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Robot Operator (Nipomo, CA)

Tortuga AgTech

Tortuga AgTech

Nipomo, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2023

Based in Nipomo, CA

Seasonal (20+ hours a week, Spring/Summer 2024)

Do you want to operate some of the world’s most advanced robots for a meaningful purpose? Do you want to fight to make the world’s fresh produce healthier, tastier, and more sustainable? As a Robot Operator at Tortuga, you’ll deploy our robots on site within a trained team. You’ll learn how to run multiple robots to pick fruit and deliver it to our farm customers. You’ll help identify where we can improve by getting faster, better, and more efficient as an operations team. You are excited to help build the future of farm work, to work on a passionate and supportive team, and to “get it done” in the field on a daily basis.

What you’ll do

  • Learn to operate Tortuga’s world-leading robot harvesting fleet - including driving, manual labor indoors and outdoors on farms, cleaning robots, and managing multiple robots at once

  • Work reliably up to 5 days a week (occasional weekend work) for 4-8 hours per day, with early starts (and, if you are willing, potential evening or night shifts)

  • Quality control the robot’s work by making sure there are no “defect” berries, and delivered berries meet supermarket specifications

  • Contribute ideas and fixes that can improve our daily operations and productivity in the field

  • Pick and pack berries manually as needed

What we’re looking for

  • Required: Excitement and willingness to learn how to operate robots with high attention to detail

  • Required: Desire to work in an outdoor environment, doing physical / manual labor

  • Required: Ability to communicate in English (both written and verbal). If you speak Spanish, that is a plus!

  • Nice to have: Farm experience or experience in the military, manufacturing, or operations/logistics

Please note you must be authorized to work in the United States for this position.

The hourly rate pay range represents the low and high end of our range for this position. Actual pay may vary and may be above or below the range, based on various factors including but not limited to experience, education, and responsibilities.

Santa Maria and Nipomo, CA area pay range: $18 - $23 / hour

All hourly employees receive:

  • Paid time off

  • 401k plan

  • $500 wellness stipend

  • $115 professional development stipend

  • $115 productivity stipend

About Tortuga

Tortuga AgTech’s mission is to build a healthier society, and a thriving ecosystem, through smarter farming. We’re pursuing our mission by building robotic harvesting and precision analytics systems for the world’s leading fresh produce growers (delicious things like strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and herbs). We’re building not just because it’s fun, but because we believe thoughtful, well-built advanced technology can help farmers grow healthier, fresher, more environmentally sustainable produce for everyone. We’re backed by some of the most respected early-stage investors in Silicon Valley, as well as ag industry veterans.

Tortuga means “turtle” in Spanish. Around the world, turtles are symbols of wisdom, patience, and connectedness to the Earth. We’re proud to be based in Denver, CO - a growing and leading robotics hub in North America, and a great place to live!

Tortuga is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.