Lead Grower

Who we are: Fusion Farms is a sustainable food production startup located in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. We will be producing tilapia and leafy greens to distribute to grocers, restaurants, and retailers throughout the Island of Puerto Rico and eventually elsewhere. Fusion Farms is setting the standard for the way Puerto Rico produces food in the future in hurricane-protected CEA facilities. Our aim is nothing less than to inspire a generation of better farming, and a cleaner, safer way of eating.

What we’re looking for: A Lead Grower to lead horticulture operations at our facility in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (on the western edge of Puerto Rico). In this role, you will be working hands-on with plants daily, ensuring that they are of the highest quality and monitoring for any issues such as disease, insects, etc. You will work diligently with the operations team to maintain food safety standards. As the Lead Grower, you will champion and execute research and development projects to bring innovation and new practices to our operation. If you enjoy pioneering change and are passionate about sustainable farming, Fusion Farms is for you.

What we offer: Fusion Farms offers a work environment that promotes new ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset. We want our employees to feel empowered and contribute to the success of our organization by continuously bringing new ideas, strategies, and knowledge to our team. We offer competitive compensation, paid time off, and an excellent opportunity to grow in your career.

What you will be doing:
Oversee horticulture operations
Assess crops daily to identify any disease, insect problems or abnormalities
Diagnose plant diseases and disorders
Communicate with production personnel to understand production conditions and practices to accurately diagnose problems
Manage integrated pest management protocols and further develop and implement new protocols as necessary
Plan and conduct ongoing variety trials related to all aspects of current produce operations that will improve product quality, improve product readiness, or reduce production costs
Conduct trials according to generally accepted research protocols
Provide expertise and training to the Production Department in the form of teaching sessions and materials
Obtain and maintain applicable certifications in HACCP, SQF practices and quality control techniques
Manage process of obtaining USDA Certified Organic designation and maintain certification going forward
Manage R & D (Research & Deployment) Program
Manage R & D program to launch new products in a timely and cost-effective manner consistent with established brand guidelines
Evaluate and test multiple growing substrates and aquaponic grow methodologies to determine which is most viable for each product line
Research and test both produce and non-food plants to determine the efficacy of growing in an Aquaponic environment

This job might be for you if you have:
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biology, chemistry or plant science. Master’s degree ideal
3 to 5 years hands-on horticulture experience, preferably in a hydroponic setting
Previous management / supervisory experience
Knowledge and ability to conduct accurate research trials using basic experimental design and statistical analysis
Enjoy working with minimal supervision in an entrepreneurial/start-up environment