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Junior Agronomist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512698-602436
    • Job Location: Pasco, WA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 26, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

CSS Farms, a multi-state agricultural business, strives to provide innovative solutions and superior quality and service to our customers. We proudly and relentlessly continue to meet the highest standards of stewardship when it comes to the three things we value most: our land, our employees, and our communities.

We are a team-oriented company with a high trust, entrepreneurial culture. We value our employees’ opinions, we have a strong work ethic, and are focused on growing great vegetables and developing our operations profitably. People who are most successful at CSS Farms are energetic, self-directed, and pragmatic.

 

Summary/Purpose

The Junior Agronomist in Pasco, WA contributes directly to the success of CSS Farms by supporting agronomic operations on a large-scale commercial farm, growing potatoes and other vegetables across approximately 9,000 acres.

 

Responsibilities

In this role, you will:

  • Support commercial crop production through regular scouting and hands-on field work.
  • Sample soil and assist with fertilizer recommendations.
  • Monitor soil moisture and assist with scheduling irrigations.
  • Help develop and execute on pest management strategies.
  • Contribute to quality control on farm operations, such as seed handling and cutting, planter spacing accuracy, and irrigation system uniformity.
  • Sample plant tissue and soil during the growing season for fertility management.
  • Test digs to estimate yields and monitor quality.
  • Facilitate storage management and a bruise-free handling during harvest.
  • Evaluate plant maturity, including sugar testing in the field and in storage.
  • Support research and development efforts that provide insight on key production issues.
  • Take on other tasks and responsibilities, as needed.

 

Physical Demands
This position works closely with the land and spends a large amount of time in the field. This includes:

  • Walking and working outdoors in the elements.
  • Driving between farm sites to move samples and other supplies.
  • Regularly lifting objects (such as potato samples) of up to 40-50 lbs.

 

Expected Hours of Work

  • Typical daily farm hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Harvest and planting seasons are busy and may require longer hours and some weekends.

 

Experience and Skills:

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy or closely related field.
  • A private applicators license or the ability to get one.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass vehicle insurance verification.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficiency with computers and Windows programs.
  • Excellent organizational skills and appreciation for the value of accurate sampling and reporting.
  • Familiarity with irrigated crop production a plus.
  • Experience operating farm equipment a plus.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus.

 

Work Authorization

  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

 

Benefits

  • Market competitive salary
  • Healthcare, Dental and Vision coverage as outlined in the company benefits overview.
  • Flex spending account for out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • 401(k) plan options.
  • Short Term Disability Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, and Life Insurance.
  • A paid time off package.
  • Tuition reimbursement options.
  • Gain exposure to full farm agronomy and experience potential for career advancement in Pasco as well as other CSS Farm locations.

 

AAP/EEO Statement

CSS Farms provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CSS Farms complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

CSS Farms expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.