Careers

Come Grow with Us


06/29/2020

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




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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

Job Opportunities

Greenhouse Scanner

  • Using handheld scanner to keep track of product coming off line
  • Check product coming off production line for quality and consistency
  • Coordinate with supervisors to keep smooth flow of product
  • Communicate with hauling staff to coordinate movement of product
  • Clean work area, machines, tools, and equipment.
  • Work on production line as needed planting cuttings and tissue culture material in soil


Greenhouse Group Lead

  • Maintain product supply for production staff
  • Audit quality on product and procedures
  • Adjust work procedures to meet production schedules
  • Answer questions from line staff and address personnel concerns


Tissue Culture Lab Group Lead

  • Assist and lead lab technicians to propagate tissue culture plants
  • Coordinate essential duties and materials for processing work
  • Set up and explain projects to processing techs
  • Audit quality on product and procedures
  • Communicate production updates, process changes and concerns with other members of the lab team

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.