Cultivation Engineering Coordinator

Central Coast Agriculture (Brand: Raw Garden) Buellton, CA, USA 2022-03-03 $75k - $95k -
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Overview

The Cultivation Engineering Coordinator will work closely with the Cultivation department to maintain and improve irrigation systems, agricultural and processing machinery, controlled environments and other systems related to the cultivation and processing of cannabis for CCA. This position reports to the Cultivation Engineering Manager

Responsibilities

• Assist the Cultivation Engineer Manager with keeping cultivation and processing operations running for CCA.

• Perform in-field irrigation management - Take soil samples, monitor soil moisture levels via hand and using soil monitoring software, perform DU test, instruct irrigators on proper techniques, suggest & make irrigation scheduling changes based on field data and plant health.

• Ensure the proper function of all cultivation irrigation equipment.

• Perform maintenance & troubleshooting on cultivation irrigation equipment (pumps, filters, VFDs, controllers, sulfur burners, nutrient injection units, pressure reducing/sustaining valves, PVC, drip tape, etc.).

• Assist with nutrient management and applications.

• Installation and monitoring of field sensors for soil moisture, temperature, humidity, EC, etc.

• Collect and evaluate data from weather stations and field sensors.

• Develop improvements to current irrigation systems.

• Compile nutrient and irrigation data for Nitrogen use tracking.

• Assist with the design and implementation of automation for cultivation processes.

• Assist with the design, implementation and improvement of harvest-processing lines.

• Assist cultivation crew in planting, maintaining and harvesting Cannabis as needed.

• Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.

• Discuss plans, quotes, PO, etc. with clients, contractors, consultants, vendors and other engineers.

• Test agricultural machinery and equipment to ensure adequate performance; work with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.

• Train personnel on proper operational procedures by developing SOPs.

• Perform drone imaging at regular intervals, at all properties for historical imagery.

• Perform experiments (or trials) to improve the overall efficiency of the crop production.

• Perform experiments (or trials) to improve the overall efficiency of cannabis processing.

• Maintain inventory of engineering tools and supplies.

• Supports the overall success of Central Coast Agriculture by performing all other duties as assigned.

• Perform all functions safely following prescribed rules and protocol.

• Qualifications

Required:

• Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Agriculture or relevant field OR 3+ years work experience in agriculture, engineering, or related fields.

• Strong knowledge of agricultural practices, irrigation concepts and systems, and acceptable mechanical ability.

• Experience working with a variety of hand tools.

• Experience with troubleshooting mechanical and simple electrical systems.

• Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Excel), Google's G-Suite, 2D CAD, etc.

• Valid CA Driver's license

• Must be 21 years of age (or older) at the time of hire.

• Possess effective written and verbal communication skills for interaction with co-workers, management, and vendors.

• Proficiency of the English language, verbal and written format.

• Excellent time management and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment.

• Flexible work schedule as needed.

• Ability to work well remotely and while off site.

• Maintain professionalism and live CCA's core values at all times.

• Functional knowledge of California cannabis regulations.

• Planning and Organizing- Engages in short and long-term planning, sets priorities to optimize time usage, adheres to schedules and plans.

• Creativity and Innovation- Initiates conceptual ideas with practical applications, develops creative strategies and opportunities, creative thinking and problem solving, promotes a creative climate.

• Judgment and Decision Making- Solves problems, considers relevant alternatives before making decisions, displays intuitive judgment, shows timeliness and conviction in making recommendations and decisions.

• Teamwork and Relationship-Building Skills- Assists team members in accomplishing their objectives by helping things go right, establishes effective working relationships, and promotes team efforts.

• Adaptability and Change Management Skills- Ability to change to fit changed circumstances. Has the skill to multi-task and juggle competing priorities.

• Develops Self- Learn and grows, maintains current knowledge in the field.

• Communication and Cooperation- Effectively communicates upward, downward and laterally. Prevents unproductive responses, improves the effectiveness of communications and interactions with others.

• Accountability and Productivity- Holds themselves accountable to team members, accepts responsibility for their own decisions, sustains peak performance and solves problems that impede productivity.

Desired:

• Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Agriculture or relevant field.

• 2+ years of experience in the cannabis industry.

• Farming experience.

• Automation experience.

• Working knowledge of the Spanish language