Field Personnel Manager Job Description

Job Title: Field Personnel Manager

Department: Farm 

Reports To: Field Supervisor

Staff Size: 4-35

Pay Range: $12-$15 hourly   

Primary Function: The personnel manager is a management role, expected to lead by example while carrying out responsibilities and duties.  This position is responsible for assisting with and sharing in the supervision, direction, training and control of all activities, systems and processes related to plant care, integrated pest management (IPM), harvesting and records management.  This includes, but is not limited to, staffing, scheduling, planning and participation in events or initiatives. Also includes the direct or shared supervision and performance management of field crew staff. The focus of this position is on interfacing with people and staff through mastery of and implementation of Agriberry’s policies as outlined in the Employee Handbook. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  1. Prepares, assists, or coordinates the daily preparation of all necessary materials for the field crew. 
  2. Works with Field Supervisor to staff and build teams that effectively carry out Agriberry’s mission. This can include hiring initiatives, interviews, and application review. These activities should be initially supervised by the Field Supervisor but can be independently performed if Field Supervisor is confident in ability. 
  3. Primarily responsible for training all harvesters. This can be directly or through training of Team Leads and delegating training responsibilities among them to support overall training of new harvesters. 
  4. Assists in overseeing all aspects of harvester quality control, including regular monitoring and feedback. This is done by monitoring and providing feedback to harvesters directly in the field as well as delegating these duties through the Team Leads when appropriate. 
  5. Is familiar with our Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Plan, implements good food safety practices at all times, and reinforced these practices among the staff. 
  6. Staffs and/or participates in completing all necessary harvesting and plant care. During harvest time this should be done through leap frogging with various employees, providing feedback and keeping the pace of completion of the field generally even among the group by rotating which rows they’re in. During plant care regular crew work will be much more regular. 
  7. Attends, participates in or leads team meetings on a regular basis, or as needed. This may include the Handbook Orientation Presentation as well as general leadership meetings among Field Leadership, weekly during harvest season, and daily prep meetings among field leadership at start of shift.  
  8. Assists in regularly assessing the skill and productivity level of field crews, provides recommendations to scheduling accordingly.
  9. Prepares and publishes the Field portion of the schedule on a weekly basis, typically the Thursday preceding the upcoming week’s schedule. All employee requests for schedule modification must be submitted by the start of shift Thursday. Priority is given to requests submitted during the interview process originally, with first come-first serve requests in priority afterwards. 
  10. Along with Field Supervisor and Team Leads, provides regular coaching and feedback to field crew members, issuing the appropriate corrective action and performance management measures. 
  11. Reports to Field Supervisor or Farm Owner instances of outstanding employee efforts or improved work performance. 
  12. Communicates regularly with the rest of Field Leadership team to coordinate daily flow of tasks. This includes getting information from Field Supervisor as well as distributing that information among all other staff.
  13. Shares responsibility with Field Supervisor for Integrated Pest Management, and Pest Control Best Practice recommendations. This should not be a dedicated task but instead worked into regular monitoring. 
  14. Can be responsible for managing a medium sized (8-20) field crew independently from primary work crew with close communication with Field Supervisor on performance, yields, records, and progress. 
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated passion for local Farming or the Agriculture industry, with an understanding of Agriberry’s core values and focus. 
  • Demonstrated ability to operate safely in the workplace, with experience in holding peers and direct reports accountable to safety standards.
  • Effective leadership, communication skills and motivational skills, with an understanding of how to build good working relationships with employees, supervisors and peers.
  • Effective problem solving and project management skills.
  • Ability to strategize and operate proactively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of staffing and scheduling.  
  • Prior experience in working with or managing outdoor manual labor.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and self-control.
  • Enthusiasm, good attitude, trustworthiness, personal integrity and honesty.
  • Good attention to detail, with an ability to plan, prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work autonomously and understand when a superior needs to be involved in decision making.
  • Good decision making skills, with the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and implement the best solution to solve problems or challenges.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements: 

  • High School Degree or equivalent; Undergraduate course work desirable
  • One or more years of experience in the Farming or Agriculture field, preferably in a supervisory role OR any similar combination of education and experience.
  • Valid VA Driver’s License.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background check and other pre-employment screening.
  • Prior experience with, and the ability to, effectively manage youth workers preferred.  

Physical Requirements: 

  • Able to tolerate extreme temperatures.
  • Able to lift & carry items up 50 lbs, with assistance if necessary.
  • Good physical dexterity and eyesight.
  • Able to stand or sit for long periods of time.
  • Able to bend, kneel, stretch, squat, and climb.