Crop Care Specialist - Morehead, KY

Root AI

Kentucky, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Professional Svcs
  • Post Date: 05/03/2021
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  • Company Address: 444 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA, 02143

About Root AI

We believe tomorrow’s farms won’t look like the endless outdoor crop rows we remember and that the security and quality of our food will no longer be limited by an increasingly unpredictable climate or access to land. Instead, hyper efficient indoor farms will grow delicious and chemical free produce. At Root, we are on a mission to create the intelligent robots that will help growers build the farms of the future.

Job Description

AppHarvest is redefining American agriculture by developing modern, large-scale controlled environment agriculture facilities in Central Appalachia.  We’re combining conventional agriculture techniques with the most recent proven to grow fruits and vegetables that are locally grown, climate resilient, free of chemical pesticides, and resource efficient. We provide access to a nutritious and safe U.S.-grown food supply for consumers. 
We’re currently operating one of the largest greenhouses in North America, 60-acre controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, KY, and have an active development pipeline for additional facilities. These facilities grow more with fewer resources. When compared to traditional agriculture, we grow 30x more efficiently and with 90% less water. Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they are at peak nutrition and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%.
AppHarvest is proud to verify our commitment to people and the planet by being a Certified B Corporation. As one of only four public B Corps in the United States, we are focused on balancing people and profit. Our goal is to promote a future of sustainable change in the agriculture industry while reducing our impact on the planet.  And we're doing it all while creating jobs and helping Appalachia build a more resilient economy!
This is Farming Now. 

About the Role:

As a crop care specialist at AppHarvest, you will be joining a team at the forefront of reinventing sustainable agriculture by ensuring the successful growth and development of produce within our greenhouse, pruning plants and harvesting fruits, and assisting with general greenhouse operations.

Resume with documented work history REQUIRED!

Hourly Rate:  $13.00 

What You’ll Do:

  • Perform training, de-leafing, pruning, lowering, truss support, harvesting and other jobs required to maintain the plants optimal conditions
  • Conduct plant maintenance to enable the plants to develop optimally
  • Assist with greenhouse preparation and clean-up while adhering to strict industry standards
  • Assist the Integrated Pest Management Team by placing beneficial insects on the crop
  • Report pests, diseases and other abnormalities in the crop
  • Follow all safety standard operating procedures (SOP), policies, rules, regulations, etc.
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned

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

What We’re Looking For:

  • Stand, walk, twist, bend, sit, enter data into a computer, and/or frequently lift objects up to 50 pounds (may require sustained repetitive motion)
  • Ability to perform work at heights of 10-15 feet on a raised trolley platform
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment with changing humidity and temperature
  • Ability to harvest fruits based on color requirements
  • Flexibility to work 40+ hours weekly (which may include occasional weekend work)
  • Agriculture experience is preferred but not required
  • Goodwill Soft Skills Certificate or Work Ready Certificate preferred but not required
  • A motivated team-player with strong communication skills, attention to details and quality-focused

Working conditions / Physical Requirements:

  • Must be comfortable working in temperatures ranging between 80-85 degrees
  • Must be comfortable working at heights up to 15 feet
  • Ability to stand for a full 8-hour shift on concrete floors
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch and bend
  • Must be able to work at a steady pace and must be detailed oriented
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation
  • Open availability to work various work schedules including weekends
  • Must be authorized to work in the US
  • Must be comfortable working near moving mechanical parts


  • 100% company paid insurance premiums (Medical, Dental and Vision Plans) 
  • 401K Company Match 100% of First 3%- 50% of next 2% and is vested immediately – its automatically yours. 
  • 9 company paid holidays 
  • Generous PTO Packages starting at 15 PTO days
  • 2 Paid Mission Days for volunteer work 
  • Company provided uniforms and shoes (for Greenhouse Employees)

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.