Willoway Nurseries, Inc.

The Midwest's Premier Wholesale Grower!
Employment Opportunities

Willoway Nurseries, Inc. employs 140 full time employees year-round and has over 400 people in the peak season. The largest part of our staff is dedicated to the production and shipping of plant material. Other opportunities include: equipment repair and fabrication, equipment operation, spray application, building maintenance (including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, and boiler maintenance), truck drivers, data entry, and more.

Wages are based upon your experience and skill levels. An excellent benefits program is made available to full-time employees (min. 30 hours per week). Paid vacations are earned after 1 year of full-time employment.

Willoway offers many opportunities of education and advancement. If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview, please feel free to contact us (see bottom of this page for contact information).

Qualities we consider for employment:


Current Listings

Posted: 1/8/16
Nursery Sales Territory Account Manager
Location: Colorado

Willoway Nurseries is looking for an energetic, self-starter with experience in nursery sales to develop existing accounts as well as identify and prospect new customers within an assigned sales territory. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with good attention to detail and follow-up. Although a Horticultural degree is not required, plant knowledge is a must.

Responsibilities

  • Consult with retail and wholesale nursery owners, managers and buyers to assist them in making purchase decisions. Provide timely and relevant information regarding the status of crops, plant performance, available marketing support, merchandising ideas, retail pricing, etc.
  • Advocate of branded program plants. Actively promote new products and leverage Willoway Nurseries value proposition to gain market share.
  • Represent Willoway Nurseries at trade shows, including set-up and teardown of the booth.
  • Encourage customers to tour the nursery and/or show plant samples at customer's location.
  • Oversee the entry, scheduling and delivery of plant material to ensure that the customer's expectations are met.
  • Support credit department in the collection of credit applications, processing credits (returns) and keeping accounts current.
  • Follow up on inbound sales leads and prospect for new customers within assigned territory.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 years sales experience – plant wholesale and/or retail sales experience at a garden center preferred.
  • Valid driver's license and vehicle capable of hauling plant samples (van, truck, SUV).
  • Minimum 30% overnight travel.

 

Posted: 1/8/16
Skilled Laborer
Location: Avon, OH

Willoway Nurseries, a progressive, forward thinking company, is seeking a full time Skilled Laborer to join the company. As Willoway starts its 62nd year of business, we are proactively seeking the next generation of industry professionals to join our team. Willoway is on the forefront of the industry with technology, marketing, growing techniques and currently practices open book management throughout the company. We are seeking a Skilled Laborer who can positively contribute to the growth of the company with the goal to make this your life long career!

Duties Include

  • Work outside – all weather conditions, throughout the year
    • Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter
  • Operation and Care of
    • Skid Steer
    • Dump Trucks – Stick Shift
    • Vehicles
    • Tractor
    • Construction Equipment
      • Trencher, Roller, Jetter, Jack Hammer, Sky Jack
      • We can train for specific equipment
  • Use of Common Hand and Power Tools
  • Become a part of Willoway's proactive succession plan as we develop our next generation of employees.

Requirements

  • Ability to lift 60 Pounds
  • Ability to climb and work from ladders
  • Experience with Basic Plumbing and Construction
  • Ability to Read, Measure, Multiply / Divide and think Critically
  • Valid Driver License with no violations on current record
  • Safe Working Habits
  • Self-Starter / Self-Motivated
  • Ability to Work and Report to Avon or Huron Farms – Primarily will work in Lorain County
  • Could on occasion travel to our Columbus WDC
  • Willing to learn open book management and positively contribute to the financial success and growth of the company.

Posted: 1/8/16
Field Supervisor
Location: Avon, OH

Willoway Nurseries, a progressive, forward thinking company, is seeking a full time Field Supervisor to join its Avon, OH facility. As Willoway starts its 62nd year of business, we are proactively seeking the next generation of horticulture professionals to join our team. Willoway is on the forefront of the industry with technology, marketing, growing techniques and currently practices open book management throughout the company. We are seeking a Field Supervisor who can positively contribute to the growth of the company with the goal to make this your life long career!

Duties Include

  • Instruct the digging crews for B&B processing.
  • Identify the location of the plant material that is to be processed for the day.
  • Instruct the crews on proper tree handling based on variety prior to digging.
  • Process trees with hydraulic spade.
  • Maintain plant health and quality to meet Willoway's standards.
  • Become a part of Willoway's proactive succession plan as we develop our next generation of employees.

Requirements

  • At least 1 year horticulture-related work experience, nursery experience preferred.
  • General knowledge of nursery production practices including plant, pest, and disease ID.
  • This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions on a daily basis.
  • Team player, confident, self starter, thorough, detailed, quick learner.
  • Work is done in a fast-paced environment and applicant must be flexible and reliable.
  • Supervision of crews required; applicant must be able to communicate and work well with other employees. Bi-lingual English/Spanish is highly recommended.
  • Valid Driver License
  • Equipment Operation – skid loader, lift truck, heavy duty equipment, farm equipment
  • Willing to learn open book management and positively contribute to the financial success and growth of the company.

Posted: 1/8/16
Landscape & Nursery Sales Representative
Location: Hilliard, OH

Willoway Distribution Center is a one-stop-shop providing landscape companies with same day pick up or job site deliveries of locally grown nursery stock, hard goods, and landscape supplies. We are currently seeking a qualified inside sales person to service our Columbus area landscape customers.

Duties Include

  • Build relationships with customers
  • Quote jobs and source plants to fulfill the customers' needs
  • Ensure customer satisfaction in day to day transactions
  • Act as a resource to help customers in all aspects of the landscape process
  • Offer suggestions of additional products to purchase
  • Increase total sales with current customers
  • Seek new customers

Requirements

  • Background in landscaping
  • OCNT or Landscape Industry Certified a plus
  • Good plant knowledge
  • Ability to relate to landscapers and understand their needs
  • Ability to build relationships with current and new customers
  • Basic computer skills, use of iPad and iPhone required
  • Good communication skills in person, on the phone, and through email
  • Organized
  • Assertive
  • Participate in company open book management through Great Game of Business
  • Some local travel may be required – Columbus area

Compensation/Benefits

  • Compensation negotiable.
  • Base salary plus earned bonus opportunity.
  • Benefit package includes medical/dental insurance, 401k, life insurance, vacation, and holidays.

Posted: 1/8/16
Order Processing Specialist
Location: Hilliard, OH

Willoway Distribution Center is a one-stop-shop providing landscape companies with same day pick up or job site deliveries of locally grown nursery stock, hard goods, and landscape supplies. We are currently seeking a qualified Order Processing Specialist to service our Columbus area landscape customers.

Duties Include

  • Crew Leader
  • Process Orders
  • Deliveries with Small Semi Check in
  • Deliveries
  • Plant Maintenance

Requirements

  • Good plant identification
  • Forklift & Skid Loader Experience
  • Outdoors work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds
  • Good communication skills
  • Team Player
  • Valid Driver License
  • Participate in open book management / Great Game of Business concepts

Compensation/Benefits

  • Compensation negotiable.
  • Base salary plus earned bonus opportunity.
  • Benefit package includes medical/dental insurance, 401k, life insurance, vacation, and holidays.

Posted: 1/6/16
Nursery Sales Territory Account Manager
Location: Southwest Ohio, Kentucky, Southern Indiana

Willoway Nurseries is looking for an energetic, self-starter with experience in nursery sales to develop existing accounts as well as identify and prospect new customers within an assigned sales territory. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with good attention to detail and follow-up. Although a Horticultural degree is not required, plant knowledge is a must.

Responsibilities

  • Consult with retail and wholesale nursery owners, managers and buyers to assist them in making purchase decisions. Provide timely and relevant information regarding the status of crops, plant performance, available marketing support, merchandising ideas, retail pricing, etc.
  • Advocate of branded program plants. Actively promote new products and leverage Willoway Nurseries value proposition to gain market share.
  • Represent Willoway Nurseries at trade shows, including set-up and teardown of the booth.
  • Encourage customers to tour the nursery and/or show plant samples at customer's location.
  • Oversee the entry, scheduling and delivery of plant material to ensure that the customer's expectations are met.
  • Support credit department in the collection of credit applications, processing credits (returns) and keeping accounts current.
  • Follow up on inbound sales leads and prospect for new customers within assigned territory.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 years sales experience – plant wholesale and/or retail sales experience at a garden center preferred.
  • Valid driver's license and vehicle capable of hauling plant samples (van, truck, SUV).
  • Minimum 30% overnight travel.

 

Posted: 12/29/15
Landscape & Nursery Sales Representative
Location: Avon, OH

Willoway Distribution Center is a one-stop-shop providing landscape companies with same day pick up or job site deliveries of locally grown nursery stock, hard goods, and landscape supplies. We are currently seeking a qualified inside sales person to service our Cleveland area landscape customers.

Duties

  • Build relationships with customers
  • Quote jobs and source plants to fulfill the customers' needs
  • Ensure customer satisfaction in day to day transactions
  • Act as a resource to help customers in all aspects of the landscape process
  • Offer suggestions of additional products to purchase
  • Increase total sales with current customers
  • Seek new customers

Requirements

  • Background in landscaping
  • OCNT or Landscape Industry Certified a plus
  • Good plant knowledge
  • Ability to relate to landscapers and understand their needs
  • Ability to build relationships with current and new customers
  • Basic computer skills, use of iPad and iPhone required
  • Good communication skills in person, on the phone, and through email
  • Organized
  • Assertive
  • Participate in company open book management through Great Game of Business
  • Some local travel may be required – Cleveland area

Compensation/Benefits

  • Compensation negotiable.
  • Base salary plus earned bonus opportunity.
  • Benefit package includes medical/dental insurance, 401k, life insurance, vacation, and holidays.

 

Posted: 12/23/15
Avon Grower Assistant
Location: Avon, OH

Willoway Nurseries, a progressive, forward thinking company, is seeking 2 full time Avon Grower Assistants to join its Avon, OH facilities. As Willoway starts its 62nd year of business, we are proactively seeking the next generation of horticulture professionals to join our team. Willoway is on the forefront of the industry with technology, marketing, growing techniques and currently practices open book management throughout the company. We are seeking two Avon Grower Assistants who can positively contribute to the growth of the company with the goal to make this your life long career!

Duties

  • Participation in Willoway Open Book Management
  • Scouting Programs
  • Irrigation/ Fertigation Program
  • General Plant Maintenance:
    • Crops Cycles
    • Trimming Cycles
    • Spacing / Consolidation
  • Become a part of Willoway's proactive succession plan as we develop our next generation of employees.

Requirements

  • At least 1-3 years horticulture-related work experience.
  • General knowledge of nursery production practices including plant, pest, and disease ID.
  • This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions on a daily basis.
  • Team player, confident, self starter, thorough, detailed, quick learner.
  • Willing to learn open book management and positively contribute to the financial success and growth of the company.
  • Willing to learn Willoway's growing techniques and apply them with focus and accuracy.

Posted: 12/23/15
Operations Manager
Location: Avon, OH

Willoway Nurseries, a progressive, forward thinking company, is seeking an Operations Manager to join Avon, OH facilities. As Willoway starts its 62nd year of business, we are proactively seeking the next generation of horticulture professionals to join our team. Willoway is on the forefront of the industry with technology, marketing, growing techniques and currently practices open book management throughout the company. We are seeking an Operations Manager who can positively contribute to the growth of the company with the goal to make this your life long career!

Duties

  • Oversight of operational functions in the following areas
    • Avon Shipping
    • Avon Container / Production
  • Administer Safety Program
    • Administer equipment training
  • Develop and manage labor budgets
  • Develop cross training program
  • Develop operations based on growers recommendations
  • Develop and implement Lean operations
  • Implement growing and cultural techniques to support continuous improvement of plant quality

Requirements

  • 2-5 years of related operational experience preferred horticulture work experience.
  • Ability to manage a team and provide appropriate coaching.
  • Proactively communicate to crews and manager.
  • This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions on a daily basis.
  • Team player, confident, self starter, thorough, detailed, quick learner.
  • Willing to learn open book management and positively contribute to the financial success and growth of the company.
  • Willing to learn Willoway's operations techniques and apply them with focus and accuracy.

Join the Willoway Team!

Send your resume to:

Willoway Nurseries, Inc. 
4534 Center Rd.
Avon, OH 44011
emilys@willowaynurseries.com

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