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Orchard Supervisor - Nacogdoches, Texas


  • ArborGen, Inc.
  • 01/20/20
  • Nacogdoches, TX
  • 75964
  • TBD / Yearly
  • Full-Time
The orchard supervisor provides the leadership, technical knowledge and operational know-how required for efficient and cost-effective production of genetically superior open pollinated (OP) and mass control pollinated (MCP) pine seed. The supervisor is proficient in all aspects of orchard management, MCP pollen management and seed production. Maintains good working relationship with and provides support for Product Development (research) and other internal groups.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
1. Orchard Management -- Coordinate complete management regime for approximately 200 acres of pine seed orchards and clone banks, from new establishments to mature orchards. Working knowledge of fertility management, integrated pest management and orchard establishment procedures a plus.
2. Cone Harvest -- Supervise annual pine cone harvest (+/- 5000 bushels) via contract labor keeping detailed records.
3. Mass Control Pollination Supervise contract labor in spring MCP operations including bagging, pollen collection, pollination and detailed record keeping.
4. Seed Processing and Testing Supervise annual seed processing and testing activities for +/- 15,000 pounds of seed for a quality goal of 95% germination within timeline necessary for crop planning.
5. Administrative -- Develop and manage an annual operating budget of +/- $1,000,000, directly supervise 3 reports and one part-time temporary worker, manage a strong safety program, operational purchasing, and oversight for MCP, cone harvest and misc. contracted services.
6. Operation and knowledge of farm tractors, general farm equipment and chainsaws.

Ongoing Interaction:
Department: Daily interaction with direct reports. Frequent interaction with Orchard Manager and personnel from other ArborGen Orchards.
Company: Regular interaction with personnel in the administration group and Product Development (Research) group.
Outside Company: Participation in occasional outside industry conferences.

Education/Experience/Skills:

Bachelors degree in Forest Science or related agricultural/horticultural field preferred, or AA degree, plus 5 years work experience in a forestry/agricultural/horticultural-related field preferred.
Strong administrative and organizational skills supported by proficiency with spreadsheet and word processing software.
Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills.
Orchard management-specific technical knowledge.
Strong sense of financial and asset stewardship.
Maintain a valid drivers license.
Will be required to obtain a Restricted Use Pesticide Applicators License.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to work in aerial lift buckets of heights up to 65 is a must. This is heavy work exerting 40-100 pounds of force repeatedly. Work may involve climbing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping. Worker is subject to inside and outside environment, noise, vibration, working hazards, fumes, odors, dust, wood smoke and chemicals. Visual acuity is required for equipment and vehicle operation; requires hearing sufficient to perceive noises for diagnostic purposes.
Applicant must pass a drug screening test.

Other Comments:

Experience in agricultural field a plus. This is an exempt position, with limited travel required. The orchard supervisor must be reliable, innovative, team-oriented and conscientious with a positive work ethic and strong communication skills.

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