Job Info Job Title: Horticulturalist - Blueberry Crop Advisory Location: Southeast Region Job Number: 11108 Posted Date: 12/6/2019 Job description Position Purpose: This position provides grower support services to improve crop quality, productivity, and returns. Supervises: Sunbelt crop advisors Accountabilities and Responsibilities: Conducts pest and crop monitoring Assists in the development of horticultural services which enhance productivity and efficiency and 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 production problems Communication: Develop and maintain positive relationships with producer-owners, horticultural service providers, and industry representatives Manages and updates 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. Research and Development: Conducts assessments and recommends researchable topics Assists in origination, planning, execution, and evaluation of 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 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 Apply By Our Email: Apply Email Apply Here Online: Apply Online Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.