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Crop Care Specialist

Crop Care Specialist

AppHarvest Inc.

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Position: Crop Care Specialist

Location: Morehead, KY


About AppHarvest:

AppHarvest is building large-scale, high-tech indoor farms throughout Appalachia with a goal to make the region the AgTech capital of America. Our cutting-edge sustainable technology includes circular irrigation systems that reduce water usage by 90% (and use only recycled rainwater at that), as well as completely eliminating agricultural runoff. Natural sunlight is augmented by a first-of-its-kind hybrid lighting system that uses LEDs 40% more efficient than typical lighting, as well as heat-emitting lighting designed to reduce natural gas usage in cooler months.

Beyond our large-scale indoor farms, we operate an educational container farm program to help grow our growers. Before starting operations, we invested $150,000 to build out the program.

By doing it all from within Appalachia, we are helping to build a resilient economy in a region that has long powered America. Our mission has garnered attention the world over with coverage by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes, Forbes and CNBC. In less than 18 months, we have raised more than $125 million to support our efforts.

About Role:

As a Crop Care Specialist, you will be responsible for the successful growth of produce in the greenhouse.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct plant maintenance to enable the plants to develop optimally.
  • Perform training, de-leafing, pruning, lowering, truss support, harvesting and other jobs required to maintain the plants optimal conditions.
  • Assist with greenhouse preparation and clean-up.
  • Assist the Integrated Pest Management Team by putting beneficial insects on the crop.
  • Report pests, diseases and other abnormalities in the crop.
  • Follow all safety standard operating procedures (SOP), policies, rules, regulations, etc.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Key Competencies:

  •   Detail-oriented and focused on quality
  •   Working in a fast-paced environment
  •   Motivated
  •   Communication
  •   Teamwork


  • Stand, walk, twist, bend, sit, enter data into a computer, and/or frequently lift objects up to 35 pounds (may require sustained repetitive motion).  
  • Ability to perform work at heights of 10-15 feet on a raised trolley platform.
  • Capable of working in an environment with changing humidity and temperature.
  • Ability to harvest fruits based on color requirements.
  • Flexibility to work 40+ hours weekly  (which may include occasional weekend work).
  • Agriculture experience is preferred but not required.
  • Train to industry standards.
  • Goodwill Soft Skills Certificate or Work Ready Certificate preferred but not required.

Our Core Values:

  • Grit and Tenacity. You embrace challenges with courage and resolve. Your strength of character and work ethic define you.
  • Passion and Dedication to Sustainability. You constantly strive for excellence as you drive positive environmental change in the agriculture industry and seek to improve lives in the community.
  • Proactive and Entrepreneurial. You embody a “we can figure it out” mentality and challenge any notion that “this can’t be done.” You’re not afraid to tackle big problems through rapid experimentation to create long-term impact.
  • Radical Transparency and Trust. You operate openly and honestly, taking full responsibility for your actions.
  • Collaborative and Inspiring Leadership. You seek opportunities to strengthen team culture and work more effectively. You constantly challenge and inspire your fellow team members.

Position Type: 

Full Time

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Full medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • People-oriented culture
  • Access to upskilling educational opportunities

AppHarvest, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Not Applicable

Experience Level : Entry Level

Job Function : General

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