Now Hiring: Orchard Coordinator

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 non profit farm that engages volunteers to grow fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. Through our volunteer farming programs and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families across central and eastern Massachusetts.  

We are currently seeking an Orchard Coordinator to work under the direction of our Orchard Manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard.  This 75-acre property includes approximately 27 acres of apple trees, an acre of peaches and an acre of asparagus.  The vast majority of the crops are grown for donation to our partner agencies.

Schedule: This is a full time, year-round position at our Harvard location working 40 hours per week. Monday through Friday schedule most of the year, and Tuesday-Saturday schedule during harvest season (September and October).

Location: On-site at 115 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 01451

Job Description: The Orchard Coordinator is responsible for executing orchard tasks both individually and with groups to grow fresh produce for hunger relief.  The right candidate will have experience working in an orchard and/or other agricultural work, will be self-motivated, have a friendly personality, and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Management of the volunteer and intern experience: 
    • Assigning duties to all groups and overseeing their proper completion 
    • Overseeing all supplies and other needs to ensure proper volunteer and intern support 
    • Management the volunteer Team Leaders while on active duty 
    • Working with volunteers and interns throughout their assigned sessions 
    • Ensuring a positive experience for volunteers and interns through all of the above
  • Assist in all orchard operations under the direction of the Orchard Manager:
    • Execute daily agricultural duties (both independently and with volunteer groups)
      • Pruning
      • Weed control
      • Irrigation
      • Fertilization
      • Mowing
      • Pruning
      • Spraying
      • Equipment maintenance
      • General property and facilities maintenance
      • Picking
      • Grading and packing
      • Partner distributions
      • Occasional deliveries
    • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities after necessary training
      • Operate trucks, ATVs, tractors, loaders, mowers, fork trucks, sprayers, weed trimmers, chainsaws, plows, fertilizer spreaders and other farm equipment and tools
      • Apply fungicides, insecticides, PGRs, herbicides, rodenticides, and plant nutrients 
  • Occasional work at our Grafton location (events, training, team building)

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude
  • Ability to work one Saturday a month during off-season, and all Saturdays during Harvest Season (September and October) 
  • 2 years working in a farm setting, orchard experience a plus
  • 1 year of tractor experience, other farm equipment and power tool experience a plus
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management and a Pesticide Applicator License a plus
    • If you do not have your PAL, training will be provided and CHP will pay for licensure.

Benefits:

  • Compensation: $18/hour
  • Time off: 20 days to use in the first 2 years of employment, then 20+ days annually year 3 and on.  5 days of paid sick time. 13 paid holidays.
  • Health care stipend
  • Employer-sponsored 401k plan (no match)
  • Education/workshop fees for necessary licensure and credits 

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by December 30th to susan@community-harvest.org. Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, MA. Our mission is to engage and educate volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Each year our sites host over 7,000 volunteers who work together to grow and donate an average of 270,000 pounds of produce to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

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