WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Greenhouse Manager Job Description
Below is our greenhouse manager job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Greenhouse Manager Job Description
Our greenhouse manager works with and manages staff to encourage the best possible growth of our plants. They’ll need to not only seed and cultivate plants but also plan each harvest. We look to our greenhouse manager to oversee the many elements of our greenhouse, making adjustments when necessary to ensure a more productive process. They should be aware of new technology in the greenhouse industry and understand which equipment and tools will most benefit our business.
We also need our greenhouse manager to understand how our business fits into the larger industry and how it can adapt to fit the needs of our primary customers. They’re expected to plan and implement major changes that will improve our efficiency and appeal to additional demographics.
- Hiring and managing all staff
- Identifying potential parasites or diseases on plants
- Monitoring facilities and operational equipment
- Determining the best growing conditions
- Assigning work schedules
- Implementing safety protocol
- Performing administrative duties
- Ensuring accurate documentation
- Planning and overseeing a budget
- Adjusting and monitoring irrigation system
- Selecting new seeds and plants
- Applying pesticides as needed
- Assisting with customer sales
- Researching new technology
- Meeting revenue goals
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 3 years of formal greenhouse experience
- At least 1 year of formal supervisory experience
- Extensive knowledge of a variety of plants
- Understanding of greenhouse safety and regulatory rules
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Excellent math, verbal, and written communication skills
- High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field
- At least 1 year of experience as a greenhouse manager
- Formal safety training
Create a free account with ZipRecruiter to post this job description to their online job board.
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.
Find out how much the right insurance will cost you.