Title: 1290-NN - Agriculture and Maintenance Manager
Business Title: Horticulturist - Farm Manager
Employee Type: Admin. Professional
Job Family: Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible
Summary of Duties:
This position will oversee the management of the research orchards associated with the TFREC. The Farm Manager will coordinate, train, and supervise activities of the TFREC farm crew as well as acquire and supervise temporary labor as needed to carry out necessary orchard management activities. He/she will work closely with the Center Director as part of an administrative team, to plan and execute management activities (new orchard plantings, irrigation expansion or installation, pest control, etc.) to ensure that orchards, and associated facilities, meet the needs of projects implemented on orchard lands. This position will work closely and communicate regularly with research and extension faculty at the TFREC, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, other WSU RECs and Departments, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and any other institution or organization working in research orchards, to establish, maintain and monitor the status of research trials. As part of the Center administrative team the successful candidate will oversee and manage budgets allocated to research orchard operations. In addition, this position will be a spokesperson for the Center's research orchard activities and interact with the tree fruit industry to ensure that the research orchards reflect industry standards.
Positions require a Bachelor's degree in related field and three (3) years of experience in managing an agricultural/industrial facility which has included at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Positions require a valid driver's license. May be required to obtain and maintain position specific licenses/registrations.
College degree related to horticulture.
Two years of experience working in the management of tree fruit.
Cross-Cultural communication skills.
Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver's license by time of hire
Five or more years experience managing tree fruit orchards.
M.S. in horticulture.
Knowledge and experience with modern pome and cherry fruit orchard management systems.
Demonstrated ability to work with researchers to implement varied protocols for orchard management, such as nutrition, irrigation scheduling, crop load management, pruning and training, crop protection, and weed control.
Basic understanding of farm equipment use and maintenance.
Demonstrated ability to supervise personnel and to accomplish desired goals associated
with orchard management.
Demonstrated ability to manage budgets associated with orchard, or other perennial
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and electronic
Good public relations and communication skills necessary for hosting and guiding
field days and orchard tours.
Have a positive, solution-oriented attitude with excellent organizational skills.
Ability to communicate in Spanish.
Area/College: CAHNRS Department Name: Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center City, State, Zip: Wenatchee, WA 98801 Department Link: Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center | Washington State University (wsu.edu) Monthly Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience FTE: 100% Permanent/Temporary/Project: Permanent Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Screening Begin Date: May 15, 2021
Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter.
Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application
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Required Documents: resume and cover letter.
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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