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Farm Technician

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Cal Poly Corporation provides excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check, educational and employment verification, and reference check, as required. AA/EEO/Disability/Protected Veteran Employer

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Farm Technician
Posting Number 201000372
Posting Type Regular
Contract End Date
Salary Range $18.72-$28.08 per hour
Hiring Range
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
If Part Time, List Work Hours

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

Under the general supervision of the Plant Science Operations Manager, this position will work with department staff, faculty and students, providing facility and production support to the Horticulture and Crops Units, including the Strawberry Center and Agricultural Operations. Duties involved with the position include equipment operation, supervision, irrigation, irrigation maintenance, planting, crop and field management, harvesting, fence building and repair and general pest control in conventional and certified organic systems.

Minimum Qualifications

High School degree or equivalent

Five (5) years of farm work experience in crop production, including conventional and organic row crop production systems, irrigation, and the operation of a variety of farm equipment.

Demonstrated knowledge of greenhouse/nursery propagation techniques

Ability to operate two and four-wheel drive vehicles (including off-road travel), ATV, bulldozer, backhoe, wheel tractors, irrigation lines and pumps preparation, planting, cultivating, and harvesting equipment, such as baler and swather

Prior experience in equipment repair and maintenance

Ability to prioritize, plan, organize, and meet time lines

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

Ability to use a computer and computer software used for crop production

Ability to provide effective training on safe operation and use of a variety of equipment

Work under adverse conditions, including outdoor work in all weather

Ability to read, interpret and work from plans, drawings, and technical manuals

As requested by the supervisor, must be willing and able to respond to emergency situations that may arise in the evenings, weekends or holidays

Must possess a valid Class A California Driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to our insurance company underwriters and comply with state/federal requirements

Ability to apply pesticides and possess a Qualified Applicators Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicators License (QAL) for pesticide applicators (or ability to acquire within 6 months)

A background check is required for all regular benefited positions

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment

Preferred Qualifications

Associates or Bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in the field of agriculture (horticulture, agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, or similar field)

Physical Demands

Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone

Dexterity of hands, fingers, and wrist to operate a computer keyboard and calculator

Seeing to read a variety of materials

Sitting or standing for extended period of time

Physical agility to lift 50 pounds to shoulder height

Physical agility to lift, carry, push, or pull objects

Work under adverse conditions, including outdoor work in all weather

Typical Essential Functions

Perform a variety of general farm labor tasks, including but not limited to the following:
- installation of agricultural water and irrigation systems,
- installation of water storage facilities,
- operations associated with plant nutrition,
- operations associated with waste management,
- general pest control in conventional and organic systems,
- mowing and fence repair

Identify and resolve problems that arise, such as broken water lines, broken fences, or machinery that does not operate correctly

Perform routine daily servicing of farm vehicles and equipment

Perform and provide support for the preparation of land for crop production

Perform and provide support for the irrigation of field crops and greenhouses

Provide direction and supervision to student assistant crew(s)

Operation of equipment, including vehicles with a manual transmission, two and four-wheel drive (on and off-road), ATV, wheel and track laying tractors, backhoe, skid steer, forklifts and loaders

Lift and move items such as bales of hay, fencing materials, bags of seed, fertilizer, feed supplements and farm equipment generally weighing 50 pounds or more

Provides for access and support for instructional, research, and production activities

Respond to emergency situations that may arise in the evenings, weekends or holidays to assist in Agricultural Operations and frost protection, as requested by the supervisor

Apply pesticides (QAC or QAL)

Work with the Strawberry Center, other departments and Agricultural Operations under the direction of the Farm Manager or Department Head

Perform other duties as assigned

Special Instructions to Applicants

Cal Poly Corporation provides excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check, educational and employment verification, and reference check, as required.

AA/EEO/Disability/Protected Veteran Employer

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 01/17/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review of Applications Begin Date

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate your level of education.
    • No degree
    • HS degree or equivalent
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    • PhD
  2. * How many years of related work experience and/or relevant training do you have?
    • Less than 1
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6+
  3. * Do you have the willingness to apply pesticides and experience in the application of pesticides?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have farm machinery experience including operation of tractor, implement, and backhoe?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Will you have a valid California driver's license with a driving record acceptable to our insurance underwriters at the date of hire if you are the chosen candidate?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • The Tribune - San Luis Obispo
    • Caljobs.ca.gov
    • SLOJobs.com
    • Santa Maria Times
    • calpolycorporationjobs.org
    • Los AngelesTimes
    • Santa Barbara News-Press
    • Other
  7. If you answered "Other" on the previous question, "How did you hear about this employment opportunity?", please tell us where you heard about this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation 1
  5. Letter of Recommendation 2
  6. Letter of Recommendation 3
  7. Curriculum Vitae