Spray Supervisor

Position Title: Spray Supervisor
Division: Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc.
Reports To: Spray Operations Manager
Supervises: Spray Operators
Salary Range:
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Hourly

SUMMARY: Supervises Spray Operators in the application of chemicals and fertilizer to crops and performs spray operation tasks. Bi-lingual is required.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Supervises Spray Operators activities related to chemical, fertilizer and irrigation applications and record keeping. Maintains consistent communication with the Spray Operations Manager to ensure clarity of intent and clarity of desired outcomes. Reads, interprets, and translates chemical labels to spray operators as needed. Monitors and oversees spray applications to ensure safety and accuracy.
  2. Plans and coordinates pre-operation set-up tasks with crop managers to ensure complete understanding of crops to be sprayed, labor requirements and chemical availability. Ensures all personal protective equipment (PPE), clothing/rain gear, eye safety, eyewash and chemical decontamination are in proper working order.
  3. Inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning. Recommends machinery, equipment and supplies necessary for optimum performance. Verifies operator knowledge of tasks and specifics of the operating and loading procedures. Provides appropriate training and education on the safe use and operation of equipment and spraying techniques. Ensures that each operator has appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).
  4. Starts motors and engages machinery, such as sprayers, agitators, pumps or portable spray equipment. Verifies that the equipment is operating properly and safely.
  5. Mixes pesticides, herbicides and fungicides according to directions.
  6. Calibrates sprayers and chemical application equipment. Fills sprayer with water and chemicals according to formulas, using safe practices. Applies onto crops at recommended rates.
  7. Covers areas to specified application rates with pesticides, applying knowledge of weather conditions, droplet sizes, drift, and obstructions.
  8. Records information, such as farm IPM practices and production results. Enters finished spray records into the ChemRec program. Keeps accurate records of employee time, equipment usage, routine maintenance and fuel usage. Maintains records on chemical application activities in compliance with WSDA regulations.
  9. Maintains work area, chemical storage area, and equipment in a condition that promotes good safety practices and in compliance with WISHA.
  10. Maintains equipment and tools used in chemical application. Installs, adjusts and performs minor maintenance and repairs on application equipment to ensure operating efficiency. Notifies supervisor of service/maintenance needs per established policy.
  11. Assists with field tasks including but not limited to: equipment operations, field preparations, mowing, planting, digging, pruning and other pre and post harvest tasks.
  12. Develop and or assists in the development of, standard operating procedures (SOP) for all chemical application operations.
  13. Emphasizes safety in every task.
  14. 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, 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.
  15. Performs related duties as required. Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the Position Description, but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Bilingual required.
  2. Five (5) years of chemical application experience and possession of a current Private Applicators License required. Valid Washington State Driver’s License required. Must be able to obtain Handler card within first week of employment.
  3. Knowledge and skill in applying chemical, fertilizer and irrigation applications in the small fruit and tree industry.
  4. Knowledge and skill in supervising applicators of chemical, fertilizer and irrigation in the small fruit and tree industry.
  5. Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, and labor relations.
  6. Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing crop output.
  7. Knowledge of farm equipment and machinery and the ability to operate and to effectively train others in the safe operation of such.
  8. Skill in the application of chemicals and fertilizers including an awareness of coverage requirements, weather conditions, and obstructions that prevent acceptable application of the chemicals and/or fertilizers.
  9. Skill and ability to motivate, develop and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  10. 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.
  11. Skill and ability to communicate and provide information to supervisors, peers or subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail or in person.
  12. 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.
  13. Skill and ability to work independently using effective time management and organizational skills.

LICENSES AND/OR CERTIFICATIONS: Valid Washington State Driver’s License. Current Private Applicators License. Respirator fit test certified. Maintain recertification credits. Must be able to obtain Handler card within 1 week of employment. Current CPR and First Aid certificates required within 30 days of employment.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is performed primarily outdoors in adverse weather conditions on and around equipment and machinery. Must be physically capable of lifting approximately 50 pounds (occasionally heavier), working extended hours (seasonally), working outdoors in the fields, and operating equipment/machinery.

HAZARDS: Potential hazards exist when working around chemicals, farm equipment and machinery.

EEO STATEMENT: The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions of this position, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. However, this should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Employees may perform other duties as assigned. Changes to the position description may be made at the discretion of the employer. This position description does not constitute a contract for employment.

It is the policy of Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc. to not discriminate against any person with regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, or physical or mental disability.