Careers

Come Grow with Us


10/07/2019

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.




Internship Program

*All internship positions have been filled for 2020

We are excited to offer paid internship programs during the summer months of May – August. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive learning experience that is tailored towards your areas of interest.

As an intern for Walters Gardens, you will be given projects to own and manage while also experiencing many other parts of the business. You will also have the opportunity to attend Cultivate, the industry’s premier educational and networking event, along with participating in company events and touring other industry partners. A monthly housing stipend will be included in the compensation package.

Areas with internship opportunities include:

Plant Health

  • Working with our plant health team, you will learn how to track trials such as PGR usage, insect control options or disease prevention. You will also help scout for diseases and insects and monitor pest populations. You will also learn best methods for chemical application and best practices for controlling insects and diseases using biological controls.

Greenhouse Growing and Production

  • Our greenhouse internship program will focus on best practices for growing perennial plants. You will work with our growers to learn about moisture levels, watering systems, soil testing, fertilizing and PGR’s.

Field Production

  • This internship will focus on growing plants and keeping them healthy in an outdoor field environment. You will learn how to take various soil samples, how to scout for and control field pests, plant diseases and noxious weed. In addition to plant health duties, you will also participate in our digging, sorting, irrigation and inventory tasks.

Tissue Culture Lab

  • “First in the industry” describes our tissue culture lab and the work our intern will study and perform in our lab. The tissue culture lab is a unique fusion of manufacturing and true research and our intern will be responsible for designing and pioneering a novel experiment, then presenting conclusions and financial impact to the lab team.

Internship rotations could also include Sales and Marketing and Trials.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume, indicating their areas of interest, to blo@waltersgardens.com




Careers

Application

Downloadable Employment Application PDF:

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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

Tissue Culture Lab Administrator

We are currently seeking a Lab Administrator, whose responsibilities would include:

  • Record, track, and report on processed inventory in Google Sheets
  • Communicate regarding new orders and order updates with key persons outside of the department via email, phone call, and occasionally in-person
  • Efficiently schedule routine and unique orders using available databases and staff
  • Use good judgement to predict order feasibility and to adapt to changes in database functionality
  • Audit and manipulate orders to ensure on-time delivery, accurate delivery updates, and smooth internal operation related to media and plant processing
  • Report incoming product to greenhouse through a weekly email report
  • Update the Google Sheets database to reflect new and updated items
  • Advise technician pulling orders based on knowledge of order status
  • Coordinate minor initiatives with staff to prepare orders, shipments, and other small tasks

Key Traits and Skills:

  • Positive attitude and drive to support the team
  • Strong organization, record keeping, and time management skills
  • Clear and courteous written and oral communication
  • Willingness to propose and pursue logical solutions
  • Strong understanding of cause and effect
  • Computer skills in MS Office, Outlook, and Google Sheets

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



Section Grower - Seed Department

The Section Grower’s responsibilities would include:

  • Daily assistance in monitoring seed plugs to determine if it is necessary to irrigate plants based on WG moisture levels.
  • Understand growing areas to help manage irrigation boom and growing environments.
  • Learn and help manage seeder to make sure seeds are planted uniformly in the trays.
  • As seeds germinate, work with others to make sure seed trays are patched in a timely manner.
  • Review fertility test results with supervisor and make adjustments to meet crop needs.
  • Assist IPM department by identifying insects, crown gall, diseases, or pathogens on seed product.
  • Help plant health department with spray applications on seed product.
  • Help develop plant growth regulator program for seed plugs to improve quality of product.
  • Work with staff on setting up plant growth regulator trials.
  • Offer support for the planning of space and duration of items in the seed greenhouses.
  • Participate in meetings and educational events when directed by supervisor.
  • Assist with weekend and holiday watering schedules.
  • When time allows, help other employees/departments complete daily tasks.

Knowledge/Skills Required:

  • 2+ years of Greenhouse/Nursery growing experience and
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or related field preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English plus
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Pesticide Applicator License beneficial

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



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.