Job Info
Job Title: Operations Manager
Location: Santa Ynez, CA
Category: Ag Engineering/Technology
Job Number: 12458
Posted Date: 6/3/2022
Job description


REPORTS TO: General Manager

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt

LOCATION: Santa Ynez Valley

Coastal Hay & Ag provides Santa Barbara County’s respected agricultural community with superior quality, predominantly locally grown feed. In addition, we offer a high level of service and integrity when establishing new plantings for permanent pastures, hay crops and vineyard ground preparation.


Responsible for the daily supervision of Coastal Hay & Ag, including determining the most effective use of personnel and equipment to meet quality standards.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required.

  • Approaches their job with an ownership mentality, the vision to see the big picture, forecast future needs, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Direct and schedule overall daily activities of personnel and equipment; including irrigation, tractor activities, spraying and harvesting.
  • Keep General Manager abreast of CH&A activities daily, and complete weekly reports for equipment and personnel usage.
  • Excellent oral and written communication aptitude with the skill to communicate with different Personality types.
  • Routinely oversee progress and quality of work performed by CH&A personnel.
  • Evaluate crop health and status. Adjust farming plans as needed, implement pest and disease control, irrigation plans, etc.
  • Planning, scheduling, and project management experience necessary.
  • Ability to prioritize operations given multiple priorities and conflicting demands
  • Knowledge of safety policies and procedures regarding chemicals, equipment, and machinery.
  • Effectively implement, improve, and reinforce the company’s environmental health and safety programs.
  • Expertise with machinery and equipment operations and repair including tractors, cultivators, planters, swathers, rakes, balers, harobeds, hay squeeze, and hand tools/power tools for repairing equipment.
  • Responsible and accountable for quality control, environmental stewardship, efficiencies with respect to labor, and production.

Safety Practices, Policies, and Programs:

  • Ensure that safety is the first priority for every employee and never compromise safety for productivity.
  • Lead by example and be a good safety role model for CH&A overall and attend all required safety trainings.
  • Ensure that employee attend all required safety trainings.
  • Ensure all company equipment is working properly.
  • Continually inspect each property, shop, and piece of equipment for potential safety hazards.
  • Address each safety hazard identified timely.
  • Oversee sign up of new CH&A employees and ensure accuracy of all related paperwork.
  • Ensure the professionalism and appropriate skill set of all new hires.
  • Respect other CH&A departments and discuss potential internal transfers with the appropriate manager ahead of time to reach consensus.
  • Assist in HR related matters; report any employee issues and/or questions to Human Resources.
  • Oversee timely delivery of paychecks.
  • Create, monitor, and follow budgets and raise awareness of any issues to CH&A owner and client.
  • Enroll in continued education classes, as needed.
  • Enforce company policies.
  • Attend all mandatory CH&A meetings.
  • Work together to make CH&A stronger, more professional, and more successful.


  • High School diploma or equivalent work experience.
  • Mandatory 5 years related experience overseeing hay farm operations – putting up hay, managing irrigations, operating/repairing equipment and managing staff.
  • Must be a strong manager who demonstrates effective communication skills and the ability to build positive relationships at all levels, both internal and external to the company.
  • Able to work in various weather conditions.
  • Must be competent with computers, systems, and relevant software applications.
  • Must have a strong work ethic.
  • Willing to work long days, including nights and weekends as needed throughout the year, especially during harvest.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to read and write basic English.
  • Strong understanding of math.
  • Self-Starter.
  • Honest and Trustworthy.
  • Bilingual in Spanish required.

Due to our dynamic industry and demands, this job description may change from time to time. 

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