Job Description


Job Title: PCA

Department: Production

Headquarters: Santa Maria, CA

Classification: Exempt

Reports To: Director of Farm Operations and Lead PCA


Job Summary:

Betteravia Farms has roughly 9,000 acres in the Santa Maria Valley area and grow an array of commodities such as, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Leafy Greens, Celery and Artichokes. The PCA is responsible for finding insects, diseases, weeds and other organisms, along with implementing IPM programs and writing recommendations.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Correctly identify vegetable diseases, insects, vertebrates, weeds and other pests
  • Monitor and scout fields for economic thresholds
  • Write recommendations for controlling pests
  • Evaluate chemical efficacy in fields
  • Correctly use chemicals by learning labels
  • Communicate with ranch managers to coordinate pesticide applications
  • Work with harvesting supervisors to acquire highest quality standards
  • Supervise others on conducting chemical sprays
  • Ability to prepare and work with a budget
  • Monitor pheromone traps for observing flights and populations
  • Regulate and monitor field trials
  • Environmental chemical hazard awareness
  • Comply with California Department of Pesticide Regulations
  • Continuing education to increase chemical knowledge and legislature updates
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Desired previous experience in Pest and Disease Scouting
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to organize multiple priorities and projects to achieve expected business results
  • Ability to work independently to achieve results
  • Valid CA Driver’s License with clean driving record
  • Unrestricted work ability in the U.S
  • Ability to comprehend, read, write, and communicate proficiently in English and interact with all levels of personnel in the organization
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Calm and positive attitude—even while working under stressful conditions



  • Desired Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture
  • Combination of education, training, and applied knowledge in Vegetable Production