Job Info Job Title: Southeast Horticulturist Location: Alma, GA Job Number: 11102 Posted Date: 11/26/2019 Job description Position Purpose: This position provides support to MBG’s horticultural research and communication objectives by delivering grower support services, conducting in-house research, and enhancing the adoption of best management practices for maximizing member crop quality, productivity, and returns. Organizational Relationships: Supervisor: Director of Sunbelt Business Unit; dotted line to V.P of Agri-Research & Horticultural Services Supervises: Sunbelt crop advisors Accountabilities and Responsibilities: Member Services: Conducts pest and crop monitoring in Southeast production area Evaluates crop production and pest monitoring service needs of Southeast members Assists in the development of member horticultural services which enhance member productivity and efficiency and membership value Hire, train, and develop crop advisors Manage all aspects of crop and pest monitoring supply procurement and inventory Determine the applicability of new technologies to solve member production problems Assist members in evaluating crop for size and timing. Communicate findings back to MBG Operations team Involvement with Florida Blueberry Growers Association and Georgia Blueberry Growers Association Communication: Develop and maintain positive relationships with producer-owners, horticultural service providers, and industry representatives Manages and updates MBG’s member acreage in the Southeast, blueberry varieties, age of plants, pesticide applications, and mapping on the Agrian database Leads the development and management of a multidisciplinary horticultural research and educational outreach program Maintain frequent communication schedule with members via e-newsletters, email, telephone, and farm visits Provide daily updates on crop size and timing (during season) on MBG’s daily conference call Research and Development: Conducts member needs assessments and recommends researchable topics Assists in origination, planning, execution, and evaluation of MBG Marketing in house and grant funded research projects Conducts applied research in areas such as pest management, nutrition, plant physiology, and variety evaluation Attend seminars, workshops, conferences, and field days for continuing education Organizational: Monitors crop conditions and provides reports of crop volume, timing, and quality Organize and lead MBG’s Annual Farm Tour and Annual Horticulture update Assists V.P. of Agri-Research in development of production reports, pesticide regulatory issues, and research project coordination and analysis Prepares annual and monthly department budgets Quantitative Data/Job Dimensions: Direct responsibility for crop/pest management and labor budget Provides indirect support to VP of Agri-Research for management of research budget Provides work direction for and evaluation of three crop advisors. Qualifications and Skills Required: Masters’ degree preferred or Bachelors’ degree in horticulture, IPM Systems, or other related agricultural disciplines required. Documented experience in production agriculture such as crop scouting, pest management and fertility management. Experience in blueberry production is preferred. Ability to obtain and maintain a commercial pesticide applicator license Proven ability to interact with crop producers, industry representatives, and co-workers. Must possess valid driver’s license with clean driving record. Ability and willingness to travel within all affiliated production areas. Competency using a computer to prepare reports and presentations (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with a willingness to learn additional skills Excellent observational and recordkeeping skills Outstanding verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential Ability to function as a team player and to work in a professional and confidential manner Location: Alma, GA as primary location, travel to Florida and North Carolina Hours: Full-time, permanent, exempt status Apply By Our Email: Apply Email Apply Here Online: Apply Online Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.