Alta Vista Farms

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Payroll Specialist
  2. Location: Watsonville, CA
  3. Number: 9986
  4. Post Date: 12/15/2017
Job description


                We are a family farm that grows over 500 acres of conventional and organic berries under the Driscoll’s label based out of Watsonville, CA. We are looking for a payroll specialist who is a motivated self-starter looking to work in a fun family farm environment. The position offers a competitive salary, a full time schedule with health, vision, dental and life benefits. This is a key position in a small office overseeing a large operation, and will require effective communication in order to deliver an accurate payroll to the over 900 employees at our seasonal peak. This fun and challenging position requires good communication between field supervisors, farm manager, HR, controller and office administrators along with a solid grasp of payroll software and the ability to manipulate data collection software. We’re looking for someone who’s confident and competent, not necessarily in our exact payroll system, but someone who has shown the ability to learn and apply that learning in previous work or educational experiences.



  • Perform daily payroll department operations

  • Compilation and processing of a weekly payroll ranging from 60 employees to 900 at peak season.

  • Understand proper taxation of employer paid benefits

  • Process correct garnishment calculations and compliance

  • Process accurate and timely year-end and quarterly reporting when necessary (W-2, W-2c, etc)

  • Maintenance and improvements to payroll data collection systems originating from the field.

  • Timely and accurate tax reporting (941, 943, EDD)

  • Auditing and maintaining accurate records of payroll

  • Ensure timely completion and accuracy checks from the field level to the tax level

  • Other duties as assigned


  • 2 – 4 years experience working with payroll systems or a B.S.

  • Working knowledge of payroll best practices

  • Strong knowledge of federal and state regulations

  • Working knowledge of Famous Accounting software or DataTrack is preferred

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Strong work ethic and team player

  • Bi-lingual is required (English/Spanish)

  • High degree of professionalism

  • Strong PC Skills including proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word

  • Ability to deal sensitively with confidential materials

  • Strong interpersonal (verbal and written) communication skills

  • Decision-making, problem-solving, and analytical skills

  • Organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills


Start Date:


Employment Classification:            

Regular, full-time (Non-exempt)


                Watsonville, CA (Santa Cruz County)


                $21.00 - $26.00 per hour DOE, with option for health benefits and paid vacation and sick leave.


Please submit a resume along with a short narrative stating why you believe you would be a good fit for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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