Title: Head Grower

Job Type: Full time, permanent

Wage: $80,000 to $110,000 per year depending on experience

Company: Whole Leaf Inc.

Business Address: 2941 Portage Avenue, Saskatoon, 57J 3S6

Job location: 92944 Rural Route 195, Coaldale Alberta

Contact Information: HR@Wholeleaf.ca

Start Date: February 20, 2017


Whole leaf is looking for a Head Grower to lead a team to manage a 5 acre state-of-the art, lettuce greenhouse near Lethbridge, Alberta. The Head Grower will assist in daily operations and all aspects of planning, execution, and management; oversee and manage grow and harvest personnel; and support the Chief Operating Officer in all warehouse business tasks.


Duties and Responsibilities

• Manage a large-scale, production facility with a wide array of supplemental lighting.

• Perform/supervise all required duties in the Grow and Harvesting areas, including Food Safety and OHS, and all areas of production including : planting, transplanting, feeding plants, foliar and preventative spray, IPM, trimming, harvesting, packaging, storage and inventory management and waste disposal.

• Continue to develop an extensive knowledge base of successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies.

• Develop, implement and modify our existing, robust cultivation and harvest SOPs, and nutrient regiments, in hydroponic gutter systems for the optimal food-safe production.

• Operate heavy and light horticultural equipment and machinery.

• Develop methods for reducing costs while optimizing production.

• Maintain a clean and organized work environment.

• Implement and oversee water, media, and solution sampling and testing procedures.

• Adhere to industry standards and waste disposal procedures set forth by regulatory agencies.

• Aid in oversight of the completion of operations in timely and efficient manner.

• Quantify and qualify data regularly, while following SOP and company policies and procedures.

• Lead by example and assist with planting, irrigation, mildew control, pest control, cultural management, plant health and maturity observations, and harvesting.

• Maintain accurate daily activity records and operation logs as directed using designated software and tools.

• Inspect crops and prepare reports and pre-harvest estimates for all crops.

• Insect detection, identification techniques, and general crop scouting.

• Oversee cleanliness and organization of all equipment present within the facility and warehouse.

• Coordinate and execute growing operations efficiently and on time.

• Communicate effectively with supervisors, contractors, and employees.

• Contribute to a fun, team-oriented, and challenging work environment in an innovative and pioneering atmosphere.

• Contribute and improve upon already-existing operations and processes to improve work-flow, efficiency, and provide constructive feedback and recommendations.

• Comply with all HR policies, including confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

• Facility maintenance and trouble-shooting as necessary.

• Other duties as assigned.




• Be eligible to work in Canada (Alberta), and must successfully pass an extensive background check

• Fluent in spoken and written English

• Knowledge of Horticulture equipment and gutter irrigation systems

• Capable of performing routine management and able to make equipment repairs or notify proper personnel when unable to

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead people

• Excellent communication skills

• Proficient internet skills, including Outlook, Excel, and Word

• Proven ability to develop and manage budgets

• Ability to plan ahead, trouble-shoot, anticipate problems, and problem solving

• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at a time

• Ability to learn new technologies

• Knowledge of hydroponic growing methods, including in-depth knowledge of pH, PPM, Microbial and EC counts

• Knowledge of growing methods including micronutrients, beneficial bacteria, and nutrient implementation

• Knowledge of container systems with soil and hydro, as well as understanding temperature and humidity manipulation

• Knowledge of plant diseases, insects and fungi, as well as plant treatment options

• Preferred 10 years’ experience in growing

• Knowledge of large-scale commercial plant cultivation, including nutrient requirements, mediums, light requirements, temperature control, and air flow, etc.

• Ability to perform manual labor tasks required for the proper management of a large-scale grow greenhouse


Required Experience

• Horticulture Greenhouse Manager: 5 years

• Management: 5 years

• Leafy Greens Production: 5 years


Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering or related field


Required license

Class 5 Driver’s License



Comprehensive benefits package including disability and dental insurance, extended medical benefits.


How to apply




Head Grower: Whole Leaf