Work at Plant Humboldt!

Plant Humboldt is the coolest cannabis business you’ll ever work at. We grow awesome plants in a nice environment and people love us. We’ll be hiring for the 2019 season and are taking applications now.

Some basics about working here: We are a seasonal business, open for sales between approximately March 15th and August 15th, with production nursery work starting as early as February 15th. We start with a small crew (1-2) and begin laying people off by mid-July. Around August 15th, we usually have a final clearance sale and close for the season. The busiest work time is early March through mid-July and we prioritize hiring people who want to work extra overtime hours (at time-and-a-half rates) for this short season.

We have two levels of employees: managers and staff. Managers each have a specialty, but are also generalists who take on any necessary tasks, help manage other employees and coordinate the general functioning and appearance of the nursery. Managers may be making big decisions about nursery function one minute and then watering plants the next.

Staff-level employees do all the repotting, watering, cleanup, loading of plants, customer assistance and possibly help with sales or horticulture as needed. While none of the work is overly complex, having a background in gardening and familiarity with plants is a big plus.

The work is almost completely outdoors and requires fitness and mobility. Weather in Briceland in the early season can be cold and rainy (though most work is under cover of an open shelter), while mid-June through July can be extremely hot (over 90°F is common). We work rain or shine, heat or cold.

We are committed to harmony and inclusivity and do not tolerate bigotry in any form, whether directed at our own crew or at others. Behavior that makes others feel unsafe is not acceptable. Hopefully if you’re applying, you understand why this is important.

We pay well, probably better than the vast majority of legal cannabis businesses and try for a chill, if hard-working, employment environment. In exchange we expect a commitment to being on time, focused and productive. We’re a legal, licensed business, so every employee is on payroll and must be able to prove they can legally work in the U.S.

We don’t have a formal job application form, but you can send us an email inquiry and your resume. We’ll be taking resumes through February at least, but likely won’t decide till we’re ready to hire. The permitting process in CA is currently chaotic, with many unknowns and constant changes, so it is very difficult to predict what the 2019 nursery market will be like and therefore hard to commit to hiring until we know more.

Positions available:
* General staff.
This is mostly watering, repotting, plant maintenance, shuffling plants around the nursery, site maintenance, loading plants onto trucks and about a dozen other things. Requires mobility and reasonable fitness (e.g. ability to lift light loads such as a 15-lb flat of plants and carry them across the nursery, ability to bend or kneel down to work on plants), someone who is happy to work as a team, good communication skills, love of plants and getting your hands dirty.

* Managers
We have two open positions: Delivery Manager and Horticulture Manager.

Delivery Manager.
We have applied for a license that allows us to deliver our own plants to licensed cultivators’ farms. As of now, December 2018, we have no idea how popular this service will be. So much depends on how the state’s licensing process proceeds and what the market is like in this coming season.

Assuming this is a popular service among cultivators (we think it will be!), the Delivery Manager will need a diverse set of skills. You will have to manage incoming orders via the website, liaison directly with purchasers, coordinate delivery schedules, oversee delivery drivers, probably be a delivery driver, keep both the state’s track and trace inventory system and the nursery’s internal production inventory system up to date. As Delivery Manager, you will have to make sure that vehicles are in good working order, ensure that orders get loaded accurately and securely (and probably help do so) and ensure that all paperwork that accompanies the order is complete.

This position, like all manager positions, may also involve watering, repotting or other general nursery work during slow times in the delivery process. A background in any sort of delivery or inventory management is very helpful. The delivery service will likely evolve quickly during the season and you will need to be able to adapt our system on the fly to ensure orders are delivered efficiently, accurately, safely and on time.

Horticultural Manager
Your job is to keep the plants looking awesome.The position is perfect for someone who loves plants and especially loves cannabis plants and even more especially loves working with a crew to create a nursery full of happy, healthy plants. A background in horticulture is essential, either as formal employment or as a plant geek with a huge green thumb. (Though note that being able to grow a veggie or home weed garden is a bit different from a production nursery.) You need to be able to look at plants and determine what they need (if anything). More or less water? A certain nutrient? Is there a pest or pathogen problem that needs to be solved? Is there a situation in the nursery that could lead to a future problem? How do you solve it? Prevention of pest, pathogen, nutrient or other problems is a priority, but if they arise, you will need to have a well-developed process for solving them in a timely and cost-effective manner. We will quiz you about your thought process during your interview, seriously.

You will need to be familiar with pest/pathogen identification, using testing labs, mixing organic/non-toxic nutrients or pesticides (preferably from scratch—we don’t waste money on snake oil in pretty bottles), operation of spray equipment (backpack sprayers, mostly), troubleshooting irrigation systems (ours isn’t complicated) and record keeping (production and track and trace), among other things. We can train you in some details, so long as your overall sense of plant health and nursery operations is sound.

You have to be comfortable and chill about delegating and overseeing work by other employees. Since you will have a detailed insight into every plant in the nursery, you will also likely be helping with both commercial and retail sales, coordinating overall nursery flow with other managers and, as you may have guessed, helping with every other aspect of the operation.

If you’re interested in either of these positions or a general nursery staff position, send us an inquiry and a resume if you’ve got it. We know that many people have grown cannabis for years and are very good at it, even though they don’t have formal training or formal weed-world job experience. That’s all good, but we’ll give priority to someone with a good reference from other nursery work or, in the case of Delivery Manager, work relative to that job.

pickmepickme@planthumboldt.com