JOB FILLED - Pest Control Advisor (PCA)

Job Description: 

Rancho Guadalupe is an agricultural company in the central coast dedicated to growing various commodities. We promote safety and take care of our land and other resources. 

The PCA provides recommendations for the agriculture use of pest management materials, including chemical pesticides, organic pesticides and beneficial insects that are environmentally and ethically sound. 

  • The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb stairs; talk and listen for extended amounts of time.
  • The employee must occasionally lift or move products and supplies, up to 50 lbs.
  • Travel is primarily local during the business day
  • The physical demands and work environment are about 85% field and 15% office and as described here is representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Scout agriculture fields to determine and diagnose any disease or pests that may affect the crop for yield loss
  • Determine and provide recommendations on proper treatment of diseased and/or infested crops
  • Coordinate with production and marketing teams to schedule pesticide applications and communicate quality issues
  • Supervise the scheduling of all chemical applications both in-house and by third party contractors
  • Set up in-house sprays prior to planting
  • Communicate and coordinate with production, harvesting, marketing, safety, and food safety teams to ensure information on treated fields is disseminated accurately and properly
  • Complete and send out a daily report of all spray jobs scheduled including method of application, pre-harvest interval, and re-entry dates
  • Oversee and order inventory of in-house chemicals as needed
  • Review all pesticide application invoices for accounting verification
  • Work with marketing and production teams to achieve the highest product quality standards
  • Work with safety and food safety teams to maintain a company safety culture at the highest level
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations including the Department of Pesticide Regulations
  • Bachelor’s degree in an Agricultural degree preferred or something related and/ or at least 2+ years’ experience as a PCA or similar related job in an agricultural environment
  • Licensed by the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Licensing/Certification Program 
  • Previous farming experience in the position of PCA
  • Experience scouting lettuce field preferred
  • Class C drivers license
  • Must be insurable by company insurance carrier
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organization skills required
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but not necessary
  • Proficient computer knowledge, experience with MS Office and data input

  • Being careful about detail and being thorough in completing work tasks to ensure company is protected.
  • Being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Being honest and ethical.
  • Developing one’s own ways of doing things with little or no supervision.
  • Being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Working alongside others, and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.  
  • Offer supportive management that stands behind employees. 
  • Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Human Relations and Technical

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