The Irrigation Asset Manager position has significant autonomy and requires a broad skill-set, including general management capability, attention to detail, "get-it-done" attitude, superior interpersonal skills and in-depth irrigation experience. The primary responsibility of this position is to efficiently support farm operations to ensure excellent crop production satisfaction.
Tasteful Selections, LLC, located in Arvin, California, is a specialty potato company whose mission is to delight the consumer with great tasting, easy to prepare, inspirational potato products. A joint venture between RPE, Inc., CSS Farms, Inc. and Plover River Farms, Inc., the company is a vertically integrated farming operation which grows, packs and markets baby potatoes, fingerlings and seed potatoes. More information can be found at www.TastefulSelections.com.
The Irrigation Asset Manager works with the location Farm Managers to effectively manage irrigation of approximately 10,000 acres of ground for potatoes and 5,000 acres for various rotational vegetables annually. The Irrigation Asset Manager reports directly to the Director of Agronomy.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
- Maintain an updated inventory of all owned and rented irrigation equipment including: aluminum and yelomine pipe (lateral and main line), couplers, joints, valves, pumps, generators, risers, sprinklers, pressure gauges, pressure regulators, road-guards, breathers, meters, pipe pullers, pipe trailers and any other equipment or tools utilized in irrigation.
- Maintain location records on all irrigation equipment. Create transfer tickets when equipment needs to be relocated.
- Ensure all irrigation equipment is in good working order. Identify, repair or discard any equipment that is not functioning properly.
- Create a design for the irrigation system on each field including the specific location of each component.
- Improve existing irrigation designs to ensure proper coverage and uniformity of each irrigation system.
- Develop field specific irrigation "field sets" for each major crop (i.e. carrots and potatoes). A "field set" is defined as a comprehensive list of all irrigation equipment required to irrigate a crop in that specific field.
- Deliver all pipes and irrigation equipment included in a "field set" to the irrigation manager at the field location specified.
- Develop a plan which includes the appropriate location and staging for all pipe and equipment delivered to a field.
- Coordinate and provide assistance to irrigation managers to ensure that:
- Pipe pulling starts no later than 24 hours after planting has started on each field.
- All solid set irrigation systems are fully installed and operational no later than 3 days after planting operations have been completed in a field.
- All irrigation systems are installed in a way that hold the irrigation pattern described in the irrigation design.
- All irrigation equipment not utilized in the installation of the irrigation system, is picked up and returned to a staging area every day prior to the conclusion of that day’s work.
- Such equipment should be removed from the field within 24 hours of installation completion; this includes all packaging equipment being picked up and disposed of in a matter that leaves the field clean, organized and unobstructed.