Unmanned Drone Applicator
About The CompanyAt Frontier Cooperative, our vision is “Leading the way to develop generational success.” Due to our unique structure, we benefit from having farmers as customers, employees, neighbors, family members, friends, board members, owners, and residents of the communities we serve. We feel that farmers and the cooperative system are special, and we strive to be the model for what the future of agricultural cooperatives look like for future generations. We also feel it’s crucial to set the example for how to successfully bring multiple (vastly different) generations together, facilitating conversations, providing resources, promoting growth and advocating for change.
The Position:This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed. This job description is not intended to be all inclusive of qualifications, knowledge, skills, abilities, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. Assist in ground and flight operations of Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems). This individual will assist the pilot who will be following a specific flight plan and properly apply Agricultural products. This will also include scouting fields for problems that may be a danger to aerial application like electrical wires or structures before applications.
Assist in conducting flight demonstrations as well as pre-flight, in-flight and post flight safety checks and troubleshoot equipment issues. Also make sure the UAS is well maintained, and proper maintenance is completed as instructed by the pilot. Comply with all regulations for flying and chemical applications. Assist in the proper mixing and application of pesticides, fertilizer, cover crops and fungicides to crops, record applications, and provide documentation and flight logs back to the dispatcher for invoicing. Responsible to promote, support, and advance the cooperative business plan on digital ag software and hardware programs put forth by the VP of Digital Transformation.
Assist in the establishment of strategic goals for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the digital transformation team. Participate in sales calls to existing and potential new customers on digital ag programs; have ability to close deals; able to measure sales success by reporting to the VP of Digital Transformation data on customer contacts made, sales presentations and closed sales. Collaboratively works with the other Digital Transformation team members, Ag Advisors, Sustainable Energy Advisors, and Grain Marketing Advisors to promote, sell, and maximize Agribusiness Technology to producers by attending local fairs, producer meetings and participate at field demonstrations focused on Agribusiness Technology. Assist in the development and preparation of various test plots centered on Ag Technology. Manages and analyzes effectiveness of Ag Technology. Such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for agricultural grid mapping to locate field positions, operations/dispatching software, integrations between software utilized within Frontier Cooperative, integrations between software utilized by our customers, and site-specific application seed, chemicals, and variable rate fertilizer applications.
Conducts field inspections to determine effectiveness of seed, chemical and/or fertilizer products based on precision technology data; assesses success rate of crops and potential issues and reports findings to the Ag Advisor. Ensures standards of health, safety, and security to customers, vendors, and employees by following all company, OSHA, and EPA safety standards and regulations. Other duties may be modified and assigned to this position to meet the business needs of the company.
Skills qualified candidates possess:
- An interest in the agricultural industry
- Basic understanding of agronomy
- Excellent communication skills
- Courses taken, knowledge of, background experience, or interest with any of the following: Agricultural-related, Sales, Agronomy, Agri-business, Technology (software and hardware for use in farming-related applications) and Leadership
- General proficiency with computers, including Microsoft Office products
- A willingness to spend time learning about the cooperative system and each of the business units of Frontier Cooperative
- Flexibility to work outside of regular office hour if necessary or when possible
- The ability to work in a professional office environment
- Valid Driver’s License and ability to travel within our business footprint
- Ability to adjust to multiple demands, shifting priorities, ambiguity, adversity, and constant