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Farm Production Manager at University of Nevada, Reno - Desert Farming Initiative - 5794

Job Title: 
Farm Production Manager
University of Nevada, Reno - Desert Farming Initiative
1664 North Virginia Street, Mailstop 221
Reno, NV 89557
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

This is a unique opportunity to be a critical component of a growing and one of kind educational, research, and sustainable demonstration farming program at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Desert Farming Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. It is the University’s agribusiness flagship, serving as an educational facility for students, faculty and community members to discover the fruitful benefits of hoop-house, greenhouse and organic farming in high-desert climates.

The Farm Production Manager (FPM) will directly report to, and work closely with the Program Manager. The position will oversee, manage, coordinate, and execute the production and harvest of all vegetable and fruit crop operations at two field station sites for the UNR Desert Farming Initiative. The incumbent will be responsible for organizing and managing all farm employees, including the Assistant Farm Manager, farm employees, student employees, interns, and volunteers. Working closely with the Program Manager, the Farm Production Manager will develop crop plans, implement a pest management plan, soil fertility and crop nutrition plan, and research and order agricultural products as needed. The incumbent will install, develop, and maintain drip and overhead irrigation infrastructure, and is responsible for executing all crop irrigation requirements. The incumbent executes all tractor work with precision; oversees and insures the proper management of all tractor equipment; and may be required to research new and innovated precision row crop equipment for demonstration. In addition, the incumbent will work closely with the DFI Education Program Coordinator, and Program Manager to implement and execute the farm’s Food Safety plan, Good Agricultural Practice certification, and greenhouse organic certification. The DFI has three primary goals: provide an educational program in sustainable farming systems for desert climates; provide research and hands-on educational experience to UNR faculty, students, the agricultural industry and community; and demonstrate working agricultural systems in desert climates. The Farm Production Manager will play a critical role in achieving these goals on the ground, and maintaining a highly productive farm that serves these goals to the highest capacity. The Farm Production Manager will also be expected to contribute to the innovation of advancing DFI farming systems with alternative and sustainable practices. In addition, the position will participate in workshops and community outreach held at the Desert Farming Initiative.

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Education & Experience: 

Preferred Qualifications

An agriculture or natural resources related Bachelor degree, with at least 4 years of farm management employment on a diversified row crop vegetable and fruit farm. The ideal will also obtain years of experience working in lower level positions on a farm, such as a farm intern, field worker, crew leader, or assistant farm manager. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the skills and ability to immediately take over the day to day farm operations and lead the farm team to successfully produce a diversity of crop on 4-5 acres in year one. Additional preferred qualifications include candidates with proven experience in managing soil fertility and pesticide programs.

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Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture