FARM JOB: Lake Country, British Columbia – Rose Hill Orchard, Orchard Lead, Orchard Crew, Market Lead and Market Crew

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on January 23, 2023

Rose Hill Orchard in Lake Country, British Columbia is seeking a Orchard Lead and Orchard Crew, Market Lead, and Market Crew!

ABOUT Rose Hill Orchard

Rose Hill Orchard is a 10-acre mixed fruit orchard in Lake Country, BC. We grow cherries, apples, peaches, plums, grapes, walnuts, haskaps and strawberries. We sell our fruit through our popular u-pick program, as well as in our on-farm market, through our value added products, our fresh pressed juice, and our outdoor cafe. We open our gate to the public from June to November and welcome guests from all over the world providing a look into farming and growing fruit. In the summer month it’s a great, colorful, fun and exciting community space with lots of events, workshops and social interaction in the beautiful Okanagan.

Our production process is guided by regenerative principles, for example by free ranging our animals through the orchard for mowing and fertilization (we currently have sheep, mini horses, chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl), mulching our prunings and composting our various waste streams to build the soil, cover cropping, and extreme diversity in our crop mix (we have 6 varieties of cherries, 15 varieties of apples, 3 varieties of plums, 5 varieties of peaches).

Our business model is guided by a participatory approach to agriculture. We think it’s important for people to be invited in to the “black box” of how their food is grown, to be able to see how we do things, learn about food production, and be involved in strengthening our local food ecosystem.

DESIRED QUALITIES

For all positions:

  • Hard working and self motivated
  • Reliable and willing to take on responsibilities
  • Efficient and always willing to learn more
  • Quality-oriented in all tasks
  • Communicative and enthusiastic
  • Open-minded, respectful and friendly
  • Able to work outdoors in all seasons and weather conditions
  • Experience in work in agriculture and/or working in a store or cafe is an asset

All positions require creativity and a learning mindset. We are in a high growth phase so we are looking for individuals who are excited to grow with us and comfortable with wearing many hats, learning on the fly, and a reasonable amount of chaos!

JOB TASKS

ORCHARD LEAD

As the orchard lead you will assist the general manager with running the orchard through the season. While working as part of your orchard crew, you will have independent responsibilities managing the various tasks outdoors and some supervisory duties of other crew members.

Your job tasks will include:

  • Pruning and thinning
  • Mulch spreading
    Weed whacking
  • Operating / checking irrigation
  • Harvesting and sorting fruit through our u-pick and retail programs
  • Lifting and loading heavy boxes
  • Maintain the property for the u-pick season
  • Pressing apples and pasteurizing juice in the fall season
  • Moving bins with the fork lift tractor
  • Planting trees
  • General farm work

MARKET LEAD

Our market lead is responsible for running the market and leading the crew this season.
While you work closely together with our farm manager you’ll have supervisory duties with yourstaff and independent responsibilities.

Your job tasks will in include:

  • Work in the market in shifts, sometimes on the weekend
  • Keeping inventory
  • Make orders at our suppliers, stock up produce
  • Ensure the compliance of all work health and safety requirements
  • Operating the cashier system
  • Decorate the market and create a nice atmosphere
  • Deal with complaints and trouble shoot
  • Train your staff about daily changes, safety, produce
  • Make price adjustments, add products into the system
  • Keep the market and the surrounding tidy and clean

ORCHARD CREW / MARKET CREW

There are a few positions for those who are looking for seasonal job at Rose Hill Orchard.

Work in our market and facilitate a safe and fun u-pick experience for guests. We also have pop up markets, music events and workshops during the summer and every day is different, so an ability to wear many hats is important. Having fun and being enthusiastic while working in a bustling environment a must.

As a member of the orchard crew you will be mostly outside assisting our
orchard lead with farm work tasks. Pruning, thinning, picking, sorting, weed whacking and
sometimes taking care of the animals are only a few things of what’s to do. Be a part of cherry-sorting fun and enjoy an early finish when we start to work at 5am in the heat.
Ideally you are interested in tools, fixing things and gathered some farm work experience already. We also welcome those who are looking for a diverse position working in the market and outside. Just get in touch!

JOB DETAILS

Orchard Lead

Term: This position is full time. Start date as soon as possible until the end of November, 2023. Potential future opportunities for permanent positions.

Hours per week: 35-40 hours/week.

Wage: $18-20/hr, depending on experience, plus performance-based bonus.

Other perks: fruit share to take home, market discount.

Market Lead

Term: This position is full time. Start Mid May 2023. Potential future opportunities for permanent positions.

Hours per week: 35-40 hours/week.

Wage: $18-20/hr, depending on experience, plus performance-based bonus.

Other perks: fruit share to take home, market discount.

Market Crew/ Orchard Crew

Term: June until November. Orchard Crew: April until November

Hours per week: 16 – 40 hrs/week (flexible)

Wage: $16-$18/hr

Other perks: fruit share to take home, discount in market.

TO APPLY

Please send resume and cover letter  to magda@rosehillorchard.com

When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT Rose Hill Orchard

Website: https://rosehillorchard.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoseHillOrchard
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rose.hill.orchard/

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