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Orchard Manager at Apricot Lane Farms - 15802

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Orchard Manager
Apricot Lane Farms
10700 Broadway Road Apricot Lane Farms
93021 Moorpark , CA ,
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Job Description: 

We are seeking a professional and experienced Orchard Manager to oversee and manage all aspects of 100+ acres of Organic/Biodynamic certified diverse orchards including avocado, lemon, mixed citrus, stone fruit, olives and
mediterranean fruit. The ideal candidate has extensive orchard experience, preferably with a regenerative
mindset, is highly organized and can effectively lead a team. Communication and teamwork are vital to this position. The successful candidate will be motivated, growth-oriented and have a collaborative approach to work in sync with other farm
teams such as Livestock and the Fertility team.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

● Direct and coordinate the overall operations of the orchards including orchard development, irrigation, application/pest management, pruning, grafting, harvesting, cover cropping, mowing and fertility management
● Work in collaboration with the Director of Plant and Soil Fertility to implement and improve holistic orchard program through nutritional foliar sprays, cover crops, composting, compost extracts and more
● Maintain detailed record-keeping of orchard processes, for both internal data and for the Demeter and CCOF Certification. Record keeping will include, but is not limited to: fertilizer application, pest application, tree planting, seed and supply purchases, daily log and more
● Manage a team of regular and seasonal employees
● Responsible for leadership, hiring, training, yearly employee evaluations and coaching in a harmonious working climate while maximizing employee morale and productivity
● Understand and train employees in Apricot Lane Farms’ policy, procedures and safety guidelines
● Establish goals, direction and vision while strategically planning all projects in tandem with Farm Leadership
● Maintain farm equipment and identify repairs
● Plan and oversee future orchard development in conjunction with Farm Leadership
● Monitor and enforce all standards related to both food safety and employee safety to ensure compliance with all county, state and federal laws
● Actively participate in Team Lead meetings and initiatives.

Education & Experience: 

Desired qualifications:
● Five years experience in farm/orchard production
● Knowledge of tree fruit production practices
● Tractor / Equipment Driving with implements
● Strong leadership, decision-making and creative problem-solving skills
● Strong communication skills and a growth mindset with attention to detail
● Mechanical aptitude, irrigation, spray and pruning knowledge
● Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
● Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus
● Valid Driver’s License with clean driving records
● Must be able to handle hot and cold days working in the elements.

Application Instructions: 

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