Agronomist/Grower for Greenhouse

  • Los Banos, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Morning Star Company, and its affiliates, operate three tomato processing facilities in California, processing over 30% of the California crop, plus tomato transplanting, harvesting and trucking operations, with employment of approximately 500 year-round and 2,500 seasonal colleagues with annual sales of about $1 billion. The company is known worldwide for its innovation and integrity.

Job Description

The Position

The Mission of this individual is to produce and supply our hotel and restaurant with fresh produce, herbs and flowers from a 18,000 square foot, glass greenhouse, plus surrounding open ground (one to two acres for vegetables, olives and grapes). Any additional production should be sold at local farmers’ markets. In addition, the Hotel property is about 20 acres in total, with extensive landscaping to care for. 

This Colleague will require a decent technical agriculture and some business background. This individual will work with associated Colleagues in our commercial greenhouse operations, and other opportunities in the company as their abilities enable them. The company has other facilities which require landscaping expertise. 

Qualifications

Elements of the Position

While we are not desiring a “manager” of people, this individual is accountable for managing and achieving their mission in conjunction with other Colleagues and achieving the highest possible operating and financial results for the assets at their disposal. Technical expertise is the first priority. Others can handle organizational activities if required. All aspects of product production are expected to be accomplished, including, but not limited to product variety selection, growing techniques, personnel, resource acquisition, facility operations and maintenance, information acquisition and analysis and marketing and sales. It will be your operation to make a go of it. 

Compensation

We have nominal to no ability to train for the growing of these agricultural crops in greenhouses. Therefore, technical capability is required. Compensation and benefits provided will depend on the market for these capabilities, but somewhere in the range of $50,000 to $75,000 would be expected. We will entertain any arrangement which is mutually beneficial. 

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. The Morning Star Company and its affiliates participate in E-Verify.