Vertical Farm Manager
Fusion Farms is looking to expand our core team and is in need of an additional experienced technical team member to help with the design and development of successful, innovative, and feasible indoor aquaponics vertical farm operations. Daily tasks will include analyzing different horticulture operations challenges and providing unique and viable solutions. As one of our lead team members, you will research and design the most suitable solutions whether it is proposing a new process, technology, or strategic plan. These plans will be reviewed by our management team. Applicants must also be prepared to instruct workshops on commercial operations and be flexible to our dynamic startup work environment. Some domestic and international travel (3-6 weeks) should be expected throughout the year.
Responsibilities will include:
System design for our vertical farm and hurricane-protected agriculture projects using hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, or soil-based growing methods.
Aiding our organization with farm development plans, labor modeling, and crop selection
Aiding our organization with farm operations from seed to harvest
Aiding our organization in the development of post-harvest operations
Help us build our database of indoor vertical agriculture models
3 – 5 years of experience in the produce packaging / fresh-cut food industry
BS and/or MS degree in Horticulture, Plant Sciences or a closely related discipline, or a combination of education and experience
Well-versed in HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing systems
Familiarity with Safe Quality Food (SQFR)
Experience working in horticulture, food production or agronomy research
Knowledge of plant growing, disease prevention, and pest remediation, and IPM principles
A demonstrated knowledge and experience with operating controlled environment agriculture systems
Excellent project management skills
Strong analytical thinking, problem-solving skills and an aptitude for detail
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Exceptional attention to detail and follow through
2+ years of facilities and maintenance experience for large-scale facilities
Experience with food safety standards, risk analysis, FMEAs, design controls and sanitary design best practices
Proven experience in packing line design, performance specifications, and testing protocols.
Working knowledge of Auto-CAD and/or Sketchup.
Experience working with engineers or software developers on prototyping equipment/tools
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $60,000.00 to $80,000.00 /year
Food Processing & Packaging: 3 years (Required)
Commercial Agriculture Operations: 2 years (Required)
Food Safety: 3 years (Preferred)
United States (Required)