Orchard Manager

Posted: Sunday, October 4, 2020
 Full Time
 Farming Practices
 Large scale

Position Description

The Finnriver crew farms and ferments in the Chimacum Valley, in organic fields and orchards located along a salmon stream on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington, the traditional and contemporary territories of the S’Klallam (Nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕) and the Chemakum (Aqokúlo or Čə́məq̓əm).


While our farm is remote, we're honored to be on the forefront of the Pacific Northwest hard cider revival and to craft ciders that both recognize historic hard cider traditions and offer fresh perspectives on the possibilities of the fermented apple. We grow and source organic and seasonal ingredients to help grow a vibrant regional community food system.

Over the 15 years since we started farming in this community, multiple branches of the Finnriver family tree have grown into distinct farm enterprises. Finnriver Farms grows organic fruit and veggies, offered through local CSAs and farmers markets. Finnriver Cidery grows, sources and ferments organic apples into a line of farmcrafted hard ciders and fruit wines. And Finnriver Grainery grows and mills organic flours.

Our mission is to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the earth, to reconnect people to the land that sustains us and to grow community! We seek to create deep-rooted and fruitful connections at our farm-based gathering space and our Cider Garden is (usually) open daily, year-round with cider on draft, guided cider tastings, seasonal orchard tours, live music, local food and seasonal events and celebrations.

Finnriver Farm is Certified Organic and Salmon Safe and a Certified B Corporation, seeking ways to make business a force for good.

About the Position:

This Finnriver leadership position is responsible for growing and maintaining a healthy and productive Finnriver 10 acre organic orchard, managing the 50 acre farm and 3-5 person orchard crew, planning for overall crop maintenance, and networking and interfacing with the public and farm community.

The Orchard Manager also works with the facilities/infrastructure team and Cider production manager to ensure that the land and the infrastructure are working safely, productively, and efficiently; and they are responsible for planning, facilitating, and executing all farm operations including apple and pear orchard management, nursery plot, and landscaping. We want these trees and this farm to feel loved. To that end, the Orchard Manager maintains our organic certification and strives to build a flourishing farm ecosystem while striving to build soil health and vitality, and is committed to ongoing learning and increasing their capacity and knowledge of organic and regenerative agriculture.

This position works to uphold the Finnriver mission to reconnect people to the land that sustains us and conducts educational and public relations activities as well. This is a FT position with seasonal variation.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has supervisory responsibilities for the orchard crew/grounds crew.

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