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Pest Control Advisor

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Job Description: 

Ratto Bros, Inc. is a 100-year-old family-owned farming operation selling conventional and organic vegetables and leafy greens to retailers and packers throughout the U.S. As a vertically integrated grower, packer, and shipper, we have full control over every aspect of our business that allows us to stay true to our ongoing commitment to provide the freshest, safest, and highest quality produce on the market. 

The Pest Control Advisor will be responsible for monitoring all pests and writing pest control recommendations for all of our crops. Time will be spent out in the field monitoring crops and directing the spray team personnel. You will also be responsible for communicating and interfacing with all other field, office, and harvest departments on pest issues. As an integrated farm operations member, you will also focus on Ratto Bros crop production operation and coordinate pest control activities to optimize land utilization, labor, and equipment to produce high quality crops in an efficient and effective manner. 

Responsible for:

  • Control of insect and disease pests at each ranch by walking fields daily and writing recommendations. 
  • Direct and schedule spray applications across all ranches. 
  • Assisting and advising maintenance mechanics on sprayer equipment maintenance, cleaning, and repair.
  • Supervising spraying crew 
  • Making sure spraying, chemical distributions are done in a safe manner at all times.
  • Making sure buffer zones are honored at all times for safety.
  • Providing pesticide safety training as needed.
  • Chemical inventory and purchasing, Tank mixes, Pesticide documentation, Employee supervision
  • Use reporting and record keeping for applications.
  • Responsible for sprayer changes as needed if equipment is down.
  • Responds to emergency calls as needed in the evening. 
  • Soil fertility and plant fertility program at all ranches.
  • Responsible for all test plots as assigned at different ranches.
  • Providing safety training and PPE for employees spraying.
  • Controlling vertebrate pest control:  gophers, squirrels, and birds.
  • Other duties as assigned.  


  • 3-5 years’ experience as Pest Control Advisor for organic/conventional cool season vegetables 
  • Adequate experience in farm management 
  • Pest Control Advisor license
  • BS in plant science
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral 
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred but not required 
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work full agricultural schedule 
  • Proficient computer skills 

This is a full time position. We offer competitive wages and benefits along with the opportunity for personal growth within a learning environment. Salary commensurate is based on experience.

This position also includes a company truck. Ratto Bros, Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Job offer is subject to contingencies.  

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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