Agronomist Production Director

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Rupert, ID
Job Type
Direct Hire
Nov 27, 2018
Job ID
Agronomist Production Director, Rupert, ID – Relocation Available!
This employer is one of the largest agribusiness conglomerates in Southern Idaho and has been in business for over 30 years. Recent investments, focusing on automation, inventory controls and promoting healthy work environments have led to an aggressive growth phase.  They are seeking a talented Agronomist Production Director to lead and further develop this function.
In addition to vegetable farms they also have several wholesale nursery operations located in Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado and they have a large landscaping company in Boise, ID.
We are seeking an Agronomist who is a well-rounded leader.  Someone that holds people accountable and provides guidance on best practices to further develop each team member.  This role requires impeccable character, trustworthy and truthfulness. Someone with good chemistry and competency.  In this role, it is vital to be extremely adaptable.  This role will have 4 direct reports (managers) with the responsibilities of overseeing functions such as growing, irrigating and cultivating different kinds of vegetables.  Must be familiar with how to utilize chemicals for crops such as insecticide and pesticides.  Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks efficiently.  This role is very hands on and a lot of time will be spent outside.  
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Ensure accurate knowledge or reliable referrals to make recommendations to growers to achieve efficient crop production
  • Coach lead and further develop team.
  • Schedule daily, weekly and monthly meetings to review production goals with team members and leaders.
  • Soil sample fields including multiple depth sampling, sampling by geo-reference and multiple site sampling in the event of changes in soil texture
  • Manage field trials, plant physiology and irrigation practices
  • Scout fields for weed, insects, disease and nutrition issues
  • Ensure that application of seeding, fertility and pesticide occurs when weather conditions are optimal
  • Gather, compile, analyze and interpret test results and prepare progress reports
  • Analyze crop claim issues as necessary
  • Document field evaluation of seed, chemical, specialty products and fertilizers
  • Provide agronomic training for staff
  • Assist with agronomic budgeting and cost monitoring
  • Interact with suppliers, applicators and agronomy laboratories
  • Remain up to date on crop nutrition and protection technology
  • Bachelors’ Degree in Agronomy, other related degree or (equivalent work experience).
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in leadership. (Looking for strong character and great leadership)
  • Must know what to do with changing weather, know how to take care of crops and put in places the right process for each changing season.
  • Must be very hands on and willing to spend a lot of time outdoors in varying weather conditions.
Important Proven qualities that we seek in ALL candidates
Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose     
Character is integrity, trustworthiness and transparency. It’s something you are, not something you say or do from time to time. Leaders cannot rise above the limitations of their character     
Commitment to the company, to its mission, to its point leader and to his co-leaders.
Care for those he or she works with.  At the end of every day, can they see and say that he or she genuinely cares for them?
Competence to do their own work and to help others do their work.
Coach ability one of life’s most important attitudes and skills. The willingness and ability to grow, learn, improve, excel by receiving feedback or correction without being easily offended or defensive. It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts!!!
Chemistry Able to bring their team together in harmony and to work with others pleasantly as goals and deadlines are met.
Communication Be clear, be clear, be clear – simplify your message, be clear, refocus your own attention, live your message.
Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s moving forward and making things better, not just smoothing them over.  Making the tough decisions for the health of your team(s).
Discernment is believing only half of what they hear and then knowing which half to believe. It’s what causes a leader to maximize his effectiveness and that of his team(s).
Focus by working on yourself, working at your priorities, working in your strengths and working with other leaders.
Faith in yourself, your team, the processes, the innovation, in your faith to be greater than what you fear.
Flexibility “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape”
Initiative Success is connected with forward actions and choices. No amount of failures can make you quit or give up.
Listening providing opportunities for others to tell you the good, the great, the bad, and the ugly, even if it is about one’s self.
Positive Attitude is a choice you have to make all the time, because your attitude determines your actions, and your actions determine your results with people and things.
Problem Solving You can’t let your problems become a problem.  Don’t blame others, don’t verbalize excuses for not knowing or doing something well, don’t say that you weren’t prepared, or you didn’t know you were going to have to do this or that. A mature leader chooses to adapt and overcome any problem, unexpected situation, unplanned priority, curve balls, failures, environments and difficult people.
Organization Able to use one’s time, energy, resources, tasks, people, physical space, equipment, etc. in effective ways so that you and your team(s) will achieve goals the best way possible
Knowledgeable In areas of necessity for the proper functioning of the team, things and other variables included in the daily responsibilities.