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Interim Human Resources Manager

Albert Lea Seed House is seeking a part time temporary HR Manager to oversee the Human Resources Department beginning Fall 2020 thru Spring 2021. Duties include: payroll administration, benefit administration, employee reviews, OSHA reporting, worker’s compensation reporting, unemployment, applicant recruitment, interviewing and on-boarding, personnel record-keeping, staff training’s and year end reporting. Qualified candidates should possess 3-5 years’ direct experience in a Human Resources field or similar office related role. College students seeking a paid internship are encouraged to apply.

To express interest, please send resume to nicole@alseed.com



Cover Crop Agronomist/Program Coordinator

Albert Lea Seed is seeking a qualified candidate to join our team as Cover Crop Agronomist/Program Coordinator who will direct, participate and manage cover crop seed business.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(The following list is not a comprehensive but highlights the major areas of responsibility for the position)

  1. Manage Product Portfolio
    1. Characterize existing product and develop sales information (product descriptions, tech sheets, catalogs).
    2. Research and evaluate new product and opportunities for business fit.
    3. Understand industry trends in both organic and conventional agriculture and how the business should adjust.
    4. Understand government incentive programs and how they affect our customers and influence our product line.
    5. Collaborate with purchasing team on production or procurement of products.
  1. Product Sales
    1. Lead salesperson of cover crop products and cover crop mixtures.
    2. Field and process in-store and over-the-phone sales to retail and wholesale customers.
    3. Learn how all cover crop species fit into organic and conventional crop rotation and the purposes they serve on the farm such as ground cover, erosion control, soil health, fertility management, or grazing.
    4. Be familiar with and process sales of other seed offerings such as corn, soybean, small grain, and forages.
  1. Sales Training
    1. Educate staff and dealer network on product agronomic basics, selection, and farm placement.
    2. Provide support on management of cover crops (fit in crop rotation, herbicide restrictions, planting, terminating, livestock forage opportunity, etc.).
  1. Outreach and Market Development
    1. Build market presence and increase sales.
    2. Develop and maintain relationships with customers, seed providers and research organizations relating to cover crops.
    3. Organization and execution of on-farm plots and field days.
    4. Collaborate with marketing team on sales objectives and contribute to development of marketing content including video, digital and print.
  1. Continuing education
    1. Attend field days, university events and conferences.
    2. Special coursework as needed to increase knowledge.
  1. Ensure compliance with all company policies, state and federal law licensing requirements regarding seed sales and treatment.
  2. Attend and participate in staff meetings and training sessions as required by the Albert Lea Seed House. 
  1. Perform other job and work related responsibilities, tasks and projects as needed or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, prioritize and organize to effectively manage multiple projects and activities with minimal direction. Respond to change in a flexible manner to meet evolving department needs.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing – is comfortable and effective at speaking to groups of employees. Is cooperative, accommodating and exhibits a customer service attitude.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills – is comfortable on camera and can speak impromptu.
  • Exhibit a high degree of ethical conduct and discretion. Exercise good judgement and exemplify professional behavior at all times with accountability, integrity and follow-through.
  • Remain current on all required trainings and certifications.
  • Adhere to department procedures regarding punctuality and attendance and exhibit flexibility and cooperation with shift scheduling.
  • Support Albert Lea Seed’s mission.

Education, Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy along with 3-5 years cover crop industry related experience required. Master of Science degree or research experience a plus.
  • Computer proficiency in MS office products and Outlook. Ability to learn database software (ex: Pilot, Freightview).
  • Strong organization and communication skills, attention to detail and ability to set appropriate boundaries with staff and customers.
  • Knowledge of seed species and varieties.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and 50+ pounds with assistance.
  • Bending, twisting and reaching conducive to both an office and warehouse environment.

To express interest, please send resume to: nicole@alseed.com

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Horticulturalist

Assist the Garden Center in sales, marketing, merchandizing, product selection, purchasing, outreach and trainings in regards to plants, gardening and lawn care.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(The following list is not a comprehensive but highlights the major areas of responsibility for the position)

  1. Sales, Marketing and Merchandising
    1. Lead sales associate for garden-related items and offer support to customers on plant variety selection for gardens and landscape use that include but are not limited to:
      1. Landscape trees, shrubs and perennials
      2. Annual bedding plants
      3. Garden seeds, vegetable plants and fruit crops
      4. Lawns
    2. Provide support on planting, fertilizer, pruning, cultural questions on disease and pest issues and other plant care topics.
    3. Proficient in plant and weed identification.
    4. Research, develop and promote Organic and IPM (integrated pest management) solutions to lawn and garden care.
    5. Coordinate with marketing department on promotions, brochures and events to promote sales and education.
    6. Manage merchandising of product inside and outside the store.
  1. Product Selection and Purchasing
    1. Lead the selection efforts of garden seeds, plants, annuals, bedding plants, perennials, trees and shrubs.
    2. Involve other staff in the selection process, staying up to date on the latest offerings and industry trends and lead the effort in product offerings for organic plant health care.
  1. Outreach and Training
    1. Coordinate garden outreach activities with an emphasis on IPM and Organic gardening & lawn care.
    2. Facilitate in-store seminars, plan and deliver radio show program, blog articles focused on garden topics and manage customer questions/problems and offer solutions.
    3. Train staff members on physical plant care, sales and other garden related items.
    4. Attend relevant trade shows, conferences, seminars, online education opportunities; visit and tour vendors.
  1. Ensure compliance with all company policies, state and federal law licensing requirements regarding seed sales and treatment.
  1. Attend and participate in staff meetings and training sessions as required by Albert Lea Seed.
  1. Perform other job and work related responsibilities, tasks and projects as needed or assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, prioritize and organize to effectively manage multiple projects and activities with minimal direction. Respond to change in a flexible manner to meet evolving department needs.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing – is comfortable and effective at speaking to groups of employees. Is cooperative, accommodating and exhibits a customer service attitude.
  • Exhibit a high degree of ethical conduct and discretion. Exercise good judgement and exemplify professional behavior at all times with accountability, integrity and follow-through.
  • Remain current on all required trainings and certifications.
  • Adhere to department procedures regarding punctuality and attendance and exhibit flexibility and cooperation with shift scheduling.
  • Support Albert Lea Seed’s mission. 

Education, Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture with 3-5 years’ direct experience required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, accurate keyboarding and general office equipment familiarity.
  • Strong organization and communications skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and stay focused while dealing with multiple interruptions.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and 50+ pounds with assistance.
  • Bending, twisting and reaching conducive to both an office and warehouse environment.

Qualified candidates can submit their resume to nicole@alseed.com

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Mixing Team Lead

Coordinate mixing operations to optimize quality and efficiency of organic and conventional forage, turf and cover crop seed blends.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(The following list is not a comprehensive but highlights the major areas of responsibility for the position)

  1. Manage Mixing Production
    1. Lead regular production meetings with Operations Manager and Grass/Legume buyer and provide updates to sales staff.
    2. Maintain production schedule – in coordination with sales team, Operations Manager, buyers and Production Manager.
    3. Oversee and participate in mixing production, including inoculating legumes and mixing for stocking, back-stock and custom orders.
    4. Maintain documentation of mixing and inoculating for traceability and QA throughout mixing process.
  1. Inventory Management
    1. Use inventory software reporting to identify production needs.
    2. Enter inventory data; create blend sheets, update status codes, enter lot numbers.
    3. Order and inventory inoculants.
  1. Manage Mixing Department Employees
    1. Assist Human Resources with selection of mixing staff.
    2. Provide initial and on-going training for mixing staff.
    3. Supervise mixing staff including: leading daily production meetings in coordination with Operations Manager to prioritize work, priorities and timetables to crew, delegate daily tasks, provide feedback on quality of work, set up workload in advance for days off, work with Human Resources to formally address any Cody of Conduct (attendance, punctuality, attitude, safety, etc.) issues.
    4. Work with management to implement and coordinate a quality incentive program for mixing staff. 
  1. Product Inventory
    1. Participate in daily warehouse meetings, including; communicate about receiving’s, mixing updates, retagging and other projects that interface with warehouse staff. Collaborate on warehouse projects and help with prioritization of warehouse workload and job assignments.
    2. Manage warehousing of grass and legume products, including overseeing receiving and storage of grass & legume seed, communicate inventory transfers to Class B Driver and identify inventory shortages and communicate to buyers.
  1. General Maintenance
    1. Maintain safe, clean and organized workspace.
    2. Oversee planned maintenance of mixing equipment.
    3. Communicate equipment needs to Operations Manager.
  1. Ensure compliance with all company policies, state and federal law licensing requirements regarding seed sales and treatment. 
  1. Attend and participate in staff meetings and training sessions as required by the Albert Lea Seed House.
  1. Perform other job and work related responsibilities, tasks and projects as needed or assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, prioritize and organize to effectively manage multiple projects and activities with minimal direction. Respond to change in a flexible manner to meet evolving department needs.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing – is comfortable and effective at speaking to groups of employees. Is cooperative, accommodating and exhibits a customer service attitude.
  • Exhibit a high degree of ethical conduct and discretion. Exercise good judgement and exemplify professional behavior at all times with accountability, integrity and follow-through.
  • Remain current on all required trainings and certifications.
  • Adhere to department procedures regarding punctuality and attendance and exhibit flexibility and cooperation with shift scheduling.
  • Support the Albert Lea Seed House mission.

Education, Credentials and Experience

  • Must be certified in forklift operation or be willing to become certified.
  • Agricultural background with knowledge in regenerative and sustainable practices preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and 50+ pounds with assistance.
  • Bending, twisting and reaching conducive to both an office and warehouse environment.
  • Must be able to lift horizontally and vertically, climb and crawl, work on slippery or uneven surfaces, bend, stoop, kneel and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be comfortable working in uncontrolled climates including heat, cold, dust and dirt.

Qualified candidates can submit their resume to nicole@alseed.com

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Questions? Please contact:

Nicole Hansen
Human Resources Manager
nicole@alseed.com
(507) 668-4522