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IPM-Pest Specialist

The IPM Specialist position provides oversight to the entire IPM program and to supports the activities and operations of the Irrigation Manager while abiding by all applicable policies, procedures, and operational guidelines.  This position is generally responsible to maintaining a pest-free and disease-free environment through scouting, pesticide application, predator insect application, and mandatory record-keeping for all rooms in the cultivation department. The IPM specialist will also be responsible for assisting the Irrigation Manager with daily duties as needed.

  • Responsible to complete any work assigned during scheduled shifts.
  • Provide detailed scouts of the cultivation rooms to provide insight on identification, location, and intensity of infestations for pest and disease.
  • Must be willing to have flexible working hours to support the IPM regimen.
  • Responsible for keeping records for scouting, pesticide applications, predator insect applications, irrigation data, and general logs used in the Cultivation Department.
  • Responsible for implementing any procedures to limit or prevent the infection of microbial and bacterial infection by maintaining cleaning and sanitary cultivation procedures.
  • Responsible for applying pesticides, predator insects, and other means to help fight pest infestation and disease, microbial, and bacterial infections.
  • When not implementing IPM duties, the IPM specialist position will involve essential Cultivation operations and may be expanded over time. Daily responsibilities include:
    • Overseeing and carrying out plant work, and specifically (but not exclusively) big leaf and bottom stripping in flower rooms.
    • Carry out and enforce safety standards, GMP guidelines, and approved procedures with Cultivation Technicians during day-to-day work.
    • Maintain seed-to-sale tracking data input, sweeping and disinfecting flower/vegetative rooms, disposing of used growing media, preparing rooms for a refill, and all general cleaning.
    • Weekly responsibilities may include data collection and supervising spot cleaning, flipping flower blocks, consolidating vegetative trays, planting coco cubes, watering, light maintenance, harvesting, big leafing, hanging sticky cards, helping with on-hand inventory counts, taking clones, and rotating mother plants.
  • Responsible to follow all applicable operational guidelines, comply with verbal directives, and practice and/or implement all safety, security, sanitation, policies, procedures, rules, skills, and the like presented during training, by management, in Standard Operating Procedures, or otherwise when performing job duties.
  • Responsible to understand and follow all GACP/GMP guidelines throughout the facility.
  • Perform such other duties as employee is qualified to perform and may be assigned.

EXPERIENCE

    • Knowledge of large-scale commercial plant cultivation, including but not limited to, nutrient requirements, growing media, light requirements, temperature control, and airflow.
    • Two
    • Experience with IPM management, disease and pest identification, scouting, irrigation principles, and compliance systems.
    • Advanced cannabis plant and genetics knowledge.
    • Must accept accountability, have a proactive attitude, and demonstrate consistent attention to detail.
    • Active listening and effective verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, are critical.
    • Basic math skills are necessary.
    • Basic understanding of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and particularly those governing cannabis, and organizational rules, directives, and Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Ability to work independently throughout the day in accordance with instructions.
    • Ability to use standard office equipment, and particularly computer equipment and software such as word processing, database management, spreadsheet applications, and electronic mail.
    • Ability to work effectively with other employees, management, customers, government representatives such as facility inspector

EDUCATION

    • Degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, Agronomy, Plant Biology, or related field, or a minimum of 2 years of experience cultivating plants or registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Pharmacy Technician.
    • Must pass background and drug screening.
    • Must have, or be willing to acquire, a Private Pesticide Applicator’s Certification.

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that will be required of the employee for this job. Further, duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
 

WORKING CONDITIONS  

      • While performing duties associated with the IPM specialist position, the employee will be required to perform regular grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.
      • The IPM Specialist will be required to stand for long periods of time on a regular basis and to use their hands to perform detailed work.
      • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repetitively.
      • Must be comfortable working at heights when needed.

 

Dalitso is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status, protected genetic information, political affiliation, or any other characteristics protected by local laws, regulations, or ordinances.

We offer benefit packages that may include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short-, and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, and 401(k).

 

 

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