IPM Assistant Manager

Vangst is currently working with a client in Michigan who is looking for an IPM team lead to assist with the facility’s Integrated Pest Management program to ensure a safe and compliant application of state-approved pesticides and beneficial insects. This individual will help manage a team that is responsible for the elimination and control of pests and substances that can impact crop health and yield. Our client’s IPM program is fully established, this is a hands-on role with management responsibilities. The position reports to the Cultivation Manager and the Cultivation Director to implement best practices at the facility. This position requires the ability to lead, train, and meet daily and weekly goals.

Responsibilities

Maintain knowledge of current state laws, pesticide management practices, and approved ingredients. Maintain sanitary and biosecurity practices. Manage IPM tasks and any issues that arise while following SOP guidelines and update SOPs as needed. Follow all tool sanitation practices and provide adequate levels of the tools and resources that cultivation techs need to complete tasks. Facilitate the organization of biological control agent (BCA) usage based on production schedules Crop scout and monitor efficiency of Biological Control Agent methods. Manage applications of foliar and other additives or pesticides when necessary, wearing the proper PPE. Record and track data providing weekly reports on plant metrics. Manage crop pressure at acceptable levels and uphold all scheduled production dates Assist with collection of plant tissue samples for lab analysis. Work in a timely manner and strive to increase productivity through effective IPM. Ensure a safe work environment by ensuring all team members receive training on standard operating procedures and follow all PPE requirements. Maintain open communication with management and other team members.

Physical Requirements

Long periods of prolonged standing. Requires normal range of hearing and manual dexterity. Some crouching or holding uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time; repetitive motions. Wearing PPE and carrying equipment while using respirator for sprays. Requires bending and lifting up to 50 pounds. Occasional weekends or extended hours may be necessary during certain phases of plant production.

Working Environment

N/A.

Experience

Required - 1-3 years of experience working for a cannabis manufacturer in a 50,000 sq. ft. or larger facility.

Must be 21 years old.

Knowledge of plant strains, plant structure, and plant health.

Knowledge of uses and benefits of cannabinoids.

Knowledge of approved PPE equipment for individual chemicals.

Experience directing and monitoring the performance of teams of employees.

Experience with Microsoft Office/Excel.

Education

High school diploma required; Bachelor's degree in Horticulture or Entomology is strongly preferred.

About Vangst

Vangst is the cannabis industry’s hiring platform. Vangst helps cannabis companies find the talent they need to grow their business. From on-demand gig workers to trained & credential full-time employees, Vangst has built the industry’s go-to talent marketplace for all cannabis hiring. Vangst is proud to work with 1,200+ of the cannabis industry’s leading businesses.

Since raising their seed round in 2018, Vangst has become one of the fastest growing companies in the cannabis industry and was recognized as one of Fast Companies most innovative companies.

Today, over 300,000 people have full-time jobs in the cannabis industry and this number is expected to triple over the next five years. Vangst is on a mission to fill every job in the cannabis industry.

Vangst’s headquarters is in Denver, CO. Vangst is a Series B company and backed by Lerer Hippeau, Colle Capital, Level One Fund, Snoop Dog’s Casa Verde Capital, and others.




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