Crop Production Supervisor

Central Coast Agriculture Buellton, CA, USA 2022-03-16 $91k - $98k -
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The Crop Production Supervisor position will help lead the Cultivation team in areas related to the cultivation and processing of cannabis for CCA. The Crop Production Supervisor is responsible for assisting the 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 in a satisfactory manner. 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 and Cultivation Manager 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.

Track 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 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 payroll and HR departments regarding staffing needs and payroll tracking.

Train and supervise staff in the proficient operation of push mowers, riding mowers, string trimmers, backpack sprayers, garden utility vehicles, tractors, pickup/dump trucks, chainsaws, chippers, and other power equipment in accordance with CCA safety protocols and regulatory standards.

Assist in a 20+ acre substrate grow operation for dried flower production. Assist in the plan and budget for the initial build-out and staffing requirements with the Vice President of Agriculture, Crop Production Manager, Cultivation Director, and Packing House Manager. Manage fertigation and filtration control systems. Develop and update SOPs that align with the county, state, and federal regulations in regards to the cultivation of cannabis and workers’ safety.

Provide hands-on assistance with the completion of work tasks, when needed.

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 coordinator.

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 in a safe and efficient manner.

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 farm workers. Operate and tow machines to specified locations when needed.

Able to work nights and weekends when required.

Performs the responsibilities of supervisory/senior staff in their absence.

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:

Demonstrated 2+ years of experience working in the Cannabis industry

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

Accuracy- attention to detail is critical

Experience with Priva, Netafim or similar Irrigation Control Systems

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

Private applicators certificate for pesticide application

Availability to be on-call 24/7.

Respiratory fit test and medical evaluation