Blue Hammock - The Ranch Manager is responsible for supporting the development and production of the company’s operations ensuring economic and strategic success, implementation and use of traditional and/or science based growing methods as well as technical innovation/decision making while demonstrating best practices related operational activities such as irrigation and fertilization to maximize successful crop yields. The role contributes to innovation and crates sustainable farming systems and environmentally safe and food safety agriculture practices/methods for growing quality berries.
Under the direction of the Production Manager, the Ranch Manager is responsible for all aspects of the designate crop farms, crop planning, ranch development and managing all aspects of the farming operation including budget and profitability.
Additionally, the Ranch Manager is responsible for managing a domestic and foreign labor force while ensuring compliance and adhering to the company’s values.
PRIORITIES ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES % TIME SPENT
1 Day-to-Day Crop Growing Management
- Manage conventional program in soil and/or substrate in coordination with the Pesticide Control Adviser. Document applications and results. Fertilizer Management Program: 30
- Manage, with hands-on involvement, all farming activities which may include any of the following irrigation systems installation, oversight of land preparation, planting, nutrient management and pesticide applications, disease management, pollination, plant rotation and harvesting. Pesticide Management Program:
- Manage the organic and/or conventional program in soil and/or substrate to optimize plant health. Document application and results. If using medium (including any solid or liquid designed to support plant growth) sample, tests and analyze results to determine course of action.
- Comply with all labor laws, food safety audits, company policies and worker safety.
- In conjunction with human resources, implement strategies to create a positive work environment.
- Identify, source and hire domestic and foreign labor force.
- Manage H2A Visa process with utmost compliance.
- Collaborate with internal and external resources including universities, substrate grower peers and the DSA and RAC knowledge share networks.
- Learn and implement the latest and vest current production practices from within the RAC organization, as well as from university and other outside industry resources, develop and advance knowledge and innovations that deliver competitive advantage.
- Communicate methods and results to peer sand colleagues.
- Learn and apply knowledge of Driscoll’s use of technology and scientific plant development.
- Manage operating budgets; assist in defining capital budget needs; manage costs and deliver expected profitability.
Contribute to the preparation of production data and any required crop information. Participate in weekly and monthly crop statement reviews.
- Participate in communications with Driscoll’s to ensure accurate estimate of crops and to deliver high quality berries to the cooler.
- Assist in the design and installation of traditional pipe/sprayer irrigation systems.
Install, maintain and evaluate horticultural trials. Report results and drive adoption. Focus areas may include pruning, tunnels, frost control, plant date and source.
Job may also include the following:
• Learn and apply knowledge on how growth medium responds to scientific management techniques thereby implementing it based on the results.
- Implement best practices for optimum soil health.
- Apply agricultural data and information intro trends, reportable actionable and sustainable methods.
- Apply improved techniques for measurement of growth medium, sampling and similar technology through an understanding of the development of plant growth within the medium and how to utilize and encourage growth for the development of healthy plants through monitoring, diagnostics and testing. Analyze, document and interpret data on watering rates, salinity, pH balances and electrical conductivity (EC). Use results in decision-making. Ensure quality growth medium with the ability to identify contaminated or degraded growth medium and to develop plans that improves their biological, chemical and physical properties. Microbial Program:
- Assist and support the beneficial microbes program to the root zones of plants enabling healthy, vibrant root systems that directly translates to the higher nutrient absorption and optimal yields.
- Document applications and results. 9 Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Abilities may include:
- Communicating effectively (verbal and written) in English and Spanish required.
- Diagnosing, applying judgement and make decisions – using critical thinking, reasoning and logic.
- Applying scientific methods to provide nutrition through growing via media substrate or soil on an ongoing basis, reverse osmosis systems, pathogens, etc.
- Testing and interpreting soil chemistry for pH and EC and how to correct balances.
- Performing statistical analysis on a computer
- Demonstrating stewardship and relationship building/management/interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrating managerial and financial skills in crop budgeting and planning.
- Ability to lead, motivate and develop other people
- Demonstrating a high level of organizational and time management skills.
- Juggling competing priorities and changing expectations.
- Demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit, create new and unique ideas
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to take responsibility and ownership for decisions, actions and results
- Ability to professionally represent the company.
- Knowledge may include: o Berry farming
- Through understanding of basic farming principles o Principles of nursery management o Agricultural software applications, calibration equipment and medium and plant testing.
- Ranch Management
- Decision Making
- Sense of urgency
- Problem Solving
- Budgeting and cost control
- Knowledge management
- Time management
- Project Management
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related field
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in production agriculture, berry experience preferred
- Experience in project management
- Valid Florida Driver’s License and ability to be insured under company insurance program
• Ability to travel 90 percent of the time ranch to ranch and 10% domestic and international.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Environmental Conditions
Work is conducted outdoors in variable weather conditions with large temperature fluctuations (50-100 degrees). Exposure to bees, wasps, snakes, chemicals, pesticides, etc. Work Hours 50 hours per week with additional hours as required. Tools, Equipment Used Computer, keyboard, mouse, fax/copier/scanner, electronic devices, 10- key, cell phone, farm equipment and vehicles.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL / MENTAL / ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:
Thinking Critical thinking and active listening 8 or more hours per day. Visual Reading computer screen, projection screens and printed material up to 8 hours per day. Ability to visually be aware of one’s surroundings (i.e. ranch) 8 or more hours per day. Talking Up to ten hours of communication in person and via phone or computer VOIP daily to convey information effectively. Hearing Up to 10 hours per day being alert to sounds and instructions and communicating in person via phone or computer VOIP daily. Noise Exposure Up to 10 hours per day exposed to ranch noises of a moderate to loud volume. Standing Up to 10 hours per day of a combination of walking as necessary in most job activities. Walking Must be able to safely navigate across public streets and to travel between offices, conference rooms, printer rooms and between buildings one to two hours per day. Ability to navigate ranch uneven, muddy ground up to 10 hours per day. Lifting and Carrying Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds Stooping and Bending Minimal Squatting or Kneeling Minimal Sitting Sitting up to three hours per day, as needed Limb Use and Movement Repetitive limb use and movement up to 10 hours per day to use keyboard, mouse, ranch tools and equipment. Fine Motor Skills (Fingers, Hands, Wrist) Repetitive wrist and finger manipulation up to 10 hours per day to use keyboard, mouse, ranch tools and equipment. Pushing Minimal not to exceed 50 pounds Pulling Minimal not to exceed 50 pounds Reaching and Stretching Minimal Driving Frequent driving required. Must be able to safely and legally operate a vehicle in Florida.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.