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Research Horticulturist (Live Goods Scientist) in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 5/11/2019

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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.

In This Role the Scientist of Live Goods Plants Will:

  • Lead execution of scientific experiments that may include the evaluation of horticultural genetics, postharvest physiology, growing media, fertilizer and crop protection ingredients.
  • Oversee greenhouse young 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.
  • Collect and analyze data to present to leadership.
  • Oversee data entry and taking photographs.
  • Prepare presentations
  • Prepares project timelines and tracks progress on design through implementation.
  • Work occasional weekends in the greenhouse or field.

The Perfect Person Will Have:

  • Minimum Masters Degree with a focus on plant physiology or horticulture highly preferred. Biology or agronomy is also acceptable.  
  • Or 10 years + industry experience in a laboratory, greenhouse or field setting.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Greenhouse or field crop production experience.
  • Plug and/or liner production experience.
  • Variety selection / trialing work.
  • Experience with statistical analysis.
  • Experience presenting information effectively that a diverse audience can understand.
  • Horticulture or plant physiology.  Preference for post-harvest physiology experience.
  • Plant nutrition and crop protection products knowledge.
  • Important attributes:
    • Commitment to one team mentality
    • Strong work ethic.
    • Willing to “push up sleeves and jump in” to be a team player.
    • Extremely organized.
    • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication.   

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