Responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising pest management for our Arizona District Farms. This will entail looking at the farm from a holistic viewpoint and applying the knowledge of organic pesticides to pest related problems, weather conditions, droplet sizes, several different spray implements, and of course cultural and best management practices.
- Oversee all chemical applications for crop impairment mitigation.
- Train pesticide applicators on chemical labels and SDS for safety, mixing and, application precautions.
- Ensure all employees have the correct PPE and are supplied with the proper tools and materials.
- Track and record all chemical spray activities on internal farm management software.
- Work directly with the Finance department for proper commodity allocation.
- Responsible for pesticide and fertilizer inventory.
- Ensure proper calibration on all pest control equipment.
- Be proactive with IPM program and always look for ways of improvement.
- Work directly with company PCA to schedule applications.
- Collaborate with all departments to comply with safety standards.
- Make sure all equipment is in working condition for effective spray application. Work directly with shop for equipment repairs and preventative maintenance.
- Ensure that all applied pesticides and fertilizers are on our Approved Materials List prior to application.
- Oversee safety of all employees on the farm including internal and external safety notification standards.
- Compliance of all laws by following the directions outlined on the pesticide labels.
- Facilitate continuous process improvement projects.
- Overnight travel of up to 30-40% to assist with outside farm districts
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. Employee must be able to lift up-to 50 pounds frequently. Employees will be required to walk, stand, kneel, stoop, and bend extensively. Employees must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including rain, cold, heat, and high winds. Employees must be able to work in temperatures that can range from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the time of employment. Work is performed based on weather temperatures, employees must be able to work in the day, evening, or nights. Employees will be exposed to dusty conditions, exposed to mud, and other natural elements. This work may entail exposure to plant pollens, insects and noxious plants. During the times when the fields and crops are treated with insect and/or disease control sprays, worker will need to abide by the Worker Protection Standards and re-entry times as required.
- Certified Private Pesticide Applicator (preferred) or able to obtain this within 60 days of employment.
- Must be able to read and understand pesticide labels, PCA recommendations and 1080’s
- Must have the desire to learn new skills.
- Knowledge to understand various tools.
- Ability to multi-task.
- Must possess high school diploma, general education (GED) or equivalent education.
- Bilingual preferred.
- Must be computer literate.
- Valid driver’s license.
Duncan Family Farms is an Equal Employment Opportunity