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8 Jul 2020

West Coast Organic Vegetable Production and Harvesting Manager – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, tara@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #36639

The Organic Vegetable Production and Harvesting Manager oversees all aspects of organic growing and harvesting departments in row crop and produce box farming operation.  This person will specifically focus on the irrigation, fertilization, cultivation, and applying of pesticides to all organic row crops.  This person must be hands on and walk all organic fields daily.  This person will help determine the plant schedule and harvesting schedule in the field.  This person must have extensive hands-on farming experience and must be able to give practical application where needed.  This person must also be able to determine the most efficient way to conduct and execute each job application related to row crop farming.

Managing Responsibilities

This person will have direct oversight over the irrigation foremen and any other persons associated with the growing of organic row crops.  This person will also have direct oversight over all organic harvest crew foremen.  This person has daily contact with foremen related to organic production.  This person must be hands on and stay in touch at the ground level with all aspects of organic row crop division.  This person will not just supervise but be physically working and engaged at the field level as the organic program grows.

Essential Functions:

  • Determines organic irrigation, cultivation, fertilizer, pesticide, and harvesting schedules for all organic crops
  • Has extensive knowledge of organic pesticide/irrigation/fertilization implementation
  • Works with and establishes planting and harvesting schedules
  • Walks organic fields to determine quality and quantity of the produce and relays this information to the sales office
  • Ensure foremen enforce company specs at the field level. Size, weight, count etc.
  • Ensure foremen give accurate harvest estimates – walk fields and help determine harvesting dates and yields.
  • Oversees all harvesting for the Farm Box and the organic program.
  • Work with the sales team reviewing harvest numbers, etc.
  • Helps determine weeding schedule
  • Determines proper crew sizes for optimum efficiency
  • Helps oversee purchasing at the farm and reviews bills related to row crops
  • Make staffing recommendations to the owners, including hiring, pay and disciplinary actions for those under his/her supervision
  • Helps establish and maintain contractual agreements between the company and other entities
  • Provide leadership and direction for the employees and lead by example
  • Strong managerial skills 

Key Core Competencies

  • Leadership–Able to inspire, influence, and enable others to achieve a specific mission.  Drive for results/initiative.
  • Communication–Able to effectively communicate through all levels of the company.
  • Decision Making–Acts on and makes timely decisions with business direction.  Delegates as needed.
  • Development of People–Demonstrates commitment to the development of self and staff through educational opportunities, networking, new projects/challenges and timely appraisals for staff.
  • Teamwork/Partnering–Serves as both a team leader and effective team player.  Works effectively with others to accomplish goals and resolve problems.
  • Accountability/Integrity–Makes commitments and is willing to be judged against them.  Trustworthy with high integrity.
  • Vision/Direction Setting–Ability to provide clear sense of direction for organization/department.  Identifies key issues and sets priorities.
  • Drive for Results/Resource Management–Identifies new ways to improve quality and productivity.  Uses available resources efficiently (e.g., time, materials, equipment).
  • Adaptability – Ability to be flexible when changes occur.  Able to anticipate and bring about change when needed.

Key Skill Sets/Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in an Agriculture-related field of study such as Crop Science, Agronomy, Ag-Business, etc. or extensive ‘on the job’ experience.
  • Extensive farming experience, 5 years or more
  • Willing to be hands on and get dirty, not manage from the pickup
  • Strong agronomic background
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Mechanical aptitude with general understanding of tractors, pumps and irrigation systems
  • Ability to identify potential problems, make decisions and recommend viable solutions
  • Assertive personality, able to make tough decisions regarding efficiency on the farm
  • Stay current and compliant with rules and regulations affecting the farming industry
  • Be able to establish a vision and create action steps to see the vision into reality
  • Computer skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Please contact Tara Schwartz, tara@producecareers.com

 

Job Categories: Agronomy, Crop Science. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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