Blueberry Crop Manager

Position Title: Crop Manager
Division: Sakuma Bros. Farms
Reports To: Farm Operations Manager
Supervises: To Be Determined
Salary Range:
FLSA Status: Exempt

The Blueberry Crop Manager is responsible for management at all phases of the blueberry growing operations for maximum efficiency and profitability.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Grows a sustainable and profitable blueberry crop.
  2. Ensures that farming practices are consistent with food safety regulations and guidelines and provides ongoing training and education to appropriate coworkers.
  3. In coordination with other management staff, ensures that the farm is in compliance with relevant certification requirements.
  4. Assists in establishing efficient and effective management and production procedures for conventional and organic blueberries.
  5. Develops a written management plan for the current and outgoing years that encompasses agronomic, personnel and equipment planning processes for the blueberry crop operations in coordination with the Farm Operations Manager, and Resource Manager.
  6. Assists the Resource Manager in the budgeting process by being knowledgeable on blueberry production requirements. Monitors and executes tasks within the parameters of the budget and/or alerts the appropriate manager of differences.
  7. Supervises assigned field operations, which may include planting, field establishment and maintenance, pest scouting and pesticide applications, weed control and pruning. Develops and maintains accurate maps for field plantings and for each production field.
  8. Managing through the Resource Manager, Supervisors specific functions including irrigation, fertility, preventative pest spray programs, and maintenance operations to maximize production profitability.
  9. In coordination with the Resource Manager, oversees supervision of crew operations during pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest activities. This includes oversight of picking crews, general field laborers, truck drivers and forklift operators.
  10. Keeps abreast of current labor options for agricultural employers.
  11. Works with the Resource Manager to ensure fertility, preventive pest spray programs, and maintenance programs are consistent with the objectives and goals of the Farm.
  12. Assists in the ongoing development of a training program that ensures efficient execution of production tasks in Washington.
  13. Develops, implements and actively participates in a bi-lingual safety training program that will enable employees to perform all applicable job functions safely.
  14. Represents both Washington and California operations at seminars, meetings, and other designated functions that require corporate presence in the area of farm production operations and management.
  15. Provides timely feedback to management that affect operations based on future changes in the industry.
  16. Provides direct supervision over staff to include discretionary authority to determine methods of work; plan, assign and direct the work; in coordination with human resources and corporate policy, recommend personnel actions (promotions, salary and wage adjustments, demotions, discipline, discharge, etc.); administer routine performance appraisals; and interview/select employees. Emphasis is to be placed on maintaining staffing at the appropriate levels to operate at peak efficiency and in developing continuity in key positions.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in Agronomy or Production Management desired, and a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in the small fruit industry, including working with chemical and fertilizer applications.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    • Knowledge and skill in blueberry crop production.
    • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
    • Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, and labor relations.
    • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing crop output.
    • Knowledge of farm equipment and machinery and the ability to operate and to effectively train others in the safe operation of such.
    • Skill and ability to motivate, develop and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
    • Skill and ability to evaluate systems – identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the company.
    • Skill and ability to communicate and provide information to supervisors, peers or subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail or in person.
    • Skill and ability to communicate with persons outside the organization, representing the farm to customers, the public and other external sources, by telephone, in written form, e-mail or in person.
    • Skill and ability to work independently using effective time management and organizational skills.
    • Ability to speak conversational English and Spanish is required.

LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS: Valid Washington State driver’s license, Private Applicators License, and CPR and First Aid certificates required. Satisfactory completion of “Train the Trainer” course required.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Working around equipment and machinery on a routine basis is required. Physical requirements include working extended hours (seasonally), working outdoors in adverse weather conditions, lifting, pushing, and pulling weights of up to 50 lbs, and operating farm equipment and heavy machinery.
Hazards: Potential hazards exist when working around chemicals, farm equipment and machinery