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


  • 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


  • 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 

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