R&D Field Irrigation Technician

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Operations
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0003547
  • Experience Years: 3-5 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

This position will report to the Technical Grower. The focus of this position will be irrigation and fertility applications including installation and repair of the irrigation system. Other tasks may include but not limited to lysimeter tracking, fertilizer mixing/application, material ordering, monitoring overall plant health, soil sampling, pest trap counts, assist with special projects, etc.)


  • Work with technical grower for irrigation strategy and timing.  Responsible for accurate execution of irrigation applications
  • Work with technical grower to develop fertility program.  Responsible for accurate execution of  fertilizer applications
  • Routinely clean and maintain irrigation system and injection equipment (filters, valves, leaks, flushing tape, checking pressure/drip tape during applications, etc.)
  • Under direction of the Technical Grower lead installation/removal of irrigation systems as needed
  • Monitor and maintain fertilizer inventory.  Work with technical grower to order fertilizer when necessary
  • Assist the Technical Grower with oversight and execution during special project design, installation, and daily/weekly management of such projects.
  • Maintains a safe and professional work environment by complying with all Driscoll’s policies and trainings in pesticide application, irrigation, safety, etc.
  • Ensures the security of all Driscoll’s proprietary and confidential information.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, related to agricultural operations. Including but not limited to: soil sampling, lysimeter sampling, pH and EC monitoring, pest trap counts, etc.
  • This job description is intended to describe the general nature of work performed by employees in this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all the job’s responsibilities at Driscoll’s

**This position may be asked to work with multiple berry types as well as multiple test plot sites.  This position may be asked to assist the farming team with many different tasks as needed. **

Candidate Profile

  • Ability to work well with supervisors and employees at a ranch level.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must be punctual and arrive to work at the scheduled hour.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to work in a field setting that requires being in a standing position for an extended period of time with frequent bending.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred but not required
  • Irrigation/fertilizer application experience.
  • Experience with basic repair and installation of irrigation systems. 
  • Ability to calculate simple conversions ex: pints to gallons, pounds to ounces, feet to meters, etc. 
  • Ability to read work orders and accurately interpret application rates
  • Adheres to company values and mission.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have valid Driver License.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.