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

Career Opportunities

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

Draftsman

The mission for this position is to help our vertically integrated farm and food processing plant grow with innovation and technology.

Outcomes

  • Mechanical drafting using Solid Works and AutoCAD
  • Assist company with innovation and technology
  • Design and develop process controls for the manufacture in plant
  • Assist Sr. Engineer wit project implementation
  • Develop return on investment (ROI) analysis for capital expenditure projects
  • Assist with overseeing construction and installation of equipment
  • Research new technology and it’s applications to our company
  • Be a liaison between fabrication division and operations
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Formal education in draftsmanship.
  • Understands the team concept and works well independently or as a team towards a common goal.
  • Has a passion for creativity and innovation.
  • PLC experience.
  • Ability to work inside and outside in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Effective Communicator.
  • Ability to multitask, and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Flexible both on hours and tasks.
  • 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.

Competencies

 

Physical Demand

A.

  • Lifting
  • Reaching
  • Carrying
  • Keying/typing

B. Amount of Effort & % of Time Effort is Applied

  • Less than 1 pound: more than 70%
  • Between 1 & 5 pounds: more than 70%Between 5 & 25 pounds: 15 to 40%
  • Between 25 & 60 pounds: 15 to 40%
  • More than 60 pounds: less than 15%

C.

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Bending

Mental or Visual Demand

  • Concentrated mental and/or visual attention; the work involves performing complex tasks to very close accuracy and quality specifications; or a high degree of hand and eye coordination for sustained periods.

 

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

 

Employment at Stahlbush Island Farms is employment at-will.  Employment at-will may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time by the employee or the agency.

 

Stahlbush Island Farms is an equal opportunity employer, program auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

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.

Physical Demand:

Most work performed is outside with periods of exposure to extreme weather conditions.

A.

  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Reaching
  • Manipulating
  • Carrying
  • Pushing

B. Amount of Effort & % of Time Effort is Applied

  • Less than 1 pound: 40% to 70%
  • Between 1 & 5 pounds: 40% to 70%
  • Between 5 & 25 pounds: 15% to 40%
  • Between 25 & 60 pounds: 15% to 40%
  • More than 60 pounds: less than 15%

C.

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Stooping
  • Bending
  • Confined

Mental or Visual Demand

  • Concentrated mental and/or visual   attention;  the work involves   performing complex tasks to very close accuracy and quality specifications; or a high degree of hand and eye coordination for sustained periods.

A.

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Heat
  • Cold
  • Fumes
  • Noise
  • Water

B.

  • Work is typically performed under   reasonably good working conditions; while exposure to any or all of the above   elements may occur, such exposure is generally not present to the extent of being disagreeable.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

 

Employment at Stahlbush Island Farms is employment at-will.  Employment at-will may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time by the employee or the agency.

 

Stahlbush Island Farms is an equal opportunity employer, program auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

Farm Superintendent – Pleasant Hill

 

The mission for this position is aid in the operation of the Pleasant Hill Farm.  The selected individual will be very hands-on, actively leading the staff on the farm with the expectation to meet company goals.   The position requires excellent communication with the farm management team and an ability to work with others to the overall company’s benefit. This individual will be self-directed and results-driven with good crop production knowledge and management experience.  S/he will be happy working in the field and will project a positive and pleasant workplace to all employees on the farm.   The candidate will be open to new technologies and understand the importance of accurate record keeping.

 

 

Outcomes

  • Have the ability to operate, adjust and set up farm tractors,      planters, cultivation and tillage equipment.
  • Experience with Labor supervision and management.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrate good work ethic and mentor those under your      leadership.
  • Strive to achieve outstanding results in all areas of work.
  • Understanding of field recording practices and the necessity to      maintain those accurately.
  • Knowledge in farm processing and planning.
  • Successful irrigation techniques demonstrated  by scheduling irrigations
  • Ability to get a private pesticide applicators license.
  • Aid in the harvest of crops, by use of pixall and combine      operation.

 

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bilingual –Spanish /English preferred
  • Annual crop production experience with some management experience
  • An understanding of agricultural methods, fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation and farm equipment
  • A track record for following through on projects and getting things done in a timely manner
  • Excellent judgment in prioritizing responsibilities and delegating tasks to staff members
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, CDL is preferred.

 

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Employment at Stahlbush Island Farms is employment at-will.  Employment at-will may be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at anytime by the employee or the agency.

Stahlbush Island Farms is an equal opportunity employer, program auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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.

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.

Maintenance Planner

The purpose of the maintenance planner at Stahlbush Island Farms is to schedule both planned and unplanned maintenance activities, ensure the correct parts are on hand to support the maintenance work, and ensure manufacturers recommended maintenance procedures are documented for use by the maintenance personnel.  The maintenance planner will also assist in building a database that contains basic information and service parts used on each piece of equipment.  The maintenance planner will use MPulse maintenance software to assist in accomplishing this mission.

 

Outcomes

  • Help in the transition from CWorks to MPulse to ensure information placed into MPulse is complete/accurate.
  • Ensure that all preventative maintenance is completed on farm and plant equipment.
    • Ensure that work orders are set up in new MPulse software.
    • Ensure that work orders contain a complete list of maintenance instructions and include vendor maintenance recommendations.
    • Ensure that parts are on hand to complete preventative maintenance.
    • Perform audit on all plant and farm equipment to build a database of service part requirements for each piece of equipment.  Add this information to MPulse.
    • Track work order status.
    • Continue to audit/improve/maintain the information contained within the MPulse maintenance software on an ongoing basis.
    • Basic computer skills required.
    • Familiarity with maintenance software is required.
    • Ability to work with a team is required.
    • Ability and desire to crawl around on the equipment and throughout the plant is a requirement.  This will be a very hands on job.
    • Mechanical aptitude is highly desirable.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates degree in a related      field, Bachelors degree is desired.
  • 2 – 5 years of      experience.

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.

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