Ocean Mist Farms

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Organic Production Manager - Agronomist
  2. Location: Castroville, CA
  3. Number: 10010
  4. Post Date: 12/22/2017
Job description

Job title:                                                                                                                         

Organic Production Manager - Agronomist

Department / Site:

Production / Castroville, CA

Reports to:

VP Production North/ South


Work schedule and required travel:

As required to perform duties. Usually Monday through Saturday 6:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Weekend and extended hours required during growing season as well as reoccurring travel to Coachella, CA, Yuma, AZ and Mexico during the winter months.


The Organic Production Manager-Agronomist oversees all in-house and outside production of organic crops for Ocean Mist Farms. Successful person will follow crops from planting until harvest and will assist with communication of product quality and volumes to sales during crop harvest.


    • Strive for the most consistent high quality organic products daily providing our customers with unsurpassed value and useable product.

    • Build year-round planting schedules with the correct weekly flows given sales parameters of all Ocean Mist Farms organic crops.

    • Assist growers in block choices given the desired crop to be planted. Monitor and ensure the best quality possible ground/bed preparation before planting.

    • Ensure all plantings go in on time with in-house and outside growers.

    • Conduct regular field checks during growth cycle and determine/suggest what types of cultural activities need to happen next.

    • Develop a written fertility and crop protection program for each crop grown. The goals of these programs should be to avoid diseases and insects and keeping the product looking as close to conventional as possible.

    • Provide weekly reports of upcoming crop quality and volumes to sales team and VP of Production.

    • Provide three-week quality and volume projections of upcoming crops.

    • Work with quality assurance and sales teams on product exceptions and product defects given current industry conditions and standards. This would be done proactively as issues take place in the field.

    • Work with harvesting team to make sure pack and product quality are the best possible. Work with sales team in order to determine what is feasible to pack and when we should pass substandard product.

    • Develop a written transitional organic ground plan taking into consideration costs to grower and the fairest method to share these expenses.

    • Work with VP of Production on securing and increasing Ocean Mist Farms organic ground base in desirable geographic areas.



The qualified candidate will be an effective advocate of the Ocean Mist Farms label and organization by always striving to produce and ship the highest quality, most desirable product while striving to achieve the lowest cost per unit. At all times, maintain a professional image that supports company values, image and goals. A strong work ethic, unsurpassed integrity, confidentiality, punctuality, and job dedication is essential to be successful in this position. The incumbent will work to ensure a cohesive and positive team environment.

    • BS or MS degree in Agronomy, Production Ag or related degree required.

    • Five years of prior experience in organic vegetable production is required.

    • Relocation to the desert is required, typically from September to February. Must be willing and able to travel regularly where organic crops are being grown.

    • Bilingual in English/Spanish is required at a fluent level. This includes reading, writing and conversing.

    • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; attention to detail and detail oriented a must.

    • Office equipment to be used (not inclusive list): telephone, computer keyboard, photocopy machine, fax, scanner, postage meter and other clerical and office equipment.

    • Must have a valid CA driver’s license.


The physical demands and work environment described here are 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.

    • Majority of time spent working in an outdoor environment, often sitting, walking, standing, kneeling, turning, reaching, throughout the day.

    • Ability to stoop, reach, walk and other physical activities associated with a field environment.

    • Ability to lift 50 pounds without undue physical exertion.

    • Ability to communicate verbally and comprehend verbal instructions. Requires sufficient vision, sight and hearing to perform all duties.

    • Ability to operate a company vehicle.

    • Ability to learn new duties with minimal repetition. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

    • Ability to carry out defined procedures with specific instructions with the ability to manage tasks and projects from initiation to completion with minimal supervision.

    • Strong interpersonal skills including; ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees, peers, supervisors, vendors and customers.


The Company reserves the right to update job descriptions periodically. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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

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