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Contract Operations Technician



Laramie, WY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2023

About Plenty

We are on a mission to grow plenty of fresh food for everyone, everywhere. We are building the world’s largest, most technologically advanced, indoor vertical farms. Using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need, our farms are designed to secure our food future.

Our people and teams are how we make our mission possible. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Join us as we rewrite the rules of agriculture, and we’ll bet our berries you’ll be rewarded with innovative and collaborative teammates, a supportive environment, diverse career opportunities and meaningful work.

About the role

Plenty is looking for an Operations Technician who will assist in all aspects of indoor farming for the Plant Science team. In this role, your skills and training will be applied to plant production in a modern, fast paced, high-technology hydroponic research facility. You will support our optimization efforts for a diversity of crops through routine activities centralized around research trial establishment, environment monitoring and maintenance, and data collection.

What you'll do

  • Supports the operations of Laramie's leafy greens, strawberry and tomato programs
  • This will be a hands-on role where you will be seeding, transplanting, and harvesting crops
  • Perform routine end of shift daily cleaning of lab, equipment, and work areas
  • Work with high-intensity plant production equipment
  • Collect, enter, organize, and validate data related to plant health, yield, and morphology
  • Consistently monitor environmental data, and conduct regular systems checks to identify abnormalities in test environment operation
  • Mix or handle chemicals as needed
  • Follow established data collection and maintenance protocol for a diversity of environments and crops. Prepare samples for external analysis
  • Work dynamically across a variety of teams, cross-train to support multiple projects
  • Participates in light troubleshooting of equipment to reduce downtime
  • Actively seek out ways to support the team
  • Finish activities to the quality standard expected and within a reasonable amount of time
  • Other duties as assigned. Schedules will be reviewed periodically and are subject to change based on business needs
  • Work Schedule: *Must be flexible and weekend work is required

What you'll bring to the table

  • Basic horticulture experience preferred
  • Ability to practice safe work habits and follow lab protocols
  • Ability to effectively take direction and implement changes quickly
  • Ability to prioritize and operate with a sense of urgency, efficiency, and determination
  • Ability to work in groups or alone
  • Ability to effectively document tasks and observations accurately, experience with Google Suite preferred
  • Ability to proactively communicate blockers and problems with relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to maintain stable and professional performance under pressure or opposition
  • Must be a humble, teachable, team-player who is enthusiastic and hard-working

Type of role

Full-Time; Onsite

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive wage on a biweekly basis, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits from day one, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we offer 2 weeks of paid time off + 6 days of paid sick leave per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food safety requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply