JOB TITLE: Harvest Manager (Cultural Labor in Kern and Ventura County)
DEPARTMENT: Field Operations
LOCATION: Riverside, Kern and Ventura County.
REPORTS TO: Director of Field Operations
WORK SCHEDULE: Must work a minimum of 40 hours per week; schedule will be determined by Director of Field Operations.
The manager of harvesting and transplanting is responsible for the day-to-day- organization and oversight of the harvest and transplanting staff. Farming approximately 6,000 acres in Ventura, Kern and Riverside County. This position entails wide-ranging responsibilities, including staff training and supervision, deployment of equipment, managing crop schedules, communication with sales, negotiating some FLC contracts, and yearly planning with other managers. This position will also supervise all cultural labor in Ventura and Kern Counties.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manage, oversee, and delegate responsibility to staff. Set the example for employees in getting the job done safely and effectively.
- Provide mentoring and training for harvest and transplant staff. Take responsibility for professional communication.
- Perform weekly forecast of crop volume and quality and report to the Director of Field Operations and sales.
- Inspect product at harvest to insure that product meets harvest and product specifications.
- Communicate with grower on harvest waters and estimated harvest dates.
- Be able to give advice regarding the growing of a variety of crops including field preparation, planting, weeding, irrigating, pest control, and harvest. For crops outside of your area of expertise, take guidance from others effectively.
- Direct harvest crew Supervisors regarding quality and quantity of pack required. Notify receiving of arrival time of loads.
- When necessary, operate equipment needed to carry-out farming tasks.
- Oversee all stinging, staking, cleaning and ground preparation. (Ventura & Kern County)
- Work with other managers on long-term plans for farm infrastructure and equipment (e.g., irrigation, tractors and harvesters) and for field rotations that integrate crop production. Assist in the creation of annual management plans and budgets, including projections of income and expenses, staffing requirements schedules.
- Understand and remain current on supply, quality, market conditions and regulations in the produce industry.
- Other duties assigned as necessary; responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
- Participate in hiring, terminating, transferring and promoting employees.
- Insure food safety, employee safety compliance.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
- Bachelor’s Degree highly desirable in agriculture or related field.
- Bilingual (English – Spanish) required
- At least 5 years of agriculture experience.
- Professional communication, negotiation, organization skills.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Must be team oriented and project energy and attitude.
- Technical skills to effectively use presentation software and electronic communication.
- Must be self-motivated and have a strong drive to succeed.
RELATED COMPETENCIES:Ability to set priorities and produce results
- Highly organized and detail oriented
- Strong PC Skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PPT)
- Get along with people and establish cooperative working relationship with staff at all levels both within and outside the department
- Willing to work weekend if necessary
- Ability to work with little or no supervision
- Strong integrity, credibility, communication and commitment to the company mission
The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The noise level and working conditions are similar to those for an administrative office. The employee is occasionally exposed to hot, cold, wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold or heat.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.