Theodore Payne Foundation

Director of Operations

Employment type
13 days ago
Los Angeles

Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual to oversee all aspects TPF’s growing operations. Nursery production plays a vital role in TPF’s mission and business model. We are looking for someone who can manage both nursery staff and plant production in an efficient, safe, and highly productive manner. The Production Manager is directly involved in all aspects of daily operations including production, propagation, irrigation, and weed and pest management in order to provide the sales yard with an ongoing selection of high quality and diverse plants throughout the year. This position is full time and reports to the Director of Horticulture.


  • Supervise three person production crew, interns, and volunteers
  • Develop, coordinate, and participate directly in propagation and production
  • Manage weed, pests, and diseases in nursery production areas
  • Manage the use, maintenance, and installation of irrigation systems in production areas
  • Maintain records of plant production, plant moves, and pesticide applications
  • Coordinate with Nursery Sales Manager to keep the sales yard well stocked throughout the year
  • Update supervisor on production on a regular basis
  • Purchase all relevant materials for tasks related to plant production
  • Inspect and evaluate crops on a regular basis for quality, readiness, and any crop issues that may arise
  • Maintain nursery production equipment, tool, and structures in good working order
  • Teach various subjects regarding plant propagation and care
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Experience in a small to medium scale production nursery
  • Identification of CA native plants, knowledge of their botanical names, and their care and needs especially during the various stages of production
  • Ability to effectively communicate with supervisors, staff, and customers
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Weed and pest identification and management
  • Ability to keep and maintain records
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi task and stay organized
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to walk, bent, lift, carry and push up to 50 lbs. of material on uneven terrain in strenuous conditions and ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and ability to do repetitive motions/actions on a regular basis
  • Visual acuity sufficient to gauge plant health, insects, disease, as well as read labels, written instruction and documentation
  • Ability to tolerate working outside during cold, wet conditions in winter as well as during hot summer condition
  • Valid CA Driver's license


  • Pesticide Applicator License
  • Experience with heavy machinery/equipment (tractor, trailer)
  • Experience as an educator
  • Experience in seed collection


  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan eligibility after six months
  • Sick, holiday, and vacation time
  • Staff discount


  • Tuesday through Saturday, with occasional Mondays


  • $19.50/hour
To apply

Send cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] with the subject heading of Production Manager.

Application closes 10/21/2019.