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

We are excited to offer paid internship programs for May – August of 2020. 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



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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

Accounting Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for an accounting professional to join our team. We are looking for a candidate who is interested in interacting with multiple departments to make a positive impact on the financial performance of our organization.

This full-time position will initially be responsible for:

  • Financial statement preparation
  • Month end closings (which include bank reconciliations, inventory valuation and borrowing base compliance)
  • General ledger management
  • Manage company assets
  • Prepare and distribute weekly company metrics
  • Prepare and distribute annual budgets
  • Process weekly payroll taxes, foreign wires, quarterly and year end governmental reporting

Future growth opportunities include but not limited to:

  • Royalty administration
  • Company profit forecasting
  • Crop profitability forecasting

Successful Candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and 3+ years’ experience in a related field.
  • Extensive computer experience and knowledge of accounting processes, spreadsheet and word processing software
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of Crystal Reports, Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Dynamics a plus but not required.

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



Plant Health Manager

Reporting directly to the Field Crop and Fertility Manager and the Greenhouse Head Grower, the WG Plant Health Manager responsibilities would include:

  • Review greenhouse and field team’s scouting records on a weekly basis for disease & pest counts.
  • Work with Greenhouse Plant Health Manager to review spray rotation and make sure frequency, application methods, and chemical choices are best options selected.
  • Oversee the tracking of our inventory of chemicals for field and greenhouse (pesticide, fungicide, PGR`s etc.)
  • Research new chemicals and understand how we can use them.
  • Assist in the hiring, training, and motivating of Plant Health employees.
  • Organize meetings with chemical and biological vendors
  • Continue to build spray team that can manage applications.
  • Develop training procedures for chemical sprays and drench applications.
  • Be an active member of the Greenhouse and Field Management Team.
  • Participate in grower meetings, field meetings, and educational events when directed by supervisor

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field
  • 5 years of related work experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Desire to work in a collaborative environment
  • Pesticide Applicator License or the ability to obtain

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



Hybridizing Assistant

We are looking for a full-time, year-round hybridizing assistant to aid the R&D department. The primary responsibilities of this role will be:

  • Hand-pollinating plants
  • Cleaning and sowing seed
  • Labeling crosses
  • Data entry

Candidates must be able to:

  • Work on their feet all day
  • Have strong hand-eye coordination
  • Be able to work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Have a valid drivers license

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.