Medicinal Cannabis – Chief Grower, Australia

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen to be involved with a start-up Medicinal Cannabis company that will be based on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide, in South Australia.

New laws in Australia allow for applications to be submitted to the Office for Drug Control (ODC) for the commercial cultivation, production and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products. The company is in the process of applying for a license and permit to cultivate and produce and is looking for a Chief Grower with the right experience and interpersonal skills to complement the current Management Team based in Adelaide.

The successful candidate would be granted equity in the company in the company in exchange for any assistance that may be required during the license application process. It would not be necessary to be based in Australia during this period and the candidate could / should maintain other employment during this phase. Roles / responsibilities at this stage would include but are not limited to the production and / or review of various sections of license application, liaison with designated facility designers and equipment manufacturers and provide all guidance and support to the Management Team as required during this phase of the project. The candidate would however have to be present at interview stage with the ODC in Australia. The company would organise and pay for travel and expenses associated with this.

Upon successful award of the license and permit, the company will provide assistance to the successful candidate for relocation and facilitate obtaining a visa, including providing a visa agent to help navigate this process in the quickest possible time frame.  Suitable local accommodation would also be provided for the first 3 month in country to allow the successful candidate time to adjust.

The successful candidate must have a valid passport in order to be considered for the role and must be willing to participate in an extensive background check.

Roles and responsibilities:

The Master Grower will be expected to manage a state-of-the-art, purpose built, commercial cannabis cultivation and production facility of approximately 2000 – 3000m2.

It is proposed that the facility will utilise either hydroponics or aeroponics technology (or a combination of both) and may include vertical components.


The candidate will be expected to perform and / or manage all the tasks in the grow cycle to include seeding, germination, transplanting, feeding, defoliation, topping, flushing, preventative sprays, harvesting, drying, trimming and all associated inventory management and tracking and must have expert knowledge of temperature, humidity, plant diseases, insects and fungi,  treatment and preventative maintenance.

Special consideration will also be given to candidates who have experience in DWC / RWDC grow set ups, aeroponics operations, vertical grow systems and super-critical CO2 extraction.

The candidate will be expected to assist in hiring, training and scheduling staff and oversee entire staff through all cultivation processes.

Employment History / Qualifications:

●       Experience as a Master Grower in a Commercial Operation

●       Minimum 5 years’ indoor / greenhouse cultivation experience

●       Minimum 3 years’ indoor / greenhouse cultivation experience as a head grower, or equivalent

●       Associated or linked degree essential


The Fleurieu Peninsula is one of South Australia’s most stunning and unspoilt regions; right in the heart of one of the world greatest wineries areas, with fantastic fishing, water sports, bush walking and cycling right on your doorstep.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved with a highly dynamic, young and ambitious company at the very infancy of the Medicinal Cannabis industry here in Australia.

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