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Posted: June 21, 2017 | Location: Fresno, California

The Inspection and Compliance Branch is recruiting to fill a Special Investigator position in Fresno County.    Under the direction of the Supervising Special Investigator (supervisor), the Special Investigator independently conducts investigations and handles complaints related to the enforcement of U.S. and California laws governing the State Organic Program (SOP).  The incumbent interprets and applies Federal and state laws and regulations relating to organic products; determines the necessity for taking samples for laboratory analyses; analyzes situations accurately; and takes an effective course of action.  The incumbent also prepares and presents clear and concise investigative reports.   Duties include, but are not limited to: Conduct complex investigations for compliance with COFFA, the Organic Foods Production Act, and the California Food and Agricultural Code.  This includes on-site interviews; review of organic site plans; and review of records, labels, operating procedures, process controls, and other required records.  Conduct audits to determine compliance with laws and regulations as they apply to the use of pesticides and other prohibited substances in organic production.   Prepare and investigate reports for administrative actions, including investigative interviews, evidence gathering, administrative fines, and violation notices (citations).  Document findings to substantiate investigative recommendations and actions.  Respond to industry inquiries through verbal and written communication. Provide training and workshops, and conduct presentations to county personnel, industry, or other entities as appropriate. Assist the supervisor in planning, developing, organizing, and administering day-to-day SOP activities. Who should apply: For additional information and application instructions, please refer to the following posting:  JC-68916 - SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR -Fresno County. Electronic applications will be accepted until filled. For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Gina Tenorio at (916) 900-5323

Posted: June 20, 2017 | Location: Hollister, California

Cienega Orchards Farm, Near Hollister, CA   We are looking for a friendly and energetic resident farm manager. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of sustainability, organic farming, and animal husbandry. Cienega Orchards is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals to apply.   Cienega Orchards was established in 2007 with the mission to restore the 509 acre property at 265 Limekiln Rd to an organic farm, following sustainable and sound ecological practices. It is a small, diversified farm with approximately 40 cultivated acres, including an organic walnut orchard of 35 acres. Other products include ¼ acre of vegetables, 1 acre of vineyard, 120 young olive trees which produced 50 gallons of oil last year, and approximately 30 fruit trees. Animals raised on site include about 20 beef cattle, 3 milk cows, 20 chickens, and 20 sheep, for milk and meat. There is room to expand one or more of these activities.   Under your direction, in the next years the farm will move towards increased profitability. You will study and determine, in consultation with the owners, which areas of growing, vegetable and animal, to expand. You will market the products locally and beyond, including selling at farmers markets.   Farm manager’s duties: Primary supervisor of farm operations and employees (currently there are two full-time employees) Lead grower Prepare farm plan, crop and animal plans, and annual reports Prepare and execute marketing and sales plan, in order to reach profitability Maintain farm equipment Manage farm: collaborate with and meet regularly with owners and employees; keep farm records and reports; create/maintain website and Facebook pages; supervise/educate other farm employees; conduct soil and water testing as necessary; prepare future growing areas; prepare/file state and county reports and other paperwork as necessary.   Qualifications: Some experience in diversified sustainable orchard and produce production required. Some experience with livestock preferred. Management/supervisory experience preferred. Farmer must like dogs; and be personable with owners, colleagues, neighbors, customers and the public. Ability to speak Spanish strongly preferred.   Other considerations:  Owners provide land, equipment, seed, feed, other inputs, workers comp, budget for labor, farmer education/conference attendance etc. Market/delivery vehicle provided by owners.   Compensation: Salary based on experience. On-site housing in a lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1500sf home. Suitable for a family. Healthcare to be provided upon discussion/negotiation. Paid vacation of 6 federal holidays, plus 20 days.

Posted: June 13, 2017 | Location: Bolinas, California

We are looking to fill two seasonal positions at the farm. The first position is full time from July - December. The second position is full time from July-September.    Ideal candidates will have experience in farming, a strong work ethic and a desire to learn. At Paradise Valley you will be involved with all aspects of the farm, from seeding, weeding, transplanting, building, harvesting, farmer’s markets, deliveries, etc. Farm days can be long and hard but often rewarding. We need those who join our team to have an open mind and a passion for their work. Every farm is different and Paradise Valley is especially unique in its practices, location and experience.   Paradise Valley Produce provides basic housing with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and shower. Food produced at the farm is free for consumption and the local town is 2 miles away.    Interns or employees will be involved in all aspects of growing. Starting seed, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and selling at markets. Making microbial brews, plant extracts, compost and compost tea's. Enjoying the food we grow and the place we live and the people we share it with. We work five and a half days a week.

Posted: June 1, 2017 | Location: Fresno, California

Are you interested in helping farmers increase their profits? Would you like to contribute to improvements in the efficiency of the food supply chain? Does being a key team member at a rapidly growing innovative agriculture technology platform sound like fun? Join HarvestPort!   The Account Executive will communicate the HarvestPort value proposition to existing and potential customers made up primarily of growers, packers, and shippers throughout the state of California. This individual will also help champion the development and execution of short and long term regional sales goals and work closely providing feedback to our product development team. The candidate should expect a fast-paced start-up environment, where direct interaction with customers is an everyday occurrence.   Duties and Responsibilities  Provide consistent sales outreach to farmers and continue to communicate with customers during platform interactions to ensure the highest level of service  Work to foster a community of customers who are engaged in creating a shared pool of agricultural equipment  Make personal visits with growers/packers/processors in California  Provide regular reports on sales targets and associated metrics   Qualifications  3+ years of experience in sales  Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred  Strong interest in or experience in agriculture An ability to take complex product features and package them in a simple way that tells a story and speaks directly to customers needs  Ability to work cross functionally in a collaborative environment with product, sales, data analytics and community to ensure consistency of messaging and efficacy of our combined efforts  Familiarity with enterprise technology sector  Experience with basic database management and CRM applications  Possess exceptional individual time management skills  Willingness to travel throughout California  Spanish proficiency preferred

Posted: May 19, 2017 | Location: Oxnard, California

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass, Horticulture, Soil Science or related field Ability to work independently and self-motivate  Must have excellent oral and written communication skills  Hold a California PCA license or have the ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite  Hold the ability to problem solve and respond quickly  Hold valid drivers license   Responsibilities: Understanding of chemical and fertilizers, and the ability to put together agronomic plans for clients  Understand basic cultural practices related to golf course turf management  Become active and involved with local industry associations  Have excellent communication skills, with the ability to make cold calls and deepen existing business relationships  Work with local manager and fellow reps to develop market strategies  Forecast seasonal product needs by working with purchasing and operations managers  Conduct occasional product demos/trials   Physical Demands: Able to occasionally lift 50 pounds   Benefits: 401k with Company match  Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance  Company Vehicle, laptop, cell phone  Paid Vacation  Life Insurance Salary DOE *EOE plus AA employer

Posted: May 17, 2017 | Location: Watsonville, California

Since 1923, Sambrailo Packaging has provided innovative solutions that improve product handling to the ag industry, and we've done it with exceptional customer service. In today's evolving marketplace, we strive to help customers improve their efficiency with a full spectrum of resource management services related to packaging operations; procurement and replenishment; vendor and supplier management; unit-level traceability and compliance; and packaging development, testing and qualification.   Sambrailo services our customers through our 14 facilities located in the California and Mexico. We employ over 400 team members and proudly offer a working environment and full range of benefits that are unrivaled in our industry.   We are currently looking for a seasoned buyer to join our team. The Buyer manages all aspects of procurement including vendor terms, prices and schedules using knowledge of inventory levels, company targets, and customer requirements.

Posted: May 17, 2017 | Location: Watsonville, California

Sambrailo Packaging is a third-generation, family-owned company that has developed innovative solutions to help growers improve the handling of their produce since 1923. Today, with seven locations in California and two in Mexico, we offer a full line of integrated packaging solutions and services, such as forecasting, procurement, product development, quality control, and inventory management to help growers of all sizes improve their packaging operations.   We are currently looking for a Vendor Relationship Manager to join our team. The Vendor Relationship Manager identifies and develops strategic vendor opportunities as well as building and nurturing existing relationships. Works closely with internal business partners to forecast future needs and drive the strategy and selection of vendors.

Posted: April 20, 2017 | Location: San Diego, California

Job Title: Southern California Field Manager Company: River Partners Location: San Diego, CA Application Filing Deadline: May 16, 2017 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  • Supervise and train entry-level field technicians, youth conservation labor crews, and interns.  • Direct staff and allocate resources to meet contractual obligations and deadlines. • Oversee project budgets. • Purchase equipment, supplies, and services to support project implementation. • Insure that safety is the top priority and all of our field equipment is in good operating order. • Develop and maintain productive relationships with project partners, neighbors, venders and community stakeholders. • Maintain a working knowledge of all project documents including design specifications, contractual obligations, funding restrictions, and regulatory compliance requirements. • Direct agricultural practices for field preparation, irrigation installation, planting and on-going plant maintenance activities. • Set-up and calibrate agricultural implements. • Inspect fields and preform timely maintenance activities to optimize plant growth and minimize expenses. • Observe all labor laws. • Accurately tract expenses and prepare invoices. • Collaborate with the River Partners’ Biology Team to implement specific designs and develop field research activities. • Support River Partners’ Development Team in budgeting new projects. • Attend public events, fairs and meetings to promote the organization and its mission. • Travelling to and work on multiple project site.   BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: • B.S. in agriculture, biology, ecology, environmental science or related science. • Five years of agricultural management experience. • Certification in pesticide application (Pest Control Advisor preferred, Qualified Applicator License required). • Knowledge of agricultural equipment and practices. • Ability to install, operate and schedule irrigation systems. • Proven budget management experience. • C-27 Landscaping Contractor’s License (preferred but not required). • Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required). • Proficiency with Microsoft Office. • Ability to work effectively in a team environment. • Enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done. • Able to solve problems and learn new skills. • Possess knowledge of and experience with standard agricultural techniques in the Central Valley including, tractor and gator operation and maintenance, herbicide application and reporting, irrigation,      drill and broadcast seeding, seed collection and processing, tree planting. • Possess knowledge of or willingness to learn California plants, riparian ecology, hydrology, soils, and wildlife. • Understand basic contract and labor laws. • Proficient in budgeting, negotiation, purchasing, reporting, and vendor relations. • Possess the ability to work both in a team environment and independently. • Good organizational skills - ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines. • Ability to maintain composure under changing priorities and challenging conditions. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Email resume and references, no phone calls. To Apply, E-mail: (1) cover letter describing qualifications for this position and interest in River Partners, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) for 3 references to Mona Dagy at info@riverpartners.org with “Southern California Field Manager” in the subject line. Applicants are subject to background checks. Application deadline is May 16, 2017 the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Please submit questions via email (no phone calls) to info@riverpartners.org. River Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: April 19, 2017 | Location: Orinda, California

Blue Egg Farm LLC is a small family-owned farm in beautiful Orinda, California. Blue Egg Farm is certified as an Organic Grower and Livestock Producer by California Certified Organic Farmers. Blue Egg grows and delivers organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit, and blue organic soy-free eggs to our neighbors in Orinda, and we arrange meetups for groups of our customers throughout the East Bay. We also bring our pop-up farm stand to retail stores and commercial offices. In addition, Blue Egg grows many varieties of organic vegetable, herb, edible flower, flower, and fruit seedlings that are carried by Whole Foods Market, and we deliver and ship our starts.   Our part – time farm hand comes to work with a positive attitude, committed to helping us reach our goal of offering the highest quality organic produce and seedlings in the San Francisco Bay region.    Our Expectations:  Have a passion for organic farming and a friendly disposition.  Start work immediately and work at least 20 hours per week including eight hours on one weekend day for one year.  Arrive on time on scheduled days.  Work unsupervised and do so safely and efficiently.  Collaborate well with our farmer, senior farm hand, and other team members.  Respect our neighbors, vendors, and team members with quiet work and polite language.  Have strong work ethic, and take pride in work.  Be self–motivated and find creative solutions to problems.  Persevere through difficult tasks.  Be flexible. Every day brings something new and challenging. Regularly review farm documentation provided by the farmer, and meet farm standards outlined in these documents, as well as those communicated verbally.  Be able to lift 50 lbs. and perform physically demanding activities such as kneeling, lifting, shoveling, pruning, and standing for long hours.  Do not smoke, or abuse alcohol or drugs.  Possess cell phone for needed texting and calling among team.  Possess car, valid California Driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance if you agree to make deliveries.    Some Farm Hand Duties: Feed and water the hens, and clean and secure their coops, and fencing. Prepare planting mix and sow seeds in trays, pots and beds.  Transplant seedlings into pots and beds.  Monitor and maintain vegetable, herb and fruit seedlings, and all plants in beds and large pots, to include measuring for moisture, watering, applying organic inputs and foliars to enhance soil and discourage pests, weeding, securing and replacing covers, and setting traps for pests.  Install and maintain drip irrigation system.  Clean the greenhouse, carport, garage, work areas, and tools.  Mow grass, and remove weeds.  Assist with construction projects.  Harvest, clean, bunch and package produce for delivery.  Prune seedlings and label and package them for delivery and shipping.  Inform the team about low supplies of hen feed, organic inputs, materials and tools, and the need to repair materials or sharpen tools.  Deliver produce and seedlings, and purchase materials as needed. Compensation will be $15.00-$20.00 per hour depending on experience.   If you're  interested in this position, please complete and return the application. Thank you.   

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Location: Watsonville, California

We are a small, certified organic, diversified 20 acre farm in the foothills of Watsonville. We are looking for someone to focus on one of our two parcels that consists of young trees that are starting to come into production (apple, quince, figs, lemons, tangerines, pears, peaches), blueberries, and a small amount of vegetable crops for seed production. Schedule: 30 to 40 hours per week, starting May 1. Applicant must make commitment for the full season (through Thanksgiving). There is opportunity for advancement into a year-round position. Saturday presence at a farmers market is expected during harvest season (Aug. - Nov.). Pay starts at $12 per hour. After a 90 day period, raises are possible. Employee also receives plenty of fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately we cannot provide lodging. For full job description and to apply: Please send resume, including three references, and a cover letter to fruitiliciousfarm@gmail.com.

Posted: April 6, 2017 | Location: Esparto, California

Say Hay Farms produces certified organic mixed vegetables and pastured eggs on 50 acres in Esparto, CA. Entering our seventh year of production, we are seeking a highly-skilled person who is motivated to become a field manager on a successful small diversified vegetable farm. Job Title: Assistant Field Manager Works under the supervision of the Field Manager and Harvest Manager. DUTIES 1) Performs all tractor work, including activities and implements associated with: primary and secondary tillage, mechanical planting, cultivation, plastic mulching, harvest platform and harvest conveyor. 2) Performs regular maintenance and inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning. 3) Installs, operates, and monitors all irrigation activities. 4) Records irrigation information using soil-monitoring probes, meters, and spreadsheets. 5) Works safely and monitors safety of fellow employees around equipment. 6) Assists in vegetable and chicken operations. 7) Operate a forklift in and around our packing shed. 8) Performs equipment repairs and fabrication. QUALIFICATIONS 1) Three full years of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation. 2) Minimum 1 year prior tractor experience and demonstrated mechanical aptitude. 3) Demonstrated knowledge of basic irrigation principles. 4) Good communication skills. 5) Enjoys working alone a good amount of time. 5) Ability to work early, long, and hard. Weeks averaging 60+ hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions. COMPENSATION Salary: $48,000. Paid Time-Off. The work required by this position is variable and seasonal, often dictated by weather and work needs. A base schedule is expected to be five 12-hour days. During busy season, more. During the slow season, less. The nature of the work includes early mornings and late nights. BACKGROUND Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens. Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA. We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges. With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time. Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary. Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks. Our current Field Manager has over twelve years of experience on all aspects of organic farms and is a highly-skilled mechanic, engineer, and farmer. The Assistant Field Manager would benefit from time training under our current manager before taking over his role. Our Field Manager is responsible for all of our of our tractor work and irrigation duties. 
The first year’s time would be split between working under the Field Manager and Harvest Manager to learn all aspects of our operation. The ideal candidate is looking for a long-term position as a crucial part of our team’s success. We run a John Deere 5075e and 5100MH mudder for our tillage and harvest operations. A converted electric Allis-Chalmers G performs much of the precision cultivation. A John Deere 4410 loader-backhoe is used for front loader as well as construction work. Our packing shed attempts to maximize efficiency with use of a Caterpillar GP20 forklift and pallet jacks. We use both sprinkler pipe, surface drip, and sub-surface drip for our pastures and row crops. Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter. Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully. We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success. TIME FRAME Interviewing now. Starting Time Frame: Flexible based on the needs of the right candidate. TO APPLY Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Assistant Field Manager”

Posted: March 29, 2017 | Location: Kilauea, Hawaii

Employment opportunity for a production vegetable/ fruit farmer on the north shore of Kauai to establish & maintain 5 acres of rotating organic, no till, row crops, and 3 acres of tropical fruit trees. Farm has much infrastructure and equipment, including tractors, HD seeder, sprayer, mowers, green house, ag kitchen for value added products, walk in cooler, more. Has small-diversified orchard- now producing. Owner ability to invest in additional equipment and infrastructure as needed. Farmer will be responsible for crop planning and implementation, produce weekly CSA boxes, employee management, basic tractor and equipment maintenance. Minimum 5 years organic vegetables & fruit production experience required, preferably more. Salary and profit sharing. Position to begin immediately.

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