Orchard Worker, Black Rock Orchard Inc.

Black Rock Orchard Inc.

About the organization

Black Rock Orchard Inc. is a 100 acre family farm located on the Maryland/Pennsylvania border in LIneboro, MD. The orchard is about 1.5 hours from Washington DC and 45 minutes from Baltimore. We grow a wide variety of tree fruit, berries, figs and specialty heirloom tomatoes in 4 greenhouses. All of our fruit is sold at farmers markets in the Washington DC and Baltimore metro area. We use IPM practices; our orchard is not organic. You can read more about Black Rock Orchard at www.blackrockorchard.com

Duties

Black Rock Orchard has a full time opening for an orchard worker who has interest and experience in crop production. In addition to general fieldwork, the worker would sell our fruit at least one market a week in the DC/Baltimore metro area.
Black Rock Orchard owns 2 farms. We are expanding some of our fruit and greenhouse production. We will prefer an individual with interest or experience in high intensity fruit production and greenhouse technology. This position is focused on improving production on one of our farms. Subsidized rental housing is provided on that property (farmhouse).
Benefits include insurance, retirement and vacation after probationary period. Compensation depends on experience and qualifications. Starting pay around $45,000.
This is a full time permanent position with opportunity for growth. It would be a good position for someone who wanted practical experience in sustainable orchard production with the goal of owning their own farm in the future. We want this position to expand in the future.

Starting Date: February or March, 2020 – May be flexible.

Qualifications

This position is appropriate for an individual who is able to work outside in all areas of orchard work including field work, planning, marketing. The workweek is 5 days (42.5 hour) which includes weekend shifts. Black Rock Orchard is a no tobacco work place. Tobacco is toxic to greenhouse crops. No smoking, vaping or other drug use.
• Applicants must be in excellent physical condition.
• Agricultural degree in crop production or related agricultural field or significant experience in sustainable crop production
• Technical ability (mechanical) useful to maintain farm equipment and greenhouse needs.
• Work references
• Good driving record. (3-year history required)

Salary

45,000 approximate starting salary per experience.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send resume to [email protected] Please include cover letter explaining why your skills and interests are suitable for the job. Be specific in your cover letter about your previous agricultural training and outdoor work experience. Applications accepted by email only. No phone calls.

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