Forestry Careers at ArborGen

Careers at ArborGen, US

Our company is made up of innovative and passionate people; foresters, scientists, biologists, conservationists, tree farmers and researchers. We provide a professional yet fun work environment where your input and abilities will have a direct impact on every seedling we grow. Consider joining us!

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Forestry Agricultural Specialist – Blenheim, SC

ArborGen’s Nursery in Blenheim, SC has an open position for a Forestry Agricultural Specialist. This facility produces millions of bare root pine seedlings from seed annually. The Forestry Agricultural Specialist is required to perform all the skilled operations at a Tree Nursery. He/she is responsible for production goals, product quality and minimizing nursery expenses. A specialist must be reliable, innovative, team-oriented and conscientious with a positive work ethic.

 

1. Operate, maintain, modify and calibrate farm tractors, agricultural equipment, conveyors, and strapping machines and other equipment used on the job.

2. Maintain records including but not limited to equipment maintenance, parts inventory, safety inspections, and fuel records.

3. Assist in the operation and maintenance of an automatic irrigation system including pump station, below ground main lines, above ground supply system, and digital controllers.

4. Assist in all phases of weed control, including herbicide application, mechanical control and hand weeding.

5. Assist in all phases of crop nutrition including fertilization recommendations and applications.

6. Wear safety personal protective equipment, maintain facility, and maintain a safe working environment.

7. Supervise labor in various nursery operations.

8. Serve as a team member in group work improvement projects.

9. Work extended hours, weekends and holidays, outdoors in all types of weather conditions as required.

10. Participate in and complete required safety training.

11. Other duties and projects as assigned.

  • Department: Daily interaction with Supervisor (Production Coordinator and or Nursery Manager). Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate work group.
  • Company: Interaction with peers in other nursery and orchard groups across the company as related to seedling production targets.
  • Outside Company: May participate in outside conferences and symposia when appropriate.

 

 

  • Experience in industrial mechanics, agricultural mechanics, general construction, welding, metal fabrication, hydraulics, electrical systems, HVAC and equipment repair / maintenance.
  • (Preferred) Associate Degree in Industrial Maintenance, Agriculture / Horticulture Engineering, Welding, Electrical, General Mechanical or 5+ years’ experience operating and maintaining industrial and/or agricultural equipment in lieu of education.
  • Tractor and forklift operation experience preferred but not required.
  • Private Pesticide applicator license preferred, but not required.

 

 

    • This is a non-exempt position. Seasonal overtime and weekend work required.  Little to no overnight travel.  90% of work is out of doors in all seasons and weather conditions, 10% record-keeping.

    This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.

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    Forestry Orchard/Agricultural Specialist – Selma, Alabama

    ArborGen’s Selma Nursery located near Selma, Alabama has a position open for a Forestry Orchard/Agricultural Specialist. This facility produces millions of bare root hardwood seedlings from seed annually and manages 100 acres of pine seed orchards. This position will serve both a nursery and orchard function.

    The primary responsibilities of the Specialist are to support the Orchard Manager and/or assume responsibility for day to day operations in all aspects of seed orchard management, seed production, seed processing, and seed storage and sowing preparation.

     

     

     

    • Operate, maintain, modify and calibrate farm tractors, chain saws, agricultural equipment, conveyors, and strappers and other equipment used on the job.
    • Ability to operate a 5-function forklift for extended periods
    • Ability to operate and work out of bucket trucks and/or self-propelled aerial lifts
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (if the need arises) and a Restricted Use Pesticide Applicators License;
    • The physical strength and stamina to perform physically demanding tasks for extended periods such as chain / pole saw operation for tree felling and limb pruning, cone harvesting, and repeated lifting and movement of 50 pound boxes and/or bags of pine seed or pine cones.
    • Maintain records including but not limited to equipment maintenance, parts inventory, safety inspections, and fuel records.
    • Assist in the operation and maintenance of an automatic irrigation system including pump station, below ground main lines, above ground supply system, and digital controllers.
    • Weld and fabricate metal items.
    • Assist in all phases of weed control, including herbicide application, mechanical control and hand weeding.
    • Assist in all phases of crop nutrition including fertilization recommendations and applications.
    • Operate and work from aerial lift trucks during cone harvest, breeding, pollen collection and tree limb pruning operations for extended periods.
    • Ability to identify tree damage symptoms / pest species and perform all phases of pest control, including herbicide and insecticide applications.
    • Conduct scion collection, grafting, bagging, control pollination and pollen collection.
    • Wear safety personal protective equipment, maintain facility, and maintain a safe working environment.
    • Supervise labor in various nursery / orchard operations.
    • Serve as a team member in group work improvement projects.
    • Work extended hours, weekends and holidays, outdoors in all types of weather conditions as required.
    • Participate in and complete required safety training and the ability to oversee and manage contract labor safety program.
    • Other duties and projects as assigned.
    • Department: Daily interaction with Supervisor (Production Coordinator and or Nursery Manager). Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate work group.
    • Company: Interaction with peers in other nursery and orchard groups across the company as related to seedling production targets.
    • Outside Company: May participate in outside conferences and symposia when appropriate.

     

     

    • Experience in industrial mechanics, agricultural mechanics, general construction, welding, metal fabrication, hydraulics, electrical systems, HVAC and equipment repair / maintenance.
    • (Preferred) Associate Degree in Industrial Maintenance, Agriculture / Horticulture Engineering, Welding, Electrical, General Mechanical or 5+ years’ experience operating and maintaining industrial and/or agricultural equipment in lieu of education.
    • Tractor and forklift operation experience preferred but not required.
    • Private Pesticide applicator license preferred, but not required.

     

     

      • This is a non-exempt position. Seasonal overtime and weekend work required.  Little to no overnight travel.  90% of work is out of doors in all seasons and weather conditions, 10% record-keeping.

      This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.

      AA/EEO/M/F/D/V

      Reforestation Advisor – North Carolina/Virginia Territories

      The Reforestation Advisor position is responsible for managing seedling sales and customer support.

       

       

       

      Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
      • Safely complete all essential work functions in your area.
      • Promote all ArborGen seedling products to forestry consultants, private forest landowners, and tree planters.
      • Basic understanding of reforestation best practices such as seedling care, seedling handling, and tree planting fundamentals.
      • General knowledge of tree improvement, forestry growth and yield concepts, sampling, forest finance, and forest soils.
      • Ability to discuss general site preparation guidelines and implications of stocking rate options as related to local forest product markets.
      • Candidate must have strong communication skills and the desire to address audiences with technical presentations both indoors and in field settings.
      • Ability to troubleshoot out-planted seedling survival or nutrition issues in a constructive manner with ArborGen personnel and clients.
      • Coordinate with nursery team to ensure on time seedling deliveries.
      • Track competitive information intelligence in region.
      • Focus on growing market share and increasing profitability.
      • Adhere to budget guidelines.
      • Forecast and execute territory sales plan and support fellow Reforestation Advisors on overall sales goal.
      • Work closely with Director of Marketing for website enhancement, assistance with email newsletter articles, and providing field photos.
      • Self-motivated individual with the ability to work independently on a frequent basis.
      Ongoing Interaction:
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      Ongoing Interaction:
      • Department: Frequent to daily interaction with Sales Manager. Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate Regional Sales Team.  Regular interaction with peers in other groups within the department.  Frequent interaction with Nurseries.
      • Company: Regular interaction with peers in Product Development as related to current and future products. Participation in review sessions with Product Development and Product Launch Teams.
      • Outside Company: Extensive relationships and frequent contact with customers. Participation in outside conferences and trade shows.
      partment: Frequent to daily interaction with Sales Manager. Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate Regional Sales Team.  Regular interaction with peers in other groups within the department. 

       

       

      Education/Experience/Skills: 

      • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry preferred, Agribusiness or related field.
      • 5 years of forestry (preferred) or related experience, ability to build on strong communication skills to leverage relationships.
      • Experience managing customer issues/CRM.
      • Necessary computer skills include: Microsoft Office Suite and SAP B1 software.

       

       

       

      Physical Requirements: 

      • This position requires the ability to lift up to 30 pounds; work may involve climbing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping; worker is subject to inside and outside environment, noise, vibration, working hazards, fumes, odors, dust, gasses and chemicals; normal visual acuity is required; requires hearing sufficient to perceive noises for diagnostic purposes.
      • Will require work in the field such as evaluating planting sites with customers, and including seedling survival estimation by traversing reforestation sites to install and measure plots.
      • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for up to two week periods.

       

       

      This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.

      AA/EEO/M/F/D/V

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