Trials Manager - Vista, CA.

Altman Plants is looking for a talented and energetic Plant Trials Manager.  This person will shepherd the evaluation of new succulents, annuals, perennials and roses for the company.  This role will include evaluating internal plant breeding, as well as other breeding on the market. There will be hands on responsibility for trials in Vista, California and also coordination and leadership for trials in Salinas, California, as well as in Giddings and Troup, Texas.

Take advantage of this opportunity to be an important member of Altman Plants plant development.    This role is a key one, working to support new plant selection and development of new programs in coordination with sales, production and marketing.

The position may also serve as the Director for the Center for Applied Horticulture Research (CfAHR).  CfAHR is a non-profit dedicated to helping the industry with  plant research projects.

Keys to success will be enthusiasm for horticulture – and a passion for plants – in addition to a keen eye to how they are commercialized and fit into the supply chain that enables them to come to market.  This position will require an engaging personality that enables clear and positive communication with a broad spectrum of people within the horticultural community.  Please visit our website to better understand the company and our culture: 

Education and Experience: This position requires a Master’s degree or PhD, although a Bachelor’s degree with substantial experience will also be considered.  The position is located in Vista, California.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to present in front of a group
  • Strong growing and technical skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Self-directed with high organizational skills & ability to multi-task.
  • Able to interact with other departments and be part of a diverse team
  • Skilled in problem solving
  • Computer experience with emphasis on Excel, Word and database applications.
  • Flexibility & willingness to learn.


Salary: Depending on Experience

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Contact Information

Interested applicants apply to Ken Altman