Senior Agronomist/Horticulturist and Agronomy/Horticulture Manager

 

 

About the opportunity:
Costa is currently seeking experienced Agronomists within our Berry Category for roles including Senior Agronomist/Horticulturist and Agronomy/Horticulture Manager. These roles lead horticultural activities associated with the production of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries with responsibilities to include  production planning, irrigation and nutrition management, pest and disease management, canopy management, crop pollination, weed control, growth and development projects, and R&D.

About the roles:
We currently have roles available in Queensland, Western Australia and Northern New South Wales. Each farm has their own requirements from the role, which could include any of the following;

  • Cultivating a team environment which strives for horticultural excellence in crop production 
  • Mentoring and developing direct reports or farm teams
  • Optimising irrigation and nutrition programs to improve plant health and productivity
  • Ensuring pest and disease management systems are optimised and executed effectively to minimise negative economic impact
  • Developing annual site pollination plans, securing contracts with apiarists and ensuring compliance with site procedures and policies
  • Managing the crop scouting program to ensure proactive and effective control measures are implemented on time
  • Providing training and understanding to operations teams regarding safe handling, storage, and usage of agrichemicals
  • Maintaining all horticultural and agrichemical records
  • Aligning programs with Costa Sustainable Commercial Farming Principles 
  • Providing planning and technical inputs to ensure operational tasks (e.g. planting, pruning, weed control, mulch application) are carried out with optimal timing and technique. 
  • Coordinating and tracking horticultural programs to ensure execution is optimized, and expenses align with budget
  • Assisting harvest teams with crop forecasting activities
  • Forecasting annual horticultural programs to aid budget preparation
  • Providing recommendations to the business on varietal selection, and site optimization for future development projects
  • Coordinating research and development activities with a clear vision toward long term production improvements

The roles we have available are senior roles within their regions, with significant impact on the success of our crops.

About you:

We are looking for people with the follow: 

  • Tertiary qualification degree in horticultural or agricultural science.
  • 3-5 years professional experience in horticultural production.
  • Experience in developing and managing a team in a production environment.
  • Financial and business acumen.
  • Driver’s license.

In addition, you should have:

  • A sound understanding of agronomic principles.
  • A strong desire to get into the field and ‘get your hands dirty’.
  • A diligent, pro-active and reliable work ethic
  • We developed time management skills and the ability to prioritise.
  • Experience in training and development of employees
  • The ability to communicate effectively and relate to people.
  • The ability to improve processes, train and delegate to ensure timely delivery of quality outcomes. 
  • Economic judgement relating to decision making and budget management
  • Experience in the development, execution, analysis and reporting of horticultural research projects.
  • The ability to present information concisely and in a relevant format, including written reporting and group presentations.
  • Good computer literacy skills.

What we offer:

  • Permanent, Fulltime position + Base Salary + Superannuation
  • Opportunities for learning, development, progression, mentorships and coaching
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Free Access to an Employee Assistant Program
  • Flexible work-life Balance
  • Full IT Kit
  • Annual Performance Review Process

Costa is seeking applicants who can demonstrate their behaviour in line with the Costa Values (https://costagroup.com.au/about-us/values/)

Next Steps
For more information about the available roles, please contact the berries HR team through HRCostaberry@costagroup.com.au. We are happy to talk to you about your experience and preferred location in order to match you with the most suitable role for you.

Applications will close once the right candidate has been selected, so if you wish to be considered, apply now!

If these roles are not suitable for you but you would like to explore other work opportunities with Costa, please contact HRCostaberry@costagroup.com.au with a brief summary of your experience and the role you are looking for.


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