ORCHARD manager

This position reports directly to the owners of Champlain Orchards and the person will work closely with senior management.

Key areas of responsibility will be EcoApple certification, organization and oversight of pruning, planting, fertilizing, spraying, thinning, mowing, harvesting, and storage of fruit. The director must possess a high level of practical orchard operation experience, entomology & tree fruit knowledge; and must enjoy and be familiar with equipment operation, physical hard work, and working outdoors year round. They must be self-motivated, enjoy teaching and leading staff, and be able to work weekends and nights on occasions.

Responsibilities:

·  Oversee advanced IPM scouting and analysis of result and planned action.

·  Ensure overall health of fruit trees including pruning, thinning, tree-spreading, spraying, fertilization, rodent and animal control throughout the orchards, adhering to EcoApple standards.

·  Monitor daily/weekly weather reports via NEWA website, and ensure appropriate action is taken based on the weather and pest information.

· Communicate quality and productivity expectations for the orchard managers and staff, monitor success, evaluate, and implement changes to improve quality and productivity.

·  Ensure implementation, adherence to, and reporting of GAP, GMP, EcoApple, and organic standards to ensure certifications are maintained.

·  Maintain proper Records and reporting of key data – i.e.; crop estimates, bud counts, and Integrated Pest Management.

· Create and implement standard operating procedures for the departments.

·  Train and supervise the staff employed under the department. 

·  Create and oversee opportunities for staff cross-training within the departments.

·  Attend weekly Managerial meetings with Owners.

·  Create a daily, weekly, and monthly work schedule for staff under their supervision.

·  Plan and lead public orchard tours and workshops.

·  Lead implementation of cutting edge modern orchard practices, techniques, and equipment.

·  Oversee the overall maintenance and care of all the various properties and all buildings located on them.

·   Make decisions about equipment use, maintenance, modification and procurement.

·  Ensure organization and proper storage of all tools and essential equipment and parts.

·  Oversee the overall mowing and maintenance of the orchard grounds, including brush chipping and mulching.

·  Oversee the harvesting of the fruit throughout the various seasons.

·  Ensure apples destined for cold storage arrive in a timely manner and are properly identified and entered in receiving computer system.

·  Plan, organize and oversee the ordering and planting of new fruit trees.

·  Research various ways to modernize/improve efficiency.

·  Oversee and ensure proper irrigation and drainage work installation and operation.

·  Ensure proper maintenance and installation of trellis.

·  Oversee maintenance and renovations of all buildings and surrounding grounds.

·  Oversee maintenance, repair, and replacement of all apple bins.

·  Ensure proper recordkeeping/guidelines for EcoApple certification and organic certification.

·  Attend various annual conferences and tours – such as: Cornell University, IFTA annual meeting/tour, EcoApple annual meeting.

·  Keep up to date on procedures pertaining to modern orchard maintenance thru periodicals, workshops, websites, and emails – such as those from Cornell University and NEWA.

Key skills:

o   IT, technical and numerical skills

o   Project management skills

o   Organizational and interpersonal skills

o   The ability to work under pressure and inspire and motivate a team of workers

o   The capacity to grasp concepts easily and think critically and creatively

o   Attention to detail

o   Superior communication and information dissemination skills

o   Strong negotiating and problem-solving skills

Working Hours: 40 – 50 hours per week. Extended hours may be required to meet deadlines or introduce new systems.

 Please apply to hr@champlainorchards.com and attach your current, relevant Resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter

or by completing a  Champlain Orchards Job Application below.


ASSISTANT HARD CIDER MAKER

Job Summary:

  • Assist Head Cidermaker with all aspects of production of hard and ice cider products.

  • Assist other production staff with various tasks as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Ability to work independently and with team of alcohol production staff and Champlain orchards staff

  • Monitor and execute all production steps including following Standard Operating Procedures for:

  • Must analysis, fermentation

  • Additions of yeast, sulfite, nutrients and/or other additives as needed

  • Settling, racking, and cold stabilization

  • Filtration and fining

  • Blending, bottling, labeling

  • Warehousing of cased goods

  • Planning, coordinating and monitoring workflow process

  • Monthly audits of bottled and bulk cider inventories and record keeping

  • Product Development

  • Quality Control and Lab analysis

  • Assist in filling orders of self-distribution and FOB shipments to distributors

  • Ensure company standards for food safety, proper food handling practices, sanitation, and productive are maintained, and completing all required Food Safety records as required.

  • Cleaning and sanitation.

    • last 30 minutes each day, reserved for cleaning equipment and Cidery

    • sanitation of vessels, hoses, and production equipment before and after use

    • organize dry goods, equipment, Cidery for easy access and use

Qualifications:

  • The position requires an individual who has a Degree in Science, Microbiology or technology and/or at least two years of related experience in a Cidery, Brewery, Winery, or related industry.  

  • The individual needs to be comfortable and willing to work long, physical hours every day.

  • Be able to lift 50 lbs, and push heavy pallet jacks.

  • Be comfortable operating a fork lift and with operating equipment with high pressure and electricity.  

  • Have a working knowledge of pumps, hoses, tanks, filters, and other process equipment.

  • Safe handling and practices with cleaning and process chemicals. Be able to perform relevant chemical analysis and calculations.

  • The individual shall possess the character qualities of being honest, trustworthy, respectful, and have sound work ethics.


Please apply to hr@champlainorchards.com and attach your current, relevant Resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter or complete a  Champlain Orchards Job Application below.


ASSISTANT SWEET CIDER MAKER

This position reports directly to the Sweet Cider Maker.

Responsibilities:

·     Produce sweet cider in accordance with company standards for food safety, proper food handling practices and sanitation.

·     Ensure that all federal and state regulations and standards for product freshness, food safety, weights and measures, store safety, employee safety, refrigeration, and sanitation are met.

·     Follow instructions provided by the Sweet Cider Maker conforming to the schedule of tasks given by the same.

·     Ensure bottling inventory is well stocked coordinating with the Sweet Cider Maker, Marketing & Sales Associates when replenishment is necessary.

·     Scrub and sanitize all production, inventory areas and equipment of sweet cider production in accordance with GAP and HACCP requirements

·     Work with the Sweet Cider Maker to ensure correct varieties of apples are pressed into cider.

·     Follow proper procedures when bottling the sweet cider.

·   Maintain records pertaining to bottling, production, and inventory.

Qualifications:

The position requires an individual who has at least two months’ experience in beverage production. 

·     High School Diploma

·     The individual must be able to stand for long periods of time

·     be able to lift, stack and maneuver objects.

 

The individual must demonstrate the analytical and problem solving skills; possess good verbal, written and listening communication skills; as well as time management and stress management skills.

 

Please apply to hr@champlainorchards.com and attach your current, relevant Resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter or complete a  Champlain Orchards Job Application below.


DIESEL MECHANIC

This position reports directly to the Orchard Operations Manager.

Key areas of responsibility include keeping our fleet of trucks, orchard vehicles and farm & processing equipment in working condition.

Responsibilities:

·     Performing maintenance and repair of all types of motor vehicles and special equipment in Orchard fleet.

·     Diagnosing, maintaining and repairing all company associated equipment, including fork lifts, tractors and tools, etc.

·     Interfacing with vehicle users regarding repairs, questions, etc.

·     Arranging for, and maintaining, all required certificates and/or licenses.

·     Hours of work: Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. some weekend work and unscheduled shifts based on the needs of the Orchard.

Qualifications:

·     You know trucks, cars, trailers and engines like the back of your hand, and are anxious to put your knowledge and skills to work for the Champlain Orchards’ Team.

·     You like to be busy and well-organized to stay on top of things. You take pride in a job well done because you know doing a good job matters!

·     3-5 or more years’ experience as a mechanic or other relevant experience.

·     CDL License or permit is desirable

·     Valid state driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.

Please apply to hr@champlainorchards.com and attach your current, relevant Resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter or complete a  Champlain Orchards Job Application below.


Production Line Staff

·             This individual will be part of the daily apple packing team.Looking for an individual who can work in a fast paced team oriented environment, and can pay attention to detail.  Must be physically fit and able to lift 40+ pounds comfortably.  Experience in apple packing is preferred but not required, right person can be trained.  The individual shall possess the character qualities of being honest, trustworthy, respectful, and have sound work ethics.

Responsibilities include:

·             Ensure that all federal, state, and company regulations and standards for product freshness, food safety, weights and measures, store safety, employee safety, refrigeration, and sanitation are met.

·             Ensure bottling inventory is well stocked

·             Ensure all areas of sweet cider production and inventory storage areas are kept organized and clean.

·             Ensure that accurate sizing and packaging of fresh apples occurs.

·             Maintain high quality standards for cleanliness of packing areas.

·             Monitor and recommend improvements in processes to increase efficiency of packing line.

Please apply to hr@champlainorchards.com and attach your current, relevant Resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter

or complete a  Champlain Orchards Job Application.



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