Crop Production Coordinator

Central Coast Agriculture, Inc. Buellton, CA, USA 2022-01-26 $92k - $98k -
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About Central Coast Agriculture:

Headquartered north of Santa Barbara in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, CCA is a company focused on utilizing science and sustainability to grow quality, modern crops. Our unmatched commitment to innovating both organic farming and modern manufacturing means our customers have access to products that exceed expectations

We breed, grow, and cultivate the highest quality cannabis so we can then process, manufacture, and package the highest quality single-source products on the market under our brand, Raw Garden.

We are a team of change-makers, modern farmers, scientists, and business professionals focused on leading the charge for agricultural innovation.

We are on a mission to be the most trusted and loved brand in Cannabis.

About The Role:

The Crop Production Coordinator position will help lead the Cultivation team in areas related to the cultivation and processing of cannabis for CCA. The Crop Production Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Cultivation Supervisor and Crop Production Manager with coordinating planting, feeding, spraying, harvesting, and cultivating cannabis and hemp. The incumbent will be held accountable for plant health, soil health, and overall cleanliness and appearance of all CCA associated properties. This position might require exposure to and use of chemical compounds for application on crops which may be hazardous and cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, application, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.

The working environment will include office, warehouse, shop, and greenhouse/hoop house environments. To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required for this position.

What You'll Do

• Participate in the planning, preparation, and execution of CCA activities with the VP of cultivation, Director of Cultivation, Crop Production Manager, and Cultivation Supervisor to assess and complete projects related to all Central Coast Agricultural farming.

• Inspect the plants regularly and identify horticultural tasks that need to be performed. Prioritize horticultural tasks, develop work schedules, and coordinate their implementation with senior staff.

• Assist with monitoring and tracking soil and plant health through tissue and soil tests, working closely with vendors and their agronomists on long term soil viability plans.

• Assist the Crop Production Manager and Cultivation Supervisor in monitoring soil moisture probes and field walks to determine water needs for the cannabis plants.

• Be ready to assist in the irrigation and fertigation of the cannabis plants when asked to do so by senior staff.

• Must be able to keep accurate records of total amounts of water and nutrients applied to a specific range and record that information in a Nitrogen use Log.

• Train and supervise staff in all aspects of plant maintenance and development including soil preparation, planting & transplanting, mulching, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, propagating, raking, tree & brush cutting, chipping, and the proper use of shovels, trowels, fan rakes, grading rakes, spades, digging forks, pickaxes, brooms, hand shears, hand saws, loppers, pole pruners & pole saws, wheelbarrows, fertilizer spreaders, garden carts, ladders, and other hand tools.

• Track hours of CCA staff as well as any temporary staff assigned to cultivation and work directly with the cultivation supervisors, payroll and HR departments regarding staffing needs and payroll tracking.

• Train and supervise staff in the proficient operation of, garden utility vehicles, tractors, pickup/dump trucks, chainsaws, chippers, and other power equipment following CCA safety protocols and regulatory standards.

• Provide hands-on assistance with the completion of work tasks, when needed while tracking and documenting field activities as directed by supervisors or management. Evaluate cultivation needs and supplies inventory. Work with the purchasing department on inventory replenishment of BOM needs.

• Monitor gardens and plant collections for pests and diseases. Report pest and disease problems to the IPM department.

• Create a harmonious and productive work environment. Addresses discipline issues and report them properly to senior staff and HR. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

• Follows CCA policies, Procedures, Standards, and Rules & Regulations, and ensures that subordinate employees perform their duties safely and efficiently.

• Ensures that established safety guidelines are followed and complies with O.S.H.A. and Right-to-Know standards.

• Monitors assigns and assists with carrying out standard operational procedures, as required, including working overtime for harvest and transplanting.

• Advises senior staff of forecasted equipment and supply needs.

• Remains competent and current through self-directed professional development courses and attending training and/or courses as required.

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

• Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or bedders to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.

• Drive company vehicles in a safe manner to haul equipment, supplies, tools, or farmworkers. Operate and tow machines to specified locations when needed.

• Able to work nights and weekends when required.

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

• Self Development- Learn and grow, maintain current knowledge in the field, and advancements in pesticide application technology and machinery transport safety and compliance.

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

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

• Perform all other duties as assigned or inherent to the position

What You'll Need to Have

• Accuracy- attention to detail is critical

• Organization- experience creating and implementing processes

• Willingness to work as a team

• Experience with use of Metrc

• Expert user of Microsoft Office, MS Excel, and/or Google's G Suite

• Must maintain current knowledge and adhere to all policies and regulations of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, Cal Cannabis, and California Department of Public Health.

• Functional knowledge of California cannabis regulations

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

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• Acts and dresses professionally

• Ability to work well remotely and while off-site

• Operates as a team player

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills

• Strong organizational and follow-up skills

• Flexible in work schedule as needed.

• Valid CA Drivers License and be insurable

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

• Bilingual in English and Spanish

• Proficiency in the English language, verbal and written format

• Availability to be on-call 24/7.

• Associates or Bachelors degree in Ag Business or related field is desirable

• Respiratory fit test and medical evaluation

• Demonstrated 2+ years of experience working in the Cannabis industry

What You'll Receive

• Competitive base salary and performance-based incentive plan.

• Company Sponsored Activities

• Health Coverages - CCA contributes to employee & dependent premiums

Medical PPO & Rx Coverage

Dental PPO & HMO

Vision PPO

• Other CCA Paid Benefits

Employee Assistance Programs w/Mental Health Support

Life & AD&D

Disability

• Paid Time Off: vacation, sick, holiday, & bereavement

CCA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by emailing

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and sit for long periods at a time; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Manual dexterity is essential to this position. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds, preferably utilizing partner lift. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Primarily in a light industrial and office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually low; however, fluctuation of noise level may occur during peak production. The temperature in the work environment is usually moderate; however, fluctuation of temperature, either decreasing or increasing (heat level) is likely to occur during peak production.

Periodic weekend or evening work is expected