Agronomist in Yuma, AZ

Sunny Skies produce
  • Full Time
  • Yuma, AZ
  • $55,487 - $66,823 a year USD / Year
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Company: Taylor Farms Ag OperationsDepartment/Site: Agronomy Department/Imperial Valley, CA and Yuma & Dome Valley, AZReports to: Agronomy ManagerEmployment Category: Regular, Full Time, ExemptCustomary Work Schedule: As required to perform dutiesTravel Required: Occasionally
The Agronomist position will perform a diverse range of tasks, including supporting the agronomy manager and farm management team in technical expertise and advice of pest and disease management, irrigation, and fertilization of organic and conventional vegetable row crops.
Responsibilities:

Regularly visit production fields to understand production methods, cycles, and support growers with technical advice on pest & disease management, irrigation & fertilization and other cultural practices
Work with ranch managers and outside PCAs to maximize pesticide and fungicide application efficacy
Monitor, evaluate, and propose improvements of farming techniques, and document information for production guides and other reports
Review and evaluate new product offerings and technology to promote better efficiencies and crop performance
Develop reports and presentations regarding trial findings to continually improve best fertility and pest management strategies
Maximize soil health
Participates in coordinating team meetings and in general fosters an environment of knowledge sharing amongst departments with an emphasis on food safety and sustainability departments
Be an advocate of the Taylor Farms brand and professionally represent the company with customers and business partners as required
Other duties as assigned

Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications/Abilities:

Knowledge of vegetable crops and plant nutrition
Knowledge of concepts, practices, procedures, methods, and techniques used in agriculture operations
Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple initiatives simultaneously
Ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with others, especially using digital, phone, and video technologies
Ability to work independently, learn new skills quickly, and take initiative
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, performance-driven environment and assume personal ownership of research activities and outcomes
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in agriculture science, agronomy, pest management, or related agricultural field is preferred.
CCA and/or PCA license or willingness to obtain
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
Experience in the agriculture industry
Will be subject to travel based on seasonal crop demands
Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands:

Ability to work in both an indoor and outdoor environment, which includes inclement weather in degrees from less than 33°F and over 90°F plus.
Ability to climb ladders and stairs; push and pull horizontally; bend, lift, and lower; crouch; repetitively squat and stoop; reach and walk; and other physical activities associated with an outdoor field environment.
Ability to lift 35 pounds without undue physical exertion.
Requires sufficient sight and hearing to perform all job-related duties.

Job Type: Full Time
Pay: $55,487.27 – $66,823.38 per year
Benefits:

401(k)
Dental insurance
Health insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance

Schedule:

8 hour shift

Experience:

Agronomist: 1 year (Preferred)
Pest Management: 1 year (Preferred)
Produce: 1 year (Preferred)

License/Certification:

PCA (Preferred)

Work Location: In person