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19 Jun 2017

West Coast Ranch Manager – California

Posted by Mark Teague, Mark@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #31701

The Ranch Manager will plan and oversee all farming activities and day to day functions of two small ranches.  The ranch manager will direct a ranch supervisor and seasonal employees involved in planting, irrigation, harvest, and plant maintenance and will provide oversight of harvesting crews.

 

Supervisor: VP/Director of Farming

 

Specific tasks include:

  • Schedules and manages day-today farming and plant maintenance operations, including irrigation, weed control, pest management, fertilization and cultivation activities. Assures implementation of crop management programs to maximize yields.
  • Creates crop plans that include land analysis and prep work, crop growth and yields over time, work schedules, planting schedules, irrigation, etc.
  • Walks the fields daily and makes recommendations.
  • Responsible for best equipment maintenance, coordinating and assisting with equipment repairs and maintenance.
  • Coordinates harvesting activities and labor crews, enforcing all field safety, production and quality control/food safety standards.
  • Assists in developing ranch SOPs and best practices.
  • Mentors the ranch supervisor and other staff.
  • Develops relationships with vendors and company staff.
  • Ensures outside vendors adhere to company protocols and procedures.
  • Ensures adherence to all labor laws by field staff.
  • Prepares and implements weekly work schedules of all farming activities and special projects.
  • Recruits and interviews potential new employees with VP/Director; train new employees as needed.
  • Works with the VP/Director and company HR on farm labor contracts and special projects.
  • Approves ranch payroll and seasonal payroll.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the company’s policies and applicable state and federal laws.
  • Plans, assigns and directs work; appraises work performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addresses complaints and resolve problems. Handles HR issues with the VP/Director and company HR office as needed.
  • Verifies input of farm operation data into Ag software.
  • Provides input into company budget process.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Four-year degree in Agronomy, agriculture management or college degree in a related field; and 5 years farm managing experience in blueberries or related crop or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Hands-on, working knowledge of irrigation systems and farm equipment.
  • Knowledge of organics, tomatoes or bell peppers a plus.
  • Previous experience with FLCs.
  • Good communication and recordkeeping skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook).
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English is required – speaking, reading and writing.
  • Ability to train employees; team oriented.

Please contact Mark Teague, Mark@producecareers.com

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

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