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Senior Horticulturist


Mast Reforestation

Etna, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2024
About Mast Reforestation (Mast):
As the leading end-to-end reforestation company in the U.S., Mast is on a mission to make reforestation scalable. As bigger and hotter fires destroy more forestland every year, Mast provides fast, resilient forest restoration for landowners impacted by devastating wildfires. As the only vertically-integrated reforestation company in the industry, Mast has removed the financial, procedural, and seed supply barriers that typically stand in the way of getting reforestation done. Mast collects native, diverse seed species and manages site preparation, planting, and ongoing monitoring, delivering high quality projects. By assembling first-of-its-kind third party capital, Mast delivers these projects at no-cost to landowners. With trusted forestry companies Silvaseed and Cal Forest in its portfolio, Mast is the largest seed bank and reforestation container stock producer in the Western U.S. Mast is also an innovation center for the non-timber forestry supply chain, developing various biological and technical products for achieving land management goals more efficiently. To learn more, visit www.mastreforest.com and watch this video of our recent Montana project (hyperlink: https://www.mastreforest.com/reforestation)
If you’re inspired by our work, we’d encourage you to apply!
As a Manager of Horticultural Operations at Cal Forest Nurseries, you will be instrumental in leading the production of containerized tree seedlings at the largest tree seedling production in the American West. Your role will be to ensure a healthy crop is produced with the support of a 6+ person expert growing team as your partners. You will join a broader operations team that serves essential functions to support containerized production of over 25M seedlings from over 800 seed lots annually.
Your responsibilities will include ensuring the production of seedlings meets quality and standard specifications and mitigating the incidence of disease and other risks to plants during the production. You will also be responsible for reviewing, digitizing, and reporting on growing operations as part of an integrated modernization plan at our facilities. This is a chance to build something new in our sector that will positively impact the future of forest tree seedling production. There will be ample opportunity for cross-disciplinary work with Cal Forest, Silvaseed and Mast (the parent company). You will have colleagues who are seed specialists, scientists, facilities operators and managers, software/hardware engineers, and foresters to ensure an optimized production environment and processes are in place for seedling production for reforestation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Produce quality forest seedling crops by applying effective nursery practices and principles
  • Assist, coordinate, and train forest nursery workers in required nursery work activities
  • Work closely with Asst./ General managers on coordinating operational procedures
  • Collaborate, as needed, with Mast’s Bio R&D team on research projects
  • Overseeing the following daily activities, such as: Mix fertilizers and check electrical conductivity (EC) and pH readings before and after irrigations, take daily block weights while scouting for pests and diseases, monitor and measure crop growth rates and conduct audits on lifted crops
  • Keep neat and accurate records including computerized record-keeping systems
  • Implement and operate analog, computerized and other control systems
  • Assist with greenhouse sanitization practices
  • Maintain, repair, and upgrade nursery facilities as needed
  • Follow a company-directed IPM program, applying pesticides as needed

Experience and skills:

  • Ideally 5+ years of relevant work experience or possess an AS/BS degree in forestry/agriculture/horticulture
  • Strong teamwork skills including respectfulness, strong communication and listening, reliability, and conflict management
  • Bilingual skills are preferred
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Proficiency with using Google suite (e.g. Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.)
  • Resourceful and adaptable to new and changing technologies, processes, and environments
  • Must be willing to learn and follow regulatory guidelines and procedures
  • Ability to engage in physical labor in varying weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Excellent judgment with a clear “safety-first” mentality
  • Successful applicants must complete internal training for pesticide applicator certificates within 30 days, ideally. Obtain the California pesticide applicators' license within 90 days of hire
  • Must be reliable and have transportation
  • Able to travel on occasion for grower or collaborative project meetings
  • Shift work and weekend work are required – regular hours are 40 hours per week with varying shift times by growing seasons
  • A plus if you can operate forklifts and other farm machinery such as tractors
  • Must be able to perform manual labor for implementing facility repairs, such as digging holes to check irrigation lines, plastic roof disposal
Mast Reforestation, Silvaseed & Cal Forest offer:
- Competitive salary
- Location-based compensation
- 80% health insurance coverage for Full-Time non-seasonal employees, including Medical, Dental & Vision insurance plans
- Company paid Short Term Disability insurance and Group Term Life insurance
- Company’s incentive stock options (ISO) for eligible employee groups
- Retirement saving plan: 401(k) and Roth 401(k)
- Commuter Benefits in eligible cities
- 6 paid holidays. Two company-wide closing weeks per year.
- Flexible PTO for Salaried employees. Generous PTO accrual for Hourly employees.
- Allowances for out-of-state employees
- Relocation support for out-of-state employees