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7 Feb 2018

Northwest Onion Manager – Washington

Posted by Mark Teague, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #32799

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.

Physical Demands

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:

Required Qualifications

  • A WSDA private applicator license or the ability to obtain one.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass vehicle insurance verification.

Desired Qualifications

  • 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,


Job Categories: Operations, Production, Processing. Job Types: Northwest. Job expires in Endless.

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