Laramie, WY, United States

Posted on: 2022-08-04

Category: food

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Health and Safety Manager

About the company:

Plenty is a new kind of farm for a new kind of world. We’re on a mission to bring healthy food to the world while protecting the environment. Our pesticide-free, non-GMO leafy greens taste fresh-picked from the garden because they were. We grow and deliver locally, cutting transportation miles and reducing emissions. Plenty’s indoor farms mean fresh produce is always in season.

We are a team of growers, plant scientists, engineers, artists, foodies and plant romantics working to improve the lives of plants, people, and the planet. We currently operate in South San Francisco, CA, and Laramie, WY. Our new Compton, CA site set to open in 2021 will be the world’s first, high-capacity indoor vertical farm.

Plenty believes food justice is social justice. Equal access to healthy, nutritious food is fundamental to a quality life. We build farms in communities that need better access to food and jobs. Plenty provides living-wage, year-round jobs along with flavorful, nutrient-rich food to the communities we serve. We use automation and robotics so machines do the backbreaking labor while people perform new kinds of skilled agricultural, science and high-tech jobs.

Now is the time to help Plenty achieve its mission to feed the world healthy food in a sustainable way. We are a start-up with expanding career growth opportunities.

We are actively seeking those who embody our core values: find a way, down to earth, & grow together. These values guide how we work together as teammates, approach innovation and engage with customers. Does this sound like you? Join the mission as we improve human and planetary health by increasing access to craveable fruits and vegetables.

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone.  Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need.  Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this.  We are a collaborative and innovative bunch.  We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously.  We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way.  Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.  

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Health and Safety Manager to join our Compliance team. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and implementing Plenty’s safety programs to minimize the risk of work-related accidents and ensure a  culture where employees are aware of and enthusiastically follow safe work practices. Key responsibilities include policy and program development, monitoring employees, contractors and third-party vendors for safety culture and compliance. Reporting to the Senior Health & Safety Manager, with dotted-line reporting to the site General Manager, you will help employees work safely and become a resource for managers, supervisors and employees on Health and Safety priorities. As the Safety and Health Manager, you will also implement, support, and execute Plenty’s EHS and COVID-19 programs. We are looking for a collaborator who is mission-oriented, organized, proactive, data-driven, has a high-level of personal accountability and can balance competing priorities at once.

What you'll do

  • EHS Site Support
    • Lead the Site Safety Committee where observed hazards, near misses and incidents are discussed, solutions identified and opportunities for communication on current safety topics are provided
    • Develop and direct emergency response and response planning, being a primary resource for employees and the company during emergency events, including but not limited to fires, earthquakes, personnel injuries and chemical releases
    • Lead or participate in incident investigations to help determine containment, causation, solution and verification of implemented solutions using plenty’s Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process
    • Apply knowledge of Health & Safety principles and regulations to review equipment, ensuring that new or modified equipment meets team and food safety standards
    • Coordinate or conduct Health and Safety training courses which meet the regulatory and safety culture requirements of the site
    • Maintain site Health & Safety compliance documentation including, but not limited to, chemical inventories, SDS sheets, CUPA information and Cal-OSHA logs
    • Provide guidance to and interface with vendors handling Hazardous Waste disposal,interact with local and state regulatory agency representatives to provide requested information and maintain positive relationships
    • Interact with insurance representatives (Claims adjusters, loss control representatives, brokers) to provide requested information, ensure proper handling of Workers’ Compensation claims and negotiate compliance with recommendations
    • Manage the site Permit To Work process to ensure vendors’ activities are not harmful to Plenty’s employees or their own staff
    • Organize and support the Senior Manager EH&S in maintaining EHS programs and policies across sites via ETQ and Change Control 
    • Provide a safe workplace by inspecting emergency response equipment and assisting during periodic audits
    • Assist in the development of training matrices/guidelines and implementation of the hands-on training process 
    • Complete miscellaneous tasks and data collection as required to support the continuous improvement of all functional groups
  • Lead and continue to implement Plenty’s COVID Program and Policies 
    • Develop a strong understanding of CDC, OSHA, WHO, federal/state/local COVID-19 policies and translate them into Plenty’s internal COVID-19 Policies along with guidance and approval from Legal, People Ops and Safety leadership  
  • Travel up to 25% of the time

What you’ll bring to the table

  • Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in Safety Studies, Human Factors, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering or a similar field and 4+ years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent project management/coordination/organizational skills and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills to partner closely with cross-functional teams
  • Calm under pressure and a rational thinker who responds quickly to complex and urgent situations
  • Ability to maintain order and control in a crisis
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with employees and outside vendors
  • Flexibility and adaptability; ability to successfully work under pressure, respond to shifting needs and manage multiple tasks at one time; a willingness to pitch in wherever needed

Type of role


What we can offer 

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K 
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition 

Food safety requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All employees must show proof of COVID vaccination before starting work, other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception