Plant Operations Technician Part-Time

Number of employees

30

Albany, NY , United States

Posted on: 2024-05-17

Category: food

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

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About the company:

We’ve studied and become inspired by mycelium. We’ve learned there’s a lot you can do with it—from textiles to building materials to packaging alternatives, even to food! Really tasty food. Guided by the wisdom of the woods, MyForest Foods is harvesting this new approach to meatless food—one that can sustain AND satisfy all types of eaters. Our mycelium is grown—not ground, so it actually feels like you’re biting into a whole cut of meat.

Have you heard of Mycelium?

It’s the root structure of mushrooms, growing juuuuust beneath the forest floor. 

We believe mycelium is the forests’ best-kept secret. With a naturally savory umami flavor and a wonderfully meaty texture, mycelium is a delicious, naturally sustainable option for people seeking a meat alternative. At MyForest Foods, we grow this gourmet mushroom mycelium inside our vertical farm in big, WHOLE pieces that can be sliced up just like traditional cuts of meat. Our first product, MyBacon is winning the hearts of vegans and carnivores alike—and we're just getting started! 

Intrigued? If you’re a motivated, inspired, passionate foodie with a drive to revolutionize the future of food, we should definitely talk.

Join MyForest Foods, a leader in plant-based food production! As a MyForest Foods Plant Operations Technician (Part-time), you'll be crucial in maintaining our unique indoor growing facility, leveraging your expertise in project management and on-the-floor problem-solving to advance our innovative mycelium farm. Be a part of the future of sustainable food!

The MyForest Foods Plant Operations Technician has a hands-on role, deeply involved in the monitoring, installation, and maintenance of our mycelium farming grow chambers. Working closely with our engineering and operations teams, you will bring the ability to troubleshoot issues and drive continuous improvement initiatives to our grow chambers to produce consistent consistently high-quality mycelium week over week. This part-time role will likely be 3 days/wk in the afternoons.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with cross-departmental teams to analyze project needs and prioritize tasks, ensuring alignment with production goals
  • Demonstrate expertise in mechanical systems, including plumbing, pneumatics, hydraulics, and electrical systems, to troubleshoot and optimize equipment performance
  • Develop and execute preventative maintenance plans to maximize the uptime and efficiency of mycelium farming grow rooms
  • Maintaining excellent records about the performance of these grow rooms 
  • Maintain organization and upkeep of the grow chambers, including tool inventory, layout optimization, and improvements to support departmental needs
  • Train team members on equipment usage and safety procedures, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development
  • Generate and refine concept ideas, and prototype solutions, and conduct design reviews alongside engineers and end-users
Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:
  • Desire and ability to problem solve in a multi-factorial mechanical space toward the common goal of making more aerial mycelium
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting skills, with knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles
  • Experience in project management, including organizing workflows, and managing timelines
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment and tailor communications to diverse audiences
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and pride in the details being correct
  • A clear understanding of when to elevate problems to the larger team in a timely fashion
  • Education - strongly preferred some classical technical training in almost any field, bachelor's degree acceptable, experience in technical work acceptable
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
  • This role requires regular on-the-floor presence, including walking and standing
  • Physical demands include lifting, climbing, pushing, pulling, and occasional exposure to dirty or greasy environments, hot or cold temperatures, and loud machinery
  • The employee must be capable of lifting and/or moving up to 50 pounds and may be exposed to normal driving conditions if  required

Albany, NY 

The pay range for this role is based on the candidates' skills and experience. The range is $30.00 -50.00/per hour.  

If you’re inspired by the potential of mycelium and the promise of a well-fed future, join us! Our team is always seeking passionate problem-solvers and forward-thinking foodies.

As a part of this bold and quirky band of fun-loving world-changers, you can expect...

  • A diverse and welcoming work environment
  • A fresh company culture (full of opportunities for involvement!)
  • Team-bonding retreats & community-based events
  • Immediate benefits (medical and dental coverage starts on day 1!)
  • Multiple voluntary benefit options; access to tele-med, pet insurance, 401k

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