Uniquely situated on Oak Creek in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek Lodge is a place where memorable experiences are created. Just eight miles north of Sedona you will find our remote, tranquil, historic resort property. Here is where our guests escape and relax in the beautiful orchard and garden, strolling through our three-acre heirloom orchard where we have preserved the tradition of Oak Creek apples, and where our garden provides fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers for our Culinary Program. While not officially certified organic, we follow organic farming standards and practices.
This position will be responsible for the stewardship of land management for all aspects of the orchard and fruit production on the property. Currently the orchard is 3 acres of fruit trees which includes 120 apple trees (17 Varieties), 45 peach trees (5 varieties), and several plum and cherry trees. The position is year-round but part-time in the winter and full-time from spring to fall. The Orchardist will assist with resort events and guest engagement when related to orchards.
Anticipate, plan and effectuate in order to facilitate and curate a premier, destination orchard and fruit program at Orchard Canyon.
Help maintain creek-fed, mile-long irrigation ditch, filters and pump system operation.
Assists with managing our flock of chickens; including daily egg collecting, feeding, routine coop cleaning, care, and material restocking.
Manage the annual orchard budget, ordering and repairing tools and supplies.
Conduct orchard tours as requested and interact with the guests at Orchard Canyon that have an interest in our orchard. Maintain clean physical appearance
To ensure all equipment, machinery is stored securely and clean after use.
Continue professional development and training to develop sustainable, beautiful and organic operation.
Ensure all spaces are clean, safe and beautiful to the highest standard consistent with resort aesthetics
Remain up-to-date on current orchard practices through industry reading and Agriculture Department resources
Developing standard of care for all fruit trees on the property – and provide training to landscape staff.
Coordinate with and support the landscape team with fruit trees located outside of the orchard.
Communicates labor needs well in advance to coordinate with workload.
Prune the Orchard to meet the needs of Orchard Canyon. Experience with climbing fruit tree ladders is mandatory.
Monitor and maintain irrigation of the orchard
Maintain and improve soil health
Manage orchard and team work in order to maximize outcomes while protecting and respecting all life.
Proficiency in hands-on operation/maintenance of tractors, sprayers, and other related equipment including a chainsaw.
Knowledge of chainsaw operations.
Implement pest, disease and weed control application and document, accordingly.
Continue to seek out and implement sustainable methods where applicable.
Lead and participate hands-on in the harvest of apples and peaches.
Lead and participate hands-on in the annual planting of trees in orchards to fill out designated areas as needed.
Manage the distribution and proper storage of harvest.
Collect, organize and maintain the harvest data.
Assist with other tasks that may be assigned by the General Manager.
Qualifications & Experience:
5+ years of experience maintaining orchards or agroforestry.
All aspects of a cider pressing including sanitation, operating a cider press, ordering all materials related to the operation, and leading a crew during cider pressing season.
Experience and/or familiarity with organic methods.
Excellent verbal and written communications, giving/receiving direction, and presentation of plans/results; listening, asking questions, building consensus, presenting, obtaining buy-in.
Excellent team skills, including but not limited to; listening, coaching, guiding, flexible working, adaptability, collaboration, and facilitation
Excellent planning, organizational and resource management/allocation skills – with attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage and complete tasks;
Working knowledge and reasonable capabilities in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
High School or better.
5 years: Maintaining Orchards or agroforestry
Or email the General Manager: