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Posted: September 17, 2014 | Location: Moorpark, California

Apricot Lane Farms is hiring a full-time 5½ day/week position M-F (7AM – 5PM) and Saturday (7AM – 12PM). This person is responsible for the care of 100+ acres of Biodynamic and Organic fruit orchards, including lemons, avocados, nectarines, cherries, peaches, plums, apples, apricots, mandarins, grapefruit, oranges and more. This person will farm using the principles of Biodynamics and would preferably come with a thorough understanding of those principles. However, we will consider folks with a thorough understanding of sustainability and organic management, allowing us to train only the Biodynamic principles. This person will also coordinate the planting and harvest of the Apricot Lane Farms hay fields. This person sets the irrigation schedules and Compost Tea application schedules, referring to the PureSense irrigation monitors to do so. This person heads up frost control in the winter months, using the weather station on our PureSense Monitoring System. Working alongside our Pest Control Advisor, this person monitors and performs pest control applications on all trees. This person facilitates bi-annual soil and tissue samples and determines the orchard fertility needs and executes those needs. Must have proficient leadership, organizational and tractor operating skills. Must be able to drive a forklift. Must be able to train and motivate a team. This person will directly oversee the Compost Coordinator, Fruit Orchard Coordinator and several Field Workers. On-property single-family housing may be available. Competitive rate, medical benefits, paid vacation and 6 paid farm holidays a year. Must have a minimum of 10 years experience in Orchard Agriculture.

Posted: September 16, 2014 | Location: Los Angeles, California

Farmscape, installers and managers of raised bed vegetable gardens throughout Los Angeles, is seeking a full time urban farmer! Primary Job Responsibilities: - Make weekly visits to yards of Farmscape members at regularly scheduled times - Manage all aspects of annual vegetable cultivation from planning and planting plots, fertilization and pest control, to leaving a harvest on each member’s doorstep - Keep detailed records during weekly visits - Maintain good relationships with members, both in-person and via phone/email - Adhere to Farmscape best practices in managing farms - Communicate promptly with supervisor regarding supply needs and unexpected garden issues - Communicate with sales staff regarding newly installed farms and add them to the weekly route in a timely manner - Assist with covering routes when other farmers are on vacation - Assist with office and garden projects as required - Offer garden consultation hours as scheduled - Attend staff meetings and training sessions as required - Represent Farmscape in a friendly and professional manner Qualifications: - Experience with annual vegetable cultivation required - Related education in horticulture, crop science, etc. a plus - Experience working with classrooms, youth groups, children is a plus - Ability to learn and adapt to Farmscape best practices - Friendly and clear communicator - Organizational skills and attention to detail a must - Ability to work independently - Valid driver’s license and a working vehicle Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Benefits package available to full-time farmers. To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@farmscapegardens.com with the subject line “Urban Farmer (September 2014).” Application deadline is Friday, September 26. NO CALLS PLEASE.

Posted: September 11, 2014 | Location: Goleta, California

Looking for part or full-time farm manager for 11 acre farm growing avocados for sale, satsumas, apples and stone fruit for private use. All organic operation.

Posted: September 8, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

Veritable Vegetable is seeking a full time Account Manager to develop and maintain strong relationships with existing customers and to contribute to Sales Department goals.   Veritable Vegetable provides full service distribution of certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to retailers, restaurants, and wholesalers. Veritable Vegetable is a woman owned business, founded on principles of cooperation, participatory management, and ethical business practices. Located in San Francisco, California, we have been creating community alliances and promoting sustainable agriculture since 1974. We are the oldest organic produce distributor in the nation.   Primary Job Responsibilities:  • Meet goals established for assigned customer accounts: volume, margin, credits, etc.  • Interact with customers to demonstrate products, explain product features, handle all transactions including sales orders, invoices, credits, etc.  • Recommend products to customers, based on customers' needs and interests  • Answer customers' questions about products, prices, availability, product uses  • Quote standard prices; identify and get approval from Sales Manager for pricing strategies for individual accounts  • Provide ongoing account support: understand customer needs, direct resources as needed, resolve account problems  • Provide customers with product samples  • Monitor sales activity (sales goal, volume, trends, history for each account), analyze activity and prepare reports for Sales Manager  • Conduct in-store visits to provide face-to-face time and visual assessment of store  • Monitor market conditions, and competitors' products, prices, and sales  Requirements:  • 2 years of experience in sales or customer service  • Produce industry experience required; retail produce experience a plus  • Knowledge of produce varieties and seasonality  • Appreciation for the principles of sustainable agriculture and the value of organic produce  • Comfortable with office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be an insurable driver   Compensation: $52,500 - $70,000/yr including full benefits -- medical PPO, dental, vision, 401(k) w/4% match and more...   Email your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to hr@veritablevegetable.com or fax to (415) 920-0448.   We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage applicants from all diverse backgrounds.

Posted: August 25, 2014 | Location: San Francisco, California

The Sales Field Representative acts as an ambassador of Veritable Vegetable, our mission, culture and policies and builds relationships with identified accounts to increase customer loyalty and satisfaction and grow Veritable Vegetable's business.  RESPONSIBILITIES:  Utilize questioning and observation skills to build understanding of customer's business challenges and growth potential.  In collaboration with Sales Account Manager, proactively identify strategies for adding value to the customer's business (i.e. merchandising, new product introductions, staff training and promotions). Gain customer support and implement agreed upon strategies.  Measure and report on results of implemented strategies.  Assist customer in planning and forecasting to improve sales and profitability, reduce shrink and accommodate business growth.  Develop merchandising expertise and tools (i.e. best practices, sample ideas and plans) for the customer to use to enhance produce displays and increase sales and profitability.  Support customer events through attendance and arranging for appropriate Veritable Vegetable resources.  Develop comprehensive understanding of the competitive landscape, market conditions, and market trends.  Provide competitive information and insight on customer and consumer trends to Sales Account Managers, Marketing and Purchasing departments.  Represent the voice of the customer in the development of new marketing materials.  Support identification and integration of new accounts to ensure smooth transition into Veritable Vegetable and attainment of planned account goals.  Implement safety procedures to ensure compliance with food safety and general safety best practices (i.e. FSMA, GHP, and OSHA standards).  Keep abreast of professional and technical knowledge such as merchandising strategies, customer relationship management (CRM) trends, through educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organizations and attending conferences  ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Appreciation for the principles of sustainable agriculture and the value of organic produce.  Strong orientation for building customer satisfaction; actively look for ways to build business.  Thorough understanding of consumer buying behaviors including how shoppers flow through produce departments.  Understand specific display requirements of various produce items.  Think strategically and systematically.  Use logic, reasoning, research and creativity to identify and solve problems.  Self-motivated to determine tasks, priorities and goals.  Taking responsibility for work outcomes and results.  Being responsible for the health and safety of others and safe handling of product.  Work well collaboratively across departments and independently.  Strong working knowledge of produce and seasonality.  Knowledge and understanding of independent and cooperative community based retailer.  QUALIFICATIONS:  2 years combined retail organic produce merchandising and sales experience. Outside sales experience a plus.  Knowledge of produce varieties and seasonality.  Comfortable with office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications. Must have a valid driver's license and be an insurable driver.  Must be able to travel on regular basis (50-75%), nights and weekends may be included in travel time.  PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to lift up to 55 lbs. without assistance.  Must be able to stand, walk, bend and perform a variety of other physical functions on a consistent basis.  Must be able to walk and stand on concrete floors for prolonged periods of time.  Must be able to follow safety procedures (i.e. proper lifting techniques, knife handling).  Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr@veritablevegetable.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Posted: August 15, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a Handler Certification Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic processor & retailer certification. View the full job decription. 

Posted: August 13, 2014 | Location: Royal Oaks, California

Farm manager position on 40 acre sheep dairy farm on California's Central Coast. We milk 100 ewes and produce award-winning cheese and yogurt, as well as lamb meat, whey-fed pork and eggs. Full-time position under direction of farmer/owner. Responsibilities to include pasture management, sheep husbandry, rotational grazing, milking, supervising farm workers, general farm equipment maintenance and small building projects. Manager would also be responsible for 3-sow pig operation and small laying flock. Organic livestock experience required; dairy experience a plus. Pay dependent on experience, and includes 2 bedroom house on-farm. Potential for future partnership arrangement. www.gardenvarietycheese.com

Posted: August 12, 2014 | Location: Winters, California

We use a web-based application to manage our CSA subscribers (Farmigo) and Peachtree Accounting to manage our other sales. Qualified applicants will have to demonstrate ability to use these systems or experience with similar ones. Schedule is M-F, 8-5. Salary DOE plus benefits and paid vacation. Interested Parties should provide a cover letter, detailed resume and a minimum of two professional references. Qualified candidates will receive a complete, detailed job description before an interview is scheduled.

Posted: August 12, 2014 | Location: Winters, California

Terra Firma Farm is a 220 acre organic farm in Winters, California with a 1200 member year-round CSA and a well-established base of retail and wholesale customers. We are a small company with a small office staff. We are looking for a friendly, organized and efficient multi-tasker with good verbal and written (email) communication skills to interface with our customers and crew. Spanish language skills are big plus for communicating with non-office staff. We use a web-based application to manage our CSA subscribers (Farmigo) and Peachtree Accounting to manage our other sales. Qualified applicants will have to demonstrate ability to use these systems or experience with similar ones. Schedule is M-F, 8-5. Salary DOE plus benefits and paid vacation. Interested Parties should email a cover letter, detailed resume and a minimum of two professional references. Qualified candidates will receive a complete, detailed job description before an interview is scheduled.

Posted: July 21, 2014 | Location: Orinda, California

Blue Egg Farm LLC is looking for an experienced farm hand to join our team. Blue Egg is a small family-owned organic farm located in Orinda. Learn more about us at www.blueeggfarmllc.com. Our farm hands care for the hens who lay the blue eggs; sow seeds and transplant vegetable and flower seedlings for sale and planting; and harvest vegetables and fruit. Our farm hands take pride in their work; collaborate well with a group, and work independently; and are physically fit. They possess a car, valid California driver's license, proof of car insurance, and a cell phone. In addition, they are legally allowed to work in the United States; and do not have a criminal record. If you are interested in hard work in a beautiful environment and want to be part of a growing farm, please contact us at kts@blueeggfarmllc.com and tell us why you would be a wonderful addition to our team.

Posted: July 21, 2014 | Location: Ventura County, California

Summary Supervises the cultivation and harvesting of row crops such as strawberries by performing the following duties. Essential duties and Responsibilities Responsible for recruitment and the discharge of employees including, but not limited to disciplinary actions, scheduling and performance evaluations Supervises harvest and post-harvest operations. Supervises use of farm machines, implements and supplies. Using organic cultural practices and applications, decides when and how to plant, fertilize, cultivate and irrigate plants, and harvest crop. Supervises attachment of farm implements, such as for cultivating and tilling, and supervise Tractor Driver in fields to till soil. Responsible for enforcing the company food safety and safety procedures at the filed level. Supervises and schedules driving and operating farm machinery to spray fertilizers, herbicides, harvesters and pesticides and haul fruit boxes. Assigns duties to and directs activities of seasonal workers engaged in tilling and irrigating soil, pruning plants, and harvesting crop. Maintains records relating to production and assist in and approves payroll and account payables Arranges and schedules all ranch services that are contracted out and maintains communication in a timely manner to all necessary parties such as outside vendors, customers as well as owner/managing partner. Education and/or Experience Fifth Year College or university program certificate; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in agricultural procedures and techniques. Language Skills Ability to read, write and speak Spanish fluently.  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations California Driver's License and Spray Applicator's License required.   Applicants should send resumes to: Randy Mercado Staffing and Total Rewards Manager Ocean Breeze Ag Management, LLC jobs@oceanbreezeag.com

Posted: July 15, 2014 | Location: Chico, California

California State University, Chico is now accepting applications and nominations for the Dean of the College of Agriculture. The College of Agriculture offers programs in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Sciences/Education, Animal Science, Plant Science, and Land Stewardship.  The curriculum is structured to create an integrated and interdisciplinary course of study.  Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in Agricultural Business, Animal Science and Agriculture. The teacher education program is a post-graduate option leading to secondary teaching credentials in Agriculture.  A Masters in Agricultural Education is a fully online, self-support graduate degree option for agricultural educators offered through an innovative collaboration with the Ag*IDEA Consortium.  Integrated into the instructional program and managed by the College is an 800-acre irrigated farm and 240 acres of rangeland.  The College receives external funding and support to accomplish its mission; it enjoys strong relationships with producers and processors in the agricultural industry and various support groups; it has especially strong connections with its 12-county service region in northern California. The College has 16 tenure/tenure track faculty; with two tenure-track searches to begin summer 2014, 9 full-time equivalent lecturer positions, and 23 staff positions, including an Advancement Officer. The College has experienced double-digit enrollment growth in the last 5 years which shows no signs of tapering off. We are fortunate that the students and faculty in the College of Agriculture have a strong sense of pride for our University, Community and our College. The relationships the students and faculty create together develop a strong culture of unity in the college and propel authentic relationships. The “family-feel” environment of our College is a unique component that we continually strive to build upon.  Responsibilities:   As chief academic and administrative officer for the College, the Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for administration, development and direction of academic programs of the College of Agriculture, including the oversight of the Agricultural Research Institute Funds. The successful candidate will understand and support the values of a public, comprehensive, residential campus, who recognizes the critical role of faculty and staff in the life of the University, and who will actively participate in collaboration. Specific responsibilities include College leadership for academic excellence in teaching, research, university service, and the development of external support and fundraising through building relationships with alumni, friends, and industry and community organizations.  The Dean is responsible for setting College-wide strategic directions, guiding academic policy, administration of resources for instruction and research, fiscal and personnel management of the College, as well as student recruitment and retention. The Dean will serve with a strong administrative team committed to making CSU, Chico one of America’s outstanding comprehensive universities.     Required Qualifications: ·         An earned doctorate and academic accomplishments for faculty appointment at the rank of professor in one of the academic disciplines in the College. ·         A record of outstanding administrative leadership roles and a collaborative management style that fosters trust, respect, and successful working relationships with students, faculty, staff, deans, administrators, industry partners and community. ·         Evidence of expanded alliances with both the public and private sector. ·         Strong experience and commitment to engage the College in a comprehensive program of advancement / fund raising activities. ·         Demonstrated evidence of increasingly complex managerial experiences with the ability to manage substantive and rapid growth. ·         Demonstrated experience / knowledge in the agriculture industry (California and western US). ·         Demonstrated experience in fiscal management. ·         Demonstrated experience with business operations of a productive working university farm that functions as a living laboratory for students. ·         A vision consistent with the strategic plans/goals of the College and University. ·         Demonstrated experience and ability to convey their vision to move the College forward. ·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to represent the interests of the College both on campus and externally. ·         Appreciation for and willingness to support the programs in the College. ·         Ability to promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional activity in the College.   Preferred Criteria - The successful candidate will demonstrate the following critical attributes: ·         Broad background in Agriculture, with specific expertise in one of our core discipline groups; agricultural education, agricultural business, plant and soil science (crops, horticulture, soils and land resource management). ·         Ability to communicate a vision for the future of agriculture. ·         Demonstrated competence/knowledge in a collective bargaining environment. ·         Ability to oversee a complex budget strategically and successfully. ·         Ability to promote student success, retention and recruitment and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate student research. ·         Commitment to diversity as demonstrated by leadership, persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and accountability. ·         Ability to resolve complex personnel issues. ·         Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective teams. ·         Demonstrated ability to work with community and industry partners to enhance the educational experience for our students.   Review of applications will begin August 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. As a condition of employment, persons will have to submit to a confidential background check and submit official, sealed transcripts. All information obtained will be strictly confidential. Applications/Nominations:  Applicants should submit a complete and current curriculum vitae, as well as names, addresses and telephone numbers of up to five references. A cover letter of interest should indicate how the applicant’s qualifications relate to the responsibilities of the Dean.  Applicants should briefly articulate their administrative philosophy and the role of the College of Agriculture in public higher education.  In addition, each applicant must complete the Academic Application form which is available online: http://www.csuchico.edu/faaf/facultyrecruit/facultyapplication.pdf. Applications/Nominations should be sent electronically or via USPS mail to: College of Agriculture Dean Search Committee Office of the Faculty Affairs California State University, Chico Chico, California 95929-0024 facultyaffairs@csuchico.edu The University employs only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  CSU, Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability An annual security report disclosing crime statistics for California State University, Chico can be obtained by contacting the California State University Police Department (530) 898-5372 or by accessing the following web site: http://www.csuchico.edu/up/ Additional information about the University and the College of Agriculture is available on the World Wide Web: http://www.csuchicoag.org/    

Posted: July 9, 2014 | Location: Woodland, California

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension and applied research program in the area of small-scale farms engaged in direct and nontraditional wholesale marketing of vegetable and fruit crops. Through collaborations with other UCCE farm advisors, UCCE specialists and private industry representatives, the Advisor will be responsible for extending research-based information on all aspects of small farms with particular emphasis on organic agriculture production systems in Yolo, Solano and Sacramento Counties.

Posted: July 3, 2014 | Location: Santa Cruz, California

Due to internal promotions and expansion of the organization, CCOF has three openings in our organic farm/livestock programs. CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking 2 additional Grower and 1 Livestock Certification Specialists and/or Certification Service Specialists to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing organic farm certification. The anticipated start date is September 16, 2014, subject to change, with interviews commencing in August. The people in this position will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program. CCOF is one of the oldest and largest organic certification organizations in the U.S. and works to promote organic production through certification, education, and outreach programs. View the full job description. 

Posted: June 25, 2014 | Location: Gazelle, California

Belcampo California is a farm, slaughterhouse, butcher shop, and restaurant. Each part of our value chain is integral in the success of the company as a whole. Belcampo Farms is a 20,000-acre organic farm that provides high-quality, healthy, and great tasting meats to our retail markets and restaurants. By controlling the entire production chain – from the farm, through slaughter and processing, and right through to the point of sale – Belcampo offers an unparalleled experience to the consumer, ideal for an emerging market of consumers concerned about food safety, environmental responsibility, and taste quality. We also focus on humane handling and production of all of the species raised. We currently have one store in operation and are in the process of building five more. This means more than tripling the amount of production on our farm, and we are looking for a poultry manager to join our team achieve this growth gracefully and successfully. Belcampo has a dynamic and diverse team. We find that the following characteristics are shared among the individuals who thrive on our team: • Caring • Collaborative • Bright • Optimistic • Problem Solvers • Driven • Love Food • Sense of Humor • Healthy Job Description The Poultry Manager is responsible for the daily operational activities of the multi-species poultry program at Belcampo Farms. This position will plan, oversee and participate in the management of all aspects of the poultry production program, including: - Poultry husbandry; - Egg production; - Incubation and hatchery; - Breeding selection; - Manure management and collection; - Coordination of transport to proprietary slaughter facility; - Coordination poultry feeding and water systems; - Maintenance of livestock housing and equipment: - Creation and management of production records; - Maintenance of strict bio-security measures; This position will be responsible for: - Ensuring that annual production targets for poultry are met; - Care, accountability, protection and well-being of all poultry, including but not limited to meat chickens, layer chickens, quail, chukar, guinea, squab, geese, rabbits and ducks - Upkeep of the fixed and mobile facilities associated with poultry production and animal husbandry as well as winter husbandry. - Implementing USDA Organic standards, as stipulated in the National Organic Program; - Hiring, management of and supervision of all poultry personnel including both year-round and seasonal staff. Recommended skills/experience includes: - Three years livestock/poultry management experience; - High school diploma/GED required, Bachelors Degree recommended (relevant major encouraged); - Farm implement operation; - Mechanical repair and maintenance; - Experience in organic animal husbandry and accompanying record keeping; Supervisor - Position reports to the Vice President of Production Salary is competitive. Benefits offered. Please send resumes to rd@belcampoca.com, we will respond to all queries within 48 hours of receipt.

Posted: June 23, 2014 | Location: Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California

Applicants should send resumes to: Randy Mercado Staffing and Total Rewards Manager Ocean Breeze Ag Management, LLC jobs@oceanbreezeag.com Summary Responsible for monitoring corporate and affiliated companies’ fields and providing pest control recommendations, analysis and evaluations by performing the following duties personally:  Essential duties and Responsibilities Determine proper corrective and application actions consistent with governmental and regulatory and contractual obligations. Monitor fields for pest problems and provide prompt corrective actions. Prepare written recommendations for applications of application chemicals for various commodities for submission to various governmental agencies and vendors Liaison with and submits all necessary reports and documentation to various regulatory agencies and contractual organizations.  Advises growers on appropriate time of applying various chemicals; interpret and implement soil and leaf tissue analysis. Keep current of laws regulations and basic principles in relation to pest control regulations. Maintain a valid California Pest Control Advisor license. Research, evaluate and analyze various products Advise the growers on the economic advantages and disadvantages in the use of various chemicals Coordinate pesticide applications for organic and conventional berries and vegetables.  Basic understanding of agronomy, water conservation and fertilization practices.  Manage department staff members, ranch mapping, soil/water sampling and pest control. Prepare and submit reports required by regulatory agencies including but not limited to i.e. State of California, Dept. of Pesticide Regulation, county Agricultural Commissioner’s office Education and/or Experience Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations California Driver's License and Spray Applicator's License required.