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Onion Manager – Washington
Posted by Mark Teague, Mark@producecareers.com
Working with the support of the agronomy and farm operations teams, the Onion Manager leads the year-round onion planting, growing, and harvesting of over-winter, early summer, and storage onions of all color.
In this role, you will:
Be the onion farmer and establish and execute the planting, growing, harvesting, and storage for onion production.
Work with the team to create cropping plans that fit into crop marketing plans
Work with seed suppliers and other external resources to acquire new and better varieties.
Lead and facilitate consensus-driven crop decisions through analysis and information gathering.
Oversee all field operations, including tillage, planting, cultivation, harvest, and cover crops.
Coordinate agronomic activities, including irrigation, fertilizer, and chemical applications.
Partner in building, managing, and motivating a team of full-time employees.
Participate in budgeting and business planning process, including purchasing management.
Grow and maintain positive landlord, customer, and community relations.
Work with public and private researchers to better production practices.
Support and push for innovation in agronomic, equipment, and storage practices.
Take on other tasks and responsibilities, as needed.
This position works closely with the land and spends a large amount of time in the field. This includes:
Walking and working outdoors in the elements.
Driving between farm sites to move samples and other supplies.
Regularly lifting objects (such as crop samples) of up to 40-50 lbs.
Expected Hours of Work
Typical, daily farm hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
Harvest and planting seasons are busy and may require longer hours and some weekends.
Experience and Skills:
A WSDA private applicator license or the ability to obtain one.
A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass vehicle insurance verification.
A Bachelor’s of Science degree in agriculture or related field or the equivalent in experience.
3+ years’ experience managing onion farming and production programs over a large geographic region.
Some previous experience or familiarity with managing irrigated crops.
Superior organization and project management skills.
Financial management and budgeting experience.
Demonstrated ability to lead, train, and communicate well.
Self-directed, yet consensus driven, with the ability to implement solutions with team input.
Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus.
Please contact Mark Teague, Mark@producecareers.com