Maine – Pietree Orchard hiring Orchardist

Sweden, Maine

Orchardist, Assistant (Full Time) 

Pietree Orchard, Western Maine – Oxford County, Sweden, ME.   

Hourly Wage: $15-18/hour, commensurate with formal education & experience.  Health insurance, 2 weeks vacation and independent housing is supplied.   

Description:

Full-time, 40-55 hours per week, according to season. Monday – Friday work schedule is expected, with additional evening and/or weekend work required at times.  The Assistant Orchardist will be responsible for, with the guidance of the Orchardist, maintaining and expanding our farm’s 15 acres of tree fruit production.  We bring 60 varieties of apples (some heritage) and other tree fruit to our market to sell.  The orchard uses IPM production for our trees which range from standard sized to high density fruiting walls.  The Orchardist is eager to share his extensive knowledge of over 30 years of apple growing throughout the North East and will provide on-the-job training for this position.  We are seeking a person who is interested in joining us to learn the art and science of apple growing and then to take on the Head Orchardist role as he retires in 8-10 years.

Pietree Orchard is a 400 acre vibrant, diverse farm, whose primary location is in Sweden, ME – on a ridge in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  The McSherry family established this orchard in the mid 1930s and we purchased it in 2008. Our focus is to continue to grow great local food and help strengthen our local community.  Today, across three farm locations, we focus on tree fruit, vegetables, maple syrup, hay and baked goods and are expanding into new crops and farm fresh products each year.  This position will be based at the main farm located in Sweden, Maine.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position, with the guidance and direction of the Orchardist, will be involved in:

  • pruning
  • planting and orchard layout
  • tree training
  • fruit thinning
  • fruit harvest, recordkeeping and storing
  • various orchard management tasks
  • assisting in supervision of seasonal help
  • working with field crew when needed
  • assisting in set up and maintenance of equipment, including sprayers.

Knowledge and Skill Qualifications:

This position requires:

  • Associate’s degree in horticulture, agriculture or a closely related field
  • Internship or one year of work experience in horticulture or a related field.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment as well as work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel both in and out-of-state, requiring a valid driver’s license.
  • Participation in state and regional conferences and continuing education events.
  • Ability to routinely lift 30 to 50 pounds.
  • Completion of Agricultural Basic Pesticide Applicator license within a year after hire.
  • Comply with food safety requirements.
  • To develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using oral, written and electronic methods.

 This position prefers:

  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture or a closely related field and three years of work experience in horticulture or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in tree fruit production.

Schedule for Evaluation:  With Orchardist, in the initial six months of employment then annually thereafter.

Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references by May 18, 2018 to Cathryn Kloetzli at cathrynkloetzli@pietree-orchard.com.  We will continue to accept applications until an exceptional candidate is found.  We hope to have the successful candidate start their career with us by July 2018.

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Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Farm Interns

Greensboro, Vermont.

Cate Hill Orchard, a sheep dairy and organic apple orchard, is seeking two farm interns for our upcoming busy fall season.

Apple Picker/Shepherd/Farm Helper, August 15-October 15 2017, starting stipend $150/week plus room and board,  Join our fall crew!  Main job will be picking and sorting apples, but you will also help out with sheep chores (milking, pasture work, rotational grazing); vegetable garden and harvest; berry picking; cider making; farmers markets; wood stacking; honey extracting; and more.     Located in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, we are a small, diverse permaculture/organic family farm, with a 5 acre apple orchard; a small sheep dairy; and an apiary .  40 hours a week.    Housing is a bedroom in our farmhouse, possibly to be shared with another farm worker.  Most meals will be prepared and eaten together.  Heavy lifting required– a bushel of apples weighs about 40 lbs.

To apply, please send a letter of interest ASAP to: maria@catehillorchard.com.  For more info on our farm, and more detailed job description, see our website catehillorchard.com.  Thanks!

New York – Twin Star Orchards hiring Farm Manager

New Paltz, New York

Orchard Manager

Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz, NY is seeking a farm manager to oversee the day-to-day management of all orchard operations. Twin Star Orchards is the home orchard for Brooklyn Cider House, an award-winning craft hard cider company. Twin Star features a mix of dessert and heirloom cider apples. The farm’s underlying philosophy is that “ugly apples taste better.” This philosophy translates into low-impact farming practices that produce “ugly” yet delicious fruit for our hard cider and for our pick-your-own business in the fall. With a small but dedicated team, the farm manager is responsible for carrying out the mission of ugly apples on the 200-acre property.

Responsibilities

  • Manage crew of 4-5 orchard workers
  • Coordinate pest management, pruning, thinning, trellising, harvesting with the support of a consultant and crew leader
  • Maintain detailed records
  • Ensure equipment and grounds are well maintained
  • Develop market for apples
  • Capital planning
  • General administration including payroll, bookkeeping, etc.

 Qualifications

  • 2+ years of farm management experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture of a related field is preferred but not required
  • Extensive knowledge of apples, fruit, or stonefruit
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (Spanish language ability is a plus)
  • Passion for sustainable agriculture and quality food (appreciation for hard cider is a plus)
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with other members of the team
  • Pesticide applicator license or desire to secure licensing

Work Schedule and Compensation

This is a permanent, salaried position averaging 50 hrs/wk, but can range from less than 40/wk to 60/wk, depending on season, Monday throughFriday or Monday through Saturdays during harvest. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. No benefits are available at this time.

 Location

155 N Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

 To Apply

Send résumé, cover letter, and 3 references to hannah@twinstarorchards.com. The position will remain opened until filled, with a target start date of May 15, 2017.

Vermont – Cate Hill Orchard hiring Interns

Greensboro, Vermont

Cate Hill Orchard is looking for farm interns for the upcoming season.  We are a small diverse family farm located in Greensboro, Vermont.  We have a five acre organic apple orchard, a 50 head sheep dairy, and a 30 hive apiary, as well as a small flock of chickens, a few pigs, and lots of small fruits and berries.

The farm intern(s) would be involved in all aspects of the farm; however, helping with sheep would be the bulk of the work– rotationally grazing; milking; mucking out the barn; moving lambs to distant pastures; fixing fences, health checks.  Other work would include: berry picking; apple thinning; mulching, weeding, and mowing around berry plants; vegetable gardening; chicken and pig care; apple harvest; farmers markets.

The shepherd position goes from May 1-October 15.  Interns will get room and board, plus $150/week stipend.  Rooms are in our farmhouse, with a basic outdoor kitchen shared with other interns.  We are on a back road, 5 miles from the nearest small town, so a car is a good idea.

Farm experience is helpful but not necessary– mainly we are looking for people with a genuine interest in learning!  Must be willing to work outside, in heat or cold, rain or shine, black flies and all. The farm intern will have an opportunity to learn about organic, small scale sheep dairying; cheesemaking; organic apple orchard management; natural beekeeping, and more.

For more about the position, and other farm intern positions, check out our website catehillorchard.com.  To apply,  send an email to maria@catehillorchard.com.

Easy Pickin’s Orchard hiring Multiple Positions

Enfield, Connecticut

Farm Assistant: Field Work, Sales & Specialized Tasks 

Easy Pickin’s Orchard is accepting applications for seasonal positions
at our fruit, berry & vegetable farm / orchard in Enfield, CT

*      Job Descriptions:

We have part-time and full-time positions available, depending on the type of duty and your availability.  Training for these jobs will be provided, but previous farm experience is encouraged.

We’re looking for people who enjoy putting in a good day’s work, doing a job carefully and thoroughly !

We are hiring for positions including: retail, assisting in our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, irrigating our vegetable fields and orchard, and maintaining the overall appearance of our farm.

  • Retail: selling our produce at area farmers’ markets and at our pick-your-own farmstand; you must be available on weekends. Previous experience in a high-volume grocery, food service or other sales and customer service environment is strongly preferred.
  • Assisting in our CSA program: working closely with a small team to harvest and pack weekly shares for our CSA members, and delivering shares off-site if needed. Good knowledge of, and experience in handling, fresh local produce is a plus.
  • Irrigation: we will train you in how to maintain our system, which requires attention to detail and good organizational skills. Previous experience, and/or a science background, is preferred.
  • Maintaining the farm’s appearance: includes mowing and weeding the orchard and vegetable fields during the week.Experience in operating a tractor and heavy farm machinery is required.

*      How to Apply for these Positions:

Send your résumé with a cover letter to us at: farmerb@easypickinsorchard.com;
specify your qualifications for the position(s) for which you are applying.

Some of this work starts NOW, so apply ASAP !

Our season is already in progress, and runs from now through November.

*      To learn more about Easy Pickin’s Orchard:  visit us at our:

website: http://www.easypickinsorchard.com/ & FB page:  www.facebook.com/easypickinsorchard

DeMeritt Hill Farm hiring Farm Manager

Lee, New Hampshire

DeMeritt Hill Farm is a 120 acre family owned farm located in Lee, NH located approximately 2 miles from UNH and 15 miles from Portsmouth. As a working farm, we currently grow: apples, peaches, blueberries and Christmas Trees. This is a well-established farm that has a strong following of customers that look forward to PYO quality fruit each season.

We are currently looking to hire a farm manager with an eye towards growing and expanding the activities that DMHF offers. This is a hands-on management position where you will be primarily working by yourself. The orchard owner and additional help will be provided based on need. The position involves working and supervising the day-to-day operations of the orchard and the farm. The candidate must have experience in fruit growing, and good organizational skills.

Specific Requirements and Duties include the following:

  • Must possess practical orchard operation experience.
  • Must be familiar with equipment operation and maintenance. Time management skills are a must.
  • Day-to-day operations of orchard management include planting, layout, pruning, spraying, fertilization, soil management and harvesting.
  • Oversee and ensure proper maintenance and installation of trellis systems.
  • Ensure proper record keeping/guidelines for certifications.
  • Oversee the preventative maintenance and repair of all equipment and tools used at the farm as well as proper storage of each.
  • Must hold a current NH spray license or be willing to get one ASAP.
  • Weekly update meetings with owner and family regarding current state of orchard.
  • Ensure implementation and adhere to health and safety procedures.

This farm is visited by thousands of people each year that come to expect the highest quality experience. A key piece to the farm is Farm Manager. You should be personable, outgoing and can provide customers a warm feeling that they can’t wait to come back for their next visit.  Please submit all inquires to info@demeritthillfarm.com

Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program hiring Apprentices

Various Locations

Starting a career in regenerative agriculture? Want to develop technical skills in grassfed beef production, dairy management and cheesemaking, or heirloom fruit tree cultivation and holistic orchard management?
The Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program seeks applicants for its 8-month (March to Nov 2016) on-site apprenticeships at:

San Juan Ranch in Alamosa, CO
San Juan Ranch is a certified organic, grass-fed beef ranch located in the San Luis Valley near Saguache, Colorado operated by George Whitten and Julie Sullivan. The apprenticeship curriculum includes Holistic Management, animal husbandry, range health monitoring, planned grazing, herding, ranch infrastructure maintenance, improving soil by grazing cover crops on irrigated cropland, finishing process for grass-fed cattle, low-stress livestock handling, and organic certification. In addition, the curriculum may include a series of professional development opportunities. Apprentices emerge from the program with tangible skills, both technical and interpersonal, that are essential for successful employment in sustainable agriculture, and for eventual ownership and management of their own operation.
Start Date: Approximately March 1, 2016 (Apprentices will attend an orientation at the end of the week of March 15 in the Santa Fe area.)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Apply at: http://quiviracoalition.org/New_Agrarian_Program/San_Juan_Ranch_/index.html
James Ranch Artisan Cheese in Durango, CO
James Ranch Artisan Cheese manages a small herd of Jersey cows for the production of raw milk and small-batch cheeses in the beautiful Animas Valley near Durango, Colorado. Operated by Dan and Becca James, James Ranch Artisan Cheese is one of several family-run enterprises on the larger James Ranch. This dairy and cheesemaking apprenticeship offers professional training for aspiring agrarians committed to a life and career at the intersection of conservation, sustainable agriculture, and artisan foods. The apprenticeship includes hands-on experience with all aspects of dairy operation and cheese production, including low-stress animal handling, milking, cheese making, affinage, biological monitoring, marketing, financial planning, Holistic Management, and land stewardship.
Start Date: Approximately March 14, 2016 (Apprentices will attend an orientation at the end of the week of March 14 in the Santa Fe area, then will officially start at the ranch March 21.)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Apply at: http://quiviracoalition.org/New_Agrarian_Program/The_James_Ranch_Artisan_Cheese/index.html

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