Careers

STAHLBUSH ISLAND FARMS:

WHERE AGRICULTURE MEETS INNOVATIVE SCIENCE


Company Work Culture

We enjoy team camaraderie that includes: quarterly potlucks, annual BBQ, cooking competitions and recreational sports teams.  The private, pristine drive is flanked on one side by healthy Douglas firs and a meandering river on the other.  Stahlbush Island Farms is a working farm with a healthy wildlife population.  On the farm, sightings of bald eagles, blue herons, deer and rabbits are frequent.   Stahlbush even has a recreational footpath around a scenic lake where employees are encouraged to take advantage of the outdoors.

Stahlbush Island Farms is an organization that not only cultivates food we cultivate leaders.  During our 28 years of business, we have grown nearly 80 percent of our leadership from within the company.   The opportunity for advancement is a part of our company culture and available to those that excel in the Stahlbush environment. We have exported to 26 countries and encourage diversity in our workforce.

Our office dress code is what we like to call “Customer Ready”.  It is a casual dress code but one that is appropriate for a drop-in visit from any of our customers.

Employee Benefits

Medical
Vision
Dental
401k Match
Vacation (PTO)
Voluntary Insurance Benefits
Flex Spending Account
Life Insurance Coverage
Professional Development
Family Medical Leave
Active Military Leave
Employee Assistance Program
Discounts from our Suppliers (Les Schwab, Wilco etc.)
Company Store where products are available at cost
Holiday Food Boxes with 4-H meat, fruits and vegetables

Philanthropy

Donate over 1 million servings of food to the local food bank per annum
Purchase 4-H animals from hard working youths

To apply for our opportunities please email your resume to recruiting@stahlbush.com

Career Opportunities:

Administrative Assistant to Retail Sales Staff

The mission for this position is to interact on a day-to-day basis with the National Retail and Industrial Sales Managers, customers, consumers, and all other office staff in a professional and flexible manner. Assist in all areas of the company when called upon. Become accustomed to the office style that Stahlbush Island Farms promotes, including sustainability. Interested individuals please submit a resume and cover letter to recruiting@stahlbush.com

Outcomes

  • Provide efficient & professional administrative support to the National Retail Sales Manager and Industrial Sales Manager.
  • Plan and schedule meetings, flights, hotel reservations, food show reservations, and any other administrative needs.
  • Organize & accurately maintain filing system.
  • Coordinate activities with other executives to ensure timely completion.
  • Review, analyze and report on periodic expenditures.
  • Respond to customer, and consumer needs over the phone and email.
  • Organize and respond timely to food show packing, and sample shipping.
  • Work on collections from customer on past due invoices.
  • Submit grant reimbursement forms.
  • Write up sales order and distribute to logistics, production and accounts receivable departments.
  • Compile sales reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of high school; University/College degree an asset.
  • Excellent computer skills – Excel, PowerPoint, Word.
  • Strong organizational, communication, planning, & time management skills.

Competencies

  • Honesty/Integrity – ethically behaves at the highest level. Always does what is right. Speaks plainly and truthfully. Earns highest level of trust and maintains confidences. Willingness to speak their opinion even when it is perceived to be in conflict with ownership or to be unpopular.
  • Efficient with Resources – produces significant output with minimal waste of time or resources. Operates with highest of standards.
  • Meets Commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal costs.
  • High Intelligence – Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.
  • High Analytical Skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights.
  • Attention to Detail – does not let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Persistence – Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Proactive – acts without being told what to do. Brings new ideas to SIFI.
  • Flexible / Adaptable – adjust quickly to changing priorities due to changes in environment or customer need.
  • Creative / Innovative – Generates new and innovative approaches to problems.
  • Enthusiastic – Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Wants to be at SIFI.
  • Work Ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done. Has a track record of working hard.
  • Communications – Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative in all forms of communications.
  • Team Player – Reaches out to peers and cooperates with all members of team to produce the highest quality product.
  • Embrace the Values and Commitments of SIFI to fully support and believe in the mission and values of Stahlbush Island Farms.
  • Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Planning/Organizing – prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment manages competing demands and is able to deal with a frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Problem solving – the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Client Services – the individual manages difficult employee and client situations, responds promptly to their needs and solicits their feedback to improve service.
  • Dependability – the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Safety and security – the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.

Farm Endorsed Truck Driver

Family owned since 1985, Stahlbush Island Farms is an environmentally friendly farm and food processor in Corvallis, Oregon. We grow high quality foods using innovative farming practices. We even make our own electricity! Our biogas plant, the first of its kind in the U.S., converts all of our agricultural waste into electricity, generating twice the amount that we need to run the processing plant.

If you have a thirst for knowledge, like to learn new skills, work well in a team atmosphere, have a passion for creativity and innovation, then Stahlbush might be the place for you! We are always looking for motivated, qualified individuals to join our family. We offer a competitive starting salary, a benefits package, retirement program, company store and much more.

Mission

The mission of this position is to be responsible for operating farm trucks in an accurate and timely manner as well as move farm equipment and materials safely both on the farm and out on the road. This job does require you to be able to tarp a load.

We are looking for both CDL and Farm Endorsed Drivers for the 2015 harvest season. Jobs last until Christmas time. Local driving only, both day and graveyard available.

Outcomes

  • Self-starter, must be able to work with limited supervision
  • High integrity and work ethic, positive attitude
  • Detail Oriented
  • Accurate completion of paperwork
  • Good communication skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • DMV farm endorsement.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English desired.
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License.

Competencies

  • Honesty/Integrity – ethically behaves at the highest level. Always does what is right. Speaks plainly and truthfully. Earns highest level of trust and maintains confidences. Willingness to speak their opinion even when it is perceived to be in conflict with ownership or to be unpopular.
  • Efficient with Resources – produces significant output with minimal waste of time or resources. Operates with highest of standards.
  • Meets Commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal costs.
  • High Intelligence – Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.
  • High Analytical Skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights.
  • Attention to Detail – does not let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Persistence - Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Proactive – acts without being told what to do. Brings new ideas to SIFI.
  • Flexible / Adaptable – adjust quickly to changing priorities due to changes in environment or customer need.
  • Creative / Innovative – Generates new and innovative approaches to problems.
  • Enthusiastic - Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Wants to be at SIFI.
  • Work Ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done. Has a track record of working hard.
  • Communications – Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative in all forms of communications.
  • Team Player – Reaches out to peers and cooperates with all members of team to produce the highest quality product.
  • Embrace the Values and Commitments of SIFI to fully support and believe in the mission and values of Stahlbush Island Farms.
  • Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Planning/Organizing – prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment manages competing demands and is able to deal with a frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Problem solving – the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Client Services – the individual manages difficult employee and client situations, responds promptly to their needs and solicits their feedback to improve service.
  • Dependability – the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Safety and security – the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.

Farm Mechanic Supervisor

The mission for this position is to perform maintenance and repairs on farm equipment (i.e. tractors, implements, pickups, semi’s, service trucks, etc.) as required to keep equipment functional to meet needs of farming operations.

Outcomes

  • Equipment maintenance & repair-Diagnose problems, code, execute necessary repairs; change fluids & filters as needed when time for service; install GPS components; change tracks when change in size is required; hook up implements; test and setup.
  • Service and repair construction equipment, forklifts, spreaders, sprayers, harvesters, diesel engines and all types of farm equipment/implements.
  • Willing and able to work as a farm equipment operator when necessary.
  • Bring innovation and creative ideas to farm for equipment technology and development
  • Assist in departmental budgeting and manage to that budget
  • Mentor and train mechanics
  • Provide routine information to and solicits situation specific information company wide from employees, managers and external relationships and general inquiries.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to handle the position.
  • Three to five years of verifiable experience repairing and maintaining farm implements and tractors.
  • Experienced welder
  • Valid driver’s license required with the ability to obtain a Farm Endorsement and drive company vehicles.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred.
  • Ability to work independently

Competencies

  • Honesty/Integrity – ethically behaves at the highest level.  Always does what is right.  Speaks plainly and truthfully.  Earns highest level of trust and maintains confidences.  Willingness to speak their opinion even when it is perceived to be in conflict with ownership or to be unpopular.
  • Efficient with Resources – produces significant output with minimal waste of time or resources.  Operates with highest of standards.
  • Meets Commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal costs.
  • High Intelligence – Learns quickly.  Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.
  • High Analytical Skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it.  Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights.
  • Attention to Detail- does not let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Persistence- Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Proactive- acts without being told what to do.  Brings new ideas to SIFI.
  • Flexible/ Adaptable – adjust quickly to changing priorities due to changes in environment or customer need.
  • Creative/ Innovative – Generates new and innovative approaches to problems
  • Enthusiastic- Exhibits passion and excitement over work.  Wants to be at SIFI
  • Work Ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done.  Has a track record of working hard.
  • Communications – Speaks and writes clearly and articulately  without being overly verbose or talkative in all forms of communications
  • Team Player – Reaches out to peers and cooperates with all members of team to produce the highest quality product.
  • Embrace the Values and Commitments of SIFI to fully support and believe in the mission and values of Stahlbush Island Farms.
  • Quality Management-Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Planning/Organizing-prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability- Adapts to changes in the work environment manages competing demands and is able to deal with a frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Problem solving-the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully
  • Client Services-the individual manages difficult employee and client situations, responds promptly to their needs and solicits their feedback to improve service.
  • Dependability-the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Safety and security-the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.

General Farm & Plant Labor

We are currently hiring General Farm and Plant Labor. If you or someone you know is interested, please come to our open orientations, held at multiple times each week. Please be prepared to work immediately after orientation and bring two forms of identification. Orientations are held every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Spanish and Friday at 10:00 a.m. in English. There are limited positions available for the farm and the plant. Come to the main office at 3122 Stahlbush Island Road in Corvallis, Oregon.

Irrigation Specialist – Pleasant Hill

This job entails the scheduling and operation of drip irrigation systems for large areas of commercial blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

Daily Tasks Include

  • involve the monitoring of soil moisture sensors and evapotranspiration (ET) data
  • programming of automatic irrigation controllers to satisfy irrigation demand
  • operation and balancing of irrigation pumps to supply irrigation requirements
  • drip system maintenance and repair, crew supervision, record keeping and data entry

Seasonal Tasks Include

  • regular application of liquid fertilizer though the drips systems by deploying; setting up and operating portable fertilizer injectors and tanks

Additional Duties May Include

  • the operation of center pivots to irrigate agricultural field crops based on plant measurements and a real time, weather-based crop water use model

 

Maintenance Mechanic-Corvallis

The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. This position is for the night shift, 10:00pm – 6:00am.

General Summary:

Performs maintenance and repairs on plant equipment, farm equipment, service trucks, vehicles, etc. as required to keep plant and equipment functional to meet needs of the food processing plants and farm operations.

Major Functions: 

Equipment maintenance & repair-Diagnose problems, codes, execute necessary repairs; change fluids & filters as needed when time for service; test and setup. Welding experience preferred. Prepares and sets up machinery for scheduled production runs. Performs mechanic skills including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic troubleshooting and repair of production machines. Reads and interprets equipment manuals and work orders to perform required repairs, maintenance and service. Provide emergency/unscheduled repairs of equipment during production. Diagnose problems, replace or repair parts, test and make adjustments. Detect faulty operations, defective material and report those and any unusual situations to proper supervisor. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education:

Any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to handle the position. Degree or certification in mechanical, electrical, or industrial maintenance a plus.

Experience:

Three to five years of verifiable experience repairing and maintaining equipment and machinery; prefer experience in food processing environment; welding experience

Supervision Received:

Under supervision of Maintenance Manager however must have the ability to operate independently within defined parameters with little or no supervision.

Working Conditions:

Work performed inside and outside with periods of exposure to extreme weather conditions. Frequent standing, walking, sitting, pulling, bending, pushing and lifting up to 75 lbs.

Production Supervisor

The mission for a supervisor with Stahlbush Island Farms either on the farm or in our food processing facility is to assist the manager in carrying out the goals and necessary tasks to maintain production through out the organization.

Outcomes:

  • Peak production
  • Safe work environment
  • Trained employees

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Report production deviations to Managers and Quality Assurance
  • Implement Human Resource procedures ( disciplinary actions, payroll, attendance, etc)
  • Ensure compliance to SIFI policies and procedures
  • Complete required documentation for quality, production and record keeping
  • Assist in the development of S.O.P.s as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by manager

 

Competencies

  • Honesty/Integrity – ethically behaves at the highest level. Always does what is right. Speaks plainly and truthfully. Earns highest level of trust and maintains confidences. Willingness to speak their opinion even when it is perceived to be in conflict with ownership or to be unpopular
  • Efficient with Resources – produces significant output with minimal waste of time or resources. Operates with highest of standards
  • Meets Commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal costs
  • High Intelligence – Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information
  • High Analytical Skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
  • Attention to Detail- does not let important details slip through the cracks
  • Persistence- Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done
  • Proactive- acts without being told what to do. Brings new ideas to SIFI
  • Flexible/ Adaptable – adjust quickly to changing priorities due to changes in environment or customer need
  • Creative/ Innovative – Generates new and innovative approaches to problems
  • Enthusiastic- Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Wants to be at SIFI
  • Work Ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done. Has a track record of working hard
  • Communications – Speaks and writes clearly and articulately with out being overly verbose or talkative in all forms of communications
  • Team Player – Reaches out to peers and cooperates with all members of team to produce the highest quality product
  • Embrace the Values and Commitments of SIFI to fully support and believe in the mission and values of Stahlbush Island Farms
  • Quality Management-Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • Planning/Organizing-prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans
  • Adaptability- Adapts to changes in the work environment manages competing demands and is able to deal with a frequent change, delays or unexpected events

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A strong attention to detail and comfort working with numbers
  • Must be a strong problem solver, able to create solutions to challenges in an expedient manner
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments is essential
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with others; will be required to interact with a variety of vendors, colleagues and sometimes customers
  • Computer skills are important
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • 1 to 3 years work experience in a leadership role
  • Proficiency in understanding and use of personal computers, Excel, Word, and e-mail
  • Bilingual and Mechanical aptitude a benefit

Refrigeration Operator Maintenance Tech

The mission for this position is to perform maintenance and repairs on plant equipment, and refrigeration equipment as required to keep plant equipment functional to meet needs of the food processing plants. This position is for the night shift, 10:00pm – 6:00am.

Outcomes

  • Perform routine and preventive maintenance as needed and/or assigned for the purpose of ensuring the ongoing functioning of refrigeration systems.
  • Prepare documentation for the purpose of providing written support in compliance of regulations.
  • Perform troubleshooting, repair, and preventative maintenance on refrigeration equipment and plant equipment.
  • Equipment maintenance & repair-Diagnose problems, codes, execute necessary repairs; change fluids & filters as needed when time for service; test and setup.
  • Prepare and set up machinery for scheduled production runs.
  • Perform mechanic skills including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic troubleshooting and repair of production machines.
  • Read and interpret equipment manuals and work orders to perform required repairs, maintenance and service.
  • Provide emergency/unscheduled repairs of equipment during production.
  • Diagnose problems, replace or repair parts, test and make adjustments.
  • Detect faulty operations, defective material and report those and any unusual situations to proper supervisor.
  • Provide routine information to and solicits situation specific information company wide from employees, managers and external relationships and general inquiries.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to handle the position. Degree or certification in mechanical, electrical, or industrial maintenance a plus.
  • Three to five years of verifiable experience repairing and maintaining equipment and machinery; prefer experience in food processing environment.
  • Minimum of 2 years combined experience with anhydrous ammonia.
  • Prefer someone with RETA (Refrigeration Engineers Technician Association) certificate or equivalent experience.
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of operating principles governing refrigeration process.
  • Ability to work independently

Seed Cleaner Manager

Outcomes

Manages a team to include the following:

  • Purchasing and accurate recording of purchases for seeds and varieties. 
  • Record-keeping for proper weights and invoicing.
  • Manage sanitation to ensure organic integrity, food safety, and equipment maintenance.
  • Receive, clean, bag, palletize, warehouse, and inventory all types and varieties of seed that are delivered.
  • Manage supplier selection and relations, purchase orders, and contract management.
  • Collect and review documentation for GMO, specification, pesticides, etc.
  • Bag final product with correct lot number and other specific information.
  • Ensure proper weights per bag and follow stacking procedures on pallets.
  • Data entry for lot numbers, varieties, seed weights, bag inventory, and bills of lading.
  • Operate equipment including but not limited to Telehandler, forklift, air/screen cleaner, carter, indents, elevators, bag equipment, electronic scales, and gravity table.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 3 years of experience in the seed industry.
  • Previous experience in seed industry desired.
  • Any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to handle the job will be considered.
  • Prior knowledge of setup and calibration of equipment required to clean a variety of seeds including, but not limited to, ryegrass, fescue, clover, squash, corn, soybeans, amaranth, flax, dill, and other varieties.
  • Computer knowledge for Microsoft suite.
  • Thorough knowledge of seeds and varieties to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Must obtain a Pesticide Applicator’s license within 6 months of hire date.

 

Competencies

  • Honesty/Integrity – ethically behaves at the highest level.  Always does what is right.  Speaks plainly and truthfully.  Earns highest level of trust and maintains confidences.  Willingness to speak their opinion even when it is perceived to be in conflict with ownership or to be unpopular.
  • Efficient with Resources – produces significant output with minimal waste of time or resources.  Operates with highest of standards.
  • Meets Commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal costs.
  • High Intelligence – Learns quickly.  Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.
  • High Analytical Skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it.  Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights.
  • Attention to Detail- does not let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Persistence- Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Proactive- acts without being told what to do.  Brings new ideas to SIFI.
  • Flexible/ Adaptable – adjust quickly to changing priorities due to changes in environment or customer need.
  • Creative/ Innovative – Generates new and innovative approaches to problems
  • Enthusiastic- Exhibits passion and excitement over work.  Wants to be at SIFI
  • Work Ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done.  Has a track record of working hard.
  • Communications – Speaks and writes clearly and articulately  without being overly verbose or talkative in all forms of communications
  • Team Player – Reaches out to peers and cooperates with all members of team to produce the highest quality product.
  • Embrace the Values and Commitments of SIFI to fully support and believe in the mission and values of Stahlbush Island Farms.
  • Quality Management-Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Planning/Organizing-prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability- Adapts to changes in the work environment manages competing demands and is able to deal with a frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Problem solving-the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully
  • Client Services-the individual manages difficult employee and client situations, responds promptly to their needs and solicits their feedback to improve service.
  • Dependability-the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Safety and security-the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.