Apple & Fruit Orchard Manager

Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill - Armada, MI

Full-timeEstimated: $76,000 - $110,000 a year
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Are you an experienced Horticulturist looking for a new opportunity?

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

As an Orchard Manager, you are responsible for the field operations of an active farm! You will be coordinating and leading employees; compiling records on the crops; creating schedules for planting, irrigation, spraying and fertilizing; pruning & training young orchards; coordinating equipment readiness and harvesting; directing harvest operations and conducting off-season activities.

The ideal candidate for this position will:

  • Be experienced with farming techniques, procedures, crop timing, chemicals, and basic ratios
  • Have proven people and task management skills
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment and handle pressure while managing multiple tasks
  • Be capable of communicating and working with all levels of management and operations personnel
  • Direct and coordinate the overall operations of the farms, including farm development, planting, irrigation, application/pest management, pruning, training and harvesting
  • Manage a team of regular and seasonal employees
  • Report weekly orchard field evaluations to assist teams in planning spray applications, irrigation, fertilizer applications, mowing, pests and equipment care
  • Records information, such as production, farm management practices, and parent stock, and prepares operational reports
  • Inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning and coordinate maintenance or repairs with the Shop Team
  • Determine and authorize alternative procedures to accommodate variables, for example weather conditions, water supply, stage of crop or tree development, and new legislation
  • Be capable of working a flexible schedule, as workload requires

REQUIREMENTS

  • MINIMUM 8 years of production agriculture and management experience is REQUIRED
  • Have relevant fruit growing experience
  • A horticultural bachelor's degree is preferred but equivalent experience can substitute
  • Working knowledge and experience with Word and Excel
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and a clean record
  • Be able to communicate English; Spanish speaking would be a plus
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills
  • Proven ability to effectively build and manage a team-oriented culture
  • Experience record keeping
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communications skills
  • Ability to plan ahead and to look at the whole picture

COMPANY HISTORY

Blake Farms is a family owned and operated farm that has been in business and serving the local and regional community since 1946. Since Blake Farms humble beginnings, it has grown into one of the country’s largest cider mills pressing over 400,000 gallons of cider a year and having visitors each in excess of 600,000 come and see the working farm. Aside from a large farming operation that farms a variety of fruit, vegetable and cash crops, Blake Farms has diversified its business to offer a winery and hard cider company, which has quickly become one of the largest in the Midwest. Blake Farms is a destination for public entertainment, bringing the people from our local communities together to making lasting memories.

At Blake Farms, you will find a fun energetic and progressive environment in which to grow both personally and professionally. Blake Farms employees over 500 people seasonally, around 70 full-time. You will find working environment that feels much more like a family environment in which to practice your craft and add value to progressive and ever evolving business to learn more about us visit www.blakefarms.com and www.blakeshardcider.com.

THIS IS A FULL-TIME, YEAR-ROUND POSITION AND OFFERS

>Salary Pay

>Paid Time Off

>Paid Holidays

>Health Insurance (Medical, Dental & Vision)

>401(k) program with company match

>Relocation Assistance Available

>Discounts

Only apply if you have at least 8 years orchard farming experience. To apply, please email your background summary and explanation of interest to HR @ blakefarms.com or send a copy of your resume with a cover letter on why you think you’d be a good fit here at Blake’s. Please title your email “Experienced Apple Orchard Manager”! This position will be based in Armada, Michigan.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • general farming: 8 years (Preferred)
  • orchard farming: 8 years (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses
  • Store Discounts

Work Location:

  • One location

Employees working per shift:

  • 11 or more

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly