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Fruit Tree Pruner - Team Lead at OrchardKeepers - 13820

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Fruit Tree Pruner - Team Lead
116 McPherson St, Unit F
95060-5854 Santa Cruz , CA ,
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Fruit Tree Pruner - Team Lead

Full time, year-round. $20+/hour DOE. Health insurance after 30 days.

Orchard Keepers is a home orchard, edible garden and ecological landscape company based in Santa Cruz. Our teams work on both sides of the hill in the Monterey Bay and South Bay area. Orchard Keepers is hiring a Lead Pruner. This is an exciting opportunity for someone excited about fruit trees, looking for a career with a great company.

We are looking to hire a year-round crew leader on our skilled Pruning Crew. Must be able to meet at our Santa Cruz headquarters to carpool at 7:30 am.
Tasks include:

Pruning: dormant season and in-season pruning of deciduous and evergreen fruit trees and cane fruit at home orchard sites

Orchard check-ups: observation throughout the growing season to curb any potential issues

Working solo and with a team

Drive a truck and trailer or aptitude to learn

Communicate with clients


Fruit tree pruning experience - understanding of different fruiting and growth habits of each type of fruit tree

Excited about fruit trees and eager to learn more

Works well with others and communicates clearly

Great customer service

Minimum 2 years experience in horticulturally-related field, preferably with fruit trees.

Valid CA driver's license with a clean driving record

Punctual and dependable

Highly organized and able to work independently

Able to direct a team and keep folks on task


DOE, starting at $20/hr minimum

Annual raise of up to 5%

Full time (4-5 days/week) employees are eligible for Health Care (OK pays 100% of Kaiser Bronze Plan)

STO (sick time off) policy: 3 days (24 hrs) of STO for the first year on the job.

PTO (paid time off) : Your birthday (if your birthday falls on a weekend, the Mon/Fri before or after)

Additional PTO starts after one year from your hire date:

After 1 year of service from hire date, employee will receive 40 hours of PTO

After 2 years of service, employee will receive 40 Hour of PTO per year

After 3 years or service, employee will receive 80 hours of PTO per year

After 4 years of service, employee will receive 80 hours of PTO per year

After 5 years of service, employee will receive 120 hours of PTO per year

Every year after, employee will receive 120 hours of PTO on annual hire date anniversary per year

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