Scientist, Hemp in Gervais, OR at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 2/22/2021

Job Snapshot

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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!

We are seeking a talented, self-motivated, curious, and creative Scientist who loves plants and has a strong background in plant science with focus in plant genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry to join our hemp research program in Gervais, OR.

The successful candidate will have a MSc or PhD degree in plant science such as Horticulture, Agronomy, Seed Science, Plant Biology, Genetics, or a related discipline with at least 3 years’ experience. In this role, the Scientist will champion projects, working hands-on with a multifunctional team to lead the hemp plant science activities at the Gervais, Oregon Field Research Station. The successful candidate will work in a fast pace, collaborative team environment with other research scientists, third party collaborators, marketing and sales associates. 

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Oversee and perform greenhouse hemp plant production including planting, propagation, environmental monitoring, pest control, applications, watering, feeding, and general maintenance.

  • Execute field research trials including preparing, planting, maintenance, harvesting, processing, phenotyping and data collection tasks.

  • Organize and maintain adequate records and documentation.

  • Be an intellectual driver to research goals and strategic discussions.

  • Lead in experimental design and troubleshooting efforts.

  • Analyze, summarize and present key research results to company leaders (Managers, Directors, VPs, etc.)

  • Prepare and execute project timelines. Track progress from design to the implementation of deliverables.

  • Build and maintain a network of external university and industry research partners.

  • Work occasional weekends in the greenhouse or field.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Strong scientific background in plant science with a solid knowledge in plant physiology, genetics and biochemistry.

  • Experience with greenhouse and field production of specialty crops or ornamentals is a plus

  • Proficiency in experimental design and statistical data analysis.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and teamwork; commitment to one team mentality.

  • Ability to present information effectively to a diverse audience.

  • High energy, inquisitive individual who can multi-task and adapt in a fast-paced research environment.

  • Creativity and demonstrated ability to initiate and execute research projects.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to collaborate and work effectively on cross functional teams.

  • Working experience or understanding of hemp/cannabis agricultural practices is a plus but not required.

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

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

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

  • 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.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu 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.