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Specialist, Forest Nursery Operations



Roy, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2023
About Mast Reforestation:
Mast Reforestation is working to make reforestation scalable. We combine tech and traditional forestry methods to reforest land affected by wildfires with forward-looking carbon offsets to fund it all. The company is a vertically-integrated provider of reforestation services to get projects up and running in weeks, not years: planning, the largest seed and seedling supplies in the West, massive nursery operations, and seeding and planting execution. To fund its operations and open new revenue streams for landowners, Mast Reforestation sells forward-looking carbon offsets that lock in CO2 removal for at least 100 years, among the first of their kind available on the voluntary offset market.
Mast Reforestation HQ: Ballard Brewery District, Seattle, WA
Silvaseed HQ: Roy, WA
Cal Forest HQ: Etna, CA
Team size: ~160
Clients: 3 of 5 largest timber companies, nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy, Tribal Nations, state and federal agencies, small family forests
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As a Specialist in Forest Nursery Operations, you will be instrumental in supporting all growing, packing, and distributing container and bare root seedlings for a high-volume commercial forest nursery. You will join a growing team that serves essential functions to support container and field-grown (bare root) seedling production. There will be ample opportunity for skills building and personal development toward more senior positions within Silvaseed and other organizations at Mast.

You will have a broad suite of roles that require you to:

  • Produce quality forest seedling crops by applying effective nursery practices and principles
  • Assist, coordinate, and train forest nursery workers in required nursery work activities
  • Mix fertilizers and check electrical conductivity (EC) readings before and after irrigations
  • Take daily block weights while scouting for pests and diseases
  • Monitor and measure crop growth rates and conduct audits on lifted crops
  • Keep neat and accurate records including computerized record-keeping systems
  • Implement and operate analog, computerized and other control systems
  • Assist with greenhouse sanitization practices
  • Maintain, repair and upgrade nursery facilities as needed
  • Follow a company-directed IPM program, applying pesticides as needed
  • Obtain the Washington State pesticide applicators' license within 90 days of hire

The following are the basic candidate requirements:

  • Ideally 3+ years of relevant work experience or possess an AS/BS degree in forestry/agriculture/horticulture
  • Strong teamwork skills including respectfulness, strong communication and listening, reliability, and conflict management
  • Resourceful and adaptable to new and changing technologies, processes, and environments
  • Must be willing to learn and follow regulatory guidelines and procedures
  • Experience and comfort in the greenhouse and outdoor climates (heat/cold)
  • Excellent judgment with a clear “safety-first” mentality
  • Successful applicants must complete internal training for pesticide applicator certificates within 30 days, ideally. Obtain the Washington State pesticide applicators' license within 90 days of hire.
  • Must be reliable and have transportation - no public transit is available to Roy, WA
  • Shift work and weekend work is required – regular hours are 40 hours per week with varying shift times by growing seasons
  • A plus if you can operate forklifts and other farm machinery such as tractors
Mast Reforestation and its subsidiaries offer:
- Competitive salary
- Location-based compensation
- 75% health insurance coverage for Full-Time non-seasonal employees, including Medical, Dental & Vision insurance plans
- Company’s incentive stock options (ISO)
- Retirement saving plan: 401(k) and Roth 401(k)
- Commuter Benefits in eligible cities
- 6 paid holidays. Two shut-down weeks per year.
- Flexible PTO for Salaried employees. Generous PTO accrual for Hourly employees.
- Allowances for Work-from-home employees
- Relocation support for out-of-state employees