Production Manager-Kentucky

Roundstone Native Seed
Upton, KY
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Roundstone Native Seed has been growing and supplying high quality regionally adapted Native Seeds to the Eastern half of the US for over 20 years. We are farmers and conservationists and have grown from a small family-owned business to one of the largest seed providers in the East. Our success can be attributed to our commitment to clean high-quality seed, development of Ecotypes adapted to each region we serve, and an experienced and knowledgeable staff dedicated to friendly helpful service. We focus on quality and service because every success we bring our customers is a living demonstration and an incentive for others to use natives. We work with landscape architects, contractors, wildlife enthusiasts, conservationists, farmers, and home gardeners to use native species for multiples uses and goals. Location: Hart County was formed in 1819, and there are three incorporated cities in Hart County: Munfordville, which is the county seat, Horse Cave, and Bonnieville. Hart County is located just off Interstate 65 and is 1 hour south of Louisville, KY and 1 hour north of Bowling Green, KY. The county is filled with natural beauty and offers a variety of recreational activities. You can explore the above-ground and underground wonders at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, Mammoth Onyx Cave, Cub Run Cave, and Hidden River Cave and also explore the American Cave Museum. There is fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the rivers, streams, and lakes in and around Hart County. Position Description The Production Manager, reports to and receives direction from the Director of Operations, is expected to initiate, lead and complete both short and long-term tasks in all areas of Production. The Production Manager assists in leading several teams of crew leaders and employees to accomplish these tasks. This position requires a professional who can accomplish goals and task with minimum oversight and direction. Main responsibilities • Scouts production fields and provide detailed records of conditions and operations for multiple farms, fields, and species • Assists with oversight and direction of the day to day operation of production, which may include nursery production areas • Creates daily, weekly, and monthly production schedules while monitoring timelines and workload. • Monitors production fields to identify weeds, prescribe control methods and ensure work is completed promptly; • Determine nutrient requirements and apply appropriate fertilizer for optimum vegetation and reproductive growth. • Monitor plant stages to determine optimal seed collection times and assist the Director of Operations with developing harvest schedule; •Assist with both mechanical and hand harvesting of multiple species from multiple locations on and off Roundstone Native Seed Property; •Records data both electronically and on paper for each field and follows each species to ensure procedures are strictly followed all the way from the stalk to the shelf. • Assists with maintenance of production field including mowing, spraying, and prescribed fire • Assists with the coordination of native seed collection and collect seed from foundation plant populations • Reports accomplishments and provides recommendations for program improvements, and priorities. • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Associate’s degree in natural resources, agriculture, horticulture, botany, plant science, or closely related field and minimum two years’ experience working in native plant production or its implementation and management for conservation. • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-paved roads; • Ability to hike, bend and stoop for long periods of time and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift heavy loads up to 50 lbs.; • Must be willing to work independently and as part of a team with a diverse group of people; • Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing conditions, including extreme temperatures, weather conditions • Must be willing to work full-time exempt status more than 40 hours a week, periods of time may require employees to come to work early and leave late to finish the job. Occasional weekend work and overnight travel are required. Preferred Qualification • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, agriculture, horticulture, botany, plant science, or closely related field with three plus years of experience in native plant establishment, production, and management • Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the eastern United States; • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; • Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; • Understanding and experience using mapping software (Google Earth Pro, ArcGIS, etc…) • Experienced with computers and the use of Microsoft Office • Must have familiarity and experience with native plant communities • Possesses a working knowledge of standard horticultural practices, identification, and maintenance, watering and transplanting. • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; • Ability to operate tractors, sprayers, and other small machinery • Possess a passion for native species and their multiple uses, with a desire for learning and implementing management principles. • Experience with the use of prescribed fire to manage natives • Experience with the use of herbicides and associated equipment • Experience with irrigation systems, installation, repair, and maintenance. Please send a cover letter, resume or CV with three professional references in one Word document or PDF to Robert Hoffman at Please no phone calls, emails only.
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