Onion Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 512698-602444
    • Job Location: Pasco, WA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 26, 2017
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • 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.



Working with the support of the agronomy and farm operations teams, the Onion Manager leads the year-round onion planting, growing, and harvesting of over-winter, early summer, and storage onions of all color.



In this role, you will:

  • Be the onion farmer and establish and execute the planting, growing, harvesting, and storage for onion production.
  • Work with the Pasco team to create cropping plans that fit into crop marketing plans
  • Work with seed suppliers and other external resources to acquire new and better varieties.
  • Lead and facilitate consensus-driven crop decisions through analysis and information gathering.
  • Oversee all field operations, including tillage, planting, cultivation, harvest, and cover crops.
  • Coordinate agronomic activities, including irrigation, fertilizer, and chemical applications.
  • Partner in building, managing, and motivating a team of full-time employees.
  • Participate in budgeting and business planning process, including purchasing management.
  • Grow and maintain positive landlord, customer, and community relations.
  • Work with public and private researchers to better production practices.
  • Support and push for innovation in agronomic, equipment, and storage practices.
  • 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 crop 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 WSDA private applicator license or the ability to obtain one.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass vehicle insurance verification.


Desired Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in agriculture or related field or the equivalent in experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience managing onion farming and production programs over a large geographic region.
  • Some previous experience or familiarity with managing irrigated crops.
  • Superior organization and project management skills.
  • Financial management and budgeting experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, train, and communicate well.
  • Self-directed, yet consensus driven, with the ability to implement solutions with team input.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • Opportunities 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.