Job Info
Job Title: Greenhouse/Nursery Engineering
Location: Santa Ynez Valley, CA (Buellton)
Job Number: 11978
Posted Date: 8/4/2021
Job description

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 Nursery Engineering Coordinator will work closely with the Nursery department and provide engineering expertise related to irrigation and fertigation systems, electrical components, controlled environments and other systems related to the cultivation of cannabis for CCA. This person will assist in the development of new and improved processes while also ensuring the continued operation and success of current systems and processes. To perform this job successfully, an 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure individuals with disabilities are able to perform the work functions.

What You Will Do:

  • Assist the Cultivation Engineer Manager with keeping nursery operations running for CCA
  • Perform in-field nursery irrigation management - Take soil samples, monitor soil moisture levels via hand and using soil monitoring software, perform DU test, suggest & make irrigation scheduling changes based on field data and plant health.
  • Ensure the proper function of all nursery irrigation and fertigation equipment.
  • Perform preventative maintenance & troubleshooting on nursery equipment (pumps, filters, VFDs, controllers, nutrient injection units, pressure reducing/sustaining valves, PVC, drip tape, greenhouse equipment, etc.).
  • Collect and evaluate data from weather stations and sensors.
  • Develop improvements and system upgrades.
  • Compile nutrient and irrigation data for Nitrogen use tracking.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of automation for nursery processes (seeding, cloning,
  • spraying, etc.).
  • Assist with the design, implementation and improvement of nursery activities and processes.
  • Assist nursery crew in planting, cloning, maintaining, harvesting, and processing 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 nursery 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 experiments (or trials) to improve the overall efficiency of the nursery crop production.
  • 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.

What You'll Need to Have:

  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or relevant field. (Required)
  • 2+ years experience in agriculture, horticulture, engineering, or related field (Highly Preferred)
  • Possess effective written and verbal communication skills for interaction with co-workers, management, and vendors. (Required)
  • Working knowledge of nursery practices, irrigation concepts and systems, and acceptable mechanical ability. (Required)
  • Valid CA Driver’s license (Required)
  • Must be 21 years of age (or older) at the time of hire. (Required)
  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Excel), Google's G-Suite, CAD, etc. (Required)
  • Functional knowledge of California cannabis regulations.
  • 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. (Required)
  • Ability to work well remotely and while off site. (Required)
  • Maintain professionalism and live CCA’s core values at all times.(Required)
  • Working knowledge of the Spanish language (Desired).

What You'll Receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Vacation and Holidays
  • Yearly Bonus and Equity in company

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


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 ability to adjust focus.


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.


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