Agricultural Field Technician



Salinas, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023

Mori is focused on innovations in the food, agriculture, and packaging industries. We leverage the unique properties of a natural protein discovered in silk that protects food, creates an edible barrier, and slows down spoilage. Our products can be integrated at any time from farm to shelf, allowing food producers, processors, and retailers to deliver more and better-quality food to consumers. Our mission statement “More Food, Less Waste” embodies our companies’ commitment to improving supply chain inefficiencies and reducing food and packaging waste. We abide by the following values to make our mission possible:

  • Think big, start small
  • Embrace complexity
  • See it through
  • Operate with care
  • Keep perspective

Job Description

Mori is seeking an Operations Field Technician who is experienced in both commercial field operations and research trials with a focus in leafy greens. The role is based out of our Salinas, CA office but will require coordination and travel throughout California, Oregon, and/or Nevada (50%) April through November, and then will work in California and/or Arizona to conduct highly collaborative field trials. Responsibilities will include the following (which are subject to change):

  • Executing transfer and application of Mori Silk product during leafy green harvests
  • Executing pilots of new and current products with new produce growers, including information gathering
  • Working collaboratively with various operational and R&D functions at Mori
  • Assisting in report generation from new data packages when relevant
  • Assisting the in the design of pilot activities with Mori crews to be implemented with new growers
  • Support the scaling and service activities with various growers as directed
  • Interacting with our internal FSQ teams and aiding in data gathering or SOP adjustment when necessary
  • Interacting with external FSQ teams when relevant
  • Representing Mori in a technical and operational capacity in-field
  • Participating in handoffs between product development and commercial activities
  • Contributing to a highly enthusiastic, respectful, “roll up your sleeves” and welcoming environment
  • Traveling to relevant growing regions as needed, expecting frequent and consistent travel, particularly seasonally
  • Working overnights, depending on the location and weekends when needed


  • Base salary range from $71,000 - $78,000 based on experience.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Associates Degree and +3 years relevant experience
  • Willingness to learn Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Food Safety regulations
  • Experience working in agricultural production or extension services
  • Reliable team player with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong internal and external-facing communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft, Google suite and Dropbox or similar, preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish and English required
  • Ability to work independently

Mori provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Health, vision, and dental plans where Mori pays 50% of the premium
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
  • Unlimited paid-time-off (which includes sick pay) and 11 paid company holidays
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Free, access to confidential mental health counsellors through a program called Health Advocate. Health Advocate also helps with other things (securing childcare, finding lawyers for wills, etc.), and you have access to the full array of Health Advocate options
    • Health Advocate also offers advice on which health insurance option to choose based on your personal circumstances (HIPAA compliant, everything is done between you and them and never comes to a Mori employee). This type of program is often referred to as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Free OneMedical on-demand primary care (24/7 access to physicians, online booking system, membership fee is covered), insurance required for certain services
    • Free TelaDoc through Aetna available to employees with an active Mori health plan
    • One year of TalkSpace (fully online mental health therapists) Access based on enrollment in an active Mori provided Health Benefit plan. Monthly limitations apply
  • Optional Life and supplemental life insurance through MetLife

Mori is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and all applicable state and local fair employment practices laws. Employment opportunities at Mori are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, caste, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.