Scott Farm Orchardist
About Scott Farm
Scott Farm is one of the nation’s premier heirloom orchards, recognized internationally for
its one-hundred-plus varieties of heirloom apples. The picturesque, 571-acre farm is in the
rolling hills of Dummerston, Vermont, a town of 2,000 just outside Brattleboro. The
Hollywood movie, Cider House Rules, was filmed here in 1999. The historic farm has a
dozen buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and adjoins Rudyard Kipling’s
Dummerston home, Naulakha, where the British author lived for several years in the late-
1800s and penned some of his most famous books. Naulakha and several buildings on the
Scott Farm property are available for short-stay vacation rentals through The Landmark
Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic properties and making them
available to the public. The farm is owned and managed by The Landmark Trust.
Reporting to the Scott Farm Business Manager, the Orchardist is responsible for directing
and ensuring the execution of all operational activities of the orchard. Interfacing with the
Landmark Trust USA Board, Scott Farm Advisory Committee, other Scott Farm employees,
community partners and both wholesale and retail customers, the orchard manager
ensures operations are completed and aligned with the historic, interpretive, and
community relations/partnership objectives of Landmark Trust. In accordance with the
Scott Farm specific mission to produce and sustain the heritage and biodiversity of heirloom
apples and fruits using ecologically sound methods, the manager engages in on-the-ground
labor and tactical planning necessary to bring each year’s crop to fruition and to market.
Supervision and evaluation responsibilities include seasonal/temporary orchard laborers
and full-time employees.
Orchardist sought for Historic Scott Farm
The Scott Farm, a Certified B Corporation located in Dummerston, Vermont, seeks a full-time, yearround
Orchardist. Highly regarded, the Scott Farm Orchard is known throughout the State and region for
its high quality and extensive selection of 130 heirloom apple varieties and other fruits. The Orchardist
works with a knowledgeable and talented staff throughout the year. Together they maintain the orchard
and bring our fruit to customers of our onsite Farm Market as well as markets and coops throughout the
Northeast. This team includes our hardworking crew that comes from Jamaica every year to hand-pick,
grade, and pack the fruit.
A great candidate will have knowledge of (and ongoing curiosity for) orchard operation, entomology,
and various types of fruit trees. They will enjoy physical work and working outdoors year-round on a
range of tasks including the operation and maintenance of orchard and farm equipment. Our next
Orchardist must be able to perform the job requirements, as well as monitor and teach others in
carrying out all duties necessary for orchard maintenance and fruit production (pruning, grafting,
planting, fertilizing, spraying, thinning, mowing, harvesting, and storage of fruit). This position requires
someone who likes a balance of independence and teamwork. Core competencies for the position
● Orchard Knowledge & Abilities – extensive knowledge of apple and other fruit trees and factors
that impact their productivity as well as orchard maintenance skills
● Leadership Skills – help others work to their potential, inspire team to achieve critical goals, and
cultivate a professional and enjoyable work environment
● Communication Skills – strong, professional verbal and written skills when interacting with a
wide-range of stakeholders (staff, public, management, Board of Directors)
● Management Oversight – effectively prioritize tasks, manage resources, and maintain vital
● Collaboration Skills – work effectively with others to achieve common goals that support the
mission of Scott Farm Orchard
Requirements & Desired Experience
• Degree in horticulture or extensive working experience in fruit tree production,
particularly heirloom apple varieties.
• Knowledge and operational experience in ecological orchard practices including but not
limited to integrated pest management, pruning, grafting, new fruit tree planning and
planting, rodent- and animal-related pest control, harvesting, storage and sale of fruit.
Ability to abide by and implement standards for chemical use typical in orchard
• Experience in training, developing, and supervising employees; strong interpersonal and
• Demonstrated capacity to gather, analyze, and interpret data pertinent to orchard
• Experience creating, and operating within, an annual budget.