Square Roots

Springfield, OH, United States

Posted on: 2022-05-06

Category: food

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

Apprentice Grower

About the company:

Square Roots is a leader in urban indoor farming. Its scalable farm-tech platform brings fresh, healthy food to urban areas year-round, while simultaneously training future generations of farmers. The company was founded in 2016 by serial entrepreneurs Tobias Peggs and Kimbal Musk (WEF Social Entrepreneur of The Year 2017) and is headquartered in New York City.

About Square Roots

Square Roots is the technology leader in urban indoor farming. Its mission is to bring local, fresh, real food to people in cities around the world - setting new standards for transparency and responsibility while empowering the next generation of leaders in agriculture. 

Founded by serial entrepreneurs, Kimbal Musk and Tobias Peggs, its range of fresh produce is available in more than 200 retail locations around the country including Whole Foods Market, Fresh Thyme Market, SpartanNash, and FreshDirect. Square Roots’ strategic partnership with Gordon Food Service reinforces a larger shared ambition to build commercial scale, climate controlled indoor farms together across the continent - enabling local food at a global scale, year round. For more information, please visit www.squarerootsgrow.com.

About the Role

The Apprentice Grower role is the first step in a career path in indoor farming at Square Roots. Apprentices join as full-time employees from day one, and start by learning indoor farming fundamentals before growing increasingly autonomous and moving into a permanent Associate Grower position on our farm team.

When you join, you’ll get ramped up remotely on Square Roots basics—our mission, company goals, how to use business communication tools like Slack and Google calendar, and more—- before even setting foot on the farm. Your first few weeks are spent in a ‘boot camp’ style intensive farm-learning period, where you’ll be immersed in production farming basics through a combination of virtual learning and hands-on training and mentorship. You will then work under close supervision by the farm management team, and then gradually more independently. You’ll be assessed periodically to get the feedback and support you need to help you succeed. Once you’ve successfully mastered indoor growing fundamentals, you’ll be eligible to move into an Associate Grower position.

Starting pay rate is indexed to the local living wage, with eligibility for growth in your first year. As a full-time employee, you will also be eligible for 100% covered medical, dental, and vision benefits and equity in Square Roots. 

You will: 

  • Participate in an intensive indoor farming training ramp-up period while also plugging into basic farm tasks around your onboarding schedule.
  • Perform the work of growing food, to include seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and packaging, adhering to production schedule, all while maintaining Square Roots' strict food safety and quality control standards, and adhering to COVID safety protocols. 
  • Maintain farm hardware and systems, including conducting regular checks to ensure farms are in good working order, cleaning, sanitizing, stocking farms with inventory; pest scouting and IPM application; troubleshooting and repairs.
  • Generate and enter farm data, utilizing Square Roots' proprietary software, forms, spreadsheets, and other data management tools; regularly review and learn to analyze data to spot issues and report on trends.
  • Participate in communications related to yield targets and production work across the farm team and to other departments as needed.

You have experience with:

  • Growing food in some capacity (on your own, in a community space, or—bonus!—in a commercial farming environment)
  • Working a repetitive, physically demanding job, possibly in the food or service industry
  • At least 1-2 years' general work experience (you know how to show up and be a great employee!) 

You are:

  • Passionate about real, local food
  • Interested in indoor hydroponic farming (maybe you've done your own research, taken courses, or even have a little hands-on experience)
  • Interested in indoor farming as a career path
  • Dedicated, resilient, and up for hard work; farming is a lifestyle! 
  • A collaborative and respectful team player with a “no task too small” attitude
  • Comfortable with a fast-changing, constantly evolving startup environment
  • A clear, thorough communicator who prioritizes keeping your team and manager informed
  • A motivated self-starter, with an optimistic and proactive attitude
  • Methodical & detail-oriented - you understand the importance of adhering to established guidelines
  • Cool with working inside small spaces (we farm in shipping containers!)
  • Local to our Springfield campus, or willing to relocate
  • Available to work 40 hours a week, generally on weekdays but some weekend work may be required
  • Able to lift 40 lbs and stand for 6-8 hrs

You'll love working at Square Roots because: 

  • We're here to change the food system. You'll have the opportunity to play a significant role in our work at the intersection of technology, farming, and the global food industry - and we're only just getting started. 
  • Our team is driven by a shared set of values. These keep us aligned and remind us how to show up every day in the face of growth and ambiguity. Whether you’re working remotely or on the farms,  collaboration, respect, optimism and humility are all embraced, and we seek to empower people at every step. Ask us about the rest!
  • Benefits and perks, of course. We're all here first and foremost to play our part in the mission, but medical, dental, and vision coverage, flexible work life culture, and lots of samples of the delicious food we grow certainly do not hurt. :)

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

New employees are required to be fully vaccinated prior to their start date. The definition of fully vaccinated includes a booster for those that are eligible.

You are considered fully vaccinated if: 

  • You have received a full series of the vaccine recently (meaning 2 doses within 5 months for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or 1 dose within 2 months for Johnson and Johnson). 
  • You received your full series over 5 months ago for Pfizer and Moderna or over 2 months ago for Johnson and Johnson, and have also received a booster shot. 

Proof of vaccination is required during the hiring process, and employees will be required to get booster shots as they become eligible to maintain their fully-vaccinated status.  

As federal guidance on booster shots evolves, the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ may change.  

In accordance with EEOC guidance, if you are not vaccinated or do not intend to be due to medical reasons or deeply held religious beliefs, you may make an accommodation request and Square Roots will make a reasonable effort to accommodate you, subject to the requirements of the role you are applying for. 

Failure to be fully vaccinated by start date without a documented accommodation will result in offer rescindment or termination.