Company: Saudi Aramco
Skills: Environmental, Safety & Training
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Location: Saudi Arabia
We are seeking an Agriculturalist specializing in hydroponic/vertical farming to join the Dhahran Gardening & Sanitation Division of the Central Community Services Department (CCSD).
CCSD is responsible for operating and maintaining Saudi Aramco residential communities, including: gardening, concession and recreation services to employees and their dependents, in a safe and hygienic environment, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The Agriculturalist's primary role is to implement major hydroponic/vertical farming gardening projects from design conceptualization, construction and maintenance. You will be expected to monitor plant growth and make high-level decisions about how to best utilize limited resources for cost optimization. The Agriculturalist should have a thorough understanding of what makes a species cost-effective and how, and when each specimen should be grown in a hydroponic environment.
As the successful candidate you will hold a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture or Horticulture from a recognized and approved program.
You will have five years of experience specializing in hydroponic management. Experience in the Middle East is an advantage.
You must have an extensive knowledge of botany and the art of growing plants without soil.
You must have a valid driver's license and willingness to travel.
You must be proficient with computers, especially MS Office and diagnostic scientific software.
You must have exceptional active listening and verbal and written communication skills.
You must have strong research, decision making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
You will have an awareness of industry trends, technology, and developments.
You will have the ability to conduct formal training sessions and presentations.
Duties & Responsibilities:
You will be required to perform the following:
Oversee all operations of the farm.
Hire, train, and manage hydroponic growers or staff.
Set standards for growing all specimens, including the schedule and nutrient intake.
Ensure proper preparation for harvesting times.
Maintain or replacing hydroponic equipment.
Monitor and order supplies.
Experiment with growing conditions to improve efficiency.
Compile a budget.
Work with owners to explore new revenue opportunities.
Test water quality on a regular basis.
Suggest marketing strategies to better promote products.
Prepare a projected budget.
Run regular financial reports.
Study soil, plants, seeds and products to better understand the crop needs and develop more effective planting and cultivation practices for golf courses, sports fields and stadium pitches.
Conduct research and test samples and solve complex problems in turf management, soil amendment, plant nutrition, damage from insects, wildlife, weather and the farming industry in general.
Research, develop, and promote agricultural practices or products that diminish the effects of changes in soil, climate, and weather, or prevent damage from pests.
Survey landscaping areas.
Saudi Aramco's Industrial Relations (IR) Business line is dedicated to building, maintaining and enhancing the relationships the Company develops with people and institutions inside the Kingdom and around the world. It is through the IR business line that the Company cares for the health, wellbeing and security of its employees and their families, maintains the high quality of life found in Company communities, operates the school system for the children of expatriate employees, and communicates with various audiences through a variety of media, including print publications, events, films and websites. Saudi Aramco operates one of the largest and most successful industrial and professional training programs on the planet to ensure that its employees are provided with the training they need to meet emerging challenges. The Company's wide-ranging corporate citizenship activities, which focus on the areas of environmental protection, knowledge, community and the economy, are also the responsibility of the IR business line.