Plant Scientist, Research Horticulturist in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 1/15/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

Scotts Miracle-Gro Live Goods team is looking for an innovative, forward thinking, Plant Scientist who wants to develop the next generation solutions to inspire people of all ages to express themselves on their own piece of the Earth.  The Research Horticulturist aka Live Goods Scientist will work across a spectrum of customer products such as garden plants, houseplants. foliage, veggie, and herbs. The successful candidate will be working in a fast past, collaborative team environment with other scientists, marketing and sales.

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

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Lead execution of scientific experiments that may include the evaluation of horticultural genetics, postharvest physiology, growing media, fertilizer and crop protection.

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

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

  • Summarize and present research to leadership.

  • Oversee data entry and taking photographs.

  • Prepare project timelines and track progress on design through implementation.

  • Work flexible hours when needed, including occasional weekends.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Minimum Masters Degree in horticulture with experience in greenhouse production.

  • Preference for 3+ years’ in floriculture industry experience and/or post-harvest physiology experience.

  • Plug and/or liner production experience.

  • Understands variety screening and trialing work.

  • Plant nutrition and crop protection products experience.

  • Experience with statistical design and analysis.

  • Strong communication skills, with demonstrated skill in oral and written communication.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and teamwork; Commitment to one team mentality.

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

  • Strong work ethic and willing to “push up sleeves and jump in” to be a team player.

  • Ability to multitask, while being attentive to detail and staying organized.

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

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

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

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

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

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

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns. 

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

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.