We are currently hiring for the below positions. Questions? Reach out to us at hr@champlainorchards.com


FINANCE COORDINATOR

This position reports directly to the Finance Manager

Job Summary:

This position plays an integral role in overseeing the company’s financial activity and procurement of expenditures. In addition to managing accounts payable, this role is centrally responsible for managing accounts receivable and keeping customer accounts up to date. The finance coordinator liaises with the management team and department leaders to further develop the company’s inventory-management system and establish budgets by profit centers.

Responsibilities:

  •  Manage company-wide purchasing: processing payment for invoices, credit card transactions, purchase orders, expense reports, and various related financial activity

  • Work with finance manager and department leads to refine general ledger account structure and expense allocation necessary for implementing cost accounting model and establishing budgets-by-department

  • Assist in implementation of newly developed inventory system for maintaining supplies; assist department managers in researching pricing and ordering of supplies

  • Liaise with vendors to ensure accuracy for orders and negotiate competitive product pricing, quality, and payment terms

  • Assist with weekly check runs and monthly reconciliations of credit cards, bank accounts, and other asset accounts

  • Oversee billing of all customer accounts which involves monthly invoicing and reconciling payments; also includes weekly electronic payment processing for larger customer accounts

Education and Experience:

  • Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • 5 years of financial management and accounting experience highly desired

  • Advanced IT/computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks an absolute must

  • Outstanding communication skills and a high level of organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills

  • A highly-motivated, professional team player with a strong work ethic and sense of integrity

  • Passion for local food movements and sustainable agriculture; food service/agriculture industry experience a plus

Work Schedule:

Full time, Monday through Friday

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.


Bakery Manager

This position reports directly to the Product Operations Manager

Job Summary:

Oversees and ensures that the correct amount of apple pies, turnovers and apple slices are produced to meet the daily customer sales.  Ensures the farm market is well stocked with apple pies, turnovers and other homemade seasonal food items. Ensures cleanliness, employee supervision and scheduling of Bakery, Value-added, Donut and Slicing staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Train and supervise Bakery staff

  • Create a weekly work schedule for Bakery staff

  • Set and monitor product quality standards

  • Oversee the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Bakery, Donut, Value-added and slicing staff

  • Ensure Food Safety, proper food handling practices, sanitation and productivity are maintained completing all required Food safety records as required

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

  • Direct and coordinate activities involved with production of apple and pumpkin pies

  • Determine daily quantity to be produced, according to orders and sales projections

  • Maintain inventory of all Bakery products

  • Coordinate with product vendors to arrange purchase and delivery of baking supplies

  • Ensure all areas of the Bakery, donut and slicing, including ground floor restrooms, are kept organized and clean, carrying out regular inspections

  • Mix ingredients and bake pies, turnovers according to company recipes

  • Create and prepare other homemade/baked goods, including value-added products, food and seasonal items to be sold in the Farm Market

  • Cater for internal staff meetings and/or on-site workshops

  • Have weekly meetings with the Product Operations Manager

  • Co-plan on-site events with Marketing and Farm staff

Education and Experience:

The position requires an individual who has at least three years of pie making experience, as well as retail bakery and cooking experience.

Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time; be able to lift, stack and maneuver objects; must tolerate working around ovens.

  • Must be able to work weekends.

  • Must demonstrate the following skills: Excellent leadership ability; high level of analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills; excellent time management and stress management abilities.

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

Work Schedule:

Sunday thru Saturday 8 a.m. until orders are fulfilled

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.


FARM MARKET ASSISTANT

This position reports to the Farm Market Manager

Job Summary:

Supports daily operations of the Champlain Orchards Farm Market and Pick Your Own area, staffs orchard events, aids in cider donut packaging, and adheres to all food safety regulations.

Responsibilities:

  • Interacts with, directs, and helps PYO and FM customers to ensure a positive experience

  • Properly stocks, rotates, and displays fruit and merchandise

  • Maintains accurate and up to date signage in FM and PYO area

  • Answers FM phone calls and responds to or relays messages

  • Checks customers out using QuickBooks POS system

  • Manages daily register operations

  • Ensures proper cleaning is completed daily and adheres to all food safety regulations

  • Assists in packaging of cider donuts when needed

  • Staffs on farm events such as Harvest Fest and Cider Fest

  • Prepares for group and school tours

Education and Experience:

Retail experience a plus, and interest in local agriculture preferred. Will train the right person.


Abilities Required:

  • The individual must demonstrate excellent verbal, listening, and communication skills as well as excellent time management and stress management abilities.

  • The individual should have personal confidence and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of people.

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

  • Must be able to lift 40 Pounds

Work Schedule:

  • 5 days per week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Fall weekends and public holidays as needed.

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.


Delivery Truck Driver

This position reports directly to the Product Operations Business Manager

Job Summary:

Distribute products promptly to our customers. Represent the Company in a professional and cost effective manner aiming at increasing profitability and customer satisfaction.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver a wide variety of items to different addresses and through different routes

  • Follow route and time schedule

  • Load, unload, prepare, inspect and operate delivery vehicle

  • Deliver orders to customers on assigned routes

  • Maintain ongoing communication with route dispatcher

  • Unload goods as per client specifications

  • Review deliveries with customers to ensure products meet their needs

  • Obtain delivery confirmation from each customer

  • Follow DOT regulations and safety standards

Skills, Requirements and Attributes:

  • Valid CDL Class B or A

  • Minimum 1 years’ experience as a Delivery Driver

  • Clean driving record

  • Background check and drug test

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Possess a positive and professional attitude

 Abilities Required:

  • The individual needs to be punctual; and comfortable and willing to work long hours.

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

  • Be able to safely operate a delivery truck, fork lift and other operating equipment.

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

Work Schedule:

  • Full Time, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

  • 4 a.m. to completion of deliveries; includes ½ hr. unpaid lunch.

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.


Facility/Construction Manager

This position reports directly to Director of Orchard Operations

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Summary:

Responsible for maintaining the upkeep of the orchard property including construction projects, maintaining existing buildings and mechanical systems. Be responsible for the successful coordination and completion of carpentry and other related activities; which includes meeting project timelines, being on budget, and maintaining a high level of quality and professionalism.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the work schedules of staff under the Manager’s supervision.

  • Attend regularly schedule meetings with Manager of Orchard Operations.

  • Create an anticipated project schedule in advance of project commencement, adjust schedule as needed based on production realities.

  • Verify and confirm material lead times and purchase orders as needed to maintain efficient schedule.

  • Supervise the activities of the carpentry staff and independent subcontractors.

  • Be responsible for the efficient and profitable use of the company’s staff and materials on each project.

  • Responsible for tracking the progress and profitability of the projects under his or her supervision.

  • Maintain an operational inventory of necessary tools, safety equipment, equipment and vehicles to perform specific activities.

Qualifications:

  • The position requires an individual who has a college degree in Construction Management and/or at least five years of related construction work experience.

  • In addition to being an excellent framing and finish carpenter, the individual should understand building mechanical systems and exhibit good judgment, good oral and written communication skills, and strong leadership abilities.

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

Work Schedule:

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (includes ½ hr. unpaid lunch break)

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.


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 individual 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, and 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 record keeping/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.

Qualifications:

  • Must possess a high level of practical orchard operation experience, entomology & tree fruit knowledge.

  • Must enjoy and be familiar with equipment operation, physical hard work, and working outdoors year-round.

  • Proficient IT, technical and numerical skills

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

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

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

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Superior communication and information dissemination skills

  • Strong negotiating and problem-solving skills

Working Hours:

  • 40 – 50 hours per week, on average.

  • 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.


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.



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