Under the general direction of the Plant Sciences department head and in consultation with the Plant Sciences Operations Manager, this individual primarily oversees the orchard production areas and associated facilities, with additional responsibilities at facilities and land areas including, but not limited to the Horticulture & Crop Units greenhouses and field production areas. The incumbent will be responsible for the orchards’ irrigation and fertilization program, including but not limited to the installation, operation, and maintenance of filtration, irrigation and chemigation systems; the orchards’ integrated pest management program, including scouting, and the appropriate selection and use of pesticides and other control measures; and environment and operational (i.e. labeling and tractor computer) systems. The incumbent will also provide services in support of instructional laboratories and research projects, including assisting faculty in the set-up of laboratory classes, providing training to faculty and students in the proper use of equipment and safe execution of orchard operations, scheduling orchard operations in concert with safe and timely access by faculty and students for lab and research projects, and providing supplies and ensuring equipment is kept in good working order. The incumbent will provide oversight and technical training to student personnel at the Crops Unit. The incumbent is responsible for performing or supervising all phases of safety and food safety training and crop production activities, maintaining department adherence to safety, food safety, and pesticide regulations, and maintaining records and inventory (pesticides, tools, safety equipment, etc.).
The Plant Sciences (PLSC) Department is a major academic unit within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). The department is comprised of a department head, full-time faculty and part-time lecturers, support staff, 275 undergraduate majors, and a varying number of student-assistants. The facilities associated with PLSC include the Department’s Crops Unit, with 70 acres of evergreen and deciduous fruit trees and berry production, 35 acres of forage crop and annual row crop production, of which 11 acres are certified organic, and 10,000 sq. feet of greenhouse space; a 16-acre Horticulture Unit consisting of 40,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space, extensive outside production and display areas, and 7,500 square feet of shade houses; and the Leaning Pine Arboretum. The Department offers the Plant Sciences major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Within this major are three concentrations: Environmental Horticultural Science, Fruit and Crop Science, and Plant Protection Science.
- Ability to independently plan, prioritize and coordinate day-to-day tasks and long-term projects and complete work assignments in a timely manner.
- Knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations related to crop and horticultural pest management and control and ability to interpret and communicate as needed to ensure that all legal aspect of pesticide application, clean-up, and storage are adhered to.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully complete technical calibrations for a variety of pesticide and fertilizer application equipment.
- Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of agricultural machinery and other equipment employed in the production of crops.
- Demonstrated ability to monitor for crop pests; build a database and analyze results for effective pest management.
- General knowledge of the hazards of equipment operation and chemical use, and safety rules pertaining to crop production activities; including risk management U.S. EPA Pesticide Worker Protection Standards.
- Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with local, County and State Regulatory Agencies and serve as the department liaison to such agencies.
- Ability to understand organic certification.
Education and Experience
Three years of progressively responsible experience in the production of field, garden, vegetable, or specialty crops (orchards, vineyards, feed crops, etc.). Equivalent to 60 semester or 90 quarter units of academic work at a recognized college or university, including agriculture and science courses applicable to the production of general field and specialty crops. (Additional specialized experience which has demonstrated that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on the basis of one year experience for each 30 semester or 45 quarter units of accredited college work).
Salary and Benefits
Anticipated Hiring Range: $55,333 - $81,840 Per Year
Classification Range: $45,228 - $81,840 Per Year
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