Employment Opportunities


Walters Gardens Inc., located in Zeeland, MI, is 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.



Tissue Culture Lab Director

Walters Gardens Inc., located in Zeeland, MI, is 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. We are currently looking for a Tissue Culture Lab Director to oversee, lead and direct the plants and people in our Tissue Culture department.

Essential duties include:

  • Manage 15-20 staff members by:
    • Hiring appropriately
    • Providing employee feedback
    • Training staff on sterile production techniques and standards
    • Addressing and resolving staff issues
    • Scheduling staff to ensure production goals are met
    • Create and maintain measures to monitor employee productivity
    • Ensure a safe work environment for lab employees
  • Arrange shipments of stock to other facilities and labs
  • Set quality standards and ensure these standards are maintained in stock and production
  • Schedule crops to meet orders and communicate with appropriate personnel regarding the status of TC crops
  • Optimize media for plant growth
  • Create and maintain measures to analyze lab costs and operate the lab within budgetary guidelines
  • Oversee the maintenance and updating of equipment as needed
  • Travel overseas to visit partner labs
  • Manage databases for inventory, media and contract programs
  • Maintain detailed records for contract programs
  • Look for opportunities to expand the WG TC lab program
  • Assist in the development of an inventory tracking system

Qualified Applicants must have:

  • Applicable bachelor’s degree, 3-5 years related tissue culture lab experience
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with staff, colleagues, management and outside contacts
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus
  • Positive initiative and self-motivation
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects independently

Interested candidates may e-mail a resume and cover letter to blo@waltersgardens.com


Electrician

We are currently looking for an Electrician to maintain and support the electrical systems at our Zeeland facilities.

Essential duties include:

  • Maintain the primary and essential power systems at Walters Gardens
  • Monitor electrical loads in the facility to maintain balanced and reliable electricity to the entire facility
  • Monitor and work to improve power factor percentages in the facility
  • Work with other managers in the facility to manage “max demand” to insure we are operating as efficiently as possible
  • Perform assigned electrical / mechanical work
  • Assist with troubleshooting, repairs, and maintenance of electrical / mechanical equipment
  • Respond to and utilize communication devices
  • Assist with the planning and execution of construction projects and facility upgrades
  • Provide technical (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic/hydraulic) expertise to the company to assist in implementing the best solutions to operational challenges

Qualified applicants must have:

  • Current State of Michigan journeyman or masters electrical license and not less than 10 years’ experience managing commercial and industrial applications
  • Knowledge in the proper shutdown of high voltage primary circuits and transformers during periods of utility single phasing, fluctuating voltage, accidental damage, or for safety purposes
  • Familiarity with monitoring secondary loads and managing them for proper balance across phases
  • Strong communication skills
  • Positive initiative and self-motivation
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects independently
  • Ability to be on call and respond to emergencies 24/7

Interested candidates may e-mail a resume and cover letter to blo@waltersgardens.com



Application

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Please send all completed job applications to Becky Oudshoorn in Human Resources:

Walters Gardens, Inc.

Attn: Becky Oudshoorn

PO Box 137

Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0137

Phone: (616) 772-0728

Fax: (616) 741-0097

E-mail: blo@waltersgardens.com


Walters Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.