The Ranch Manager is responsible for managing the daily farming operations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the successful ground prep, planting, cultivation, irrigation, fertility, and pest control of all crops on Ocean Mist Farms ranches.
Supervise the activities of all direct reports, irrigators, and tractor drivers so as to maintain the highest quality standards and yields of all crops grown.
Physically inspect and maintain notes on the growing progress of all blocks at least three times per week in order to make sound and accurate farming decisions.
Organize and schedule weekly workflow so that the farming operation runs smoothly and efficiently. Plan and schedule the next week’s cultural operations communicating this plan to employees.
Knowledge of the correct setup and use of all farming equipment utilized in all aspects of the farming operation.
Manage all equipment repairs, maintenance, and fabrication. This also includes keeping equipment in excellent condition while minimizing cost.
Maintain accurate, detailed records of all crops from ground prep to harvest yields.
Ensure proper safety protocols are followed by all employees and monthly safety meetings are implemented and attended.
Balance yield, quality, and cost per carton of all crops at the most competitive, optimum level possible.
Job Requirements and Qualifications
Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Production or other related field is required. PCA license is desirable.
A minimum of five (5) years of farming experience in production agriculture is desirable.
Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Valid California driver license required.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, vendors, customers, and peers.
Must be a self-starter, work independently, and upon evaluation of all the pertinent facts be able to solve complex problems.
A strong work ethic, common sense, honesty, and integrity are required.
Ability to work long hours Monday through Saturday and Sundays as needed.
Farming is a physical occupation with the majority of time spent in an outside field environment often standing, walking, stooping, reaching, turning, etc. while being exposed to the elements of the weather.
Ability to lift 50 pounds without undue physical exertion.