Uniquely situated on Oak Creek, in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon 8 miles north of Sedona, Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek Lodge is a place where magical moments happen. Because of the remote, tranquil nature of our surroundings, our historic resort provides an opportunity for people to escape and relax in an environment surrounded by beautiful grounds, an orchard and garden. Our three-acre heirloom orchard preserves the tradition of Oak Creek apples, and our garden provides fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers for the farm-to-table restaurant. The orchard and garden are paramount to the guest experience. While not officially certified organic, we follow organic farming standards and practices. We are looking for the right person to steward our highly diversified, quarter acre farm-to-table garden.
Position averages 32 hours per week late January – mid-December (24 hpw during shoulder seasons and 40 hpw April – October
Salary to commensurate with experience.
Open until filled
-Manage and coordinate all aspects of daily work tasks in a quarter acre diversified garden that has been transitioned to minimum tillage, including planting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, fertilizing and integrated pest management.
-Manage and coordinate garden vegetable, flower and herb production throughout the year to provide seasonal harvest (March 15th - Nov 15th) for Orchard Canyon restaurant and for guests.
-Help maintain creek-fed, mile-long irrigation ditch, filters and pump system operation
-Maintain and harvest perennial fruits such as grapes, figs and kiwis.
-Maintain and improve crop plan, sowing schedules, seed orders, and inventory.
-Manage daily greenhouse care and production, including sowing, transplant production, manage timely planting and weeding.
-Manage flock of 75-100 chickens; including daily egg collecting, feeding, routine coop cleaning, care, and material restocking.
-Supervise work tasks and scheduling for seasonal landscaper, individual volunteers and volunteer groups.
-Weekly coordination between the Gardener and the Chef to create availability list and harvesting schedule.
-Manage the annual garden budget, ordering and repairing tools and supplies including feed for chickens.
Applicant should have a minimum of 2 years leadership experience with small-scale diversified farming and/or market gardening including vegetables, herbs, microgreens and flower production. Skill proficiency in irrigation, crop rotation and greenhouse management, and general farm equipment use and maintenance. Experience growing for restaurants and animal care (chickens) a plus. Light construction and basic farm McGiver skills are appreciated.
Applicant should have excellent communication skills to interact with public and guests. Leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills to function as part of a team.
Applicant should be self-motivated, hard working, eager to learn, have excellent people skills, great multi-tasker, and be in good physical condition. Ability to perform certain tasks such as heavy lifting (over 50#), repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and walking (No applicant will be rejected because of a condition or impairment that, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent performance of work.)
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-Position you are applying for
-Relevant past work experience, including specific responsibilities and duties, especially related to the position you are applying for
-Your goals relating to agriculture
-Other related skills (ie: carpentry, tractor driving, flower arranging, etc...)