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Robotic Cell / Combiner Technician

AeroFarms

AeroFarms

Danville, VA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024

AeroFarms is seeking a Robotic Cell Combiner Technician!

Company Summary

The world needs our help. Today 8 billion people live on the planet with less arable land than ever before. We need a solution to cultivate more using less and define the future of farming for generations to come.

AeroFarms is part of that solution, transforming agriculture with people and planet in mind. As a Certified B Corporation and pioneer in indoor vertical farming, we use our proprietary technology to grow produce using up to 95% less water and no pesticides ever. The result is a portfolio of products that burst with flavor, taste, and nutritional value. Leading the industry, AeroFarms has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies five years in a row, topped Fortune Magazine’s 2022 Change the World Company List, and was recognized as one of the 95 “Brands That Matter” by Fast Company.

Now in over 1,000 stores across the United States, we are scaling our award-winning brand and technology around the world. As AeroFarms approaches our next phase of explosive growth, we seek passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. If a team of intellectually curious coworkers and our change-the-world mission resonates with you, apply today. Learn more about AeroFarms and join us to change the world as we grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity.

As AeroFarms approaches our next phase of explosive growth, we seek out creative, motivated humans who will join us in disrupting industry standards and lead the way in vertical farming, artificial intelligence, and plant biology breakthroughs to solve, and tackle global issues.

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Job Description:

As a Combiner Technician, you will be responsible for the safe and proper combination and handling of growing containers and equipment. The Combiner Technician will will be an energetic, organized, and responsible individual with high standards and good judgment. Reporting to the Head Grower, the Combiner Technician will make sure his/her/their team will always contribute to and comply with safety and quality rules of the Company, finish tasks in a timely manner, always be on top of communicated priorities, and create a positive work environment. The Combiner Technician must be able to operate with minimal supervision but also ask questions if they are not sure of the answer and create an open and honest environment for their team.

Health and Safety regulations:

Necessary health, food safety, hygiene and environmental standards should be observed all the time on the Grow Room.

Leadership Principles:

The Combiner Technician should have a set of traits and values that guide his/her actions with employees and, the Company will provide direction through his/her career. These principles are also an important tool for self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses to seek self-improvement. Always observe AEROFARMS principles: Collaboration, Communication, Accountability, Agility, Respect and Empowerment.

Responsibilities:

  • Operate forklifts and powered pallet jacks.
  • Keep conveyor systems appropriately loaded with pallets of materials.
  • Follow orders of loading based on the digital controls systems and Plans of the Day (POD)
  • Apply processes aids at the appropriate steps.
  • Follow all food safety principals.
  • Must maintain a clean Grow Room environment.
  • Enforce “Safety First Policy” making safety always the number one priority.
  • Show a “Continuous Improvement” mentality and remain updated on common goals.
  • Understand principals of working in an automated warehouse environment and respect all safety procedures.

You have/are:

  • Forklift Operation experience/ certification
  • Proven to be goal focused and results oriented.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Strong and creative problem solver and must be comfortable with basic science and math.
  • An attentive listener and willing to learn, a leader that is empathetic and team oriented.
  • Physically up to the demands of being on your feet and moving most of the day. Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Experience with food safety protocols desired.
  • Experience with digital inventory/ RF scanners desired.
  • Experience with hydroponic/aeroponic indoor systems, and vertical farming desired.
  • Positive, respectful attitude.
  • Reliable attendance and punctuality.
  • Strong communication skills and definitively a team worker.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English. Helpful if able to speak or understand Spanish.
  • Flexibility to work, at least, one weekend day per week is a must.

Additional Requirements

  • Must pass all required background checks.
  • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry.

Working Conditions: The AeroFarms facility has two areas: one is warm and humid: 80 degrees, the other is cold at 35 degrees. You are required to wear PPE provided by AeroFarms, including a facemask in the GMP/food production areas.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to perform grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Physical demands – May be required to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift, carry and balance up to 50 pounds.
  • Schedule days will be established with the Head Grower.

Internal candidates seeking a promotion must have completed a minimum of six months in their current role before becoming eligible for consideration.

*Please note that AeroFarms does not work with any external staffing/recruitment vendors. Any unsolicited resumes shared with the AeroFarms team will be considered property of AeroFarms and no recruitment fees of any kind will be paid or owed unless an existing recruitment agreement exists alongside with specific engagement for the role in question.

In accordance with organizational protocol, employees will at times be required to fill absences in the operation process that are equal to or lower than their positional hierarchy. Additionally, if an employee is absent, the role of the absent employee is to be completed by their immediate superior.