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Farm Manager

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Job Description: 

Sun Pacific began in 1969 with the purchase of 72 acres of oranges in Exeter, California. Today Sun Pacific owns more than 40,000 acres in California and ships 35 million boxes of fresh fruit annually. As the acreage has grown, so has our expertise and attention to detail in farming and packing the highest quality product. Today, with over 3,000 employees, Sun Pacific is the largest grower/shipper of navel oranges in the world, and the largest grower/shipper of table grapes, mandarins, and kiwi in North America. 

SUMMARY: The Farm Manager will evaluate, plan, organize, and manage all farming and harvesting operations. The Farm Manager will provide leadership and coordination of general farming administration, accounting, budgeting, and planning of our continued development and eventual farming and harvesting of assigned acreage for lemons, navals and mandarins. 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Farm Manager will report directly to the Farm Area Director. The Farming Supervisors will report directly to the Farm Manager. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following are essential duties and responsibilities: 

  • Recruit, train, develop and manage farming personnel; 
  • Recruit and manage quality and effective farm labor contracting services for farming and harvesting operations; 
  • Assist with strategic and operational planning; 
  • Oversee the continued planting and development of assigned acreage for lemons, navals and mandarins; 
  • Direct all activities necessary to operate and support our farms at maximum efficiency; ∙ Direct and coordinate farm development, irrigation, application/pest management, pruning, harvesting, and training to maximize premium quality and yield of crop; effectiveness and efficiency of employees  and farm labor contractor services within established budgets; 
  • Contribute towards profitability and growth of the Company; 
  • Work with other departments and outside services to optimize farming operations; ∙ Manage chemical applications as prescribed by PCA; 
  • Manage maintenance, repair, and replacement of all farming structures, equipment, and supplies; ∙ Manage harvest intervals with packing house interaction; 
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal ordinances, regulations, and applicable laws; and, ∙ Ensure employment practices and policies, including food safety and employee safety protocols are enforced and abided by you and your supervisory team at all times. 


  • 7+ years’ experience with planning, farming, harvesting, and post-harvest crop management;
  • High School Diploma and experience in agriculture; and, 
  • Possession of a CDL and an acceptable driving record insurable by the Company’s insurance policy. 


  • Knowledge in food safety, HACCP, GMPs and related protocols; 
  • Ability to effectively positively lead, motivate, and communicate to employees in English and Spanish; 
  • Effective and proficient data/spreadsheet analysis, reporting, and communication skills; 
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple responsibilities and tasks; and, 
  • Ability to work extensive hours, weekends, and be very flexible.


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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