on insects, and pests is beneficial.

  • Pest & disease identification skills.

  • Good verbal and written communication. Spanish is an asset.

  • Must be honest and forthcoming, flexible, reliable, respectful to others, and passionate.

  • Ability to work extra hours as needed to complete the scout and bio program of the week. 6 days per week in season.

  • Must be team player.

Working Conditions:

  • Greenhouse environment where the temperature may reach 70F and background noise approaches 70 dcbs.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

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