Operations Engineer at Cresco Labs | Powderkeg


Cresco Labs is one of the largest public, vertically integrated, multistate operators in the cannabis industry. Our portfolio of in-house cultivated and manufactured brands features some of the highest quality, most awarded and most popular cannabis products in America. With dozens of locations nationwide, our owned and operated Sunnyside® dispensaries provide a welcoming, positive, judgement-free place to shop for anyone at any point on their cannabis journey.

Founded in 2013, Cresco Labs’ mission is to normalize and professionalize cannabis through our passionate employees. As stewards of the cannabis industry, our teams are constantly focused on supporting the needs of our fellow colleagues, consumers, customers, and communities alike. With a focus on Social Equity and Educational Development, our SEEDTM initiative ensures that our company reflects the communities in which we serve, ensuring equal opportunity for all to have the knowledge and resources to work in and own businesses in cannabis.

At Cresco Labs, we aim to revolutionize and lead the nation’s cannabis industry with a focus on quality and consistency of product, and to bring legitimacy to the industry with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

If you’re interested in joining our mission, click the below links to join our team today!


At Cresco, we aim to lead the nation’s cannabis industry with a focus on regulatory compliance, product consistency, and customer satisfaction. Our operations bring legitimacy to the cannabis industry by acting with the highest level of integrity, strictly adhering to regulations, and promoting the clinical efficacy of cannabis. As Cresco grows, we will operate with the same level of professionalism and precision in each new market we move in to.


Cresco Labs is seeking a talented Operations Engineer to assist in the planning, design, and execution of facility engineering projects across all of Cresco’s cannabis cultivation and processing locations. This individual will report to the Senior Director of Engineering and will be a key contributor to the maintenance, renovation and expansion plans for our production facilities. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in engineering, coupled with experience in managing facility-related projects. This candidate has robust communication abilities and experience developing presentations serving as status updates providing insight on project scope, timeline, and budget adherence. This individual will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful delivery of projects on time, within budget, and to the highest quality standards.

This is a hybrid position, will be based out of Cresco’s Chicago IL office and will require presence for in person meetings at the corporate office as well as travel to production facilities (approximately 25%).


  • Develop comprehensive project plans, including scope, schedule, budget, and resource allocation.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional internal stakeholders, including engineering teams, EHS, construction managers, and facilities personnel, to define and execute against project objectives and deliverables.
  • Utilize document management system(s) to organize and track all project documentation.
  • Own and implement project management best practices to ensure efficient execution and timely delivery of projects.
  • Utilize technical expertise, in partnership with stakeholders, to evaluate facility requirements and develop innovative solutions to meet project goals.
  • Provide technical expertise and direction throughout all phases of the project lifecycle, from conceptual design to commissioning and handover.
  • Understands basic facility electrical, mechanical, and environmental (HVAC, humidity, boiler, etc.) systems. Understands basic diagrams, sketches, operational manuals, manufacturer’s instructions, and engineering specifications.
  • Collaborate with Site Facility Engineering and maintenance team members as required to provide direction on trouble shooting and issue resolution.
  • Identify potential risks and proactively implement mitigation strategies to minimize project disruptions.
  • Develop and monitor project performance metrics, implement corrective actions as necessary to ensure adherence to project goals and objectives.
  • Scope and develop projects in conjunction with local facilities teams and corporate strategy groups.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for project stakeholders, including Cultivation, Manufacturing, Operations and Construction teams.
  • Facilitate regular project meetings and provide timely updates on project progress, milestones, and challenges.
  • Participates in relevant trade and industry events, bringing back leading-edge practices and technologies for the Cresco Team to consider.
  • Implement quality assurance processes to ensure that project deliverables meet the highest standards of quality and compliance.
  • Conduct thorough inspections and audits to verify compliance with engineering specifications, building codes, and industry standards.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to project team members, fostering a collaborative and high-performance work environment.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, encouraging team members to contribute ideas for enhancing project efficiency and effectiveness.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering; Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, preferred.
  • Proven experience in facility engineering and / or project management, with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong technical background in facility design, construction, and operations.
  • Proficiency in project management methodologies and tools, such as Microsoft Project, Trimble or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
  • Proficiency in Sketchup Pro and Layout, Auto CAD, or a comparable alternative.
  • Excellent communication and people skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, with a history of successfully leading and motivating project teams.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to think critically and analytically.


Cresco Labs is proud to offer eligible employees a robust offering of benefits including, major medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(K)-match program, FSA/HSA programs, LTD/STD options, life insurance and AD&D. We also offer eligible employees paid holidays and paid time off. Other rewards may include annual discretionary bonuses, stock options as well as participation in our employee discount program. Benefits eligibility for permanent positions may vary by full-time or part-time roles, location, or position.


  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply
  • Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry

Cresco Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) Notice to Applicants:
Please read the [California Employee Privacy

Notice](https://www.sunnyside.shop/california-employee-privacy-notice)[ ](https://www.crescolabs.com/california-employee-privacy-notice/)(“CA Privacy Notice”) regarding Sunnyside* and its affiliate Cresco Labs’ policies pertaining to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information. This CA Privacy Notice supplements the information contained in the Sunnyside* Privacy Policy and applies to California resident employees and job applicants. Applicants with disabilities may access this notice in an alternative format by contacting CCPAnotice@crescolabs.com

Reporting a Scam:

Cresco Labs is aware of fictitious employment offers being circulated from various sources. Many of these schemes consist of an alleged offer of employment with Cresco Labs with the intention of gaining personal information, including payment and/or banking information. Be aware that fraudulent job offers and correspondence may appear legitimate: they may feature a Cresco Labs logo, they may appear to originate from an official- looking email address or web site, or they may be sent by individuals purporting to represent Cresco Labs or an entity which includes the word Cresco Labs in its name.

Please note that Cresco Labs **does not **ask for payment or personal banking information as a condition of employment. Any personal information is requested for payroll or state badging purposes only. Applications can be securely submitted through our career’s pages.

We are working diligently to block this from happening. Beware if an

offer of employment looks too good to be true. Never divulge personal and banking information or send money if you are unsure of the authenticity of an email or other communication in the name of Cresco Labs.

If you are in doubt, please contact us at **[Report-a-

spam@crescolabs.com](mailto:Report-a-spam@crescolabs.com)** with questions.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Operations Engineer
  • Company
    Cresco Labs
  • Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Employment Type
    Full time
Ready to apply?
Ready to apply?