Careers


11/09/2021

Walters Gardens, located in Zeeland, MI, has been a leading grower of perennial plants since 1946. We take great pride in the superior quality of our young plants and field grown products, diverse product selection, customer-focused staff, our extensive hybridizing program, and the ability to offer the best new introductions from around the world. Check back for new job opportunities which will be posted here.




Careers

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Benefits Walters Gardens Offers:

  • 401(k) Savings Plan with company match
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Company Paid Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Option to Purchase additional Life Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Discounts on Company Products
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Medical Leave (PML)
  • Company Paid Holidays
  • Employee Incentive Program
  • Employee Events
  • Education Reimbursement
  • On-site Financial and Mental Health Counseling Services

Current Job Openings

All open positions are listed on Indeed.com - click here to view what is available now

Notable Job Openings

Tissue Culture Lab Manager

We are currently looking to fill a Tissue Culture Lab Manager position. The individual in the role would be responsible for organizing and overseeing all efforts to maintain and grow our world class laboratory as required by Walters Gardens.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees and enforces workplace safety standards
  • Direct systems and programs such as initiations, clean stock maintenance, internal production, and contract programs
  • Plans and works to optimize labor, order fulfillment, and product development
  • Utilizes research, testing, and quality control measures to ensure that quality and efficiency standards are met
  • Interprets and assembles reports of laboratory activities to laboratory personnel, management, other departments, and outside organizations as requested
  • Prepares and administers laboratory budgets
  • Sources and purchases lab supplies and equipment
  • Troubleshoots issues and processes including but not limited to equipment and maintenance
  • Develops and maintains quality standards for the TC Lab
  • Coordinates collaboration efforts with other departments to promote cross-departmental teamwork and success
  • Oversees implementation of advice from consultants
  • May travel offsite and/or internationally for partner lab visits and other learning opportunities up to two times per year
  • Creates and supports a positive, continuous improvement team environment
  • Oversees and coordinates construction and movement of lab to new facility

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in applicable field (biology, chemistry, horticulture, botany); or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 1 year of management experience with direct reports required

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and manage projects independently
  • May need to on occasion work with fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft 365 suite, Google Docs, and ability to learn internal inventory software
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Some Spanish language proficiency preferred
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors
  • Directly supervises 20-25 employees and additional seasonal workers in the TC Lab
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems


Regional Product Manager

We are currently looking to fill a Regional Product Manager positions in various parts of the US. The goal of this positions is to promote Walters Gardens’ product to industry audiences and cultivate relationships with new and existing customers. Candidate can be based in either West Michigan or their perspective territory.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Oversee the development of customer relationships and sales growth in the defined territory
  • Service and support customers through various communication methods
  • Travel to customers to promote Walters Gardens product and present new ideas, concepts and programs. Time spent traveling, whether to customers or to Walters Gardens, would be 50 – 75%
  • Attend industry trade shows and events
  • Establish sales goals for the defined territory
  • Work with internal Walters Gardens’ departments on product availability and salability
  • Support established sales channels

Qualified applicants must have demonstrated ability of:

  • Strong communication (both written and oral), motivational and organizational skills
  • The ability to maintain a high level of customer service
  • Be passionate about people and plants
  • Show positive initiative and self-motivation
  • Multi-task and manage multiple projects independently
  • Achieve in depth product knowledge
  • Work as a team with other internal departments
  • Solid understanding of, and applicable experience in, the perennial industry preferred
  • Working knowledge of various computer programs
  • Proven ability to meet and exceed sales quotas





Internship Program

  • 13-week summer internships with flexible start/end dates
  • Full-time (40hrs/week) with half-day Fridays
  • Competitive pay with monthly housing stipend
  • Cumulative group project with other interns

Walters Gardens is North America’s leading wholesale grower of perennial plants. As an intern, you will gain invaluable hands-on experience with propagating, trialing, and growing our extensive collection of top-tier perennials. Through rotations including our Greenhouse and Field Operations, Tissue Culture Lab, Virus Lab, and Trials Department, you will work with some of the best and brightest in the industry. We are growing, and we want you to come grow with us!

Two Steps to Apply

  1. Fill out the 4-Question Form - Click Here to View Form on Our Internships Page
  2. Submit a Cover Letter and Résumé to Human Resources at intern@waltersgardens.com

Applicants should be a rising senior or recent graduate from an accredited college or university. Majors in Horticulture, Plant Science, or other Agriculture-related fields are preferred.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022


Please send all completed job applications to Dianne Cote in Human Resources:

Walters Gardens, Inc.

Attn: Dianne Cote

PO Box 137

Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0137

Phone: (616) 772-0728

Fax: (616) 741-0097

E-mail: dianne.cote.0108@waltersgardens.com


Walters Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.