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.



Lead Grower

The Lead Grower's responsibilities would include:

  • After items are moved into your environment, work with Section Grower on establishing irrigation programs to deliver necessary amount of water.
  • Conduct plant growth regulator trials and implement rates that have worked, to minimize budding and prevent stem elongation on material coming into your area.
  • Review environments and make adjustments multiple times a day through our Priva Environmental Control system.
  • Review Greenhouse Processing Reports with Section Grower to determine best methods for working on batches.
  • Ensure items in your area are prepared for the shipping department to cover upcoming orders.
  • On a weekly basis, generate move lists of items to provide necessary space needed for incoming items from Acclimation range.
  • After reviewing soil EC and pH test results from Assistant Grower, make recommendations to Section Grower for adjustments to meet crop needs.
  • Help determine growing times and schedules for various items.
  • Assist in the hiring, training, managing, and motivating of growing staff.
  • Collaborate with Plant Health team on ways to manage insects and diseases.
  • Be an active member of the Greenhouse Leadership team.
  • Participate with weekend and holiday watering rotations.

Job Requirements:

  • 2+ years of Greenhouse/Nursery growing experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture or related field ideal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Desire to work in a collaborative environment

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


Trials Assistant

We are currently looking for a Trials Grower to assist with the growing of plants in our Trials Department.

Essential duties include assisting with all of the following:

  • Water management with weekend duty required.
  • Plant maintenance including trimming, fertility management and weeding.
  • Potting plants up into trays or larger containers.
  • Maintaining the trials area to be clean and organized.
  • Moving and sorting of plants.
  • Assisting with preparation of new trials.
  • Plant growth regulator applications.
  • Additional chemical applications as needed within the trials department.

Qualified applicants must have:

  • Private pesticide applicator license or willing to get one.
  • HiLo license or willing to get one.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Positive initiative and self-motivation
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects independently
  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs

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




Application

Downloadable Employment Application PDF:

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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.