Scientist, Controlled Environment Agriculture (Nutrient R&D) in Gervais, OR at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 10/7/2021

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    Gervais, OR
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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

The Horticulture Scientist will work to design & support a diverse portfolio of plant care products for The Hawthorne Gardening Company.  This person will be pivotal in defining nutrient, supplement and pest management products and practices for the retail and commercial hydroponic segment. Associates are expected to participate in our business segment as a hands-on researcher so that they may develop keen insights that contribute to the commercialization of novel products. The eager scientist will have experience in common cultural practices such as irrigation, plant spacing, temperature, humidity and airflow related to the horticulture and hydroponic industry (including ornamental plants, fruits/vegetables, and high-value crops such as hemp). It is vital that the incumbent possess a working knowledge of experimental design and analysis, report writing, and regulatory frameworks. A strong scientific curiosity, excellent communication skills, initiative and independence are also essential characteristics. The scientist will also mine technologies and match them to both articulated and unarticulated grower needs to drive the retail and commercial hydroponics category.  This position reports directly to the R&D Product Development Manager. 

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Directs the planning and implementation of field, indoor, and greenhouse biological research trials, including trial initiation, data collection, data analysis, report preparation and regulatory documentation. 

  • Collaborates with cross-functional partners including Hawthorne management, other R&D colleagues, marketing, and category leads to ensure field biology trials support the business objectives. 

  • Interacts with industry and university influencers as well as professional growers to understand and mine new technologies, new biological research methods, and grower trends and communicate this information to category leads and sales/ tech service.

  • Develops and follows R&D Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Communicates scientific concepts and research to senior leadership (including Directors, GM’s VP’s, COO, CEO and Board Members); demonstrates outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Critical in support of state and EPA registration dossiers, potential partnership or acquisitions, competitive analysis and cost-out initiatives

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Ph.D. in relevant biological sciences such as horticulture or floriculture preferred, Masters and other candidates with significant and relevant experience will also be considered

  • Depending on education, 3-5 years of experience in a horticulture-related field, such as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), greenhouse, hydroponics or ornamental container nursery

  • Strong working knowledge of typical practices in greenhouse/controlled environments, hydroponic and soilless culture including plant nutrition and crop protection practices. 

  • Demonstrated ability to design and lead research programs to answer specific questions to commercialize horticultural products or technologies

  • A high degree of original thinking is required. The scientist must design research protocols that address key questions and hypotheses for a combination of variables as Hawthorne attempts to optimize the complete solution for growers across all product categories.

  • Scientific curiosity, personal drive, and networking abilities to find breakthrough technologies, product improvements, and develop novel, cutting-edge, methodology

  • Willingness to function as part of a hands-on scientific team and mentor/develop other team members (biology technicians/interns)

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law