NAVAJO MESA FARMS

We have several positions that we are always hiring for here at R&G Potato Inc. & Navajo Mesa Farms.

Simply tell us the position you are applying for, and fill in the rest of the information. If we are hiring for that position, we will be in touch with you within 48 hours. If the  position is currently filled, we will keep your application on file and contact you as soon as that position opens up again.

 

- Job Descriptions -

 

 

  • Agronomist/Quality Compliance Manager

    Position Description and Responsibilities

     

    POSITION:  Agronomist/Quality Compliance Manager

     

    LOCATION:  Farmington, New Mexico

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

    Manage all aspects of potato quality using the mindset of seed-to-shelf.

    Manage all potato quality programs during the potato life cycle (field through shipping.)

    Monitor and report potato quality from the field into storage and during the storage and shipping season.

    Support the quality monitoring systems of all potato storages throughout storage season providing detailed reports as requested by supervisor

    Monitor and report potato quality from the lab and shipping facility.

    Support management of chip potato agronomy and production programs throughout the growing season.

    Provide scouting leadership for all fields, including but not limited to: stand counts, canopy cover, disease and insect monitoring.

     

    SUPERVISOR:

      (Primary) Farm Manager--Navajo Mesa Farms

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

     A.  PRIMARY

    Understand and document all best practice aspects of Frito Lay and public varieties from field production through storage.

    Provide agronomic recommendations for potato fields according to crop and weather conditions.

    Provide best practice recommendations for NMF potato variety portfolio.

    Maintain clear understanding of insects, diseases, and other concerns that affect the growth and quality of the potato crop.

    Acquire and maintain clear understanding for the storage of chip potatoes and provide oversight and leadership.

    Understand, manage and maintain bruise-free program and index throughout harvest into storage.

    Gain working knowledge and application for all aspects of potato quality and frying processes.

    Understand and execute Global Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)

    Provide assistance to crop production managers with all ground selection for current chip potato crop.

    Oversee current and future field selections to ensure maximum farm productivity and profitability.

    Acquire and maintain clear understanding of irrigation practices for the potato crop.

    Collect and organize data throughout growing, harvest, and storage seasons and report information to Management Team on a weekly basis.

    Acquire and maintain knowledge of potato grading and shipping management.

    Perform certain jobs outside of regular job description when necessary, if a fellow NMF employee is absent or unable to work.

    Ongoing learning process for all aspects of the NMF operation.  On-the-job training as well as outside education as needed.

    Ongoing communication with supervisors and co-workers with respect to farm operations.

    Continue professional development through educational opportunities.

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

    Effective verbal and written communication skills.  Excellent organizational skills.

    Strong drive for results with the ability to lead small groups and delegate tasks.

    Proficient organizational skills.

    Handle conflict and stress situations with tact and manage employees in a diplomatic and respectful manner.

    Forward thinking skillset to look ahead and anticipate problems.

    Must be a team player, not an individualist.

    Carry a respect for others and ability to work with minority employees.

    Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, data acquisition, instrumentation, and control systems.

     

  •  Crop Production Manager

    POSITION:  Crop Production Manager

     

    LOCATION:  Farmington, New Mexico

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

    Manage farm operations to perform and execute specific accountabilities including land preparation, planting, cultivation, irrigation, chemigation.  Must understand and carry a general knowledge of chipping potatoes.

    Co-manage production of all chip potatoes throughout the growing season.

    Co-manage storage facilities and support shipping of potatoes.

    Supervise and/or operate machinery from ground preparation, planting, and harvesting potatoes.

    Monitor and manage soil moisture and irrigation scheduling.

    Support and assist maintenance technicians and pivot technicians as needed.

    Support scouting program on a weekly basis and report recommendations to Agronomist and Manager.

     

    SUPERVISOR:

      (Primary) Farm Manager--Navajo Mesa Farms

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

     A.  PRIMARY

    Manage agronomic recommendations as directed and advised on the overall farm plan “Agronomy Workbook”.

    Thorough knowledge and understanding of center pivot irrigation and provide management of assigned farm quadrants.

    Acquire and maintain clear understanding of irrigation practices for the NMF potato crop.

    Anticipate and execute maintenance scheduling for pivots and other production equipment as needed.

    Implement and practice an effective preventive maintenance and safety program.

    Provide management oversight to field preparation, planting, diking, and harvesting crews as assigned.

    Assist with machinery repairs and manage fall/winter field operations during the winter months.

    Assist Agronomist locating proper field selections for the following year crop rotation.

    Assist and provide oversight of field selections to ensure maximum farm potential and profitability.

    Understand all aspects of all Frito-Lay and public potato varieties.

    Understand, manage and maintain bruise-free program and index throughout harvest into storage.

    Perform certain jobs, when necessary for a supervisor to fill a position when a fellow employee at NMF is not able to work.

    Ongoing learning process for all aspects of the NMF operation.  On-the-job training as well and outside education as needed.

    Ongoing communication with supervisors and co-workers with respect to farm operations.

    Continue professional development through educational opportunities.

     

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

    Effective verbal and written communication skills.  Excellent organizational skills.

    Strong drive for results with the ability to lead small groups and delegate tasks.

    Good mechanical skills and working knowledge of electrical issues related to pivot sprinklers and storage facilities.

    Operation of light duty trucks, tractors, and other farm implements supported by a valid driver license in good standing.

    Handle conflict and stress situations with tact and manage employees in a diplomatic and respectful manner.

    Forward thinking skill set to look ahead and anticipate problems.

    Must be a team player, not an individualist.

    Carry a respect for others and ability to work with minority employees.

    Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, data acquisition, instrumentation, and control systems.

     

  • Head Pivot Technician

    POSITION:  HEAD PIVOT TECHNICIAN

     

    LOCATION:  Farmington, New Mexico

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

    Manage and execute specific farm operations including irrigation maintenance on center pivots, chemigation, and fertigation, throughout the growing season.

    Electrical knowledge pertaining to center pivot sprinkler operations.

    Operate machinery when needed from ground preparation, planting, growing, harvesting and storing of potatoes.

    Assist other maintenance technicians when needed.

     

     

    SUPERVISOR:

     (Primary) Crop Production Manager

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    PRIMARY

    Ongoing learning process for all aspects of the NMF operation.   On the job training as well as outside education as needed.

    Ongoing communication with supervisors and fellow workers.

    Knowledge and understanding of center pivot mechanics and operations.

    Anticipate and execute maintenance scheduling for pivots and other equipment as time allows.

    Practice and implement an effective preventive maintenance and safety program.

    Operate farm equipment for specific jobs explained in the PURPOSE OF POSITION section.

    Be willing to perform certain jobs, when it is necessary for a supervisor to fill a position when a fellow employee at Navajo Mesa Farms is unable to work.

    Assist with center pivot repairs and projects during winter months that are necessary to prepare for the upcoming year. If                                                                                                                                                       repairs and preparation for upcoming year projects are completed, supervisor will provide other projects to complete before Spring farming operations commence.

     

     

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

    Verbal and written communication skills.

    Ability to delegate.

    Excellent organizational skills.

    Handle conflict and stress situations with tact and manage employees in a diplomatic and respectful manner.

    Look ahead and anticipate problems.

    Must be a team player and it is mandatory for employee to respect and work with minority employees.

    Computer proficiency.

    Good mechanical skills and knowledge pertaining to electrical issues (related to pivot sprinklers and storage facilities.)

    Operation of light duty trucks, tractors, and other farm implements supported by a valid driver’s license in good standing.

     

    OTHER COMMENTS:

    Eligible for 401K after 1 year of employment.

    Health insurance available after 3 months of employment.

    Vacation time

     

     

  • Truck Operator

    Position Description and Responsibilities

    POSITION:  TRUCK OPERATOR

    LOCATION:  Farmington, New Mexico

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

    Successfully operate a 10-wheelertruck both on and off road

     

    SUPERVISOR:

    (Primary) Crop Production Manager

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    A. PRIMARY

    Provide and maintain a valid Class E driver's license

    Maintain daily log books

    Abide by farm and equipment safety procedures.

    Must be able to follow instructions given by tractor operator(s) and line supervisor.

    Follow and complete supervisor’s guidelines daily.

    Basic verbal and written communication skills

    Ongoing communication with supervisors and fellow workers

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

    Look ahead and anticipate problems.

    Must be a team player and it is mandatory for employee to

    respect and work with minority employees

    Must be able to work long hours when necessary

    Must be able to work in all types of weather and willing to work outdoors

    Possess basic knowledge of 10-wheeler trucks and minor repairs

    Responsible for cleaning truck interior at the end of each work day

     

    Knowledge and implementation of 10-wheeler tarps

     

  • Tractor Operator

    Position Description and Responsibilities

     

    POSITION:  TRACTOR OPERATOR

    LOCATION:  Farmington, New Mexico

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

    Successfully operate a tractor and necessary equipment for ground preparation, planting, and harvest

     

    SUPERVISOR:

    (Primary) Crop Production Manager

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    A. PRIMARY

    Operate tractor and designated equipment

    Maintain daily log books

    Abide by farm and equipment safety procedures

    Follow and complete supervisor’s guidelines daily

    Knowledge and implementation of proper potato handling procedures as outlined in regarding to planting, harvesting, and ground prep

    Understand and utilize GPS systems and all features/technology of the tractor

    Keep tractor and equipment clean

    Ongoing communication with supervisors and fellow workers

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

    Look ahead and anticipate problems.

    Must be a team player and it is mandatory for employee to respect and work with minority employees

    Must be able to work long hours when necessary

    Must be able to work in all types of weather and willing to work outdoors

     

  • Human Resource Manager

    POSITION: Human Resource Manager

     

    LOCATION: Physical Location (Farmington, NM); Other Support Locations (American Falls, ID & Maricopa, AZ)

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION: R&G Potato Company is seeking a Human Resource Manager to lead all development and implementation of people

    related processes, services and support systems for the company’s business units. This position will support various HR employee programs within

    the organization; for example benefits administration, recruiting & hiring, and other related programs. The ideal candidate should have experience in

    human resource management and related human resource programs. The company is looking for a human resource professional who practices

    discretion in all personnel matters, doesn’t mind working on numerous tasks at once, and enjoys variety in their daily work.

     

    SUPERVISOR: (Primary) COO R&G Potato - - CFO R&G Potato

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES: (Primary)

    Staffing and Recruiting: Oversees hiring for of all business units; develops plans and directs local employment activities (recruiting,

    screening, interviewing, selecting, and orienting) for the hourly workforce as well as salaried workforce: deploys innovative strategies to

    hire during peak seasons.

    Employee Relations: Works closely with management to interactively solve complex employee issues; develop communicate and enforce

    location specific guidelines, rules and procedures.

    Technology: Manages Human Resource data system and related coordination with all personnel files.

    Benefits Administration: Manages enrollment process, communicating package with staff and ensuring new employees are enrolled.

    Policy Development and HR Compliance: Researches the need for new or updated human resources policies; communicates and

    interprets related processes, maintains compliance with State and Federal regulations, and maintains HR compliance.

    Training and Development: Ensures all employees are thoroughly on boarded, understand all company policies and have adequate

    resources for development. Creates and conducts management training so that people at all levels understand roles and responsibilities.

     

    DUTIES: (Not all inclusive)

    -Identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions and ensures policies, procedures,

    and reporting are in compliance.

    -Partner with R&G executive team to develop and execute long-term strategies for building strong employee culture and positive work

    environment.

    -Maintain, amend and communicate Employee Handbook to ensure compliance with long term business strategy and all regulations.

    - Ensure HR policies and procedures align with the company mission and strategic goals.

    -Lead hiring process partnering with other managers to recruit, interview, test, and select employees to fill vacant positions.

    -Plan and conduct new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward company goals.

    -Keep records of benefit plan participation such as insurance and pension plan, personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers,

    performance reviews, and terminations, and employee statistics for government reporting.

    -Coordinate management training in interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, performance review, safety, and sexual harassment.

    -Advise management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues and respond to inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and

    programs- Administer performance review program and salary & compensation program to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within

    organization.

    - Administer benefit programs such as life, health, dental and disability insurances, pension plans, vacation, sick leave, and leave of absence.

    - Serve as first point of contact for workplace injuries and partners with Work Comp carrier to manage workers’ compensation claims.

    -Conduct wage surveys within labor market to determine competitive wage rate.

    - Prepare employee separation notices and related documentation, and conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.

    - Represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    - At least five years of human resources generalist experience, with at least three years in management.

    - Experience in the agriculture or agricultural business industry is a plus.

    - BA or BS in Business and/or Human Resources.

    - Excellent communications – verbal and written – skills.

    - Demonstrated ability to multi-task and excellent organizational skills.

    - Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

    - Strong drive for results with ability to lead small groups and delegate tasks.

    - Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and applications.

    - Out of state travel capability.

     

  • Farm Mechanic

    POSITION: Farm Mechanic

    LOCATION: Farmington, New Mexico

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

     

     Maintain, service, and repair various farm equipment required for day-to- day operations. Farm equipment may

    include, but not be limited to machinery, vehicles, tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems.

     

    SUPERVISOR: Farm Manager—Navajo Mesa Farms

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:.

     

     Service broken and/or malfunctioning farm equipment, as well as perform preventative maintenance by testing,

    adjusting, cleaning, and replacing worn parts. This may include use of computer monitoring equipment to test the

    function of equipment and systems, checking for leaks, malfunctions, or weak points.

     Provide efficient mobile repair of all equipment in an appropriate and responsive time frame.

     Comprehensive and ongoing communications with supervisor, crop managers, and team to complete all repairs in an

    “as-needed” and time-efficient manner.

     Maintain clean, safe, and organized work area.

     Provide daily reporting to supervisor.

     Perform certain jobs outside of regular job description and other duties as assigned when necessary.

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

     

     Effective verbal and written communication skills.

     Strong drive for results with the ability to work independently as well as successfully complete tasks set by

    management.

     Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

     Physical requirements may include considerable use of arms and legs, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking,

    stooping, and handling of materials.

     Excellent organizational skills.

     Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

     Willing to “jump into the trenches” with team members when necessary.

     Ability to work with people, handle conflict and stressful situations with professionalism.

     Ability to work long hours when needed. Planting and harvesting seasons will consist of long work days, with the

    possibility of working several days consecutively.

     Forward thinking skillset and ability to anticipate problems for prevention management.

     Must be a team player who takes personal responsibility and works to achieve team credit and success.

     Excellent mechanical and electrical skills and knowledge.

     Possess knowledge of general safety procedures and precautions, including those specific to Navajo Mesa Farms.

     

  • Production/Operations Support Internship

    POSITION: Production/Operations Support Internship

     

    LOCATION: Farmington, New Mexico

     

    SUPERVISOR: Will be designated by NMF Farm Manager and HR

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

     

     Support farm operations in accountabilities including planting, cultivation, irrigation, and chemigation.

     Support production team in the management of all chip potatoes throughout the growing season at NMF.

     Support supervision of machinery from ground preparation, planting, and harvesting potatoes.

     Support the monitoring and management of soil moisture, irrigation, and scheduling.

     Support and assist maintenance technicians and pivot technicians as needed.

     Support agronomy and scouting programs on a weekly basis.

     Support management of storage facilities and support shipping of potatoes.

     

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (not all inclusive):

     

     Complete orientation and training of all aspects of the NMF operation.

     Support agronomic recommendations as directed and advised on the overall farm plan “Agronomy Workbook”.

     Support and gain understanding of center pivot irrigation and provide support of assigned farm quadrants.

     Acquire and maintain clear understanding of irrigation practices for the NMF potato crop.

     Anticipate and execute maintenance scheduling for pivots and other production equipment as needed.

     Support implementation and practice an effective preventive maintenance and safety program.

     Support management oversight of field preparation, planting, diking, and harvesting tasks and crews as assigned.

     Assist with machinery repairs as needed during internship.

     Assist Agronomy program during season and support proper field selections for the following year crop rotation.

     Perform certain jobs outside of regular job description and other duties as assigned when necessary.

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

     

     Effective verbal and written communication skills.

     Strong drive for results with the ability to support or lead small groups and delegate tasks with proper follow-up.

     Excellent organizational skills.

     Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

     Willing to “jump into the trenches” with team members when necessary.

     Ability to work with people, handle conflict and stressful situations with professionalism.

     Able to work long hours when needed.

     Good mechanical skills and working knowledge for example of electrical issues related to pivot sprinklers.

     Operation of light duty trucks, tractors, and other farm implements supported by a valid driver license.

     Must be a team player who takes personal responsibility and works to achieve team credit and success.

     Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

     

  • Agronomy / Quality Support Internship

    POSITION: Agronomy / Quality Support Internship

     

    LOCATION: Farmington, New Mexico

     

    SUPERVISOR: Will be designated by NMF Farm Manager and HR

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

     

     Support management of all aspects of Navajo Mesa Farms Potato Quality.

     Support management of all potato quality programs during the potato life cycle…field through shipping.

     Support the monitoring and reporting of potato quality from the field during the growing season.

     Support management of chip potato agronomy and production programs throughout the growing season at NMF.

     Support scouting leadership for all fields measuring for example stand counts, canopy cover, disease and insect

    pressure.

     

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (not all inclusive):

     

     Support agronomic recommendations for potato fields according to crop and weather conditions.

     Support best practice recommendations for NMF potato variety portfolio.

     Maintain clear understanding of insects, diseases, and other concerns that affect the growth and quality of the crop.

     Understand, manage and maintain bruise-free program and index throughout harvest into storage.

     Gain working knowledge and application for all aspects of potato quality and frying processes.

     Understand and support the execution of Global Good Agricultural Practice (GAP).

     Provide assistance to crop production managers with all ground selection for current chip potato crop.

     Support current and future field selections to ensure maximum farm productivity and profitability.

     Acquire and maintain clear understanding of irrigation practices for the potato crop.

     Collect and organize data throughout growing, harvest and storage seasons and report information to Management.

     Acquire and maintain knowledge of potato grading and shipping management.

     Perform certain jobs outside of regular job description and other duties as assigned when necessary.

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

     

     Effective verbal and written communication skills.

     Strong drive for results with the ability to support or lead small groups and delegate tasks with proper follow-up.

     Excellent organizational skills.

     Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

     Willing to “jump into the trenches” with team members when necessary.

     Ability to work with people, handle conflict and stressful situations with professionalism.

     Able to work long hours when needed.

     Good agronomy knowledge and mechanical skills.

     Operation of light duty trucks, tractors, and other farm implements supported by a valid driver license.

     Must be a team player who takes personal responsibility and works to achieve team credit and success.

     Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

     

  • Maintenance Support Internship

    POSITION: Maintenance Support Internship

     

    LOCATION: Farmington, New Mexico

     

    PURPOSE OF POSITION:

     

     Provide support for designated operational activities that occur in the maintenance shop and other areas of

    operations in the Navajo Mesa Farms system. This includes the support of maintenance activities of all equipment

    trucks, warehouse processes, and support of parts inventory.

    SUPERVISOR: Will be designated by NMF Farm Manager and HR

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (not all inclusive):

     

     Complete orientation and training of all aspects of the NMF operation.

     Support Maintenance Lead in supervision to fellow co-workers to build a highly-functioning and motivated shop

    team. This team is to provide an integral support function for all field and warehouse operations. Employee safety

    is a key focus along with proficiency of the team function and results.

     Support overall maintenance plan, support the implementation and execution of an effective preventative

    maintenance program for all equipment and warehouse processes.

     Support efficient mobile repair of all equipment in an appropriate and responsive time frame.

     Gain an understanding of the inventory management system learning the strategic approach of minimizing

    maintenance expenses and carrying costs.

     Support comprehensive and ongoing communications with supervisor, crop managers, and team to complete all

    repairs in an “as-needed” and timely manner.

     Support the coordination with vendors to understand the pricing and purchase/return of parts and equipment

    processes.

     Support the focus on a clean, safe, and organized shop area.

     Provide weekly report to designated supervisor.

     Perform certain jobs outside of regular job description and other duties as assigned when necessary.

     

    SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED:

     

     Effective verbal and written communication skills.

     Strong drive for results with the ability to support or lead small groups and delegate tasks with proper follow-up.

     Excellent organizational skills.

     Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

     Willing to “jump into the trenches” with team members when necessary.

     Ability to work with people, handle conflict and stressful situations with professionalism.

     Able to work long hours when needed.

     Solid mechanical and/or electrical skills and knowledge.

     Operation of light duty trucks, tractors, and other farm implements supported by a valid driver license.

     Must be a team player who takes personal responsibility and works to achieve team credit and success.

     Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

     

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