The Assistant Production Manager assists and works under the direction of both Desert Mist Farms and Ocean Mist Farms Senior Managers. The incumbent will be an effective advocate for the Ocean Mist Farms label and organization by always striving to produce and ship the highest quality and most desirable product while striving to achieve the lowest cost per unit. The incumbent will also be an innovator for future success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain working relationships with all Ocean Mist Farms growers in the Coachella Valley, Imperial and Yuma, as well as the key people in each operation who work for the growers.
  • Collect planting information from outside growers.
  • Follow planting schedules; ensure growers stay on planting schedule and perform cultural activities involved in crop growth.
  • Learn plantings, schedule adjustments and tractor/planting operations.
  • Monitor crop growth; supervise cultural crop operations from pre-plant to harvest; and work with growers to improve crop quality and yield.
  • Follow and develop knowledge of different crop varieties, at each unique time slot, in different geographical farming microclimates.
  • Maintain detailed organized records of crop performance.
  • Keep Senior Management timely informed of production issues.
  • We have a zero tolerance for rodents and weeds in and around production fields; therefore, knowing pertinent disease and pest pressures that are used to make key decisions, are critical.
  • Become familiar with ranch locations with potential areas for future crops.
  • Work with each grower pre-planting to get every crop in the best ranch and area with seasons and conditions considered.
  • Produce detailed weekly reports for each grower, ranch and block, outlining stage of crop, projected harvest; future needed cultural operations and current condition issues.
  • Develop innovative solutions to reduce labor costs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business/ Crop Science, with knowledge of soils and pesticide use and management. Experience in Integrated Pest Management Practices and implementation; MBA is a Plus.
  • 2-5 years prior experience in farming/ crop production is required. Proven experience in managing crops and production is required.
  • PCA license is highly desirable.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and must be insurable and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Fluency (orally and written) in English and Spanish is a must.
  • Culturally diverse knowledge; effective communication with all levels of employees both inside and outside the organization.
  • Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to generate clear and concise crop production and farming reports.
  • Familiarity with farm equipment utilized in order to diagnose problems and repair.
  • Common Sense and the ability to analyze a crop and determine its condition and which operation should take place next.
  • Ability to develop working relationships with growers and business partners.
  • Ability to successfully motivate and lead cross-functional teams throughout the organization and develop working relationships with individuals and functional departments within Ocean Mist and its affiliates.
  • A self-starter and strong work ethic.