Nursery Production Manager

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Job Description: 

The nursery production manager will evaluate, plan, organize, and manage all seed production, budwood development, field tree production, seedling production, liner production, and greenhouse-grown tree production at the Maricopa nursery site and facility in southern Kern County.
Nursery production workers and lead report to the nursery production manager; Production manager reports directly to the farm area advisor.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Coordinate with management a written plan for seed, budwood, container trees, and citrus liners
  • Develop and implement nursery production models and oversights for plant health and sanitation
  • Update and modify nursery production plan monthly and review with the farm area advisor
  • Monitor the implementation of the nursery production plan
  • Ensure labor, equipment, and facility resources are adequate for production demands
  • Manage irrigation
  • Assist with pest control and nutrition strategies
  • Devise new strategies to improve plant performance
  • Administer a comprehensive sanitation program that includes pathogen and pest exclusion methods, as well as chemical decontamination and cleaning when required
  • Monitor tree quality
  • Implement and report performance results to farm area advisors
  • Coordinate with management-hired consultants and report research results and findings
  • Manage purchasing strategies for material and supplies within expectations and protocols
  • Ensure pest, nutrition and weed control strategies are implemented and managed properly
  • Ensure all spray personnel are properly certified and records are maintained, accordingly
  • Ensure all safety and employment policies are upheld and enforced
  • Coordinate with farm management on frost protection strategies and implementation
  • Develop and report proposed annual budget to farm area advisor for review and approval
  • Maintain proper housekeeping of all nursery facilities and property
  • Manage maintenance of nursery facilities and site, equipment
  • Coordinate with management and oversee construction of new nursery facilities
  • Provide nursery production reports
  • Perform all other duties, tasks, and projects as directed by the Company
  • 3+ years’ experience with planning and management of greenhouse nursery production
  • Bachelor’s degree in an agricultural field of study or equivalent
  • Possession of a CDL and an acceptable driving record insurable by the Company’s insurance policy
  • Knowledge in citrus pests/diseases, irrigation management for container plants, plant horticulture, nutrition, and plant environment
  • Skilled in greenhouse construction and ag chemical procurement, storage, and application
  • Computer literate in MS Office and ag-specific software programs, such as Agrian
  • Ability to effectively lead positively, motivate, and communicate to employees
  • Effective and proficient data/spreadsheet analysis, reporting, and communication skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple responsibilities and tasks
  • Ability to work in and around greenhouse and farming environments, extensive hours, weekends, and be very flexible to compliment operations for continued success

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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.

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