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Specialist, Live Goods in Columbus, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 11/26/2018

Job Snapshot

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    Columbus, OH
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Job Description

At Scotts Miracle-Gro we think people are like the right place you will grow and flourish. Are you an advocate of making the world a more beautiful place by inspiring others, championing new ideas and being intellectually curious? Are you not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? If so, then we want you as part of our Scotts family...the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden care products!

We are looking for a Live Goods Specialist who will join our Research and Development team.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH. Not familiar with Columbus? Visit

The objectives for the Live Goods program are to 1) develop novel and value-added live goods products, 2) effective and efficient production practices and 3) improve consumer garden experience through enhanced techniques or inputs. The Biology Specialist Live Goods Plants will be working in a hands-on environment within a multifunctional team and should have solid communication skills.

In this role you will:

  • Assist with the execution of scientific experiments that may include the evaluation of horticultural genetics, growing media, fertilizer and crop protection ingredients;

  • Weigh and mix experimental growing media formulations;

  • Oversee greenhouse young plant production including planting, environmental monitoring, pest control, plant growth regulator applications, watering, feeding, and general maintenance;

  • Execute garden research trials including preparing, planting, developing timelines for key trial activities, and overall caring for field trials;

  • Collect and analyze data to present to leadership;

  • Be responsible for data entry and taking photographs;

  • Assist with presentation preparation;

  • Organize and maintain general laboratory and other experimental facilities standards;

  • Work occasional weekends in the greenhouse or field.

The perfect person will have:

  • BS degree required in Horticulture, Biology or Agronomy;

  • 3+ years of industry experience in a laboratory, greenhouse or field setting;

  • Greenhouse or field crop production experience;

  • Plug and/or liner production experience;

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis;

  • Experience presenting information effectively that a diverse audience can understand;

  • Horticulture, plant physiology, or turf grass knowledge;

  • Plant nutrition and crop protection products knowledge;

  • Important attributes:

Some other nice to haves:

  • MS degree highly desirable; or 10 plus years of comparable experience.

What we do for our associates (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 2,400 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office.

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

  • Unbelievable 401K match and discounted stock purchasing program.

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals.

  • Generous vacation day policy.

  • Various associate engagement activities throughout the year including intramural sports leagues.


Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Scotts Miracle-Gro by accessing our Talent Network: SMG Talent Network

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. Scotts Miracle-Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, TomCat, Ortho, RoundUp, Bonnie Plants, Osmocote, Earthgro and Fafard.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.